In expansions past, I normally plotted out all of my weekly Tomestone purchases sometime near the beginning of each new tier, with an eye toward kitting out one DPS, one tank, and one healer, plus another DPS of my choice (depending on how the individual items I want each tier add up). Over the course of Stormblood, though, I fell out of that habit for a variety of reasons. In Shadowbringers, I’ve mostly just been focusing on Dark Knight and Ninja, since my habit as of late has mostly just been to play those two jobs, instead of playing a wider variety of them as I once did. What that means for the present is that I just hit the point where I could start spending Allegory with an eye toward glamour potential.
Now, I’ve occasionally moaned on Twitter about how I’m tired of Scouting DPS getting large coats and heavy armor—most recently in the lead up to this current raid/Tomestone tier after seeing the initial preview of the Crystarium gear, which features the Crystarium Coat of Scouting. I’ve had a bone to pick with these things forever. They often feel ridiculous for a stealthy character and look awkward with Ninja’s attack animations that involve lots of spinning and extreme jumping. But at the same time, I can’t deny that one of my favorite Ninja glamours from Heavensward featured the Chivalric Coat. As I was browsing the Allegory vendor for something to build a glamour around, I couldn’t help but notice how nice the new coat looked alongside the thighboots I was using from my last glamour, and so I snap bought it.
Glamour Components (Required Level: NIN 80)
Head: Reading Glasses (Ul Brown)
Body: Crystarium Coat of Scouting
Hands: Augmented Shire Emissary’s Gloves (Dark Brown)
Legs: Werewolf Bottoms (Dark Brown)
Feet: Expeditioner’s Thighboots (Dark Brown)
I already had the Crystarium Gloves of Scouting from the last glamour, of course, but I was definitely not a fan of the bulky profile they created alongside the coat’s elbow pads, so the first item on my agenda was to find a better pair of gloves. At first, I thought I’d be able to find something slimmer than the Crystarium ones, but all that did was over-emphasize the pads on the coat. So, I made the move toward over-the-elbow gloves to deal with that. Ninja’s options are pretty limited here, of course, but thankfully they do have one of the best options in the old Shire Emissary’s Gloves. Dyed Dark Brown, they match up very well with the coat.
Boots, of course, were easy: the Expeditioner’s Thighboots were part of what drew me to the coat in the first place. Once the general profile was in place, I had to settle on something for a leg piece. I’d already been using the Light Steel Subligar from the previous glamour, and that honestly works just fine (and it’s probably what I’d use most of the time). Somewhere along the line, though, Cake’s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” got stuck in my head (for some reason or another—I can’t remember the last time I heard the song), so I started looking for a skirt instead. Recent favorites like the Faire Kohakama didn’t really give me what I wanted, so I settled on the Werewolf Bottoms for something that felt like it might actually be worn with a coat like this one.
For one final touch, I broke from the majority silver clasps and buttons on the coat to dye Alahra’s Reading Glasses Ul Brown for this one. The gold emblem on the upper arm of the coat really needed something else to go with it, and while I considered boots with some gold clasps or buttons (such as the Ishgardian Thighboots), I really didn’t want to move away from the Expeditioner’s Thighboots. So, the best place for the match was on the glasses, and I quite like the contrast that creates in the end. The one area I couldn’t reconcile was the weapon—on top of Ninja weapons never looking right with long coats like this, there was no way to sort out the colors (before I have access to dyeable versions, at which point we all know I’ll be doing all black). I didn’t want to drop Honeshirazu just yet, though, so I’m sucking it up and leaving them un-glamoured.
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