Of the original Demon sets from A Realm Reborn‘s World of Darkness raid, the sets for casters and healers always stood out like a sore thumb. Most of the gear from the instance has a sinister or “edgy” vibe, but the two sets for the Disciples of Magic go off those rails with one of the most extravagant hat models in all of FFXIV. Naturally, the Forgiven’s Casting set from Shadowbringers, which drops Mt. Gulg and re-purposes those World of Darkness models, follows suit, contrasting heavily with the other sets from the same dungeon.
Set Pieces (Requirements: BLM/RDM/SMN 79)
Weapons: Foil of the Forgiven (pictured), Grimoire of the Forgiven, Rod of the Forgiven
Head: The Forgiven’s Hat of Casting
Body: The Forgiven’s Robe of Casting
Hands: The Forgiven’s Gloves of Casting
Legs: The Forgiven’s Skirt of Casting
Feet: The Forgiven’s Sandals of Casting
Like many of the other dungeon sets in Shadowbringers, this one is generally well-modeled. The only clipping issue I noticed is rather minor, with hands potentially clipping with the Robe in some poses (which is common to many body pieces of this sort). There’s also the usual issue with tails swishing in and out of the back of the Robe in motion sometimes, but it’s nothing too extreme (and may vary depending on race/gender and tail length).
The set’s armor, like the other armor from Mt. Gulg, is dyeable, and the gallery above includes examples of the set in Midnight Blue. Generally, it dyes just a single color channel, leaving the set’s gold and red accents in place, as well as the variety of colors on the Forgiven’s Hat. This places the set apart from the dyeable counterpart of Stormblood, which tended to wash out secondary colors with a darker version of the chosen dye. If there’s a dyeing complaint to be had, it’s that the Skirt is far less “sharp” in terms of color than the other pieces, but that’s more a problem with the model itself than the dyeing pattern.
All around, if the aesthetic works for you, this set should be worth collecting for glamour purposes. It’s more flexible thanks to its excellent dyeing pattern than versions of the set that have come before, and the original color scheme is solid, too, like many of the other Forgiven’s sets.