Square-Enix’s MMORPGs, Final Fantasy XI Online and Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn, are both getting systems similar to World of Warcraft’s Transmogrification in their next updates, which will allow you to change pieces of clothing or armor to look like other ones without affecting their game stats.
The FFXI update has already gone live, while the FFXIV:ARR update will come online March 27. Here’s a quick overview of why you’d want to use this feature in-game, and how it does (or will) work in each of Square-Enix’s MMOs.
Why would you want to do this?
Because in MMORPGs that aren’t purely social, different clothes or pieces of armor tend to have an effect on your character’s ability in the game. And when the clothes or armor you like are no longer the “best” for your character’s role, you’re more or less forced to change their style and wardrobe, whether you like it or not. But with systems like Transmogrification, you can keep your gear looking the way you like even after that set is no longer the best.
How will it work in Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn?
In the most recent Letter from the Producer, Naoki Yoshida explained FFXIV:ARR’s new “glamour” system, complete with screenshots. Using an item called a Mirage Prism, you can do something similar to dyeing that changes one piece of gear you are wearing to look like another that you are carrying. This change apparently persists, so that you can even store the gear that you copied the appearance of with your retainer and it won’t affect anything.
The downside? You can only change your gear’s appearance to look like other gear equipp able by your same class or job, which has the same or lower “equipment level” (it’s unclear from the original post whether Naoki means character level or item level by this). And of course, this being FFXIV:ARR, the letter and the screenshots used to illustrate it are kind of sexist. But what else is new?
How does it work in Final Fantasy XI Online?
Like so many things in FFXI, it uses a text command. Typing “/lockstyle on” into the chat box will force your gear to look the same even if you change it. “/lockstyle off” disables the feature.
Unfortunately, it’s not permanent. Changing your weapon, or other “items that affect character motions,” will disable it. So will logging out, being hit by a Lamia’s “unequip all” attack in Besieged, or even zoning into a different area. You also can’t use the command during Ballista, Brenner, or (for obvious reasons) Monstrosity.
On the plus side, because it’s a text command you can easily build it into your existing gear swap macros, if you have them, and just trigger it whenever you go into a Delve.