The Chaperon is a high-ranked light armor headgear in Final Fantasy XII that boosts the wearer's magickal defense by 46 (Zodiac) or 40 (original), and HP by 600. Unlike its preceding light armor headgear, the Chaperon does not boost any other stat. However, it does excel in the light armor headgear stats in giving a good amount of magick resistance and HP.
In the original PlayStation 2 versions, the Chaperon is sold for 12,400 gil in Balfonheim Port once the Sky Fortress Bahamut appears. It is also rarely stolen from the Cassie, and is a possible reward in the Hunt Club sidequest on the Phon Coast by giving Blok 15 or fewer Rare Game trophies; after distributing all 30 trophies, the Chaperon is then available through the Shifty-Eyed Merchant's store nearby.
In the updated Zodiac versions, the Chaperon is not sold in shops, but sells for 6,200 gil. It is found in a treasure in Cerobi Steppe's Crossfield (20% chance to appear, 50% chance for gil, 5% chance the item treasure is the Chaperon with the Diamond Armlet equipped), and Pharos - First Ascent's Wellspring Ravel - 2nd Flight (always appears). It is still the rare steal from Cassie, but is no longer available through the Hunt Club.
The Chaperon is a high-ranked light armor hat, giving 46 or 40 magick resist depending on version, and 600 HP. In the original version, the superior Crown of Laurels and Renewing Morion are available at the shops at the same time as the Chaperon, making Chaperon redundant as even if low on funds, it is better to save up to get the top tier light armor hats if the player is still opting to equip for light armor. In the original version everyone can wear any equipment piece, and thus the heavy armor helms and the mystic hats may be preferable as the HP boost from light armor is not usually worth prioritizing over heavy armor that boosts Strength for physical attackers, or mystic armor that boosts Magick Power for spellcasters, especially as the Chaperon does not boost any secondary stats unlike some other light armor headgear.
In the Zodiac versions, Machinist, Monk, Archer, and Shikari can equip the Chaperon, and so it is only useful to look for if the player has chosen these License Boards for their party. In The Zodiac Age, after fighting Belias, the player can choose two License Boards per party member, and so more party members can choose from the potentially more useful heavy and mystic armor sets.
Chaperon was a hood and later on a versatile hat worn in western Europe in the Middle Ages.