Changes have been made to the Sage job icon in the upcoming FFXIV: Endwalker expansion after its developers received complaints from players experiencing trypophobia, a rare condition not yet recognized by medical science. This is an aversion to seeing clustered holes, usually involving living matter, which triggers discomfort including nausea and itchy skin. The holes in the icon for the Sage Job have now been dropped in favor of a design based on the four nouliths that form the Sage’s armament.
When we released new details for sage and reaper on the special site, we also included their icons, not thinking that they were particularly big reveals. However, we soon received feedback from players all over the world, who told us that the sage icon made them uncomfortable or fearful. This aversion is known as trypophobia, and those who have it feel disgust and fear when they see clusters of small holes or bumps. The severity of the reaction varies between people, and what triggers it in some may not do so in others.