FFX Distill Mana: What It Does & How To Get It

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You can customize weapons to have the Distill Mana auto-ability after unlocking the feature when entering Guadosalam for the first time. Using a weapon with the Distill Mana ability will force an enemy to drop Mana Spheres instead of the type of sphere it would normally drop when defeated.

To customize a weapon with Distill Mana, you’ll need a weapon with a blank ability slot and 2 Mana Spheres. The weapon’s name may change after adding the ability to it.


Where To Get Mana Spheres

Ice Flan in Lake Macalania / FFX
Ice Flan in Lake Macalania

You’ll find yourself with a steady supply of Mana Spheres near the start of the game. But this may change as soon as you start customizing equipment and Aeon abilities.

However, there are plenty of fiends across Spira that drop Mana Spheres.

Here’s a list of fiends that drop Mana Spheres without needing to use items or abilities:

Enemy Name Location
Yellow Element Kilika Woods
Red Element Mushroom Rock Road
White Element Mi’ihen Highroad
Gold Element Thunder Plains
Blue Element Macalania Woods
Dark Element Cavern of the Stolen Fayth
Black Element Omega Ruins
Coeurl Calm Lands, Cavern of the Stolen Fayth
Demonolith Inside Sin, Omega Ruins
Machea Omega Ruins
Grat Mt. Gagazet
Ragora Kilika Woods
Sandragora Bikanel Island
Mandragora Mt. Gagazet Cave, Zanarkand Ruins
Great Malboro Inside Sin, Omega Ruins
Malboro Calm Lands, Cavern of the Stolen Fayth
Maelspike Mt. Gagazet
Remora Via Purifico
Spirit Omega Ruins
Imp Cavern of the Stolen Fayth, Mt. Gagazet
Aerouge Thunder Plains
Gandarewa Mushroom Rock Road, Djose Highroad, Moonflow
Ice Flan Lake Macalania
Aqua Flan Via Purifico
Dark Flan Mt. Gagazet, Zanarkand Ruins
Flame Flan Calm Lands
Snow Flan Djose Highroad
Thunder Flan Mi’ihen Highroad (Oldroad), Mushroom Rock Road
Water Flan Besaid
Exoray Inside Sin
Funguar Mushroom Rock Road, Djose Highroad
Thorn Cavern of the Stolen Fayth
Floating Death Omega Ruins
Puroboros Omega Ruins
Ghost Cavern of the Stolen Fayth
Wraith Inside Sin, Omega Ruins
Spirit Omega Ruins
Mandragora Mt. Gagazet Cave, Zanarkand Ruins
Ochu Moonflow
Octopus Via Purifico
Varuna Inside Sin, Omega Ruins
Nebiros Calm Lands
Sin (Fin) S.S. Liki (Boss Fight)
Sinscale Zanarkand, S.S. Liki (Boss Fight)

Enemies outside of the ones listed above may drop Mana Spheres through the use of Mana Distillers or abilities like Bribe and Extract Mana.


Using Distill Mana

The Customization Screen / FFX
The Customization Screen

All you need to do to use the Distill Mana ability is equip the weapon that has it and hit an enemy with a basic attack or skill. Once you do this, that enemy will be tagged with the Distill Mana status.

Being hit with the Distill Mana auto-ability will have the same effect as using Mana Distillers and the Extract Mana skill. The effects from these sources will not stack with each other.

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