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The Bard's Bible - Barding Difficulty

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    Barding Difficulty is the bread and butter of the Barding Profession.
    by Poo

    An Animal’s or Monster’s Barding Difficulty is the calculation that decides if you are successful or unsuccessful in your barding attempt of that animal or monster.

    Every Animal or Monsters Barding Difficulty number is assigned to it when the game creates it and a few different factors go into figuring out what the number is. But on a whole most monsters and animals of the same type have Barding Difficulty number that is within a few points of another of the same type. (out of the 4 Cu Sidhe’s in the Twisted Weld all 4 of them will probably be within 5 points of each other from highest to lowest)

    Most Bards use the a barding calculator to figure out their % of successful barding, but some of us older bards still just use the paper print out of the master barding list and glance at it from time to time to see if we are within range.

    Here is a article written years ago when Barding Difficulty was new to the game. It gives very in depth information and should only be read if you are having trouble falling asleep.


    Barding Difficulty List
    By Nadya Modavia of Catskills, Legendary Bard

    % Success Formula

    50 + 2 * (Bard Skill - Bard Difficulty after Modifiers)
    Look up creature’s base difficulty on list below (e.g., lich lord base difficulty is 106.4).
    Apply all Bard Difficulty Modifiers as described below (e.g., exceptional instrument and Peacemaking reduce base difficulty by 15 points, so the Bard Difficulty for the lich lord becomes 106.4 – 15 = 91.4).
    Subtract Bard Difficulty from Bard Skill (e.g., if Peacemaking is 100 then 100 – 91.4 = 8.6).
    Multiply result of the subtraction by 2 (e.g., 8.6 * 2 = 17.2).
    Add 50 to the result of the multiplication (e.g., 17.2 + 50 = 67.2).
    % Success in the above example = 67.2%.

    Bard Difficulty Modifiers

    Instrument
    Reduce base difficulty by 5 (10%) when using an exceptional instrument.
    Reduce base difficulty by 10 points (20%) when using an enchanted instrument of aligned type.
    Increase base difficulty by 10 points (20%) when using an enchanted instrument of opposite aligned type.

    Musicianship
    If Musicianship is above 100, subtract 100 from your Musicianship skill and divide the result by 2. This is your Musicianship bonus.
    Reduce base difficulty by your Musicianship bonus (e.g., 10 points for Musicianship of 120, 20%).

    Skill
    Reduce base difficulty by 5 points (10%) when performing Provocation.
    Reduce base difficulty by 10 points (20%) when performing Discordance or Targeted Peacemaking.

    Notes
    To figure out % success for provoking two creatures to fight, calculate % success separately for each creature, add them together, and divide by 2.
    The base range of all bard abilities is 8 tiles, with each 15 points of skill in the ability being used increasing this range by one tile.
    As of Age of Shadows, Discordance no longer reduces a creature’s stats: strength, dexterity, intelligence, hit points, stamina, and mana. However, Discordance reduces physical resistance, all elemental resistances, and skills by up to 20% at Grandmaster and 28% and Legendary. Swing rate, damage, and chance to evade are directly reduced; this is in addition to the skill reduction of anatomy, tactics, lumberjacking, weapon skill, wrestling, parry, etc. Discordance still lowers a creature’s base barding difficulty.
    To calculate a creature's base barding difficulty (before any modifiers are applied), go on Test Center, set Peacemaking to the absolute minimum skill allowed for a Targeted Peacemaking attempt, and add +35 to the minimum skill.

    For example: Dragon minimum difficulty that allows a Targeted Peacemaking attempt is 70.0. 70.0 + 35 = 105.0.

    The difficulty numbers for Provocation, Discordance, and Peacemaking listed in the table below are the skill values required in those skills for 50% success. Other modifiers (Musicianship bonus over 100, exceptional instrument bonus, and magical instrument bonus) are not included in the table below. Difficulty ratings vary per creature and will generally fall within +/-2% of the values given below. At this skill level –25.0, the bard has no chance of success and can’t make the attempt. At this skill level +25.0, the bard is guaranteed success and cannot gain skill against this creature.


