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Final Fantasy 14 guide: How to dye gear and unlock glamour

How to look the best while saving the world

A tall rabbit eared woman stands and checks her nails next to a small elf-like girl shouting excitedly in FFXIV Image: Square Enix via Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

As you play Final Fantasy 14, you’ll unlock the ability to dress your character up, while also keeping the good stats of high level gear. This is referred to as glamour.

In this FFXIV guide, we’ll talk about how to unlock glamour, how to dye gear, and how fancy up your gear in a variety of ways, using the glamour dresser and plates to automate your fashion to a click of one button.

Glamouring in FFXIV

Glamouring allows you to use glamour prisms to project the appearance of a piece of equipment over the equipment you’re wearing, with some limitations. The gear you want to use the appearance of has to be at the same or a lower level than yours, and it must be for the same class or job. (So no, you cannot trick somebody into thinking you’re a level 80 Dragoon, when you’re really a level 30 White Mage.)

To unlock the ability to glamour, you need to be at least level 15 and be far enough in the main scenario quests to access Western Thanalan. In Vesper Bay, you’ll find a female NPC with an eccentrically colored outfit named Swyrgeim, who will give you the quest “If I Had a Glamour.”

Once you do this, you’ll be able to use the Glamour skill, found in the general tab of your actions and traits window.

Manually glamouring individual items

You can manually glamour single items by using the Cast Glamour skill. You can access that from the actions and traits menu, or you can open your character menu and right click the gear you want to glamour and click “cast glamour.” Casting glamour costs one glamour prism per item.

A Final Fantasy 14 screenshot showcasing the menus needed to manually glamour items Image: Square Enix via Polygon

Using the glamour dresser and armoire

You can find glamour dressers and armoires at each inn in the major cities Ul’dah, Limsa Lominsa, New Gridania, Ishgard, Kugane, and the Crystarium. You can also find them inside your Grand Company barracks.

Putting an item into the dresser costs one glamour prism.

  • The glamour dresser, which can hold up to 400 items, is where you can put items you want to use for your outfits.
  • Gear from events, as well as some other specific gear, can go into the armoire, which helps you save some space in your dresser.

Using the dresser, you can make glamour plates, which allow you to cast glamour for an entire outfit at once, rather than one by one. Using a plate does not cost any prisms.

A Final Fantasy 14 menu screen that shows both the Glamour Dresser and Glamour Plates open Image: Square Enix via Polygon

After setting the plate up at a dresser, you can access your plates at any time from your character menu to cast them. However, you can only cast glamour plates when you’re in a city.

A screenshot showing off where to find the glamour plate button on your character screen Image: Square Enix via Polygon

You can also link glamour plates to item sets, which allows for some extra fancy gear set making. By doing this, even if your Paladin and Gunbreaker share the same gear, you can give them different looks that will automatically update when you switch to that item set, as long as you’re in a town.

A screenshot of the character screen with the gear sets menu opened, showing how to assign glamour plates to a gear set Image: Square Enix via Polygon

To do so, select the gear set button, the gear set you want to link, and “link to glamour plate.”

Using dyes on your gear in FFXIV

To unlock the ability to dye, talk to Swyrgeim, the same NPC who unlocked glamour. Once you complete the quest “Color Your World,” you’ll be able to dye gear.

You can get dyes from vendors, from crafting them from pigments, and from a variety of other means. You can use by selecting the gear from your armory or character screen. Manually dyeing your gear will cost one dye per dyejob.

Menu screens showing different dye options
You can preview the dyes before you use them
Image: Square Enix via Polygon

You can also dye from within glamour plates, which only uses the dye when you first place it on the plate. It will not use extra dyes when you apply the plate later.