The very presence of a bard is a constant inspiration to his companions. Unlike bardic music, bardic inspirations are always active and do not have a limited number of uses, however, the bard may only use one inspiration at any given time. At 1st level, the bard can only inspire courage, but as he increases in level, he gains access to a variety of inspirations from which his companions (and himself) may benefit.

All inspirations require 3 ranks of Perform. Unless noted otherwise they have a range of 30 feet. There are seven types of inspirations:

Inspire Courage (1st level): This gives a bonus to hit and damage. It starts at +1, and becomes +2 at 8th level, +3 at 14th level, and +4 at 20th level.

Inspire Competence (2nd level): This gives a skill bonus to all allies. It starts at +2 and becomes +4 at 11th level and +6 at 19th level.

Inspire Defense (5th level): This gives a dodge AC bonus to all allies. It starts at +2 and becomes +3 at 10th level, +4 at 15th level, and +5 at 20th level.

Inspire Regeneration (7th level): This heals all party members a certain number of hit points every two rounds. This starts at 1 hit point and becomes 2 at 12th level, and 3 at 17th level.

Inspire Toughness (8th level): This gives a bonus to saving throws for all allies. It starts at +1, then +2 at 13th level, and then +3 at 18th level.

Inspire Slowing (11th level): All enemies that come within 20 feet of the bard have to make a Will save (DC 13 + ½ Bard level + CHA modifier) otherwise they will be slowed down. Initially they are slowed down 15% but at 16th level they are slowed by 30%. There are no further penalties besides movement, unlike the slow spell.

Inspire Jarring (14th level): All enemies within 20' of the bard suffer a -4 penalty to all Concentration checks and -2 to all Will saves.

See also: Bardic Music


  • Inspirations work on a "set new one" each time one is pressed. A new bard song will cancel the current inspiration.
  • Inspirations will carry on going forever unless canceled. The first effect is to apply the effects for 4 seconds. It will then do a check every 2.5 seconds to check if the inspiration should be applied again for 4 seconds, or if it should be removed. This means anyone who has the inspiration applied can move outside the area of effect, but the effects would only last 4 seconds.
  • The following effects remove inspirations (GetCanBardSing):
  • The following targets are invalid (GetIsObjectValidSongTarget):

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