My Time at Portia Color Blind Glasses: Helping Sanwa Quest

Not sure how to get the color blindness correcting glasses or who to give them to? We walk you through this quest from beginning to end to increase your relationship with the barber Sanwa.

Not sure how to get the color blindness correcting glasses or who to give them to? We walk you through this quest from beginning to end to increase your relationship with the barber Sanwa.

More than just upgrading your workshop, harvesting crops, and raising farm animals, My Time At Portia is also all about forging relationships with other characters. 

Each NPC has a story. As it turns out, Portia’s barber just hasn’t been up to cutting hair after being mocked over his color blindness during a haircutting competition. He’s been up to much more and needs help getting his color blind glasses. 

Let’s dive into the quickest way to wrap up this quest.

Helping Sanwa With Color Blindness Glasses

This quest can start in one of two ways.

  1. You may receive a letter from Mayor Gale asking you to help Sanwa the barber.
  2. You might find the required lenses first and then continue the quest on your own once you figure out their purpose.

Note that if you finish this whole process before receiving the letter, you may still get it on a later day anyway. Just ignore it, as trying to go through the quest a second time can mess up all the dialog with Sanwa.

Whether you got the letter or not, you can mine an eyeglass lens in the Abandoned Ruin 1. Note you need two of them to make the color blindness correcting glasses!

With the two lenses in hand, head to Petra at the research center. She will give them to Merlin, who will then find a new use for the material. Now we play the waiting game… 

Return to the research center after one in-game day has passed to get the color blindness correction glasses from a disappointed Merlin, who was hoping they would have more use.

While you can sell the glasses for 50 gols, resist that urge (unless you just really don’t like Sanwa or barbers, I guess).

Instead, head into Portia and look for Sanwa, who, unfortunately, looks very similar to his siblings Dawa, Erwa, Siwa, Wuwa, Liuwa, and Qiwa. They all have sunglasses and are wearing the same hat and shorts combo. While they are difficult to tell apart, the main difference is in their color scheme.

Sanwa is the one in the yellow shirt and red shorts. He can be found in the barbershop near the research center, at his house, or wandering around the city between the two locations.

When you have the glasses in your inventory and talk to Sanwa, you should receive new dialog options regarding his color blindness issue.

In some cases, he won’t talk to you about it right away, however. If the new dialog doesn’t appear, wait for an in-game day and then try again. Some players have had to wait up to six days, so be patient and eventually, he’ll be willing to talk.

When the new dialog options about the glasses pop up, follow these choices to complete the quest:

  • I’ve heard you have color blindness, right?
  • You need to man up, Portia needs a barber!

Note that Sanwa can be dated and eventually married if you fancy the portly barber, and helping him out with his glasses will move you further along that track.

Strangely enough, if you mine more eyeglasses, you can also gift them directly to Sanwa’s brother Qiwa, who is wearing the purple shirt and blue shorts.

Having any trouble finding the eyeglass material, getting Merlin to swap them out for the full glasses, or talking to Sanwa? Hit us up with your situation, and we’ll try to find you a quick solution!

Need more help with other aspects of this island dwelling life sim? Check out our other My Time At Portia walkthroughs here:

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Ty Arthur

Ty splits his time between writing horror fiction and writing about video games. After 25 years of gaming, Ty can firmly say that gaming peaked with Planescape Torment, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a soft spot for games like Baldur's Gate, Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock Infinite, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. He has previously written for GamerU and MetalUnderground. He also writes for PortalMonkey covering gaming laptops and peripherals.