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I know my English isn’t good but I hope I get my questions across.
There have been many threads with questions regarding Bardic Performances, Versatile Performance and other related questions regarding the bard so I think it is time for FAQ response. I thought I try to focus on the ones I think are the most important ones.
Since the Devs wants one question per thread let’s kick off with Bardic Performance
- Am I using the Performance skill when I use inspire courage and other Bardic Performances that don’t require actual skill rolls?
This question isn’t only restricted to the core bard with his Inspire Courage, Inspire Competence, Dirge of Doom, Frightening Tune, etc., but the question also pertains to archetypes and their Bardic Performances such as the Savage Skald's Incite Rage (interesting enough The bard cannot target himself with this ability), the Dirge Bard's Haunting Refrain, The Sound Striker's Wordstrike and Weird Words, The Archeologist's Archaeologist's Luck, etc.
The answer is especially important if the Bard is a multiclassed barbarian/bard or if he accepts a Skald’s ranging song (but it is also interesting from a fluff/role playing perspective)
I know a lot of people say it the Bard is not using the Performance skill since no roll is involved, but I think he does use Performance skill.
Bardic Performance : A bard is trained to use the Perform skill to create magical effects on those around him, including himself if desired. He can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + his Charisma modifier. At each level after 1st a bard can use bardic performance for 2 additional rounds per day. Each round, the bard can produce any one of the types of bardic performance that he has mastered, as indicated by his level.
Starting a bardic performance is a standard action, but it can be maintained each round as a free action. Changing a bardic performance from one effect to another requires the bard to stop the previous performance and start a new one as a standard action. A bardic performance cannot be disrupted, but it ends immediately if the bard is killed, paralyzed, stunned, knocked unconscious, or otherwise prevented from taking a free action to maintain it each round. A bard cannot have more than one bardic performance in effect at one time.
At 7th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a move action instead of a standard action. At 13th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a swift action.
Each bardic performance has audible components, visual components, or both.
“Bard is trained to use the Perform skill to create magical effects” seems to indicate that he is using the perform skill when using Bardic Performance.
“Each bardic performance has audible components, visual components, or both” also ties up with the different kind of performances skills listed under Versatile Performance:
The types of Perform and their associated skills are: Act (Bluff, Disguise), Comedy (Bluff, Intimidate), Dance (Acrobatics, Fly), Keyboard Instruments (Diplomacy, Intimidate), Oratory (Diplomacy, Sense Motive), Percussion (Handle Animal, Intimidate), Sing (Bluff, Sense Motive), String (Bluff, Diplomacy), and Wind (Diplomacy, Handle Animal).
True that most performances do not state that an actual Perform skill check is made, but they do involved a performance all the same.
Inspire Courage (Su): A 1st-level bard can use his performance to inspire courage in his allies (including himself), […] Inspire courage can use audible or visual components. The bard must choose which component to use when starting his performance.
My gut tells me a bard shouldn’t be able to spam all kinds of bardic performances when raging. The Savage Skald's Incite Rage ability seem to indicate that, but if he can I would be more than happy.
Please FAQ for an official response.