Welcome back to Waifu Wednesday, Niche Gamer’s column where we talk about characters, their appeal, and a little on their history.
Y’shtola is the face of Final Fantasy XIV after the Warrior of Light himself (the Warrior of Light is the player character but depicted as a male Hyur in trailers and artwork) and is one of the Final Fantasy franchise’s most popular leading ladies.
As a member of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Y’shtola has accompanied players through the world of Hydaelyn since the game’s inception and over the years has changed from a demure conjurer to a confident and sarcastic mage.
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She’s had more room to shine in recent years with the “death” of Scion leader Minfilia and provides a maternal presence to the group that contrasts with Alisae’s tomboyishness and impulsivity.
The storytelling of Final Fantasy XIV allows players to infer “ships” between their characters and members of their entourage and few are as popular as Y’shtola (except maybe Estinien).
Y’shtola has fantastic voice actresses for both Japanese and English. In Japanese she’s voiced by Ai Kayano who’s known for her roles as Sylphiette in Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, and Darkness in KonoSuba. Meanwhile Robyn Addison is largely known for her roles in British television series such as Janice Bone in Doc Martin.