Spiritual Guidance

A guide to the spiritual world of Shop Titans

Currently being updated for 9.5

Last updated: 23rd April 2022

One the most widely asked questions around gear and enchants is, “What spirit is best for X?”. Simple enough question, but the correct answer is potentially complicated with many variables.

Let’s explore all the options available to use, their potential uses and where they fit best, plus some of the math behind their effectiveness!

Star Ratings

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5.

Bear, Carbuncle, Kraken, Lizard, Phoenix, Tarrasque

⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5.

Cat, Chimera, Eagle, Lion, Mammoth

⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3 out of 5.

Hydra, Owl, Tiger, Walrus

⭐⭐ Rating: 2 out of 5.

Dinosaur, Shark, Wolf

⭐ Rating: 1 out of 5.

Armadillo, Hippo, Horse, Ox, Ram, Rhino, Viper


Tier 4 Spirits


Wolf

Ability: +5% Attack

The Wolf spirit has been the anchoring basis for +% ATK spirits since the game launched. On the surface it seems ideal enough, as giving a 5% boost to a crucial stat is always welcome. However, with recent spirit additions carrying this exact bonus and more, it has fallen to the wayside as unnecessary in the late game.

Rating –

⭐⭐ Rating: 2 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every wolf spirit adds to the overall final ATK modifier to a hero’s ATK stat.
Example –

  • Attack boost: 1000 ATK * (1 + .05 for every Wolf) = 1300 ATK

Use cases: You are not progressed enough to be able to afford or craft the higher +%ATK spirits.

When to avoid: Wolf does not perform as well as other options on your Green type heroes, avoid using it there. Also, because wolf adds to the final ATK multiplier, it does not perform well unless your base stats and gear stats are initially high. What this means is that adding a set of Wolf spirits to your heroes will not do as much to help low ATK values as it would to higher ATK values.


Ram

Ability: +5% Defense

Ram is sadly outdone by literally every other spirit out there. Comparable spirits give a bigger boost to defense, and even then the boosts do not do much to alter the damage taken from enemies due to the shallow damage slopes.

Rating –

⭐ Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Ram spirit adds to the final DEF bonus modifier to a hero’s DEF stat.
Example –

  • Defense boost: 1000 DEF * (1 + .05 for every Ram) = 1300 DEF

Use cases: None

When to avoid: Always


Eagle

Ability: +2% Critical Hit Chance

Eagle is a great late game spirit choice for critical based heroes – and its value exponentially increases as heroes become stronger. The introduction of Carbuncle has dethroned it as the go-to option for crit build but it still offers a cheap boost for monks, musketeers and the like.

Rating –

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mechanics: Eagle will directly add to your crit rate chance, a full set will grant +12% crit rate
Example –

  • CR boost: 5% CR + 2% for every Eagle = 17% CR

Use cases: Your hero is geared extremely well and a spirit choice adding more attack would not increase attack enough to lower the amount of hits to win (and Carbuncle is not available to you.)

When to avoid: Eagle is not as effective if you are not already completely over-gearing the content. In short, if you have to ask “should I use Eagle?” you probably shouldn’t.


Ox

Ability: +3% Health

Ox sadly suffers the same fate as Ram. Its bonus is duplicated and improved on a higher tier spirit. To add insult to injury, its bonus is pretty small, and most heroes will not see even 20+ more health from its addition before its bigger brother Walrus comes into the picture.

Rating –

⭐ Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Ox spirit will add to the final HP modifier to a hero’s HP stat.
Example –

  • Health boost: 300 HP * (1 + .03 for every Ox) = 354 HP

Use cases: None

When to avoid: Always


Viper

Ability: +15% Critical Hit Damage

Viper fell from grace with its nerf from 20% to 15% CD bonus, which was a 30% hit from its total when all 6 pieces of gear were enchanted. What happens now is the CD boost Viper gives, no longer lowers the hits to kill as effectively as its other spirit counterparts. Viper simply does not quite get the chance to shine as our quests end far too soon and easily with the other options.

The introduction of Chimera was very much was the final nail in the coffin for Viper – it is now completely outclassed.

Rating –

⭐ Rating: 1 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Viper spirit adds a direct 15% increase to the critical damage modifier.
Example –

  • CD boost: 200% CD + 15% for every Viper = 290% CD

Use cases: None.

When to avoid: Always.


Cat

Ability: +2% Evasion

Cat had its moment in the spotlight after Dancers released. However, recently with the T9 spirits launch, it took a swift backseat to Lion. Sure, Cat is double the evasion boost over Lion, but the lack of a secondary stat still puts a damper on its potential. That said, pre-Lion this is an excellent stepping stone!

