Leather equipment(かわ, Kawa?) is a recurring type of equipment in the Final Fantasy series, and often shows as the weakest type of armor, tending to be the starting equipment of some characters. The leather equipment set is made up of armor, a cap, gloves, and a shield.
The Leather Cap returns as well and it can be equipped by every character. It can only be dropped by Gigas Gator found in the Tower of Babil. It has a defense of 1, magic defense of 1, evasion of -5, and magic evasion of 1.
The Leather Armor, Leather Cap, and Leather Shield are the weakest equipment pieces. In terms of defensive power, the Gold Hairpin is technically weaker than the Leather Cap, but has a powerful ability that the cap lacks.
Many types of leather gear exist, most of which is for Disciplines of War or for Disciplines of the Land. Leather primarily comes in several tiers of quality: Leather, Hard Leather, Goatskin, Toadskin, Boarskin, Peisteskin, Raptorskin, Hippogryph, Saurian, and Kirimu.
The Leather Armor is the weakest armor, and the Leather Clothing is the second weakest clothing, with the Leather Plate as the third weakest. The Leather Cap and Leather Helmet are the weakest hat and helmet, respectively. The Leather Cloak is the second weakest cloak.
The Leather Cap is basic headgear that increases physical defense by 1. It can be bought for 15 pg in Caldisla. Leather Armor increases physical defense by 4 and magic defense by 1. It can also be bought in Caldisla for 120 pg.
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Leather Shield provides 1 Defense and 10 Evasion and can be bought for 100 gil. Leather Helm can be bought for 80 gil. Leather Hat can be bought for 50 gil. Leather Armor can be bought for 120 gil. Leather Shirt provides 3 Defense and 2 Resistance and can be bought for 80 gil, and is initially equipped on Sol and Glaive.
The Leather Hat, Leather Clothing and Leather Gloves are all level 1 equipment pieces and are the weakest equipment. The Leather Armor is only marginally stronger than the Leather Clothing and is also a level 1 equipment piece.