One of the lighter armor sets in the game and also one of the main breaking points in terms of protective gear, the Shadow Set is an overall improvement over almost all other light armor sets, generally providing higher defenses in almost all regards while still retaining a lighter weight. In addition to this, its pieces in conjunction provide very good resistances against most status ailments, only falling a bit short at preventing Bleed.
The gauntlets in particular surpass many hand armor pieces from other sets, like the Fire Keeper, Cleric, Sorcerer, or the aforementioned Worker Gloves. They get, however, eventually surpassed themselves by certain other hands gear.
If the player is skilled enough and manages to defeat the Dancer of the Boreal Valley early in the game, they can then head to the Consumed King's Garden and get their hands on this set near the beginning of a playthrough, potentially benefiting from its special features even before exploring the Undead Settlement.
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