    'The' Old School Barding Difficulty Master List

    Creature (Alphabetical) Difficulty
    Acid Elemental 83.9
    Agapite Elemental 72.9
    Air Elemental 75.7
    Alligator 32.2
    Ancient Lich (Khaldun) 135.9
    Ancient Wyrm 131.4
    Ant Lion 77.8
    Arctic Ogre Lord 88.8
    Balron 117.4
    Betrayer 96.5
    Bird 4.6
    Black Bear 31
    Black Solen Infiltrator (Queen) 82.6
    Black Solen Infiltrator (Warrior) 74.2
    Black Solen Queen 79.6
    Black Solen Warrior 72.9
    Black Solen Worker 58.3
    Black Widow 70.6
    Blackthorn Juggernaut 82.2
    Blade Spirit 75.1
    Blood Elemental 94.9
    Boar 7.5
    Bog Thing 86.1
    Bogling 61.5
    Bone Knight 69.1
    Bone Magi 71.4
    Brigand 72.6
    Bronze Elemental 71.8
    Brown Bear 29.6
    Bull 35.8
    Bullfrog 29.2
    Cat 6
    Centaur 79.7
    Chaos Dragoon 83.8
    Chaos Dragoon Elite 102.5
    Chicken 3.4
    Controller 81.3
    Copper Elemental 73.3
    Corpser 37.8
    Cougar 33.3
    Cow 6.6
    Crystal Elemental 83.6
    Cursed (Khaldun) 72
    Cyclopean Warrior 73.2
    Daemon 89.8
    Dark Guardian (Lich) 88.1
    Deep Sea Serpent 77
    Desert Ostard 32.3
    Devourer of Souls 114.3
    Dire Wolf 50.3
    Dog 18.7
    Dolphin 35.6
    Doppleganger 65.4
    Dragon 105
    Drake 80.6
    Dread Spider 84.9
    Dull Copper Elemental 73.8
    Eagle 22
    Earth Elemental 65
    Efreet 85
    Elder Gazer 90.2
    Energy Vortex 77.7
    Enslaved Gargoyle 70.8
    Ethereal Warrior 107.6
    Ettin 47.3
    Evil Mage 72.2
    Evil Mage Lord 79.6
    Executioner 99.1
    Exodus Minion 93
    Exodus Minion Lord 110.6
    Fire Elemental 74.5
    Fire Gargoyle 96
    Fire Steed 83.6
    Flesh Golem 57
    Forest Ostard 31.6
    Frenzied Ostard 56.2
    Frost Ooze 14.5
    Frost Spider 45.4
    Frost Troll 67.7
    Gargoyle 72.5
    Gargoyle Destroyer 110.8
    Gargoyle Enforcer 88
    Gazer 73.3
    Gazer Larva 56.7
    Ghoul 41.5
    Giant Beetle 88.1
    Giant Ice Serpent 53.1
    Giant Ice Worm 75
    Giant Rat 25.8
    Giant Serpent 71
    Giant Spider 57.5
    Giant Toad 27.3
    Gibberling 58.7
    Goat 5.4
    Golden Elemental 73.9
    Golem 78.4
    Gore Fiend 48.8
    Gorilla 31.1
    Great Hart 27.3
    Grey Wolf 30.2
    Grimmoch Drummel (Khaldun) 75.3
    Grizzly Bear 47.4
    Harpy 56.4
    Headless One 23.8
    Hell Hound 62.8
    Hell Hound (Leader) 65
    Hellcat (Large) 71.2
    Hellcat (Small) 50.2
    Hind 18.2
    Horde Minion (Haven) 27.3
    Horse 26.5
    Ice Elemental 76.9
    Ice Fiend 89.3
    Ice Snake 20.6
    Imp 70
    Jack Rabbit 5.9
    Juka Lord 89
    Juka Mage 96.3
    Juka Warrior 85.6
    Ki-Rin 84.7
    Kraken 81.7
    Lava Lizard 58.8
    Lava Serpent 75.5
    Lava Snake 26.5
    Lich 84.8
    Lich Lord 106.4
