FFXIV: Is Y’shtola Blind? And How Did It Happen?

The Y’shtola character is blind physically; however, she has the ability to “see” magically. 

She loses sight as a result of events that occurred during A Realm Reborn. This is explained further within the game’s Heavensward expansion, and we’re able to look into the issue here.

Y’shtola is among the most well-known Final Fantasy XIV characters. Her appearance has gone through several changes throughout the course of the storyline in the game. However, her eyes have changed to the appearance of a light shade.

If (like me), you played through XIV by pounding on the “skip cutscene” button, you might be wondering why this happens.

In the end, it’s not like her blindness seems to hinder it in any sense. She’s still a very good fighter and a good friend, and she still has a big role in the game’s storyline.

Starting from here, we’re going to explore more spoiler territory. If you’re yet to get to know this aspect of the story, beware!

How Did Y’shtola Lose Her Sight?

People who are good to the player are usually called “friends.” Y’shtola is one of the few characters from the old version of Final Fantasy XIV who has been brought back. She is proud, educated, and highly skilled as a leader of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn.

Y’shtola is also a skilled spellcaster. However, her confidence and pride in herself could cause her to fall. Actually, it is the reason why she lost her vision.

When players escape Ishgard inside Ishgard in the Heavensward expansion, characters like Y’shtola and Thancred Waters (another fan-favorite character) are put in danger by the events that happen.

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The Scions of the Seventh Dawn are in the process of being betrayed and are framed as the perpetrators of the murder of Nanamo Ul Namo, the Sultana of Ul’dah, and Nanamo Ul Namo.

Y’shtola and Thancred make sure that they are able to escape and escape, but they end up getting stuck. Because of the nature of the situation, urgent action is required. It was then that Y’shtola used an old, forbidden spell called “Flow” to get the girl and Thancred to safety.

The flow process operates by the reduction of physical bodies to the aether and moving them through the lifestream to another location, an extremely challenging and unpredictable process.

In a hilarious scene, Thancred appears out of the lifestream (completely naked, as we see in a hilarious scene) located in the Dravanian Forelands. However, for all intents and purposes, Y’shtola is completely gone.

She’s basically trapped within the lifestream and is unable to escape without assistance from outside. Through Urianger’s efforts, Urianger and the Scions find out what happened to her.

Aetherial energy will run out if she is not found and Y’shtola won’t be able to get back into the lifestream. As part of a quest chain, Y’shtola has to ask the elemental for help, find her sister, and watch a lot of different scenes.

The majority of her body is intact. However, because of her time spent not being physically present, the vision has been lost. If you consider the alternatives of both options, it’s an extremely small amount to pay, and it doesn’t appear to hinder her at all.

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In the game, Y’shtola is back at work, working with her fellow Warrior of Light and her Scion companions to help move the Main Scenario Questline forward.

How Does Y’shtola See If She’s Physically Blind?

As we’ve mentioned, Y’shtola is an incredibly powerful spellcaster. Her experience in the Lifestream could have stripped her of physical vision, but it’s possible to “see” via magic. What she believes she is seeing from this is not known.

But it’s expected to affect her over the long term. The time she spends in the lifestream enhances her ability to use magic but at the expense of her physical vision. We meet Y’shtola’s previous teacher, Master Matoya, just a few minutes after her rescue from the Lifestream. 

Matoya is also the person who reveals (privately) how Y’shtola’s newest method of looking at the world burns her aether and her life expectancy is shortened in the process. So is Y’shtola’s dream going to be the final chapter of her story? I doubt it. Just to be sincere.

She’s the most popular player today and is loved by both fans and the people of Eorzea alike. I think it’s very unlikely that we’ll ever see Y’shtola hurt because of her amazing vision.

It might be waved away completely, or some other mysterious McGuffin is going to appear to bring the day back. The Y’shtola character is essential to the game’s ongoing storyline.

She’s part of the majority of the major events, and she’s also got one of the most loved bits of dialogue in the show (“Try again after you’re an adult.”) It’s a shame.) Y’shtola might have had to pay an undeserved price due to her pride while casting Flow. 

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But that hasn’t prevented her from casting Flow. In actual fact, she’s grown stronger and more capable because of it.

With Endwalker, the possibility is that we’ll see Y’shtola rise to further levels (if you take the trailers as a clue!).

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