Rating –

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Cat spirit adds a direct 2% increase to the hero’s Evasion stat.
Example –

  • EVA boost: 30% EVA + 2% for every Cat = 42% EVA

Use cases: Every Dancer and Ninja (with innate) who is not already above 50% Evasion would benefit heavily from a set of Cat spirits. However Lion is the better option if funds or progression allow.

When to avoid: If a hero’s evasion is already above 50%, there is more benefit in using other spirits, such as Lion, Shark, or Bear.


Tier 7 Spirits


Owl

Ability: +5% XP

Owl is a very specific boost. It shines on low level gear to assist in leveling a hero up to the next tier of gear. A full set is a substantial boost to XP at +30%, and in the lower hero levels where XP needed is minimal, it adds up fairly quick. Sadly, in later levels it just does not hold up to comparison when laid out against the boosts other spirits provide.

Rating –

⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Owl Spirit adds to the overall XP multiplier applied to the base XP value reward from a quest, for the specific hero Owl is enchanted to.

Use cases: Generally an early game spirit to accelerate hero growth, or potentially enchanted to a specific set of gear you use in the mid/late game to quickly level up new heroes.

When to avoid: Once heroes reach level 26+ Owl’s value add drops significantly and you should instead focus on spirits which add to functional stats.


Rhino

Ability: +5 Threat Rating

Influencing threat enough to tip the probability of 1 hero taking more hits is a sharp uphill battle. Couple that with the fact that Mammoth has a bigger threat boost in tandem with a defense boost, and you get a spirit that has no possible redemption.

Rating –

⭐ Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Rhino Spirit adds to a hero’s overall threat value.
Example –

  • Threat boost: 90 Threat + 5 for every Rhino = 120 Threat

Use cases: None

When to avoid: Always


Armadillo

Ability: +15% Chance to survive one fatal blow

Armadillo fills such a small niche requirement that it’s hard to make work. To consider its use, you will need to assume your hero will be stuck with a fatal blow, as any other scenario puts Armadillo’s bonus into the useless category. Having the fallback of a possibility (not even 100% with a full set!) to survive simply does not out weigh the benefit of using a spirit that gives actual stat and potency boosts.

Rating –

⭐ Rating: 1 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Armadillo Spirit adds directly to a chance that the first fatal blow delivered to the hero will leave them instead with 1 HP.
Example –

  • +15% for every Armadillo = 90% chance to survive 1 fatal blow

Use cases: You’ve decided that your hero doesn’t need any of this spiritual nonsense and will spit in the face of Death.

When to avoid: Always


Horse

Ability: -20% Break Chance

If the strategy you want to employ involves lowering break chance, invest in Walrus or Tarrasque. The idea of lowering break chance via spirits is edge case enough that if you want to head down that road, use the right tool for the job (Walrus/Tarrasque).

Rating –

⭐ Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Mechanics: Horse only affects the item it is enchanted to, it will lower the existing break chance value by 20%
Example –

  • 2.2% break chance – (2.2 * .2) = 1.76% break chance

Use cases: As stated in the blurb, Walrus and Tarrasque are simply better if this is the approach you are looking to take. Don’t use Horse.

When to avoid: Always


Lizard

Ability: +3 HP Regen per turn

Lizard is awesome. The HP regen stacks additively per spirit, making a full set give you 18 HP a turn! Its application can apply to literally any hero, even the evasion reliant ones. It gives cushion to stat requirements that might be slightly out of reach, as you can lower HP thresholds and replace them with more ATK. Its biggest downfall is lack of need in the late game, when heroes are plowing through content so quickly that the regen from Lizard does not have enough rounds to be utilized.

Rating –

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Lizard Spirit enchanted to a hero gives that hero +3 HP regen per turn, up to a total of +18.

Use cases: Lizard will shine best when enchanted to any hero who has a high evasion stat – whilst this will largely be Rogues, it can have use on Fighters (such as Rangers) and Spellcasters (when using an evasion build.) Lizard is also an excellent default fallback for when you are not ready to take the huge price tag plunge that T9/T12 spirits bring.

Lizard also plays a major role for heroes that wish to solo content -although slightly diminished with the introduction of Phoenix, Lizard is a cheap viable alternative.

When to avoid: You’re not using an evasion-based hero (putting this on a knight for example would achieve nothing compared to their other options.)


Hippo

Ability: -1% Resting Time

Absolute garbage. Rest time already has diminishing returns, and you functionally cap it just by mastering the quest zone and Emerald Inn. At best a full set of Hippo gives you -6% more, which results in 10-20 minutes being shaved off your time, at best.