    Lizardman 50.3
    Llama 17
    Lysander Gathenwale (Khaldun) 85.5
    Meer Captain 77.5
    Meer Eternal 109.4
    Meer Mage 86.6
    Meer Warrior 65.9
    Mongbat (Strong) 31.3
    Mongbat (Weak) 9.9
    Morg Bergen (Khaldun) 73
    Mountain Goat 26
    Mummy 63.1
    Nightmare 85.2
    Ogre 48.8
    Ogre Lord 90
    Ophidian Apprentice Mage 80.5
    Ophidian Avenger 86.6
    Ophidian Enforcer 73.6
    Ophidian Justicar 81.5
    Ophidian Knight-Errant 86.2
    Ophidian Matriarch 97.1
    Ophidian Shaman 80.7
    Ophidian Warrior 74
    Ophidian Zealot 81.8
    Orc 49.1
    Orc Bomber 70.9
    Orc Brute 94.3
    Orc Captain 71.7
    Orc Chopper 67.3
    Orc Scout 57.9
    Orcish Lord 72.6
    Orcish Mage 73.2
    Pack Horse 32.9
    Pack Llama 24.2
    Panther 36.5
    Patchwork Skeleton 59.7
    Phoenix 108.6
    Pig 5.9
    Pixie 83.4
    Plague Beast (Not Fed) 81.5
    Plague Beast Lord 144.5
    Plague Spawn 53.9
    Poison Elemental 105.1
    Polar Bear 38.9
    Rabbit 6
    Rat 6
    Ratman 49.9
    Ratman Archer 73.5
    Ratman Mage 79.3
    Ravager 62.8
    Reaper 74.1
    Red Solen Infiltrator (Queen) 83.1
    Red Solen Infiltrator (Warrior) 74.8
    Red Solen Queen 79.3
    Red Solen Warrior 72.8
    Red Solen Worker 53.8
    Restless Soul 19.8
    Rideable Llama 18.9
    Ridgeback 29.1
    Rotting Corpse 128.8
    Sand Vortex 75.6
    Savage Rider 78.3
    Savage Shaman 88.9
    Savage Warrior (Female) 74.3
    Savage Warrior (Male) 74.7
    Scorpion 65.1
    Sea Serpent 73.2
    Serpentine Dragon 128.8
    Sewer Rat 5.5
    Shade 69.4
    Shadow Fiend (Khaldun) 22.1
    Shadow Iron Elemental 72.3
    Shadow Wisp 46.4
    Shadow Wyrm 124.9
    Sheep 6.5
    Silver Serpent 80.1
    Skeletal Dragon 119.7
    Skeletal Knight 67.4
    Skeletal Mage 71.8
    Skeletal Mount 49.1
    Skeleton 38.9
    Skittering Hopper 38.8
    Slime 32.5
    Snake 30.3
    Snow Elemental 78.2
    Snow Leopard 34.3
    Spectral Armor (Khaldun) 78
    Spectre 67.8
    Sphinx 135.3
    Stone Gargoyle 71.4
    Stone Harpy 70.3
    Succubus 107.2
    Swamp Dragon 59
    Swamp Tentacle 48
    Tavara Sewel (Khaldun) 75.1
    Tentacles of the Harrower (Khald
    131.4
    Terathan Avenger 91.5
    Terathan Drone 36.9
    Terathan Matriarch 91.2
    Terathan Warrior 70.6
    Timber Wolf 29.4
    Titan 93.6
    Treefellow 58.9
    Troll 54.5
    Unicorn 86.2
    Valorite Elemental 74
    Vampire Bat 48.4
    Verite Elemental 72.9
    Vorpal Bunny 158.2
    Wailing Banshee 60
    Walrus 18.2
    Wandering Healer 95.8
    War Horse 65.7
    Water Elemental 73
    Whipping Vine 75.9
    White Wolf 32.3
    White Wyrm 100.3
    Wisp 82
    Wraith 68.2
    Wyvern 78.2
    Zealot of Khaldun (Knight) 96
    Zealot of Khaldun (Summoner) 108.5
    Zombie 34.2

