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Female-exclusive equipment (女性専用, Joseisenyou?) is a recurring subset of equipment only equipped by females. They usually are powerful pieces of equipment that provide special bonuses otherwise hard to obtain. Common recurring equipment pieces are the Minerva Bustier, Gold Hairpin, and occasionally the Ribbon.
The Gold Hairpin and Minerva Bustier make a return once again, and they both have the same stats as its predecessor. There is also the Mystic Veil, Rose Twine Dress, Pink Armor, Queen's Mask, Queen's Tights, and Queen's Gloves.
Helmets for females include the Hairband, Tiara, Mystery Veil, and Oath Veil; armor includes the White Dress, Regal Gown, and Minerva Bustier; and the Princess Ring for relics. Most of these pieces of equipment grants bonuses to Magic, either a low bonus of +1 or a high bonus of +5, while the Minerva Bustier provides a unique combination of bonuses for females, including +25% Maximum MP, a slew of stat bonuses, and various elemental resistances and nullification. The relic Princess Ring does not provide any stat bonuses when equipped, but it casts Protect and Shell when HP gets low.
The Minerva's Plate and Rubber Suit are the only pieces of armor that are female-exclusive, while several pieces of accessories can only be used by females, including the Ancient Aroma, the Angel Earrings, the Barette, the Cachusha, the Extension, the Maiden Prayer, and the Pearl Rouge. Each of the unique accessories raise the strength of a different element while equipped, while also providing various stat bonuses. The Lamia's Tiara can be equipped by Freya, Dagger, Quina, and Eiko.
Several pieces of female-exclusive equipment can be found in this game, including the first female-exclusive sets of weapons, Bags and Cloths. Bags include the Croakadile Bag, the Pantherskin Bag, the Hydrascale Bag, and the Fallingstar Bag. Cloths are the Dancers' weapons, and include the Damask Cloth, Cashmere, and Wyrmweave Silk.
Helmets include the Cachusha, the Barette, and the Ribbon, all of which provide excellent defenses against status effects otherwise impossible to protect against all at once. Curiously, the Ribbon can also be equipped by Cloud Strife, possibly referencing his crossdressing disguise in Wall Market, or the fact that the Ribbon was not female-exclusive in Final Fantasy VII.
In the accessory category are the Perfumes, including Cherche, Sortilége, Chantage, and Septième, all of which provide two positive statuses to females. A particularly notable perfume is the Chantage, which provides both Reraise and Regen on the same accessory. Additionally, the Reraise gained from Chantage is permanent, unlike all other forms of Reraise, which will only work once per battle, unless recast.
The PSP version adds two additional pieces of female-exclusive equipment. The Tynar Rouge is an accessory that can only be obtained by completing the Agrias Birthday event, and provides Protect, Shell, and Haste, as well as boosting the power of Holy-elemental attacks and granting +3 Attack and Magic. The Minerva Bustier is a piece of armor that negates fire, lightning, wind, and dark, and halves ice, water, earth, and holy, in addition to adding 120 HP.
In most cases, female-exclusive equipment can be worn regardless of job class, but Cloths are the specific weapons of Dancers, and can only be equipped by this class. Onion Knights, being able to equip anything, can use any female-exclusive equipment, even if they are male.
Several pieces of equipment are only available to the viera race. These are all returning equipment, including the Cachusha, Barette, Ribbon, and Tiara. All but the Tiara provides multiple resistances to status effects as in Final Fantasy Tactics, while the Tiara provides a massive +20 Magic Resistance. Viera-exclusive weapons include the Rapier class of weapons.
Several pieces of female-exclusive equipment are found. Headgear include the Flower Barrettes, Maid Headband, Star Barrettes, Lamia Hairclip, Blue Ribbon, Princess's Tiara, Nun's Wimples, Promise Veil, Head Maid's Hat, while the Pavlov Mask is only available to female Lilties and the Minister's Glasses to female Selkies.
Body armor include the Red Novice Habit, Maid Outfit, Blue Novice Habit, Dress and Apron, Red Maid's Outfit, Nun's Habit, Promise Dress, and Head Maid's Outfit, while the Sailor Outfit is exclusive to the female Clavat and Selkie, the Pavlov Clothes is exclusive to female Lilties, and the Minister's Robes is exclusive to female Selkies.
A special set of equipment containing the Allure of Honey Combination is only usable by females, Cloud and Kefka. The equipment consists of the Sexy Cologne (weapon), Member's Card (hand), Blonde Wig (head) and Silk Dress (body).
The equipment refers to the best combination of items used in the famous Crossdressing subquest in Wall Market in Final Fantasy VII, which is why Cloud is able to use them in addition to females. When all four pieces of the Allure of Honey set are worn, they increase Drop Rate and Battlegen Rate by 1.5x.
The Allure of Honey set returns with the same effects as in the previous game, though its benefits are reworded as a +50% increase to Drop Rate and Battlegen Rate. All new female characters are able to equip the set in addition to the characters in the previous game, including Cloud and Kefka.