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Best Specter Farming Routes in Genshin Impact

Crazy monsters and item drops are a main staple in a lot of video games, which makes knowing what items you need and how/where to get them incredibly important. The world of Teyvat is no different, especially with the number of items and resources it contains. That’s why we’re going over some general info about the best Specter farming routes in Genshin Impact!

General Info on Specters 

The first thing to know about Specters is that they’re kind of like Slimes on steroids. They’re elemental beings that are completely immune to their respective element and will shoot off projectiles given half the chance. 

However, there are a few distinct characteristics that set them apart from Slimes.

  1. Specters float, which can make hitting them very annoying. If you expect to fight them, we suggest using non-melee attacks.
  2. Specters accumulate fury as they get hit, with high-damaging attacks generating more. When their fury is full, they’ll enter an enraged state to deal more damage and use new attacks.
  3. Specters will explode on death after a short delay, delaying AoE damage. You have enough time to dodge out of the way, but this can unexpectedly stagger you in a mob setting.

Beating a Specter before it can accumulate full Fury will grant you the “Basically Harmless” achievement.

Specter Drops

Spectral Nucleus - 3-star drop from Specters
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

When farming Specters in Genshin Impact, it’s usually to procure one of their three item drops. After being defeated Specters have the chance to drop any of the following:

  • Spectral Husks (1-Star item)
  • Spectral Hearts (2-Star item)
  • Spectral Nuclei (3-Star item)

If you need one type of Spectral drop, you’ll probably end needing all of them. Given that Specters are some of the most frustrating enemies to deal with, make sure to hoard their drops.

Best Specter Farming Locations

While Specters can be found throughout Teyvat, there are a few places they populate the most. Namely Inazuma and Sumeru, though they seem to frequent Inazuma the most, which is why you’ll want to focus on these two nations when farming Specters. 

Seirai Island (Inazuma)

Seirai Island - Specter Locations Genshin
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

Specters can be found on basically every island making up Seirai Island. There really isn’t a bad place to start when you’re looking to farm them here. It’s important to know that you won’t find them hovering around Asase Shrine though, so you can skip over that area. The small island East of Fort Hirumi is also Specter-free, so you can avoid there as well.

Most of the other islands of Seirai have Specters in pretty decent numbers, so this should definitely be your first stop when farming them.

Watatsumi Island (Inazuma)

Watatsumi Island - Specter Locations Genshin
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

After clearing out the Specters around Seirai Island, the next best spot to find them is Watatsumi Island. 

Roughly half of the Specters to be found on Watatsumi Island can be found by following a diagonal path through the middle of the island. The rest can mostly be found along the Southern coastline of the island.

Vissudha Field (Sumeru)

Vissudha Field - Specter Locations Genshin

The last major cluster of Specters can be found in Sumeru. South of Vanarana, just West of the Statue of Seven is a group of about 5 Specters. 

You won’t find as many Specters in Sumeru in comparison to Inazuma, but it’s still a spot worth farming if you’re in need of Spectral drop items. It also requires the least amount of running around and is conveniently located near a teleport point. 

Best Specter Farming Routes in Genshin Impact

For players who don’t want to fall into the time sink of exploring to farm, check out the best farming routes pictured below. These will be the most time efficient routes to minimize how long it takes to farm Specters and let you get back to exploring new regions and finishing quests instead.

Seirai Island (Inazuma)

Seirai Island Best Specter Farming Route Genshin
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

Watatsumi Island (Inazuma)

Watatsumi Island Best Specter Farming Route Genshin
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

Other Ways to Farm Specters

If you’ve exhausted all known Specter locations in your game, there are still a few options left. Of course you can hit up the same spots in someone else’s world, but it can take a while to find someone willing to share.

Players who don’t feel like doing any of that can still use these methods to get a few extra Spectral drop items.

Adventurer Book

Adventurer Book can help you locate Specters
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

Thanks to the enemy tracking feature of the Adventurer Book, you should be able to find a few more Specters floating around Teyvat. Even if you’ve already cleared out the spots they cluster in normally.

We really recommend using your Adventurer Book last rather than first when farming Specters though. It will only track a limited amount of each enemy type every day, so using the book first may lead you to easily found areas. It’s much better to use it after clearing out the densely populated Specter locations we went over above.