    and the same list again, just in order of decending numbers instead of letters

    Creature (Numerical) Difficulty
    Vorpal Bunny 158.2
    Plague Beast Lord 144.5
    Ancient Lich (Khaldun) 135.9
    Sphinx 135.3
    Ancient Wyrm 131.4
    Tentacles of the Harrower (Khaldun) 131.4
    Rotting Corpse 128.8
    Serpentine Dragon 128.8
    Shadow Wyrm 124.9
    Skeletal Dragon 119.7
    Balron 117.4
    Devourer of Souls 114.3
    Gargoyle Destroyer 110.8
    Exodus Minion Lord 110.6
    Meer Eternal 109.4
    Phoenix 108.6
    Zealot of Khaldun (Summoner) 108.5
    Ethereal Warrior 107.6
    Succubus 107.2
    Lich Lord 106.4
    Poison Elemental 105.1
    Dragon 105
    Chaos Dragoon Elite 102.5
    White Wyrm 100.3
    Executioner 99.1
    Ophidian Matriarch 97.1
    Betrayer 96.5
    Juka Mage 96.3
    Fire Gargoyle 96
    Zealot of Khaldun (Knight) 96
    Wandering Healer 95.8
    Blood Elemental 94.9
    Orc Brute 94.3
    Titan 93.6
    Exodus Minion 93
    Terathan Avenger 91.5
    Terathan Matriarch 91.2
    Elder Gazer 90.2
    Ogre Lord 90
    Daemon 89.8
    Ice Fiend 89.3
    Juka Lord 89
    Savage Shaman 88.9
    Arctic Ogre Lord 88.8
    Dark Guardian (Lich) 88.1
    Giant Beetle 88.1
    Gargoyle Enforcer 88
    Meer Mage 86.6
    Ophidian Avenger 86.6
    Ophidian Knight-Errant 86.2
    Unicorn 86.2
    Bog Thing 86.1
    Juka Warrior 85.6
    Lysander Gathenwale (Khaldun) 85.5
    Nightmare 85.2
    Efreet 85
    Dread Spider 84.9
    Lich 84.8
    Ki-Rin 84.7
    Acid Elemental 83.9
    Chaos Dragoon 83.8
    Crystal Elemental 83.6
    Fire Steed 83.6
    Pixie 83.4
    Red Solen Infiltrator (Queen) 83.1
    Black Solen Infiltrator (Queen) 82.6
    Blackthorn Juggernaut 82.2
    Wisp 82
    Ophidian Zealot 81.8
    Kraken 81.7
    Ophidian Justicar 81.5
    Plague Beast (Not Fed) 81.5
    Controller 81.3
    Ophidian Shaman 80.7
    Drake 80.6
    Ophidian Apprentice Mage 80.5
    Silver Serpent 80.1
    Centaur 79.7
    Black Solen Queen 79.6
    Evil Mage Lord 79.6
    Ratman Mage 79.3
    Red Solen Queen 79.3
    Golem 78.4
    Savage Rider 78.3
    Snow Elemental 78.2
    Wyvern 78.2
    Spectral Armor (Khaldun) 78
    Ant Lion 77.8
    Energy Vortex 77.7
    Meer Captain 77.5
    Deep Sea Serpent 77
    Ice Elemental 76.9
    Whipping Vine 75.9
    Air Elemental 75.7
    Sand Vortex 75.6
    Lava Serpent 75.5
    Grimmoch Drummel (Khaldun) 75.3
    Blade Spirit 75.1
    Tavara Sewel (Khaldun) 75.1
    Giant Ice Worm 75
    Red Solen Infiltrator (Warrior) 74.8
    Savage Warrior (Male) 74.7
    Fire Elemental 74.5
    Savage Warrior (Female) 74.3
    Black Solen Infiltrator (Warrior) 74.2
    Reaper 74.1
    Ophidian Warrior 74
    Valorite Elemental 74
    Golden Elemental 73.9
    Dull Copper Elemental 73.8
    Ophidian Enforcer 73.6
    Ratman Archer 73.5
    Copper Elemental 73.3
    Gazer 73.3
    Cyclopean Warrior 73.2
