As I thought I would, I’ve been getting a lot of mileage out of Red Mage inside Eureka Anemos. So far, I’ve been exclusively duoing with my S.O., which means its overall kit of abilities is really handy. One of us having access to Raise is more or less mandatory to ensure that we don’t run too much risk of losing XP and/or leveling down if things go south. Having the ability to heal at will is also very welcome, as are the ability to cleanse poison effects with Erase and to bind enemies with Tether while on the run. I wasn’t getting very much enjoyment out of my last glamour, though, so I took a little time before beginning the day late last week to put together something that felt more appropriate for adventuring.
Glamour Components (Required Level: BRD/RDM/SMN 66)
Weapon: Rapier of the Round
Head: Red Beret (Jet Black)
Body: Anemos Gambison (Jet Black)
Hands: Marid Leather Gloves of Casting (Jet Black)
Legs: Star Velvet Bottoms of Casting (Jet Black)
Feet: Songbird Boots
Though Eureka is mainly focused on upgrading Artifact gear and weapons, like Diadem and Palace of the Dead before it, it uses a random “lootbox” system to provide various other rewards, with many of them being new All Classes versions of some pretty popular pieces that were previously limited to specific roles. One of those, the Ruby Cotton Gambison of Aiming, has been on my radar for a very long time. I’ve tried multiple times to use it for a Bard or Machinist look, but I’ve not had any success there. With the new Anemos Gambison, though, I can start using the top for other classes. And since the Gambison works really well for a glamour centered on functionality, since it comes equipped with numerous pouches and even a canteen, so it seemed a natural fit for Eureka.
Originally, I set out to go for a Pure White look, building off a similar core that I used for the glamour I used while finishing off Black Mage. After a bit of experimentation, though, I decided that the Gambison just didn’t work very well in white, since the leather “utility belt” stayed a rather dark brown. The next obvious choice was to go for all black, since it seemed like the overall look should really be one unified color, and wearing a full ensemble of any other color would have been pretty strange for Alahra. I don’t often favor black for Red Mage, but once I saw how the look was coming together in black, I decided to make an exception.
Since I wanted a more practical look, I decided against using glasses of any sort, settling instead on the Red Beret, which seemed a pretty good fit for the Gambison. I think I’d ideally like to use the Anemos Duelist’s Chapeau dyed Jet Black, but my focus on Eureka upgrades is first going to be on Monk and then Ninja, so it’ll be awhile before I start spending Crystals to acquire items I’m really only going to use for glamour. The Beret works pretty well in any case, and it serves as a slight personal nod to FFXI, where the mid-level Gambison armor sets normally included a Beret for the head gear.
The gloves were the last thing I settled on. At first, I was using the Warwolf Gloves of Casting (in Jet Black, naturally), and I put those through their paces for quite some time in Eureka. But when I got ready to do screenshots for this post, I decided to take one last look at other options (since after settling on black for the color I went to the Warwolf Gloves immediately without checking anything else out). The Marid Leather Gloves stood out as a much more practical option, and given everything else, I opted to use those in place of the Warwolf ones.
I’ve been having even more fun in Eureka since I switched over to this look, so I have a feeling it’s going to last me quite awhile, at least for my Red Mage. When it comes to my actual progress in the zone, I’ve picked up the Anemos Pacifist’s Vest, so I’m definitely going to be doing an update to my current Monk glamour soon, but I might wait until I can finish the Anemos Chakras so that I can dye them to properly match the Vest. The Vest looks stellar in Pure White, though, so even if I’m not entirely ready to finish a glamour for it, I’m going to stubbornly use it in the mean time!