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Thunder Shards can be dropped by the Yellow Opera and White Mushroom Heartless, as well as from Bambi’s summon in Deep Jungle.
The best place to farm loads of thunder shards in is Neverland.
Go to Neverland at the first save point in the Hull (The Brig), and there’s only one door out of this room. Go through it and tons of Yellow Opera will spawn for your picking. Take ‘em all out, grab the drops, then leave the world via the save spot & re-enter to repeat.
How To Get Thunder Shards (All Options)
There’s quite a few places you can get Thunder Shards in the game. But the simplest farming option is Yellow Operas, followed by the White Mushrooms (if you use any Thunder spell on them for their 3rd spell you’re guaranteed a Thunder Shard).
But let’s take a look at all of our options below.
These floating thunder clouds are everywhere in your game. It’s hard not to run into them, since you can find them in Traverse Town, Agrabah, Wonderland, Monstro, Hollow Bastion, Neverland, and the End of the World.
They have an 8% chance (6% in Final Mix) to drop a Thunder Shard, and these will be your best bet for farming.
Technically you can farm them in any of the worlds mentioned above (Wonderland is definitely a good choice too – inside the Lotus Forest).
However, the best farming spot for Yellow Opera is at the Neverland Brig save spot. Just go through the door to enter the ship’s Hold and take out all the Yellow Operas, then leave the world & re-enter to keep farming.
These rare heartless can be found in fixed locations around various worlds.
They’ll play a game of charades with different movements relating to a certain spell. You want to cast the spell they’re hinting at to “win” their game. Hit them 3 times to get the most rewards.
These White Mushrooms will drop a thunder shard 100% of the time if a Thunder spell is the last spell you cast on it.
Bambi (Deep Jungle)
Summoning Bambi in Deep Jungle and defeating enemies while it’s on the field will fill up Bambi’s charge gauge. The higher you fill up his gauge, the more he’ll drop while he’s summoned.
If you manage to fill it up 3 times, Bambi will have a 60% chance (20% in Final Mix) to drop a Thunder Shard. If the gauge is only filled twice then he’ll have a 40% chance (20% in Final mix) to drop one.
Note that this method only works in Deep Jungle. If you summon Bambi in other worlds his drop table changes. These are the areas you’ll want to fight in for Bambi to drop Thunder Shards:
– Camp (outside the tent)
– Bamboo Thicket
Thunder Shard Uses
Thunder Shards are used in a handful of synthesis recipes, and they can help you make a number of handy items:
Elixir: Full restores a character’s HP and MP in battle. Brew one of these from List I using x2 Blaze Shards, x2 Frost Shards, x2 Thunder Shards, and x4 Mythril Shards (KH1 only).
KH1.5 Remix has an Elixir recipe that doesn’t involve Thunder Shards.
Guard Earring: You can never have too much AP, so why not treat yourself with an extra +3 AP and +1 Defense?
This accessory can be crafted with List I using x3 Spirit Shards and x1 Thunder Shard (KH1 only). KH1.5 Remix doesn’t need these ingredients.
Magic Amulet: A beginner’s magic accessory that offers MP +1 and enhances your magic and summon power. Make it with List II using x3 Blaze Shards, x3 Frost Shards, x3 Thunder Shards, x2 Mythril (KH1 only).
In KH1.5 Remix, you can make this with List I and x3 Blaze Shards, x3 Frost Shards, and x3 Thunder Shards.
Three Stars: Protect yourself against the forces of darkness with +20% resistances against fire, blizzard, and thunder attacks, as well as an extra +3 defense.
You can synthesize this with List III using x3 Blaze Shards, x3 Frost Shards, x3 Thunder Shards, x1 Orichalcum, and x1 Shiny Crystal (KH1 only).
KH1.5 does not require Thunder Shards for this recipe.
Mega-Ether: Restore 3 MP of every party member. If you’re playing KH1.5 Remix, you’ll need List II and x1 Blaze Shard, x1 Frost Shard, x1 Thunder Shard, and x2 Mythril.
The original KH1 recipe is different and doesn’t require Thunder Shards.
Angle Bangle: Gain angelic protection with +6 HP and +2 Defense. This can be made with List II using x3 Thunder Shards and x1 Bright Gem (only KH1.5). The original game doesn’t use Thunder Shards here.
Atlas Amulet: Become a better mage with an extra +2 MP, +2 Defense, and enhanced magic/summon power. You can make it in KH1.5 Remix with List IV and x5 Blaze Shards, x5 Frost Shards, x5 Thunder Shards, x1 Mystery Goo, and x3 Dark Matter.
Are Thunder Shards Worth Farming?
Thunder Shards are easy to get, and they become quite abundant throughout your journey.
So you’ll probably rack up a lot just by playing the game.
That said, farming them should be super easy.
You’d just need to take out groups of Yellow Opera whenever you see them.
As mentioned above, the room next to the Ship’s Brig checkpoint in Neverland is swarming with them. But look out for other areas in other worlds (one good alternative is running through the Lotus Forest in Wonderland).
And the items you can synthesize with these shards range from good to great, so getting your hands on quite a few will always be a good idea.