    Orcish Mage 73.2
    Sea Serpent 73.2
    Morg Bergen (Khaldun) 73
    Water Elemental 73
    Agapite Elemental 72.9
    Black Solen Warrior 72.9
    Verite Elemental 72.9
    Red Solen Warrior 72.8
    Brigand 72.6
    Orcish Lord 72.6
    Gargoyle 72.5
    Shadow Iron Elemental 72.3
    Evil Mage 72.2
    Cursed (Khaldun) 72
    Bronze Elemental 71.8
    Skeletal Mage 71.8
    Orc Captain 71.7
    Bone Magi 71.4
    Stone Gargoyle 71.4
    Hellcat (Large) 71.2
    Giant Serpent 71
    Orc Bomber 70.9
    Enslaved Gargoyle 70.8
    Black Widow 70.6
    Terathan Warrior 70.6
    Stone Harpy 70.3
    Imp 70
    Shade 69.4
    Bone Knight 69.1
    Wraith 68.2
    Spectre 67.8
    Frost Troll 67.7
    Skeletal Knight 67.4
    Orc Chopper 67.3
    Meer Warrior 65.9
    War Horse 65.7
    Doppleganger 65.4
    Scorpion 65.1
    Earth Elemental 65
    Hell Hound (Leader) 65
    Mummy 63.1
    Hell Hound 62.8
    Ravager 62.8
    Bogling 61.5
    Wailing Banshee 60
    Patchwork Skeleton 59.7
    Swamp Dragon 59
    Treefellow 58.9
    Lava Lizard 58.8
    Gibberling 58.7
    Black Solen Worker 58.3
    Orc Scout 57.9
    Giant Spider 57.5
    Flesh Golem 57
    Gazer Larva 56.7
    Harpy 56.4
    Frenzied Ostard 56.2
    Troll 54.5
    Plague Spawn 53.9
    Red Solen Worker 53.8
    Giant Ice Serpent 53.1
    Dire Wolf 50.3
    Lizardman 50.3
    Hellcat (Small) 50.2
    Ratman 49.9
    Orc 49.1
    Skeletal Mount 49.1
    Gore Fiend 48.8
    Ogre 48.8
    Vampire Bat 48.4
    Swamp Tentacle 48
    Grizzly Bear 47.4
    Ettin 47.3
    Shadow Wisp 46.4
    Frost Spider 45.4
    Ghoul 41.5
    Polar Bear 38.9
    Skeleton 38.9
    Skittering Hopper 38.8
    Corpser 37.8
    Terathan Drone 36.9
    Panther 36.5
    Bull 35.8
    Dolphin 35.6
    Snow Leopard 34.3
    Zombie 34.2
    Cougar 33.3
    Pack Horse 32.9
    Slime 32.5
    Desert Ostard 32.3
    White Wolf 32.3
    Alligator 32.2
    Forest Ostard 31.6
    Mongbat (Strong) 31.3
    Gorilla 31.1
    Black Bear 31
    Snake 30.3
    Grey Wolf 30.2
    Brown Bear 29.6
    Timber Wolf 29.4
    Bullfrog 29.2
    Ridgeback 29.1
    Giant Toad 27.3
    Great Hart 27.3
    Horde Minion (Haven) 27.3
    Horse 26.5
    Lava Snake 26.5
    Mountain Goat 26
    Giant Rat 25.8
    Pack Llama 24.2
    Headless One 23.8
    Shadow Fiend (Khaldun) 22.1
    Eagle 22
    Ice Snake 20.6
    Restless Soul 19.8
    Rideable Llama 18.9
    Dog 18.7
    Hind 18.2
    Walrus 18.2
    Llama 17
    Frost Ooze 14.5
    Mongbat (Weak) 9.9
    Boar 7.5
    Cow 6.6
    Sheep 6.5
    Cat 6
    Rabbit 6
    Rat 6
    Jack Rabbit 5.9
    Pig 5.9
    Sewer Rat 5.5
    Goat 5.4
    Bird 4.6
    Chicken 3.4

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    This is a much easier way to figure out the Barding Difficulty..... well..... maybe not EASIER, but easier then the above listed way.

     
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