Outside of expansion launches and relic binges, I’ve long played FFXIV pretty casually, doing a roulette or three a day and otherwise doing other things. I still like to idle on the game, though—I do a lot of chatting and picture taking even if I’m not playing heavily at any given period of time. With Patch 5.3 facing a delay and the first installment of the Shadowbringers Blades of Gunnhildr relic quest being a pretty short one, I’ve been doing that more than ever in an effort to avoid burning myself out before we have new content to dive into. (And okay, sure, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know I’ve fallen down a Baldur’s Gate rabbit hole recently, too…)
All of that idling and basking in scenery is part of why I so often avoid heavier armor in Alahra’s glamours—standing around in armor often feels so strange! For the last week or so especially, the heavier aspects of the Ninja glamour I put together for the new relic were bothering me, and so I resolved to see what I could put together for something new. For an added layer of complexity, I wanted to see what I could do to stick with the Honeshirazu—a difficult pair of weapons to work around, since their colors don’t readily match up with much of Ninja’s available gear.
Glamour Components (Required Level: NIN 80)
Head: Reading Glasses
Body: Dravanian Tunic of Scouting
Hands: Crystarium Gloves of Scouting
Legs: Light Steel Subligar (Hunter Green)
Feet: Expeditioner’s Thighboots (Loam Brown)
I didn’t have much in the way of a concrete direction when I got started, though. At first, I was randomly trying out dyes on the Market Board, looking for something that sparked my interest. That lead me to focusing on the Brightlinen Gambison of Scouting for a good long while, but eventually the potential there dwindled, since I couldn’t find a solid way to pair it with Honeshirazu. Along the way, I also toyed around with the Kudzu Tunic of Scouting, which was a Stormblood staple for me. Obviously, the colors on that one weren’t going to work that well, but it did call to mind an older equivalent from Heavensward.
Although both the Orthodox and Dravanian Tunics of Scouting pre-date Fashion Ninjutsu, I had Ninja glamours with both of them at various points in time. Neither of them really had solid options to pair alongside them, however, and so they’ve yet to show up on the site, while the Aiming and Striking versions have multiple times. But I thought the more neutral tones of the Dravanian Tunic for Ninja might work well in this case, especially after noticing that they worked fairly well alongside the Warg Fingerless Gloves of Scouting.
The general profile here is more or less what I always do for the various tunic models—I have a style preference it can be hard to get away from sometimes, I have to admit. But in an effort to at least incorporate some new pieces, I went to check out some of Ninja’s Crystarium gear from this Tomestone cycle. I couldn’t remember what the boots were like, and I thought they might be a solid fit if they were tall. As it turned out, they aren’t, but looking for them reminded me of the Crystarium Gloves instead (which I already had but had been glamouring over), and those turned out to be a really nice complement to the tunic.
The one drawback to a look like this one is that it will invariably feel old before long, since the tunic is so yesterday as one might say. For now, of course, I’m not playing Ninja extensively since the switch to Dark Knight. When I can, I tank both for queue times and overall flavor given all of Shadowbringers. So, this one will work for the present even if it’s bound to get replaced sooner rather than later. At the very least, the colors blend well enough with Honeshirazu, and that’s got to count for something!
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