The Bard is a class added by the Thorium Mod as of version 126.96.36.199. The Bard class' weapons, armor, and accessories focus on providing short, stat-improving empowerments while still dealing symphonic damage.
Although the Bard buffs themselves when fighting, a larger benefit can be found through teamwork; empowerments are also given to friendly players standing near the Bard, so they are a great addition to a multiplayer scenario.
- Main article: Inspiration
Instead of using Mana, the Bard weapons draw from a unique resource called inspiration, which is increased using Inspiration Fragments, Inspiration Shards, and Inspiration Crystals. Inspiration regenerates automatically. Although many of the Bard items are specific to inspiration, the fact that it's separate from Mana makes it a tempting choice for another class' backup.
The Bard's musical weapons hit with a specific damage type called symphonic damage. Accessories and armor can be used to augment symphonic damage output, and generic 'damage' buffs, such as the one from the Scuba Curva, still increase Bard's damage.
Big instruments are a subset of Bard weapons that utilize a timing mechanic. When held out, a timer will appear underneath the player (or underneath the cursor if the Move Instrument Timer to Mouse configuration setting is set to true); the instruments' effects vary depending on whether their attacks are used within a specific window of time or not. As the player successfully times their attacks, the big instrument will gain power, provided empowerment level, along with other effects, whereas missing the timing will greatly decrease these bonuses.
Each instrument category, except for Electronic, has its own unique timer, with differing patterns:
|Hold the attack button while the marker is over the highlighted area.|
|Attack while the marker is over the highlighted area.|
|Attack in three-round bursts as the marker passes over each of the highlighted area.|
|Alternate between the left- and right-click buttons while the marker is over the left and right sides respectively.|
While a big instrument is held out for the first time, a mouse icon will appear in order to provide a guide on each timer's function.
|Used to craft some early-game Bard items||Crafted from 4at|
|Used to craft Ornate armor||Dropped by Plantera|
|Used to craft a variety of endgame Bard items||Dropped by the Celestial Towers|
|Combat||Artificer's Energy • Crowd Control • Minions • Out of Combat • Special Ability|
|Environment||Events • Music • Status messages|
|Thrower||Thrower Exhaustion • Technique Scrolls|
|Healer||Additional Healing • Auras • Healing Effects|
|Bard||Empowerments • Inspiration • Big Instruments|
|Items||Consumable • Crafting stations (By Hand) • Drops • Modifiers • Rarity • Vanilla item recipes|
|Game||Fishing • Game controls • Mod Calls • Mod Config settings • NPC names|
|Player||Buffs and Debuffs • Damage reduction • Death Prevention • Defense • Resource • Life Shield|