As I mentioned it likely would be soon, my Monk is 80 now! I’m currently waffling between gearing it or gearing Dark Knight moving forward, but whether I focus on it as my main job for awhile or not, I’ll definitely be using it as my primary DPS until Ninja gets some much-needed changes. Even though the new Greased Lightning 4 is a bit much for me to play in long stretches, I can’t get enough of the new Monk AF, which has one of my favorite body pieces in a long time.
The original Temple Cyclas was part of what sold me on FFXIV back when A Realm Reborn launched. With no Ninja at re-launch, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to find a good job for Alahra, but the original Monk AF seemed like it would fit her very well (and I’ve used it and the Melee Cyclas in a lot of glamours over the years, as a result!), but it’s certainly a very old piece now and makes me think more of low level adventures than anything else. So I’ve had my eyes on the new Bhikku Cyclas for quite some time, since it’s a lot like a leveled up version of the original Cyclas.
Glamour Components (Requirements: MNK 80, Female)
Weapon: Weathered Godhands
Head: Reading Glasses (Blood Red)
Body: Weathered Bhikku Cyclas
Hands: (Weathered Godhands)
Legs: Guardian Corps Skirt
Feet: Atrociraptorskin Thighboots of Striking
At first, I thought working with the new Cyclas was going to be a bit tough, though. It’s larger than the original Temple one, which made me think I wasn’t going to be able to do my normal thighboots combo with it. Indeed, the ones I tried out initially, like the new Ishgardian Thighboots or Expeditioner’s Thighboots felt a little too tall, and they didn’t really fit the tone of the Cyclas, either. For a little while I was looking at using something like the Pixie Cotton Culottes or my old staple Warwolf Kecks, but I eventually noticed that the Atrociraptor boots were a good fit. They’re a little shorter than some of my others, and they’ve got more or less a perfect color scheme to match the brown and black accents on the Cyclas.
From there, things were pretty easy. The new Godhands already cover the hands slot, and I wasn’t going to move away from Alahra’s normal glasses at this point (though I really wish they’d add some new pairs sometime!). The last thing I had to figure out was the leg slot, and after experimenting with most available shorts, I settled on the Guardian Corps Skirt instead, which as ever serves as a good neutral piece to complement almost any body piece.
This will likely serve as Alahra’s canon glamour for the near future, as it fits her much better than anything I’ve been able to put together for Dark Knight so far. Even if I don’t main Monk in a gameplay sense, I’ll probably use it for the Main Scenario in 5.1 (unless I end up with enough tomes to also gear Ninja in preparation for it, anyway). I’m also greatly looking forward to the potential for a dyeable Bhikku Cyclas, whenever we get access to that!