So I searched across the googles for anything that would tell me who could equip what equipment in this fine game so my obsessive self could plan out what my characters would aim for in advance. Alas no one seems to have done this so I put myself to the task and I thought I'd share it here. I also included which runes could be equipped by whom even though this is more common knowledge.
I think this info needs to be on the gameplay guides page myself so I would like to know what needs to happen for that to be the case.
Each character has a bunch of attributes which determine what items they can equip some of which you are probably aware of.
Race: There are 5 races (Human, Duck, Lizard, Kobold and Animal). Most characters are Human, even those who aren't (ie. Elves, Dwarves and Wingers) are for these purposes. The animals are the mounts, the dogs and Gadget Z. Animals cannot equip any item except consumables and the also cannot use the Sword of Magic Runes. They also do not have most of the following attributes or if they do there is no way to tell.
Class: There are 5 Classes which I have given the names Warrior, Rogue, Knight, Mage and Soldier. The Class of the character only determines which headgear and armor they can wear and says nothing else about the character nor should it be used as a means of describing the character in anything but the broadest terms.
Sex: Male, Female and Augustine. Yes Augustine has his own sex as best I can tell which is shown by the fact that in recruiting Nadir and Gordon he is treated differently from all other humans and he can use both the male and female specific items.
Age: Only Child and Adult. It effects a few accessories and is used in recruiting Nadir.
Weapon: This is used to determine certain whether a character can use the weapon specific runes. The categories used by the weapon growth guide should not be used as they are misleading.
Shield: Nice and simple, this allows the character to use shields.
Caster: Not all characters can cast the basic magic spells. If a character is not a caster they will not be able to equip the fire, wind, water, earth, lightning or shield runes or their upgrades. They will be able to equip the Sword of Magic Runes however. An exception to this is the dogs, each of whom has access to one of the five elemental runes but none of the other 5 types of runes.
Pale Gate: Allows the character to equip the Pale Gate Rune provided they have a Head Rune slot free. Some characters (ie. Sarah) may have this attribute but do not gain access to a free Head Rune slot so there may be a few missing.
Jongleur: Allows the character to equip the Jongleur Rune provided they have a Rune slot free.
Alanis: Human/Rogue/Female/Child/Wp:Cane/Caster/Pale Gate/Jongleur
Augustine: Human/Warrior or Rogue/Augustine/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Caster
Bazba: Lizard/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:Glide/Not Caster(Has Cyclone permanently equipped however)
Beecham: Human/Rogue/Male/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Caster
Borus: Human/Knight/Male/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Not Caster
Cecile: Human/Knight/Female/Child/Wp:Spear/Shield/Not Caster
Chris: Human/Knight (Warrior in Ch 3)/Female/Adult/Wp:Other/Caster
Connie: Animal/Not Caster (Can equip Water Runes)/Pale Gate
Duke: Human/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:2H Sword/Caster
Dupa: Lizard/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:Glide/Not Caster
Elaine: Human/Warrior/Female/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Caster
Estella: Human/Mage/Female/Adult/Wp:Magic/Caster/Pale Gate
Fred: Human/Soldier/Male/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Shield/Not Caster
Futch: Human/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:2H Sword/Caster
Gadget Z: Animal/Not Caster
Hallec: Human/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:Other/Not Caster
Jimba: Human/Rogue/Male/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Caster
Joker: Human/Rogue/Male/Adult/Wp:Claw/Caster/Pale Gate
Kenji: Human/Rogue/Male/Adult/Wp:Claw/Caster (Note: No Jongleur despite his skills)
Kogoro: Animal/Not Caster (Can equip Wind Runes)
Koichi: Animal/Not Caster (Can equip Lightning Runes)
Koroku: Animal/Not Caster (Can equip Fire Runes)
Kosanji: Animal/Not Caster (Can equip Earth Runes)
Leo: Human/Knight/Male/Adult/Wp:Axe/Not Caster
Luc: Human/Mage/Male/Adult/Wp:Magic/Caster/Pale Gate
Lulu: Human/Rogue/Male/Child/Wp:1H Sword/Caster
Mel: Human/Warrior/Female/Child/Wp:Other/Caster/Pale Gate/Jongleur
Melville: Human/Warrior/Child/Wp:1H Sword/Caster
Mua: Human/Knight/Male/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Shield/Caster
Nash: Human/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:Other (Dart)/Caster
Nicolas: Human/Knight/Male/Adult/Wp:Axe/Shield/Not Caster
Percival: Human/Knight/Male/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Caster/Jongleur
Piccolo: Human/Mage/Male/Adult/Wp:Cane/Caster/Pale Gate
Queen: Human/Warrior/Female/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Caster/Jongleur
Reed: Human/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Caster/Jongleur
Rody: Human/Mage/Male/Child/Wp:Cane/Caster/Pale Gate
Salome: Human/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:Mace/Caster/Pale Gate
Samus: Human/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:1H Sword/Caster
Sanae Y: Human/Warrior/Female/Adult/Wp:Other/Caster
Sarah: Human/Mage/Female/Adult/Wp:Cane/Caster (Note: Probably has Pale Gate but as her Head Slot is permanently filled couldn't confirm.)
