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The best way to farm Gambler’s Spirits is by stealing them from Shinryu at the Monster Arena. You can basically enter the battle, steal until you get them, then flee and start another battle to get more.
Shinryu is unlocked after capturing two of each underwater fiend from Mt. Gagazet (specifically two copies of Achelous, Maelspike, and Splasher).
You’ll need 20 Gambler’s Spirits to customize SOS Overdrive onto a weapon.
Gambler’s Spirits Farming Methods
There are a lot of monsters that have Gambler’s Spirits.
Catastrophe, Earth Eater, Greater Sphere, Neslug, Shinryu, Th’uban, and Ultima Buster are all Monster Arena creations that possess the item.
And out of all of them, the most accessible for farming in Shinryu. This creation will unlock in the Monster Arena once you’ve captured x2 copies of each underwater fiend in Mt. Gagazet, which are as follows:
Not only is Shinryu the easiest to unlock, but it’s also the least threatening.
And since it’s an underwater creature, you’ll have to have Rikku around – which is good since you’ll need to steal from Shinryu to farm these. And Rikku is the best character to steal with.
Note: Avoid using Master Thief for this farming method, because Gambler’s Spirits are Shinryu’s common steal item. Master Thief would mean stealing something else entirely.
So here’s what I’d suggest:
Fight Shinryu, steal until you get Gambler’s Spirit, use Flee to escape the battle and then repeat the cycle.
This is the most time-effective and cost-efficient way to farm.
There are other ways, but this is definitely the easiest.
A second option is to farm Ornitholestes in the Monster arena, which drops x2 Gambler’s Spirits per fight.
Ornitholestes is unlocked as a Monster Arena creation after you capture three of each Reptile species in the game.
You can also bribe Floating Deaths in the Omega Ruins with 135,000 gil for 10 Spirits each. So if you don’t mind spending money, this is another option for farming.
It’s also worth mentioning that when you unlock Th’uban in the Monster Arena, you’ll be rewarded with x99 Gambler’s Spirits (just a one-time reward). You can unlock Th’uban by simply unlocking six other Species Conquest monsters.
What Are Gambler’s Spirits Used For?
Gambler’s Spirits have two uses in FFX:
Customizing SOS Overdrive onto a weapon, or for mixing with Rikku’s overdrive.
SOS Overdrive is an ability that doubles the amount of overdrive you’ll gain when a character’s HP is in the yellow.
If you combine this with overdrive modes like Warrior or Comrade that passively (and safely) fill the bar, you can get overdrives much quicker than usual.
Keep in mind that SOS Overdrive does not stack with other overdrive abilities such as Double Overdrive, or any of Rikku’s mixes that affect the bar.
And speaking of Mixes, Gambler’s Spirits can be used in a few good ones!
Hyper Mighty G (Chocobo Wing + Gambler’s Spirit): Casts Shell, Protect, Haste, and Regen on the whole party.
Eccentric (Amulet + Gambler’s Spirit): Doubles Overdrive gain for the whole party.
Trio of 9999 (Blessed Gem + Gambler’s Spirit): Makes every attack from the party deal 9999 damage for the rest of the battle.
Is it Worth Farming Gambler’s Spirits?
Yes, but not for SOS Overdrive.
Gambler’s Spirits are a fairly easy item to obtain, and can be used in a few of Rikku’s most powerful Mixes – primarily Trio of 9999.
Having the ability to deal that much damage consistently is super broken when you’re just running through the story. And it can be a fantastic help when breaking into the endgame stuff too, such as the Omega Ruins and all the superbosses like the Dark Aeons.
SOS Overdrive is a fun ability, sure.
But Gambler’s Spirits are best utilized with Rikku and her mixes. Especially since the other elements for the most powerful combinations (like Trio of 9999) are also just as simple to obtain.