Blade & Soul: Outfits of the Martial Artist
While a martial artist relies on their physical prowess, mastery of their skills, and control of the elements around them, their clothes aren’t entirely purposeless. While clothing doesn’t impart anything to combat ability, both visual aesthetic and symbolism of what the clothing represents can be important.
The outfits players wear will have no effect on their abilities, but some do have additional attributes. First, players must be wearing an outfit in order to gain the benefits from their Soul Shield. Beyond that, certain costumes can also represent players‘ allegiance to a faction, and donning such an outfit will flag players for attack by those of the opposing faction. While their blue or red PvP costume will show they are either fighting for the Cerulean Order or the Crimson Legion, there are other, regional factions players will come across during their travels. By wearing their clothes, players can influence the faction’s members—and their enemies—to react to them in a different way. This can come in handy if players are being sent to infiltrate an enemy stronghold. But players’ allegiance is not bound to these regional factions. Players can easily obtain the costumes belonging to each regional faction, and choose to wear them at any point.
The Wardrobe feature (F3) allows players to browse all of the costumes available within the game—including ones for the Summoner’s Familiar—preview their appearance on player's character, and even tells players where they can be obtained. It also serves as a storage closet where players can keep the costume looks they’ve already obtained, and quickly swap to different outfits. Some outfits are just torso coverings, like shirts and pants, while others might also include a matching head item, like a hat or mask.
Costumes drop from enemies and bosses, can be rewarded from completing quests and challenges, are unique drops from limited-time events and holidays, or can be purchased from the Hongmoon Store. Players should try to collect as many as possible!