This week was a double whammy when it came to Mog Station updates. Along with the new Mheg Deaca Attire, a new set of Carbuncle Attire was added to the shop. With this new addition of Ruby Carbuncle Attire, there are versions corresponding to each of the three main Carbuncle colors in FFXIV: Emerald, Topaz, and Ruby. I wasn’t able to review the original pair when they were added to the Mog Station originally, but since the three sets are fundamentally color swaps of one another, this review can also serve to give you some idea of the other sets as well.
So, if you’re a fire-aspected Carbuncle enthusiast, picking up the Ruby Carbuncle Attire will set you back $18 USD on the Mog Station. For that price, you’ll receive three items: Ruby Carbuncle Ears, a Jacket, and a pair of Boots. That’s on the high end in terms of price per item compared to other Mog Station sets, but at the very least you get the maximum frills per item: each one is available for both genders and dyeable, and there is also a set bonus for characters under level 30 (with the main one being an experience point boost of 30% for wearing all three).
As far as clipping goes, the Ruby Carbuncle Jacket has a few noticeable problems. Firstly, it’s long and wide enough that character hands can clip through the sides (which can, as ever, sometimes be mitigated by changing idle poses, at least for idling). The Carbuncle that accompanies the jacket, curled around your character’s neck, readily clips with longer hairstyles, too. And finally, the Jacket’s wide enough in the back to have noticeable tail clipping during character motions (and may also have some standing still depending on race and gender—for my miqo’te female, the clipping was mainly noticeable during movement). The Ruby Carbuncle Ears have only slight clipping with the front of some hair styles and otherwise works well with a surprising number of them.
At first glance, you might think you can predict the general dyeing manner of the set—the red of the jacket is accompanied by just the sort of pink you’d expect for a standard two-channel pattern. Strangely, however, the lighter tone takes on the darker shade of your chosen color rather than the lighter/pastel one (with the boots loosing the secondary color entirely). With that said, the set does dye fairly well, with no obvious frustrations to be had in terms of color. The Carbuncle elements do not dye (as you can see from the example images of the set in Sunset Orange above), so if you want a different Carbuncle color, you’ll have to pick up either the Emerald or Topaz set instead.
In terms of overall value, this (and the other Carbuncle sets) set won’t have a lot of general glamour application, given how specific it is in terms of theme and aesthetics. It’s perfect for Carbuncle enthusiasts (of which there are many!), of course, but the only piece that might have a purpose for more general use is the boots. While those do have a unique pattern, their overall style is not especially unique, so you might be able to find substitutes. Given the set’s hefty price tag for only three pieces, I don’t recommend it for general use as a result, but it will definitely deliver for those who need more Carbuncle in their lives.