Not only do Bards have partial access to every spell in the game, but they are also a Jack of All Trades, proficient in a plethora of different skills. And best of all, they can even inspire their party, adding an extra dice to ability, attack and saving throw rolls. So now that you love the class, which Bard College Subclass is right for you?
Here you’ll find a quick summary of the Colleges to help give you some insight into what makes each of them unique. As with all the classes, each style of play is entirely up to the player, these are just our interpretations here at Mym’s Well. If you have different opinions on the Colleges, leave a comment and let us know!
College of Glamour (XGtE)
Theme: An enthralling idol whose majesty invigorates their allies and charms their enemies into submission.
Game Mechanic: Charming tactics help you command your enemies and rally your allies to you with boosted health.
Play-Style: You’d rather charm your way into getting what you want than fighting directly for it.
College of Lore (PHB)
Theme: A clever entertainer, so skilled in both abilities and magic that they can easily distract enemies with their cutting words.
Game Mechanic: Gain more ability skills and learn extra spells from any class. Able to reduce enemy attack, damage or ability rolls as a reaction.
Play-Style: You enjoy versatility in all manners of role-playing and spell selection.
College of Swords (XGtE)
Theme: A hard hitting, agile performer equipped with a number of blade flourish abilities up their sleeves.
Game Mechanic: Diverse sword abilities, increased attack damage and focused fighting style.
Play-Style: You want to be versatile but focused on your own damage output.
College of Valor (PHB)
Theme: Combat focused entertainer, able to help allies deal more damage while deflecting incoming attacks.
Game Mechanic: Inspire others to deal extra damage in the midst of combat or provide extra protection from incoming attacks. Able to wield medium armour and shields.
Play-Style: You’re a spell caster who enjoys dealing weapon damage while simultaneously making your allies hit hard AND harder to hit.
College of Whispers (XGtE)
Theme: A sly master of secrets, able to damage the minds of their enemies and take the form of their prey.
Game Mechanic: Paranoia inducing psychic attacker, able to temporarily become the shadows of their victims.
Play-Style: You want to manipulate your enemies into giving you more information, even if it kills them.