Gear Set Gallery: Ravel Keeper’s Garb of Fending

One of my favorite round of gear sets from the initial launch of Shadowbringers has to be the Ravel Keeper’s gear. In general, FFXIV doesn’t offer a lot in the way of “tribal” aesthetics, but so far each expansion has had at least one dungeon that offers something in that vein. (In Heavensward, we had the various sets from Sohm Al, and in Stormblood, Bardam’s Mettle offered gear worn by the tribes of the Azim Steppe.) Of the Ravel Keeper’s sets, I think my favorite is probably the Fending gear (which shares models with the Maiming gear, as well). You’ll find the gear, which has a level 75 level requirement, in The Qitana Ravel.

The main glamour pieces consist of the Ravel Keeper’s Headband of Fending, Ravel Keeper’s Vest of Fending, Ravel Keeper’s Armlets of Fending, Ravel Keeper’s Kecks of Fending, and Ravel Keeper’s Thighboots of Fending. The four tank weapons come in the form of the Ravel Keeper’s Sword (and corresponding Ravel Keeper’s Shield), Ravel Keeper’s Axe, Ravel Keeper’s Guillotine (pictured above), and Ravel Keeper’s Sawback. Like all of the Ravel Keeper’s sets, the Fending garb is dyeable. I’ve collected some examples of how the set dyes below, in Rust Red.

In general, you’ll find only minor clipping issues for most of the set, with the somewhat common issue of hands sometimes clipping through the Ravel Keeper’s Vest in some idle stances. There are also no significant issues of tail clipping that I saw. The Ravel Keeper’s Headband does have some significant clipping with most hairstyles, though, since it is modeled against your character’s head rather than around their hair as some other pieces are. This often makes it difficult to see the full piece, and only the closest of cuts seem to work well with it.

The rest of the set works quite well, however, and it also dyes in the preferred manner of focusing on a single channel throughout most of the set, which preserves much more of the look’s character and avoids washing out secondary colors. If you’re after gear for a tribal Warrior glamour in particular, I’d say the Ravel Keeper’s Garb offers some of the best options we’ve gotten in that style, and dyes can help you mix and match it with a variety of other pieces, too.

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