Recruiting Blitzball Players
Some of the players that you can recruit can only be obtained if you have the Airship and if they are currently not on a contract with another team. You may have to play around in tournaments in order to establish the ideal team.
Another factor to consider is that some players statistics will fluctuate as they level up. This means that some strong characters become irrelevant as they level up and some characters with mediocre statistics get stronger as they level up.
You want your forwards to have high Shooting (SH) and Endurance (EN) stats, your mid-fielder to have a high Passing (PA) and Endurance (EN) stats, your defence to have high Attack (AT) and Block (BL) stats and finally, your Goalkeeper to have high Block (BL).
The following are my suggested characters. They have relatively strong statistics no matter what level they are. The picture indicates where you can find them. You may have to wait for them to come off of a contract before you can hire them on, so be ready to go find them when you see that they are off contract and have not been resigned.
The best character is the first one listed. You can substitute this character with others listed depending on each characters availability. That being said, Blitzball is a fairly easy game to master. Do not fret if you are unable to assemble the exact team that you are looking for. With some proper strategy and some practice even a mediocre team can assist you with getting all of the prizes. Check out the Strategy and Tips section of the guide for more information.
Location: not applicable
Tidus is an obvious choice for your left or right forward position. While his stats are not necessarily the best when compared to some of the other Blitzball players (especially later on in levels) just having access to the Jecht Shot ability makes him the strongest character in the game. Check out the Blitzball Strategy and Tips section for more information on how to use Jecht Shot effectively.
Wakka is by no means one of the strongest players in the game but you do have early access to him when some of the other forwards are already on contract and he can act as a mediocre fill in the left or right fielder position.
Brother is quite easily one of the strongest Blitzball players for any team. His stats are formidable but what quite often goes unnoticed is that Brother is slightly faster than most other Blitzball players. As a result, he is able to run down and get more involved in stopping the other team when they have procession of the ball. He will quite often level much faster than many of your other Blitzball team members so make sure that you use him sparingly and that you take steps to ensure that your other team members are getting plenty of experience each match. Check out the Blitzball Strategy and Tips section for more information.
Berrik is the second best mid-fielder primarily on account of his stats. Berrik’s Endurance (EN) and Passing (PA) will climb faster than most other characters.
Location: Kilika Docks
Larbeight is the strongest forward player and he gets stronger and stronger with each level he attains. He can quite easily get to the highest Shooting (SH) stat but also has a fairly strong Attack (AT) stat which is not typical of most forwards. He is quite often included in most “Best Blitzball team” lists.
Isken’s strongest stat is Endurance (EN) which means that he will be able to withstand nearly any attack and maintain procession of the ball. This can enable him to break through 3-4 defenders relatively easily.
Vilucha tends to be on the weaker side until much later on in levels. At this point, her Shooting (SH) and Endurance (EN) stats really start to take off. She is a good choice for later on in the game if you choose to continue playing Blitzball after you obtain Wakka’s Overdrives and his Celestial Weapon, World Champion. She is difficult to obtain though as there is a Dark Aeon guarding the entrance to the village of Besaid. Check the Dark Aeon section for more information on how to defeat them.
Location: Mi'ihen Highroad - Rin's Travel Agency
Ropp is definitely the strongest defender. He is a little bit slow, but his job is to sit at the back and take care of attackers that come through which he does easily on account of his high Attack (AT) and Block (BL) stats. Make sure to pick him up early as he starts off unsigned.
Location: Mi'ihen Highroad - Rin's Travel Agency
Kulukan is not as strong as Ropp but is likely the second strongest defender in the game. The downside is that she begins the game playing for the Kilika Beasts so you will have to wait for her to come off contract. You can use Kyou up until that point.
Location: Outside Djose Temple
Kyou starts off with pretty good stats and is a great defender to act as a fill in. He does not start off playing for any team so you can go and pick him up in Djose as soon as possible.
Nimrook is the strongest goalkeeper in the game by a wide margin. He can make life extremely difficult for you when you face him in an opposing match because his Catch (CA) statistic is so high. It remains consistently as he continues to level.
Finding him is easy - the difficulty though is in obtaining him. He is quite often resigned by the Al Bhed Psyches each time he comes off contract. One tactic for obtaining him is to wait until he has one contract left with the Al Bhed Psyches. This is easy enough to do because he is located inside the Airship so you can talk to him often. As soon as he has one remaining game on his contract you should save your game at a Save Sphere and then enter into an exhibition game. Reset your game (by pressing R1, R2, L1, L2, Start and Select all at the same time) if the Al Bhed Psyches resign him. You will have to continue to do this until you get lucky and until does not get resigned.
This process is worth it though so keep at it until you get lucky!
Location: Moonflow North
Miyu is a good second choice for a goalkeeper. Her Catch (CA) stat rises fairly quickly however she does not get access to many tech abilities. She also starts off the game unsigned so you can quickly pick her up first while you attempt to get Nimrook.
Location: Luca Square
There really is no reason to use Jumal unless you are unable to get Nimrook or Miyu for some reason. His stats do not grow as fast required to be good later on in levels.
It is entirely possible to successfully come in first place in tournaments and league matches with almost any character. Enlisting these characters will help but a successful strategy is the most important step. Check out the Blitzball Strategy and Tips section for some added information.