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The feat Battle Song Expertise states that

"you gain a +1 feat bonus to attack rolls you make with any weapon or wondrous item that has a property allowing you to use it as an implement for your bard powers and bard paragon path powers." (Dragon 402)

I was going to pick up the Arcane Implement Proficiency - Weapon feat for my Skald to use my weapon for implement attacks and then improve the attack bonus with BSE, however, the wording on the feat makes it sound like the weapon NEEDS to be a Songblade or similar. Is this intended? At the moment, the related White Lotus Dueling Expertise feat seems like a much better option.

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This is one of the... less useful expertises out there. –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Aug 3 '12 at 0:55
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Battle Song Expertise only applies to songblades and instruments.

This phrase, "any weapon or wondrous item that has a property allowing you to use it as an implement for your bard powers and bard paragon path powers", is for songblades (which have a property indicating they can be used as an implement for bard powers) and for certain musical instrument wondrous items (such as the Fochluchan Bandalore) which have a property indicating they can be used as an implement for bard powers.

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It seems that the wording on the feat has been changed, so that it now works with any weapon with which you have proficiency. I guess? I don't have an Insider subscription, so that must be where everyone else is getting the alternative feat description. –  Ravn Aug 13 '12 at 17:04
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