Bard Guide

Learn Bard with our Bard guide. Learn about Bard's strengths and Bard weaknesses, and harness key insights to optimize your playstyle. Whether you're a seasoned player or new to Bard, our guide provides the tools you need to dominate the battlefield.
Key Insights
  • Bard can roam and come back to lane without losing much XP because of
    Bard
    P
    's bonus movespeed and XP upon collecting Chimes.
  • Champions are still targetable inside
    Bard
    E
    's tunnel -- displacements will push them out.
  • Bard
    R
    affects every unit in the game, except Inhibitors and the Nexus.
  • Using
    Bard
    R
    on a turret as Rift Herald is charging into it will prevent the turret from taking damage.
Strengths
  • Excels at roaming and trading, especially with more
    Bard
    P
    's.
  • Can guarantee
    Bard
    Q
    's stun as
    Bard
    R
    's effect ends.
  • Can set up ganks by walking out of vision and using
    Bard
    E
    on a wall to gapclose with his ganking teammate.
  • His gank assist and teamfighting become even stronger after unlocking
    Bard
    R
    .
  • Thrives with items that enhance mobility, healing, and team utility.
Weaknesses
  • Bard
    E
    has a longer cooldown of 22 seconds at rank 1. Once used, he can be punished.
  • A poorly timed
    Bard
    R
    can spell disaster for his team.
  • Forcing Bard to use
    Bard
    R
    defensively lowers his teamfighting potential since he'll have less playmaking capabilities.