How to unlock facewear (glasses) in FFXIV

Facewear, like glasses, have a separate slot to equip in Final Fantasy 14, so you can wear hats and glasses.

This update came out in version 7.0 alongside the launch of the Dawntrail expansion, so you can actually trade in your old glasses for the new facewear accessories.
While these do get a slot on your equipment screen, they’re for glamour only, providing no stats.

Below, we explain where to get facewear in FFXIV and how to equip facewear correctly.

How to unlock facewear in FFXIV

Facewear works like fashion accessories in that you obtain one-time use items to unlock them permanently.

If you already had some the fashion accessories that were glasses before the 7.0 update, you can convert them into these new accessories by doing the following:

  1. Go talk to a Calamity Salvager. Select the option “Spectacles Exchange.” This will convert any of your eligible fashion accessories into facewear automatically.
  2. Check which you got through the character > facewear menu.

You can find Calamity Salvagers in any of the three main towns: Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (11.4, 14.4), Old Gridania (10, 8.4), and Ul’dah – Steps of Thal (12.6, 13.1).

A Calamity Salvager in Limsa Lominsa with his menu of options in FFXIV Image: Square Enix via Polygon

You can also get glasses via the Gold Saucer from the prize claim attendant (under the “Prize Exchange III” menu). The following glasses are for sale:

  • Thick-rimmed Glasses (30,000 MGP)
  • Contemporary Pince-nez (40,000 MGP)
  • Rimless Glasses (70,000 MGP)
  • Minstrel’s Spectacles (90,000 MGP)
  • Oval Spectacles (100,000 MGP)

You can also get a few more glasses via the Brugaire Consortium NPCs, a.k.a the NPCs you can re-buy race-specific armor from. They’re Bango Zango in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks (9.9, 11.4), Maisenta in New Gridania (11.5, 11.2), and Roarich Ul’dah, Steps of Nald (10.6, 9.5). They sell the following:

  • Simple Spectacles (3,000 gil)
  • Monocles (3,000 gil)

There are also Rose-colored Spectacles you can get from Trisassant in Old Sharlayan in exchange for three Rokkon Potsherds (the currency you get for doing Mount Rokkon).

There are some other glasses, too, like a set locked behind old PvP rewards (False Shaded Spectacles) and a set obtained via subaquative voyages (False Classic Spectacles). More glasses and facewear will likely come as rewards for future content, too.

How to equip facewear in FFXIV

To set your facewear, simply open up your facewear menu through the character menu, select the color of the glasses you want to wear, and select “equip.” That’s all there is to it.

If you’re having a hard time doing this, make sure you’re not clicking the “style” of facewear and that you’re selecting from the “color” section below it.

A Viera with the “facewear” menu up for different glasses types in FFXIV Image: Square Enix via Polygon

Once you’re finished, you can update your gear set and the facewear you selected will save with it, allowing you to wear different glasses with different outfits. Nice!

Correction (June 28): A previous version of this guide stated that you trade in glasses equipment for facewear, but you can only trade in glasses fashion accessories for facewear. We’ve updated this guide to reflect this.

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