The new Lakeland Armor of Fending in Shadowbringers is, like the other sets of Lakeland gear, a recolor. This one is somewhat unique in that its original source is not another dungeon, but rather a set of crafted leveling gear originally designed for Scouting and Striking DPS classes (the level 66 “white” gear from Stormblood, including the Marid Leather Coat as a centerpiece). A rather heavy set of gear, the Lakeland Armor seems a far better fit for tanks than it ever did for FFXIV‘s two light-armored melee DPS, making it a solid set to repurpose for a new role in the expansion. You’ll find the gear, wearable by all tank jobs, in the first dungeon of Shadowbringers, Holminster Switch, and each piece naturally has a corresponding level requirement of 71.
The full left-side of the set includes the Lakeland Hood of Fending, Lakeland Coat of Fending, Lakeland Gauntlets of Fending, Lakeland Breeches of Fending, and Lakeland Greaves of Fending. All are non-dyeable and predominately black—a perfect fit for a fledgling Warrior of Darkness. Corresponding weapons include the expected Lakeland Longsword (along with a Lakeland Kite Shield), Lakeland War Axe, Lakeland Greatsword (pictured above), and Lakeland Manatrigger for each of the current tank classes.
The set fortunately has no noticeable clipping issues for tails or hands clipping through the sides of the coat. There is some potential for hairstyle clipping issues with the mask included on the Lakeland Hood, but the mask can also be toggled off with the visor option (and personally I think it looks better without it). Other than that small issue, the Lakeland Armor is a well-modeled set, held back only by its inability to be dyed—but we’re all dyeing everything black for Shadowbringers anyway, right?
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