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This Lalafellin youth wields the powers of a thaumaturge, and is highly knowledgeable in the field of aether. Papalymo's childlike features, typical of his race, bely a biting cynicism that often puts him at odds with the perpetually cheerful Yda, the companion with whom he roves the Black Shroud.

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Papalymo Totolymo is a non-playable character from Final Fantasy XIV, being one of the main characters of the Gridania storyline. A member of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, he is a Plainsfolk Lalafell Thaumaturge who travels with his fellow Scion Yda. Unlike his companion, Papalymo has impeccable manners, always reminding his friend to behave.


Early life[]

A Lalafell from the archipelago of Sharlayan, Papalymo graduated second in his class at the Studium academy and came to study under Archon Louisoix Leveilleur, becoming his finest pupil. His father, a fellow thaumaturge, bequeathed to Papalymo a treasure held by generations of Totolymo's house: the Aurifex staff.

The Archons aided a group of Ala Mhigan refugees to establish in Sharlayan, with Papalymo meeting a young girl called Yda who wanted to liberate Ala Mhigo. Papalymo introduced her to Louisoix, which led to her induction into the Circle of Knowing. Six years prior to the Seventh Astral Era, Yda died and her younger sister Lyse Hext talked with Papalymo to take her place. Papalymo reluctantly agreed while using his magick to imprint the real Yda's tattoo on Lyse, but secretly asked everyone to pretend that she was the real Yda at her behest.

Final Fantasy XIV (version 1.0)[]

Papalymo and Yda reach the Black Shroud.

Papalymo and Yda were found in the Twelveswood after ejecting from their airship en route to Gridania. Joined by the adventurer, Papalymo and Yda were ambushed by wolves before forced to flee from a hidden Treant. E-Sumi-Yan saved thr group and guided them to the city.[1]

The conjurers were led to believe the elementals had beckoned the duo, and therefore were expected to do something great for them. Khrimm, a young boy enraged with the elementals, made them suspects for a moment. Papalymo and Yda found a man called Dunstan and took him back to Gridania just in time for the purification ritual to save Khrimm. The Echo reverberated and the skies turned black, Papalymo commenting that they "should have stopped it". Yda convinced Papalymo that they still could find a way to stop it.[2]

Papalymo and Yda pray to The Twelve for salvation.

Papalymo joined forces with Yda, Y'shtola, and Thancred as the Circle of Knowing in the fight against Gaius van Baelsar, absorbing the Legatus's bullets on his Aurifex. If the adventurer's home nation is Gridania, Papalymo and Yda tell them about the greater power needed to defeat the Garleans.[3]

During the Calamity which led to the Seventh Umbral Era, Papalymo and Yda were in the Black Shroud praying to The Twelve to seal the primal Bahamut.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn[]

Papalymo and Yda meeting the Adventurer.

Papalymo, Yda, and Kuplo Kopp inspected the Central Shroud for a disturbance in the aetheric flow. A group of Treants attacked them and the two helped the adventurer repel them. Papalymo and Yda watched over the adventurer when the latter fainted from a surfeit of aether.

After the adventurer awoke, Papalymo and Yda discovered the corpse of a Chieftain Ixal and suspected it had been responsible for the monster attack and ordered Kuplo Kopp to report to E-Sumi-Yan. Papalymo and Yda bade the adventurer farewell and returned to report the situation to their leader.

Papalymo and Yda met the adventurer again at the Guardian Tree and helped them defeat the Masked Mage whom they discovered was one of the Ascians who had been manipulating the beastmen. Papalymo began to suspect something, but refused to speak about it to Yda. Papalymo and Yda returned to Gridania, where they congratulated the adventurer at the Greenbliss festival.

Later in Western Thanalan, Papalymo and Yda revealed to the adventurer that they were part of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, an organization formed of the Archons and the Path of the Twelve.

During the imperial attack led by Livia sas Junius to the Scions' headquarters at the Waking Sands, Papalymo was captured along with other members and taken to Castrum Centri in Mor Dhona. He was rescued by the adventurer, Biggs, and Wedge, and resumed his duties with the Scions.

When the Crystal Braves betrayed the Scions who were framed for the assassination of the Sultana Nanamo Ul Namo, Papalymo seemingly sacrificed his life alongside Yda to buy the rest of the Scions time to escape.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

Yda and Papalymo infiltrating the Ala Mhigan Resistance.

Following the Scions being accused of the apparent regicide of Nanamo Ul Namo, Yda and Papalymo escaped and remained in hiding to investigate matters concerning a faction within the Ala Mhigan Resistance known as "the Masks" and the mysterious masked man known as the Griffin who led them. Papalymo reminded Yda that they could not stay there forever as they had other responsibilities.

One world's heroes are another world's villains. One world's loss another world's gain. "Where men go as one, there is life... And where there is life... ...There is cause to hope." For every ending, every parting, marks a new beginning.

