I haven’t been completely satisfied with my most recent Ninja glamour, more or less because I didn’t think it was going to feel right for Main Scenario cutscenes. Going full black bothered me a little, too. I wanted some more color, preferably something purple like I had envisioned originally, since I missed my Yoshimitsu Nexus. I had no idea where I was going to go for that, though, as I’ve generally exhausted most of the obvious options for Ninja over the years.
My general favorite choice has long been the Shire Emissary’s Jacket, which looks good in almost any color and tends to work very well for Alahra. But I feel like I’ve overused it, and I wanted to go for something new. As I browsed the Market Board looking for inspiration, my eyes were drawn to the Eikon Cloth Acton, a piece I’d always wanted to use but never managed to work out. It doesn’t dye especially well, and the purple on it doesn’t match any of the available purple dyes that we have. I decided to give the top a whirl though, at least as a starting point, and a glamour came together almost immediately.
Glamour Components (Required Level: NIN 68)
Weapon: (Replica) Yoshimitsu Nexus
Head: Scintillant Circlet of Scouting (Abyssal Blue)
Body: Eikon Cloth Acton of Scouting
Hands: Molybdenum Armguards of Scouting (Abyssal Blue)
Legs: Warwolf Kecks of Striking (Abyssal Blue)
Feet: Kirimu Sandals of Scouting (Jet Black)
The missing puzzle piece proved to be Abyssal Blue dye. Despite our having the Acton for a couple of years now, I’d never checked the blue dyes for a match with its default color scheme. Some of them could arguably be in the purple section of the dyeing interface, and I’m not sure why it took me so long to try them. Once I did, however, I found that Abyssal is the perfect shade for the Scouting version of the Acton, and that let me work out the rest without any further snags.
Another issue I’d long had with the Acton is the right pair of gloves. It’s a pretty slim top, normally paired with gloves that serve as long sleeves more than they do actual gloves. Most gloves are a bit too thick to work as a result, since they clash in terms of profile with the Acton’s narrow shoulders. But Stormblood gave us the perfect answer for Ninja (and any other Scouting classes we get down the line) in the Molybdenum Armguards. I had them on from the last glamour and immediately noticed that they worked much better than something like the Shire Emissary’s Gloves, which are much too wide at the shoulder.
Since I was using the Molybdenum Armguards once more, I decided to stick with the Warwolf Kecks, too. For a change, and also because I prefer them over the High House Halfboots with the Kecks, I swapped in the Kirimu Sandals this time. I like the fact that they’re more open, which works well with both the Kecks and the Armguards. The lightness of the Acton complements them nicely, too, in contrast to the Strife Vest that I was using before.
Once I had everything in place, I noticed something odd: the glasses didn’t look right! As usual, I had them on for the whole process, since they’re almost always a part of whatever glamour I’m moving on from, and something about them felt off. I’m not sure exactly what the issue was, but I decided to follow my instincts and look for something different. The Scintillant Circlet was an obvious choice, but I have to admit I already miss my glasses and I may end up going back to them before long.
Whether I go back to glasses or not, I’m pretty happy with this one. It brings a lot more color into the mix, making it more interesting, and I’d say the Acton also fits Alahra far better than the Strife Vest does. Then, on top of that, the purple gives me the perfect excuse to go back to my Yoshimitsu, even if the purples between the two aren’t a perfect match. I’d say this look has a solid chance of lasting through the end of Stormblood, but we still have two patches remaining (well, one patch split into two parts!). A new patch can always shake things up, so I’ll be keeping my normal out!