You finally have it: the best leg armor your character can wear at this level. Only one problem: it's bright orange.
Dyes are the answer. You can either buy premade dyes or make your own. Here's how to start.
Dyes work on any type of armor–cloth, leather, and metal–so long as it has the word “dyeable” in the description. You use a single vial of dye per item, and you can use different colors on each piece of armor–body, hands, and feet.
You can buy dyes from dye merchants in any major city. Most dyes last only one hour (in-game time). The only exception is apothecary dye, which is permanent. Apothecary dye can be obtained at Valkyon Outfitters, Valkyon Outfitters Online, the federation bill store, or other events.
To make dyes you need empty vials, dye kits, and pigment sources. You can buy the first two from the dye merchant, but will need to collect the pigment sources yourself (or spend time scouring the Brokerage). You'll find empty vials on the first page of the Bottled Dyes tab at the merchant, while the kits are on their own tab. (Note: the dye kits will be shaded dark-blue in the vendor window unless some kind soul has set up a campfire nearby. You can still purchase them, but they aren't usable unless you're standing by a fire.)
When making dyes, you need a source of pigment. Occasionally when you're gathering plants or minerals, you may see a colorful, unexpected plant or animal drop into your pack. These are your pigment sources. Cochineal beetles make carmine dye, purpurin root makes orange dye, saffron stalks make yellow dye, verdigris flakes make green dye, indigo petals make blue dye, and murex snails make purple dye.
Mixing Your Dyes
Got your pigments? Got vials and a dye kit? Good! All you need now is a campfire. You'll know if you're near one because the dye kit will be shaded dark-red and unusable without one.
Open your inventory and right-click the dye kit. You'll notice you now have enough dye to color a whole suit of armor. The process consumes all of the components–dye kit, vials, and pigment sources–so be sure you really want to use all your verdigris before you start.
Once you buy or make some dye, open your Inventory, and right-click the vial you want to use to open the Dye window. You'll see a preview of your character. Drag the gear you want to dye from your Inventory into the Item to dye box. You'll have to remove the armor from your profile first. You can't dye armor you're wearing–that'd be messy!
If you click the small, colored vials in the Dye window, you will see a preview of the different shades that particular dye can produce on your armor. Not the colors you expected? Remember, the dye blends with the gear's existing colors. You may need a few tries to find the right combination of colors to get the look you want.
Once you've decided on a particular shade, simply click the Apply dye button. This will change the color of your gear and consume the vial of dye in your Inventory. Be aware that if you have a stack of the same dye in your Inventory, after you click the Apply dye button, the game will automatically slot the next vial from your stack into the Dye window. So don't click the Apply dye button again or you may waste a vial. Also, remember to put your armor back on. You don't want the next BAM laughing at your bare legs.
Mystery dye is purchased, cheap, and lasts seven days! However, the color is random–you can't even preview how it will look. In the mood for a change? Don't mind if you wear green leggings, purple chest armor, and yellow gloves? This is the dye for you!
Looking for a very specific color? With apothecary dye, you don't just see colored vials, you also get sliders for red, green, blue, and brightness levels. You can choose every shade from black to white and anything in between. For that “perfect” look, nothing beats apothecary dye.
It will cost a bit of money or time to keep your gear dyed the right color, but you are out there saving the world. You might as well look your best doing it.^ Back to Top