One of the first sets that really got my attention in Shadowbringers, the Voeburtite Armor of Fending offers glamour options in a style we don’t often see for tanks in FFXIV: light armor. Armored coats have been the norm for tank gear for much of FFXIV‘s history at this point, with even things like breastplates being rare outside of gear from the original 1-50 leveling experience. But the new Voeburtite Armor offers something unique with its leather armor and overall light look, reminiscent of a courtly knight or squire. The set drops from the new Shadowbringers dungeon, Dohn Mheg.
Set Pieces (Requirements: DRK/GNB/PLD/WAR 73)
Weapons: Fae Axe, Fae Guillotine, Fae Manatrigger, Fae Sword & Shield (pictured)
Head: Voeburtite Circlet of Fending
Body: Voeburtite Jacket of Fending
Hands: Voeburtite Gauntlets of Fending
Legs: Voeburtite Gaskins of Fending
Feet: Voeburtite Greaves of Fending
In keeping with the norm for dungeon sets, the Voeburtite Armor is non-dyeable. Like the other sets from Dohn Mheg, however, the associated Fae weapons are dyeable, and you can see the featured Sword and Shield dyed Rolanberry Red above for an idea of their general dyeing pattern. Though the rest of the set is non-dyeable, it does have a solid color scheme with a focus on black, red, and silver, all colors that play well with other glamour options, making for a flexible set overall.
Thanks to being a lighter set, most of the pieces have little in the way of clipping issues. The pouches on the one side of the Jacket may clip with character hands in minor ways depending on character race and gender, but I didn’t notice any issues on my female miqo’te. The major area of note is the Circlet, though: it clips significantly with a wide variety of hair styles, especially those with heavy bangs. While such issues can often be avoided with a change of hairstyle, I only found one or two that didn’t clip at all, and most others had at least minor clipping, which limits the potential of that piece in particular. That’s common with pieces of this sort, of course, but it’s still worth noting!
All in all, though, the Voeburtite Armor is the sort of set I sincerely hope we see more of in FFXIV‘s future. We have more than enough in the way of armored coats, and a wider range of styles for lighter tank armor would be most welcome! As far as glamours go, I used the Voeburtite Jacket as the centerpiece of my tank glamours for most of Shadowbringers so far (though I finally found a new look recently), and it’s a body piece I could see myself going back to with time, too!
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