Another drawback to the Adventurer Book is that it may not lead you to more than one enemy before sending you to an entirely new region to get the next. Not exactly the most efficient use of your time, especially when farming resources.

Ley Line Outcrop Challenges

Certain Ley Line challenges can spawn Specters
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

If you’re still in need of Spectral drop items after going through all the farming locations and even the Adventure Book, you can turn to Ley Lines as a last resort. Certain Ley Line Outcrop challenges (the Blossoms of Revelation and Blossoms of Wealth) will spawn Specters as enemies. 

They aren’t the most reliable since only certain Outcrop locations will spawn Specters. Even if you don’t claim the Outcrop’s rewards, you can still claim the enemy item drops. Though you won’t be able to cause the next Ley Line Blossom to spawn without spending some Resin.

Paimon’s Bargains

You can buy some Spectral drops from Paimon's Bargains
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

As a very very last resort, there is one other way to get Spectral item drops in Genshin Impact. Open up the shop menu and flip over to Paimon’s Bargains.

Players with AR 35 can purchase up to 25 bundles of 3 Spectral Nucleus (for a total of 75) each month, with each bundle costing 2 Masterless Starglitter. However, this is a terrible usage of Masterless Starglitter. You should instead spend it on Intertwined/Acquaint Fates.

Luckily, players of AR 10 can also purchase Spectral Hearts and Spectral Husks using Masterless Stardust instead. Up to 70 Spectral Hearts can be bought for 5 Masterless Stardust each, while 30 Spectral Husks bundles of 3 (total of 90) can be bought for the same cost. 

Masterless Stardust is much more easily accumulated, so this can be a decent enough source for them. The shop only resets once each month though, so it’s still handy to know the best Specter farming routes in Genshin Impact

Uses for Spectral Drops

We’ve gone over how and where to get them but what are Spectral drop items even used for? The easy answer is mostly for character building. Certain characters will need these items in high numbers to get stronger. 

Character Ascension 

Spectral drops are mainly used for character ascension.
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

There are actually a decent number of characters who use Spectral item drops to ascend. Each of the following characters need 18 Spectral Husks, 30 Spectral Hearts, and 36 Spectral Nuclei to fully ascend. 

  • Aloy (5-Star Bow)
  • Gorou (4-Star Bow)
  • Kirara (4-Star Sword)
  • Kuki Shinobu (4-Star Sword)
  • Sangonomiya Kokomi (5-Star Catalyst)

Spectral drops are usually the lowest priority ascension items since they can be gathered at any time without Resin. It will likely take longer to gather enough of the boss drop items for ascension, so you can casually take your time following your favorite Specter farming routes in the meantime. 

Talent Leveling

You also need Spectral drops for leveling talents.
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

Spectral drop items aren’t only used for ascending characters though. Characters who need them for ascension also require them for Talent leveling. 

To level just one Talent, players will need: 

  • 6 Spectral Husks (1-Star)
  • 22 Spectral Hearts (2-Star)
  • 31 Spectral Nuclei (3-Star)

The costs may not seem like a lot per level, but it starts to add up, especially if you’re trying to build more than one character who needs the same resources. 

Weapon Ascension

Quite a few weapons need Spectral drops too to ascend.
Image: Hoyoverse via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

The final use for Spectral drop items is for weapon ascension. As of Version 4.2, there are nine different weapons that require Spectral Husks, Spectral Hearts, and Spectral Nuclei for full ascension.

  • Aqua Simulacra (5-Star Bow)
  • Everlasting Moonglow (5-Star Catalyst)
  • Kagura’s Verity (5-Star Catalyst)
  • Polar Star (5-Star Bow)
  • The Catch (4-Star Polearm)
  • Kagotsurube Isshin (4-Star Sword)
  • Mailed Flower (4-Star Claymore)
  • Mourn’s Moon (4-Star Bow)
  • Oathsworn Eye (4-Star Catalyst)

5-Star weapons will require more resources for ascension than 4-Star weapons, but they’re usually better, so the extra cost is worth it. 

Resource5-Star Weapons4-Star Weapons
Spectral Husk15 10 
Spectral Heart23 15 
Spectral Nucleus27 18 

For more enemy farming guides, check out our guide on farming Treasure Hoarders!

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