Rating –

⭐ Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Hippo Spirit enchanted to a hero gives a direct 1% decrease to the rest time of the hero.

Use cases: Maybe if you have a very specific team for Boss cooldowns they could benefit from Hippo since the rest time is extremely large.

When to avoid: Generally stay away from it. Every other spirit gives a far more actual improvement to hero potential or functionality.


Tier 9 Spirits


Bear

Ability: +5% Attack and +15 Health

Objectivity aside for a second, I love this spirit! It combines my two favorite things ever, doing more damage and staying alive. The benefits this spirit provides to dang near every hero is astonishing and it can turn any set of gear into a great set of gear!

(Objectivity back on) Bear is a fantastic spirit that encapsulates firepower and staying power. The quest system is designed as pass/fail, with hero metrics really defined around how quickly they can kill the enemy before it kills them. Bear allows heroes to stay in the fight longer with the health boost, as well as dish out more damage. Its a 2 for 1 special that just keeps on giving!

Rating –

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Bear Spirit adds a flat 15 health to the base health of the hero. This means the bonus applies before skill modifiers. It also adds 5% attack boost to the final attack modifier to a hero’s ATK stat.
Example –

  • Health boost: 300HP + 15 for every Bear = 390 HP
  • ATK boost: 1000 ATK * (1 + .05 for every Bear) = 1300 ATK

Use cases: Every single hero class benefits heavily from this spirit. It is easily the best default recommendation. Specifically on “red” and “blue” types because they have no reliance on evasion. If you are unsure which spirit is best for your hero, then go with Bear.

When to avoid: “Green” type heroes play heavily on evasion, and simply gain more from Lion’s boost. Bear is also not ideal if your hero would not make use of the added HP, for example if your berserker is already sporting 800+ HP, an additional 90 is most likely not going to change his performance much.


Walrus

Ability: +5% Health and -30% Break Chance

The super Horse. The health boost is admirable, but unfortunately coupled with a niche bonus making its use cases slim to none. Leveraging break chance reduction to its fullest is a strategy some are beginning to test, but the bonuses are still applied to already very low percentages normally, bringing focus to the law of diminishing returns.

Rating –

⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Walrus Spirit adds 5% to the final health modifier of a hero’s HP stat, and also adds a 30% reduction to break chance on the specific piece of gear that Walrus is enchanted.
Examples –

  • Health boost: 300HP * (1 + .05 for every Walrus) = 390 HP
  • Break chance: 2.2% break chance – (2.2 * .3) = 1.54% break chance

Use cases: Specific focus on super high HP values, or low break chance gear. Both cases require a conscious decision to pursue, and you will most likely already be looking at Walrus to meet that need.

When to avoid: Unless you are going for the use cases above, avoid this spirit in favor of Bear


Mammoth

Ability: +10% Defense and +10 Threat Rating

The Rhino poacher. Mammoth takes what Rhino does and doubles it, and then also adds in a defense boost! Granted, these two stats are last on the list of stats players normally look to buff, but if you are mid game and your tanks are not quite as beefy as you would like, Mammoth could fill that void. Other than that highly subjective scenario however, its potential is lacking when compared to its offense focused siblings.

Rating –

⭐⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Mammoth Spirit adds a flat 10 threat to the hero’s existing threat. It also adds 10% to the final defense modifier applied to the hero’s DEF stat.
Examples –

  • Threat boost: 90 threat + 10 for every Mammoth = 150 Threat
  • Defense boost: 1000 DEF * (1 + .1 for every Mammoth) = 1600 DEF

Use cases: There aren’t many, this is because the best defense is a good offense. However, in the mid game you might find yourself with “red” type heroes who if they have the DEF and threat boost provided could assist in breaking into endgame quests.

When to avoid: Due to the nature of its use cases revolving around hitting specific breakpoints at specific progression levels, its best to avoid this spirit if you are not prepared to number crunch its effectiveness for your roster.


Shark

Ability: Bonus Attack VS injured enemies

Shark is the gamblers spirit. On the surface it appears quirky, and hard to decipher. What the heck is “Bonus Attack” and “Injured Enemies”? To start, the bonus is 20% per spirit, and an ‘injured’ enemy is one whose HP value is currently at <50%. When directly compared to the other offensive offerings it is essentially the same in effectiveness, but as your crit rate improves, so does the potential of Shark. If your hero scores a crit during Sharks active period, the returns become exponentially higher than Bear or Lion. This RNG element leads to exciting opportunities, and a very high potential ceiling on damage values.

