Yugiri Mistwalker is a character from Final Fantasy XIV, a female Au Ra Raen. Introduced in patch 2.2, she is a Ninja who leads a group of refugees that fled from Doma to Eorzea. Many of her fellow refugees note how she pushes herself for their cause. Due to the support vouched by Alphinaud Leveilleur and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Yugiri pledges her assistance out of gratitude. She attempts to maintain a calm, even temperament, although sometimes her bewilderment at certain aspects of Eorzea gets the better of her.
Yugiri is a Raen Au Ra with fair skin and pearl white scales and talons. During her time as a refugee in Eorzea she often wears light shinobi garbs. During the mission to liberate Doma, Yugiri wears light chain mail and armor fit for a ninja. Upon her introduction Yugiri often wore a black mask whenever interacting with others.
Yugiri Mistwalker is quiet, honorable, humble yet decisive and determined, a pinnacle of what a ninja should be. Though she bears great sadness in the fall of her homeland, she remained true to her lord's command in safeguarding the refugees from occupied Doma. Though she found a second home in Eorzea, specifically the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Yugiri longs to return to her homeland.
Eternally grateful to the Scions for taking her people in, Yugiri strives to honor their kindness by aiding them in whatever they need, most of all when the Warrior of Light and the Scions are framed for Nanamo Ul Namo's assassination. She even refuses to return home with Gosetsu Everfall until her mission with the Warrior of Light in Eorzea is complete.
Upon her return to Doma, Yugiri is saddened to see her people so fearful and broken as a result of the Garlean occupation. Though Yugiri attempts to light the fires of rebellion within the people, her attempts are met with depression and anger, shattering her dream of a rebellion to free Doma. However, her dedication and loyalty to Doma inspires the people to stand up to the empire.
Like Gosetsu, Yugiri is steadfastly loyal to her master, Lord Hien, seeing him as the rightful leader of Doma. Since the liberation, Yugiri has become Hien's eye's and ears, if not right-hand women.
Through the Maelstrom
Yugiri requests to meet the leader to the bemused citizens in the Vesper Bay village. Urianger overhears the commotion outside the Waking Sands and relays this to the other Scions, who request the Warrior of Light to investigate. He/she finds her being turned away at the Royal Promenade of Ul'dah. Alphinaud overhears her story, and invites her and the Warrior of Light to discuss it at the Quicksand. Yugiri explains she's from a galleon of refugees of Doma, a vassal of Garlemald. A war of succession had broken out, implying the Emperor Solus had passed away. Doma attempted to revolt only to be put down by other Garlean forces and razed as a warning to other nations, the survivors fleeing across the sea in galleons.
Using his connections Alphinaud arranges a meeting with the sultana and the Syndicate. While her plea for sanctuary is endorsed by Teledji Adeledji, it is declined by a majority vote due to lingering distrust of the Ala Mhigan refugees that had been invited years ago. Discussing the matter with Raubahn and Teledji Adeledji at the Hall of Flames, Alphinaud suggests the refugees could be relocated to Revenant's Toll in Mor Dhona, which has ample room, in exchange for frontier work. Telediji agrees to foot the bill for transporting them, while Minfilia Warde makes arrangements with the Adventurer's Guild.
In gratitude for their support, Yugiri pledges her blade to the Scions' cause, and accompanies them to investigate the reawakening of Leviathan. During the confrontations with the sahagin she demonstrates a proficiency with blades that resembles Thancred's knife skills. Minfilia later confirms of Thancred's less savory history with Limsa Lominsa's underground where he learned his skills, and arranges for Yugiri (and the Warrior of Light) to meet with this shadowy guild. Intrigued, Yugiri promises to teach the Eorzeans her combat style, hoping to run a dojo someday.
Before the Fall
When the Scions are betrayed by the Crystal Braves and framed for the assassination of Sultana Nanamo Ul Namo, Yugiri rescues Tataru and bring her to Camp Dragonhead in Coerthas to join up with the Warrior of Light and Alphinaud. Her mask is torn off, revealing her face. She promises to use the resources of the Doman ninjas to assist the remaining Scions.
Yugiri and her shinobi help the Warrior of Light and Alphinaud investigate the location of Raubahn's prison and discover he is imprisoned in Halatali. Yugiri accompanies the Warrior and Alphinaud battling the Crystal Braves led by Ilberd Feare and free Raubahn from the dungeon.
The Far Edge of Fate
Yugiri returns to aid the Scions in investigating the Griffin's plot to attack Baelsar's Wall. She accompanies Yda and Papalymo as they infiltrate secret tunnels underneath the Wall to try to reason with the Griffin. While on the way the Griffin launches the attack, and Alphinaud realizes it was a false flag operation due the attackers wearing Grand Company uniforms. Alphinaud rushes off to warn them of the danger, as the Warrior of Light assaults Castrum Oriens to climb the Wall.
Yugiri and the Scions catch up to the Warrior of Light as he defeats the Griffin, who reveals himself to be Ilberd. As he summons a great primal above the Wall, Yugiri and the others escape as Papalymo sacrifices himself to seal away the primal in a cocoon of light. Yugiri later joins Y'shtola Rhul and a grief-stricken Yda to monitor the sealed primal.
Creation and development
Because the Au Ra character models were not ready even for demonstration until December 2014, while patch 2.2 was released some nine months prior, on a technical level the model used to represent Yugiri in her appearances in patches 2.2 and 2.4 is actually that of a heavily-modified female Miqo'te, using a custom-built tail, gloves, tunic and headpiece. The headpiece ensures no facial expressions are obvious, but the general posture, idle, and talk animations for Yugiri used the standard Miqo'te animation skeleton. Even with her face revealed, in 2.55 she still used a Miqo'te animation skeleton; in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, she began using a true Au Ra model.
The art released in December 2014 for the Au Ra features a different design for the tail compared to Yugiri's placeholder model, suggesting that some design changes for the Au Ra may have occurred between 2.2's release and the formal Au Ra reveal at Tokyo Fan Fest nine months later.
A slight "flop" in Yugiri's horns was noted when she moved in 2.2 leading many to suspect they were ears rather than horns. The Au Ra horns are rigid, including on Yugiri unmasked, and the "floppiness" of her horns has since been fixed.
Yugiri is voiced by Rina Satō in the Japanese version.
In the English version, Yugiri was voiced by Paulette Ivory in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Sian Blake in the initial launch of the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward expansion. Following Blake's death in December 2015, Yugiri is voiced by Eleanor Matsuura as of 3.5.
Yūgiri (夕霧?) means "evening mist" in Japanese.
- The line spoken by Yugiri when she first sees Leviathan, "Heavens forfend!" resembles a line spoken by Y'shtola when she sees a giant sea serpent during the opening cutscene for Limsa Lominsa in 1.0.