Sasarai: Human/Mage/Male/Adult/Wp:Magic/Caster/Pale Gate
Sgt. Joe (Jordi): Duck/Soldier/Male/Adult/Wp:Other/Caster (Note: No Jongleur despite skills)
Shiba: Lizard/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:Glide/Not Caster
Thomas: Human/Rogue/Male/Adult/Wp:Other/Caster (I thought he'd be a child but he isn't)
Toppo: Human/Rogue/Male/Adult/Wp:Other (Dart)/Caster/Jongleur
Viki: Human/Mage/Female/Adult/Wp:Cane/Caster/Pale Gate
Viki (Young): Human/Mage/Female/Child/Wp:Cane/Caster/Pale Gate
Wan Fu: Human/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:Pole/Not Caster
Watari: Human/Rogue/Male/Adult/Wp:Other (Dart)/Caster
Yuber: Human/Warrior/Male/Adult/Wp:Other/Caster/Pale Gate
Alright, now to get to what determines what you get to wear.
The gear categories will be underlined and will have what most items in that category can be equipped to immediately after.
Any exceptions will be put immediately after either without quotation marks if it's a one off or with quotation marks if it's a group with the same equip conditions.
In all cases assume that Animals cannot equip said item unless otherwise stated.
- Casques - Everyone may equip
- Helms - Knights and Soldiers may equip
- Hats - Warriors, Rogues and Mages may equip
> Chief's Hat - Everyone may equip
- Armor - Knights may equip
> Blood Armor - Warriors, Knights and Soldiers may equip
- Chain Mail - Warrior, Knights and Soldiers may equip
> Earth Chain Mail - Warriors, Rogues, Knights and Soldiers may equip
> "Rogue Mail" - Warriors, Rogues and Soldiers may equip
+ True Byakko Chain Mail
+ Dragon Scale
- Leather - Warriors, Rogues and Soldiers may equip
> Patched Leather - Warriors, Rogues, Knights and Soldiers may equip
> Master Garb - Rogues and Mages may equip
- Robe - Rogues and Mages may equip
> "Mage Robe" - Mages may equip
+ Robe of Mist
+ Dream Robe
- Tunic - Everyone may equip
> "Unknightly" - Warriors, Rogues, Mages and Soldiers may equip
+ Old Turtle Tunic
+ Turtle Tunic
+ Black Warrior Tunic
+ Tunic of Prosperity
> "Robelike" - Rogues and Mages may equip
+ Ninja Suit
+ Taikyoku Tunic
Anyone who has Shield may equip Shields
- Consumables - Everyone, Including Animals, can equip
- Food - Everyone, Including Animals, can equip
> Wooden Shoes - Everyone may equip
> Sandals - Everyone except Kobolds may equip
> Boots - Everyone may equip
> Leather Pumps - Everyone but Males may equip (The reason for this wording is it allows Augustine to equip the item, which he can. Same reason in following items too)
> Winged Boots - Everyone but Lizards may equip
> Iron Boots - Everyone but Females and Ducks may equip
> Iron Heel Shoes - Everyone but Males may equip
- Rings - Everyone but Ducks may equip
- Gloves - Everyone may equip
> Gauntlet - Everyone but Ducks may equip
> Engraved Gauntlet - Only Humans may equip
> Iron Fist - Everyone but Females, Ducks and Lizards may equip
- Misc Accessories
> Star Pierce - Everyone but Ducks and Lizards may equip
> "Badge" - Only Kids and Ducks may equip
+ Sun Badge
+ Fish Badge
> Universal Accessories - Everyone may equip
+ Belt of Strength
+ Water Amulet
+ Wind Amulet
+ Lightning Amulet
+ Pale Moon Necklace
+ Flame Amulet
+ Yellow Scarf
> Gold Emblem - Only Human and Lizard Male Adults and Augustine and equip
> "Female Accessories" - Everyone but Males may Equip
+ Feather Earrings
+ Blue Ribbon
> Lion God Ring - Only Kobolds may equip
> "Beaks" - Only Ducks may equip
+ Silver Beak
+ Gold Beak
> "Tail Ornaments" - Only Lizards may equip
+ Blade Tail Ornament
+ Dragon Tail Ornament
> "Brooch" - Only Augustine may equip (I believe this is determined by his unique sex attribute rather than merely being directly referenced to his character. If someone skilled at hacking ps2 games was so inclined it could be tested by changing another characters sex to "Augustine". Although my readings thus far lead me to believe no one has identified how to modify the sex of characters at all)
+ Rose Brooch
+ White Rose Brooch
And finally the runes. The Runes can be equipped to Animals, unlike the equipment. I'm not going to cover the True Runes or the Unique Command Runes here for obvious reasons. Also, obiously, the character must have a spare rune slot to equip any of these.
