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Threnody is a type of Enfeebling Song used by Bards. It temporarily lowers an enemy's resistance to one of the eight elements, causing subsequent elemental attacks, magic, and status effects matching the appropriate element to land on the target with greater accuracy.


  • Threnody reduces the target's resistance to the appropriate element by 50 points plus 5 for each +1 on the instrument.
  • The White Magic spell Erase will remove Threnody effects.
  • Similar to Bar-spells, Threnody spells have an element that is stronger than the element it acts upon. For example, Barblizzard enhances resistance to ice, yet is a fire-based spell. Likewise, Ice Threnody reduces ice resistance, and is also a fire-based spell.
  • As an Enfeebling Song, only one Threnody can be active on a target at once. If a subsequent Threnody is cast on a target that still has a Threnody active, the first Threnody effect is removed.
  • Based on the previous example, if you try to cast Ice Threnody on a target resistant to fire, it may fail often. An alternative course of action might be to cast Fire Threnody first (a water-based spell), such as to reduce its fire resistance and make it easier to land Ice Threnody.
  • The status of reduced elemental resistance, such as the effect provided by Threnody, only heightens accuracy of elemental damage; meaning it will be more likely to hit for its maximum (unresisted) damage. Threnodies, or any other form of reduced elemental resistance, will not allow such attacks to hit for a higher maximum damage.

Threnody Song List

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

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Light Threnody
12: Resist Vs. Dark Dark Threnody
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Earth Threnody
16: Resist Vs. Water Water Threnody
18: Resist Vs. Wind Wind Threnody
20: Resist Vs. Fire Fire Threnody
Ice Threnody
24: Resist Vs. Lightning Lightning Threnody

Base duration of Threnody is 60 seconds (72 with Piccolo +1, 78 with Sorrowful Harp)

Name Lvl Effects
Piccolo 9 Threnody +1
Piccolo +1 9 Threnody +2
Sorrowful Harp 70 Threnody +3
Millennium Horn 75 In Dynamis: CHR +3, All Songs +2
Gjallarhorn 75 CHR +4, All Songs +2, Singing Skill +10, Wind Instrument Skill +10