Papalymo's narration

Much later, while attending one of the rallies held by one of the Griffin's promixies, Yda and Papalymo encountered Alphinaud and the adventurer and reunited with the Scions just in time to deal with the Warriors of Darkness. Soon after returning to the headquarters at Mor Dhona, Papalymo requested that he hold on to the Tupsimati for safekeeping since he felt a bad omen.

I suspect the ill tidings from Gyr Abania will be held as a turning point—the beginning to a bloody end. The business of war was ever conducted with the coin of self-sacrifice. 'Twas Master Louisoix himself who taught us that such costs are not to be ignored or denied. And so I shall embrace them. When the time comes, I will make my choice—as you will yours.

Papalymo's narration

After learning of the Griffin's plot to attack Baelsar's Wall, Papalymo traveled with Yda and Yugiri to the Garlean fortress's secret tunnels to try to reason with the Griffin. Once the Griffin revealed his true intentions and identity as Ilberd, the Scions failed to stop him from sacrificing himself and his subordinates to summon an all-powerful primal with the Eyes of Nidhogg.

Papalymo sacrifices his life to prevent Shinryu's rampage.

Seeing no other way to keep the primal from going on a rampage unleashing another Calamity, Papalymo ordered everyone else to flee as he would sacrifice himself by using the Tupsimati to cast the same spell Louisoix previously used to try to contain Bahamut at Carteneau. Seeing Yda refuse to leave him, Papalymo asked her as his final will to find and follow her own path, then demanded Thancred to take her away. Papalymo cast the spell and sealed the nascent primal in a cocoon of light, which drained him of his life.

I bid thee farewell again, my dear Yda... Now, let us see how good a student I truly was...

Papalymo's final words

By the time Omega was found and activated, Papalymo's life had ended with all his spells fading with his death. Yda confirmed Papalymo's demise when the tattoo on her neck that he had conjured disappeared, revealing her true identity as Lyse to honor her friend's final request to find her own path as her true self.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker[]

In a sidequest in Old Sharlayan, the Warrior of Light can meet Papalymo's father who thanks them for staying with his son in his last moments.

When the Scions ventured into the aetherial sea to speak with Goddess Hydaelyn, they were confronted by Ilberd's soul. Papalymo's soul manifested as Tupsimati and fought Ilberd off.

From tragedy and sacrifice we rise to greet a new dawn.

Papalymo's voice from the past

Papalymo's voice is one of the many memories of the Warrior of Light's comrades who encourage them in Ultima Thule to walk forward and face the end.




Papalymo is a Plainsfolk Lalafell of short and stout stature with fair skin, short blond hair, blue eyes, and pointed ears. He has the mark of an Archon on his neck and usually wears a dark robe with white trimmings and bright yellow gauntlets (a combination normally unfeasible for the player besides the purchasable Scion Thaumaturge gear), black and yellow gaskins, and black boots with coeurl-skin trimmings. He wears a black belt with pockets and a canteen, an aetheric contraption on his chest, and a monocle on his right eye. As a member of the Circle of Knowing, he bears its mark on his shoulder.

During his days incognito as a member of the Ala Mhigan Resistance, Papalymo wore a concealing dark cowl and brown boots, retaining his yellow gauntlets but lacking the monocle.


It is precisely when things appear to be proceeding according to plan that we must needs steel ourselves for impending danger.


Papalymo is in many ways the foil to Yda, his cynical and snarky attitude often at odds with his more animated and perky companion. He is described as "short-tempered" before being properly introduced. Papalymo is critical of the situation and privy to details.

Despite their bickering, Papalymo means well and cares for his companion, as he was the one who helped conceal Lyse's identity as Yda, and branded her with the Circle of Knowing's tattoo, in the hopes that one day she could walk her own path.



Papalymo fights alongside the adventurer as a guest in some instanced story-duties of the A Realm Reborn main scenario quests. He is a Thaumaturge and uses his Aurifex scepter as a weapon. He can use many Thaumaturge abilities, though he can use Cure for healing as well.

Triple Triad[]

Papalymo & Yda Card
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Card No. 48
Total stats 20
Type Scion
Description "The great beyond! I do believe we're dead, Papalymo!" "Oh, Rhalgr take you and your great beyond!"
Obtain Win: Vorsaile Heuloix, New Gridania (9,11) or Buscarron, South Shroud (17,20)

Other appearances[]

Papalymo has appeared in the following Final Fantasy media:


In A Realm Reborn, Papalymo is voiced by Eri Kitamura in the Japanese version.

He is voiced by Steve Staley, credited as Steve Cannon, in the English version of A Realm Reborn. He shares his voice actor with Kadaj from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. In Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Papalymo is voiced by Nigel Pilkington.



  1. Final Fantasy XIV, Gridania's main quest "Sundered Skies" in version 1.0.
  2. Final Fantasy XIV, Gridania's main quest "Beckon of the Elementals" in version 1.0.
  3. Final Fantasy XIV, Path of the Twelve's main quest "Futures Perfect" in version 1.0.