Magic Runes (Fire, Rage, Lightning, Thunder, Wind, Cyclone, Water, Flowing, Earth, Mother Earth, Shield)
The character must have the Caster Attribute. The exceptions of the 5 dogs and Bazba exist and are explained in the character list.
Sword of Magic Runes (Sword of Rage/Thunder/Cyclone)
Everyone except Animals can equip these runes.
Everyone can equip these runes
Pale Gate Runes
Anyone with the Pale Gate Attribute can equip this Rune. This Rune can only be equipped to a Head Rune Slot.
Anyone with the Jongleur Attribute can equip this Rune.
Viper - Anyone wielding a 1H Sword
Titan - Anyone wielding a 2H Sword
Unicorn - Anyone wielding a Spear
Goss - Anyone wielding an Axe
Lion - Anyone wielding a Claw
Great Hawk - Anyone who shoots Arrows
Kite - Anyone who throws Other (Dart)
Anyone can equip any Effect Rune. The one exception to this is the Drain Rune which has to be equipped in the R Hand Rune Slot which counts out some characters.
Edit: Thought I'd add lists of the classes and who can use which Sets for quick Reference
Ace, Augustine (Could also be a Rogue or Mage), Bazba, Belle, Chris (Grassland), Duke, Dupa, Edge, Elaine, Futch, Gau, Geddoe, Hallec, Jacques, Landis, Lilly, Mel, Melville, Nash, Queen, Reed, Rico, Salome, Samus, Sanae Y, Sharon, Shiba, Wan Fu, Yuber
Aila, Alanis, Augustine (Could also be a Warrior or Mage), Ayame, Beecham, Emily, Franz, Hugo, Jimba, Joker, Juan, Kenji, Lucia, Lulu, Nei, Shabon, Thomas, Toppo, Watari, Yuiri, Yumi
Borus, Cecile, Chris, Leo, Mua, Nicolas, Percival, Twaikin
Augustine (Could also be a Warrior or Rogue), Estella, Luc, Piccolo, Rody, Sarah, Sasarai, Viki, Viki (Young)
Fred, Rhett, Roland, Sgt. Joe, Wilder
Destiny Set: Rogues & Mages
Crown of Destiny: Warriors, Rogues & Mages
Robe of Destiny: Rogues & Mages
Gloves of Destiny: Any
Guardian Set: Cecile, Fred, Mua, Sharon, Twaikin
Guardian Casque: Any
Guardian Chainmail: Warriors, Knights and Soldiers
Guardian Shield: Shield (Not Nicolas as his Earth Shield is a Permanent Equip)
Mole Set: Cecile, Mua, Twaikin
Mole Helm: Knights and Soldiers
Mole Armor: Knights
Mole Shield: Shield (Not Nicolas)
Mole Gloves: Any
Pale Moon Set: Warriors, Rogues and Soldiers
Pale Moon Casque: Any
Pale Moon Leather: Warriors, Rogues and Soldiers
Pale Moon Necklace: Any
Prosperity Set: Any but Ducks
Prosperity Hat: Any
Prosperity Tunic: Any
Prosperity Ring: Any but Ducks
Last edited by Oliopro
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