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The Shepherd's Bolero is a low-ranked mystic armor in Final Fantasy XII that boosts the wearer's Defense by 10 and Magick Power by 3, and in the Zodiac versions, MP by 20.

Obtain[]

Original[]

The Shepherd's Bolero is sold for 700 gil in Bhujerba after meeting Ba'Gamnan in the Lhusu Mines, on board Dreadnought Leviathan, Rabanastre after visiting the Leviathan, Dalmasca Westersand after the Leviathan but before obtaining the Treaty-Blade, and from Dyce outside the Tomb of Raithwall. It is also the better reward for Pilika's diary sidequest, earned for telling her Vaan did not read her diary (the answer does not need to be truthful).

Zodiac[]

The Shepherd's Bolero is sold for 700 gil in Rabanastre and Bhujerba after meeting Ba'Gamnan in the Lhusu Mines, and on board Dreadnought Leviathan. It is found as a treasure in Leviathan's Large Freight Stores (80% chance to appear, 25% chance for gil, 50% chance the item treasure is the Shepherd's Bolero without the Diamond Armlet equipped), as well as in the Trial Mode Stage 24 with the Diamond Armlet equipped. It is no longer a reward from Pilika.

Use[]

The Shepherd's Bolero is a low-ranked mystic armor, giving 10 Defense and 3 Magick Power, as well as 20 MP in the Zodiac versions. Mystic armor offer magick-related bonuses that affect all types of magickal actions, from casting black magick to damage an enemy, to casting white magick to heal the party. Magick Power is also a factor when determining damage dealt by katana, staves, and maces.

In the Zodiac versions, White Mage, Red Battlemage, Black Mage, and Bushi can equip it, and so the Shepherd's Bolero is only useful to buy if the player has chosen any of these License Boards for their party's first jobs. The superior Wizard's Robes is available soon after the Shepherd's Bolero, and so the player may want to skip it in favor of it.

Etymology[]

A bolero is a short women's jacket without a fastened front. The sleeves can be long, semi-long or short. Bolero is modeled on jackets of traditional Spanish costumes (e.g. bullfighters).