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"The empress of ice, wreathed in frost. She is known for her signature move, "Diamond Dust," which freezes everything in an instant."
Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium

Shiva (シヴァ, Shiva) is a frequently recurring summoned monster that usually takes the shape of a blue-skinned woman with a wardrobe of the same color scheme. Her signature attack Diamond Dust, sometimes called Gem Dust, deals Ice elemental damage. Along with Ifrit and Bahamut, she is one of the only summons to appear in every main series game from Final Fantasy III through Final Fantasy XIII (although in Final Fantasy XII she appeared as an airship instead of a summon). She also appears in every main series side-story and sequel that features summons, with the only exception being Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.

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Biography

Although enjoying regular appearances throughout the series, Shiva, like most of the popular summonable entities, has never been given any significant back story, being simply described as the "Ice Queen." She is, however, shown to have a lover named Shivar and a daughter named Shivan in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, although this is the only appearance that either of them have made in the entire series. In Final Fantasy XIII, Shiva is embodied in a pair of sisters called Nix and Styria.

Shiva has occasionally been shown as one of the more "friendly" summonable entities, only requiring you to fight her to gain her services in a few Final Fantasy games, and not usually displaying any malicious intent when doing so.

Physical Appearance

Shiva's basic physical characteristics are that of a willowy human female with extremely pale skin and long, blue hair to invoke an image of ice and cold. This image is reinforced in later summon sequences by the addition of arctic winds, freezing temperatures and large ice crystal formations. Despite the cold, Shiva invariably wears only enough clothing to conceal her modesty, along with boots and other minor aesthetic pieces. She carries no weapon, and implements her main Diamond Dust attack with arm gestures and/or force of will. Later games in the series allow Shiva to carry out physical attacks in the form of kicks and punches.

Appearances

Final Fantasy III

Shiva as she appears in the DS release of Final Fantasy III.

This is the first Final Fantasy to introduce Shiva and the ability to summon. She can be acquired by purchase of the Level 2 Summon Magic spell Icen.

  • Mesmerize: casts Sleep on all enemies
  • Icy Stare: deals Ice damage to one enemy
  • Diamond Dust: deals Ice damage to all enemies


Final Fantasy IV

The Ice Queen, as she looks in the DS release.
Shiva from FFIV
"Shiva, the Ice Queen...To incur her wrath is to feel your very heart freeze in your chest, for cold is her anger and swift her vengeance."
—Eidolon Library
For the battle information, see: Shiva (Final Fantasy IV)

Shiva appears as a summon for the character Rydia after she rejoins the group in the Underworld. She is also a boss in Rydia's trial in the Lunar Ruins in the Advance release.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

For the battle information, see: Shiva (The After Years)

Shiva returns in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years as one of the Eidolons being controlled by the Mysterious Girl. She can be permanently killed and lost forever as a summon unless the player stops attacking her after she stops attacking.

Final Fantasy V

For the enemy page, see Shiva (Final Fantasy V).
Shiva

The Summoner job class has ability to call her. She is obtained in a tower behind Walse Castle. This was the first time Shiva appeared as a boss and must be obtained by defeating her. Along with her are three Ice Soldiers who also must be defeated.

Final Fantasy VI

See the Summon sequence here
For the enemy information, see: Shiva (Final Fantasy VI)
Shiva from Final Fantasy VI

Appears as an Esper, first encountered by the Returners in the Magitek Factory of Vector. After being drained of her power, she and Ifrit are disposed of by Kefka Palazzo in a waste chute. Believing they mean the two Espers harm, Ifrit attacks the group. Shiva soon senses Ramuh's power within them, and halts the battle. They then grant their abilities to the Returners. