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Ballad is a type of Enhancing Song used by Bards. It bestows an effect similar to Refresh for party members within range, restoring a small amount of MP every tick for as long as the effect lasts.

Three songs currently give this effect. Different tiers can be combined. They may also coexist with the Refresh status effect.


  • All Ballad songs initially restore the number of their tier in MP for each tick. Unlike Paeon, the potency does not increase naturally at certain Bard levels.
  • Monsters can cast Ballads, but this typically has little to no effect for them due to their greatly increased maximum MP pools compared to the ones players have. Except in isolated, prolonged instances, it is very rare that monsters run out of MP in standard party play.

Songs are learned by Bards only, at the following levels:

25: Mage's Ballad
55: Mage's Ballad II
85: Mage's Ballad III

Each +1 to Ballad on an instrument increases the number of MP recovered per tick by 1.

Instruments and equipment that Enhance this Song[edit]

Name Lvl Effects
Storm Fife RareExclusive 50 In Assault: Ballad +1
Millennium Horn 75 In Dynamis: CHR +3, All Songs +2
Gjallarhorn 75 CHR +4, All Songs +2, Singing Skill +10, Wind Instrument Skill +10
Aoidos' Rhingrave +2 83 DEF: 42, Magic Accuracy +7, Singing Skill +10, Song Recast Delay -6, "Ballad" +1, Set: Augments songs
Crooner's Cithara RareExclusive 85 Ballad+1
This article uses material from the "Ballad" article on FFXIclopedia and is licensed under the CC-BY-SA License.