Armor Progression

Armor progression includes three primary sets: your artifact, your relic, and your empyrean. Each of these sets have multiple phases of upgrades and, for many players, multiple purposes.

Artifact Relic Empyrean

The upgrade paths for armor begins with the base level armor purchasable from one of the vendors at the Celennia Memorial Library and then further upgrades requiring unlocking the services from Vainrachault and then currency trades per armor piece.

Items to upgrade these armors will be found throughout the game and require a bit of luck and a bit of farming.

Unlocking Upgrade Tiers

You’ll need to unlock each “tier” of upgrading by retrieving items for Vainrachault in the Celennia Memorial Library.

Tier I

To unlock tier I armor upgrading with Vainrachault, you’ll need to provide him:

  • 2,000,000 gil
  • 20 Alexandrite
  • 10 Tanzanite Jewels

This is the first tier to unlock and the easiest. Players should have no problem unlocking this tier at level 75.

Allows you to upgrade:

  • Artifact => Artifact +1
  • Relic +1 => Relic +2
  • Empyrean +1 => Empyrean +2

To upgrade items in this tier, you’ll need alexandrite.

Tier II

To unlock tier II armor upgrading with Vainrachault, you’ll need to unlock tier I armor upgrading and provide him:

  • 2,000,000 gil
  • 10 100 Byne Bills
  • 10 Lungo-Nango Jadeshells
  • 10 Montiont Silverpieces

This is the second tier and matches players to Dynamis zones. Players should have no problem unlocking this tier at level 90+.

Allows you to upgrade:

  • Artifact +1 => Reforged Artifact +1
  • Relic +2 => Reforged Relic +1

To upgrade items in this tier, you’ll need alexandrite.

Tier III

To unlock tier III armor upgrading with Vainrachault, you’ll need to unlock tier II armor upgrading and provide him:

  • 10,000 cruor
  • 1 Stones of Vision
  • 1 Jewels of Wieldance
  • 1 Coins of Balance
  • 1 Cards of Ardor

This is the third tier and matches players to Abyssea zones. Players should have no problem unlocking this tier at level 99 with upgrades from prior tiers.

Allows you to upgrade:

  • Reforged Artifact +1 => Reforged Artifact +2
  • Empyrean +2 => Reforged Empyrean

To upgrade items in this tier, you’ll need tanzanite jewels.

Tier IV

To unlock tier IV armor upgrading with Vainrachault, you’ll need to unlock tier III armor upgrading and provide him:

  • 10 Beastmen’s Medal
  • 5 Rusted Coins
  • 2 Aptant: Aecus
  • 1 Igneous Barnacle

This is the fourth and final tier and matches players to various end game content, world bosses, and unique Nocturnal Souls content. Players should have no problem unlocking this tier at level 99 with upgrades from prior tiers.

Allows you to upgrade:

  • Reforged Artifact +2 => Reforged Artifact +3
  • Reforged Empyrean => Reforged Empyrean +1
  • Convert Alexandrite to Tanzanite Jewels
  • Convert Jewels + Currency to Rem’s Tale Chapters

To upgrade items in this tier, you’ll need kindred’s medals, beastmen’s medals, and various Rem’s Tale chapters.

Conversions

There are three types of currency conversion services provided:

  1. Converting Alexandrite to Tanzanite Jewels.
  2. Converting a collection of jewels, conquest points, and gil to Rem’s Tale chapters.
  3. Converting a collection of jewels, imperial standing, and gil to Rem’s Tale chapters.

This service is only available to players who have unlocked Tier IV armor upgrades.

Converting Alexandrite to Tanzanite Jewels

Vainrachault can help you convert Alexandrite to Tanzanite Jewels requires the following materials for each conversion. Players can convert multiples at a time, given they have enough currency and valor points.

  1. 30 alexandrite, traded in increments of 30.
  2. 5000 valor points (valor points are acquired by doing Fields of Valor/Grounds of Valor chapter pages–aka “tabs”)

With each conversion costing 5000 valor points and the cap of valor points being 50000, players can convert up to 10 tanzanite jewels at a time–requiring 50000 valor points and 300 alexandrites.

Converting Conquest Points to Rem’s Tale Chapters

Vainrachault can help you convert conquest points to Rem’s Tales chapters requires the following materials for each conversion. Players cannot convert multiples at a time and quantities vary depending on the page. In general, costs for pages that upgrade Artifact gear to reforced +3 require more currency than those that upgrade Empyrean gear to reforged +1.

  1. 50 alexandrite
  2. 35 to 50 tanzanite jewels
  3. 200,000 gil per chapter “level”
  4. 100,000 conquest points per chapter “level” (conquest points are acquired by defeating experience-granting monsters with the Signet effect active in the original/RoZ zones)
Chapter Gil Alexandrite Tanzanite Conquest Points
Chapter 1 200,000 50 50 50,000
Chapter 2 400,000 50 50 100,000
Chapter 3 600,000 50 50 150,000
Chapter 4 800,000 50 50 200,000
Chapter 5 1,000,000 50 50 250,000
Chapter 6 200,000 50 35 50,000
Chapter 7 400,000 50 35 100,000
Chapter 8 600,000 50 35 150,000
Chapter 9 800,000 50 35 200,000
Chapter 10 1,000,000 50 35 250,000

Converting Imperial Standing to Rem’s Tale Chapters

Saliyahf in Aht Urhgan Whitegate can help you convert imperial standing to Rem’s Tales chapters requires the following materials for each conversion. Players cannot convert multiples at a time and quantities vary depending on the page. In general, costs for pages that upgrade Artifact gear to reforced +3 require more currency than those that upgrade Empyrean gear to reforged +1.

  1. 50 alexandrite
  2. 35 to 50 tanzanite jewels
  3. 200,000 gil per chapter “level”
  4. 100,000 imperial standing points per chapter “level” (imperial standing is acquired by defeating experience-granting monsters with the Sanction effect active in ToAU zones and/or by participating in the Besieged event).
Chapter Gil Alexandrite Tanzanite Imperial Standing
Chapter 1 200,000 50 50 50,000
Chapter 2 400,000 50 50 100,000
Chapter 3 600,000 50 50 150,000
Chapter 4 800,000 50 50 200,000
Chapter 5 1,000,000 50 50 250,000
Chapter 6 200,000 50 35 50,000
Chapter 7 400,000 50 35 100,000
Chapter 8 600,000 50 35 150,000
Chapter 9 800,000 50 35 200,000
Chapter 10 1,000,000 50 35 250,000