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 Armor
  • Artifact armor is the first set of job specific armor you’ll receive on your journey to level 99. The initial quests begin at level 40 through level 60; however, as many of those quests do not fully work on private servers, the Artifact NPC in the Celennia Memorial Library will provide you your artifact gear for some gil.

  • Relic Armor
  • Relic armor, originally from Dynamis, is the second set of job specific armor you’ll receive on your journey to level 99. You’ll gain access to this gear via the Relic Vendor at level 75. On this server, the base relic step is skipped, beginning with Relic +1 from the start. Also, unlike Artifact gear, Relic gear has a step available at level 90 as well.

  • Empyrean Armor

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

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