Rating –

⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Shark Spirit adds 20% to the final attack modifier applied to a hero’s ATK value, but only while in combat, and only when the enemies HP value is < 50%. This triggers at the start of the turn, so you do not gain this bonus on the hit that puts the enemy into the threshold.
Example –

  • 1000 ATK * (1 + .2 for every Shark) = 2200 ATK

NOTE – Shark’s bonus will never appear on a hero’s stat sheet, it is an in combat bonus exclusively.

Use cases: If your crit rate is exceptionally high 75%+, or the hero’s effectiveness is directly related to relying on crits (Ninja), then Shark will pull ahead in potential over the alternatives. Other than Ninja, its rare that Shark will average better that Bear and Lion.

When to avoid: Shark is not effective on “red” heroes when compared to the alternatives, avoid its use on them. “Blue” hero types can potentially make stunning use of Shark, but again it comes down to crit rate and how much you want to rely on RNG for quick victories. Avoid in those situations if the hero’s crit rate is below 75%.


Lion

Ability: +5% Attack and +1% Evasion

Lion is a Dancer’s best friend. This spirit was very clearly created with Dancer in mind, and plays to boost its biggest strength and improve on its greatest weakness. Every point in evasion on a Dancer is effectively 1% crit rate as well, because of how their innate ability functions. Lion’s boost to attack also bumps Dancers usual biggest hurdle which is acquiring enough boosts to attack! This is not exclusive to Dancers either, as every “green” type class benefits just as fruitfully in their potential as well.

Rating –

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Lion Spirit adds a flat 1% to the total evasion of the hero. It also adds 5% to the final attack modifier applied to the hero’s ATK stat.
Examples –

  • Evasion boost: 50% EVA + 1 for every Lion = 56% EVA
  • Attack boost: 1000 ATK * (1 + .05 for every Lion) = 1300 ATK

Use cases: Dancer is the definite primary benefactor here. You should consider Lion on all your Dancers, and all of your other “green” type heroes you may have.

When to avoid: If your hero does not rely on evasion to be effective, pass on Lion in favor of Bear. Additionally, if your evasion heavy hero is already above 50% EVA, you can consider Shark as an alternative to potentially end fights a round or two sooner if your hero crits.


Dinosaur

Ability: +25% Attack on the first round

Samurai’s redemption! Dinosaur gives a massive bonus to the first hit from the hero it is enchanted on. In most cases, this does not improve a hero’s performance over the smaller, but longer lasting, attack boosts from other choices. However, if you can obtain a critical hit under its conditions, the results can be outstanding! Samurai’s innate ability allows it to crit 100% of the time on the first hit, which can directly utilize the boost from Dinosaur.

That being said, with the introduction of new content this potency has started to drop in usefulness.

Rating –

⭐⭐ Rating: 2 out of 5.

Mechanics: Every Dinosaur Spirit adds 25% to the final attack modifier applied to a hero’s ATK stat. This is only active for the first round of battle.
Example –

  • 1st Attact: 1000 ATK * (1 + .25 for every Dinosaur) = 2500 ATK
  • Every attack after: 1000 ATK

NOTE – Dinosaur’s bonus will never appear on a hero’s stat sheet, it is an in combat bonus exclusively.

Use cases: The obvious use is on Samurais, as it is fully taken advantage of and spectacularly improves their damage output. Another potential use case is if your hero (or heroes) has high ATK and CR values, and when paired with Rudo’s leader skill, would result in a first round critical. Or potentially a 1st round victory if multiple team members meet the requirement.

When to avoid: If your hero is not a Samurai, is not fighting alongside Rudo, and does not have a base CR of 40% or higher, avoid using Dinosaur.


What about split set spirit choices?

Many players have asked about split spirit choices, such as 3 Lion Spirits and 3 Shark Spirits. Do these setups offer any benefits above what 1 full set of 6 Spirits offers?

The short answer is, no. The Spirits worth comparing in mixed sets like these are all almost identical in overall potency when compared directly against each other. Splitting up sets and attempting to combo in additional stats does not raise the hero’s effectiveness enough in practice to warrant the effort.

The long answer is, maybe! If you crunch the numbers on your team and find out you could up your win percentage to near 100% if your 1 Berserker just had a little bit more defense, and swapping gear is out of the question for whatever reason; then possibly tossing 1 Mammoth and 5 Bear Spirits on him could work. If that sounds ridiculous to you, good, because it should.

Generally split spiriting can be useful for making solo heroes or keeping gear break costs down by enchanting high value pieces with Horse/Walrus. For the majority of scenarios though just stick to 1 spirit type across your hero.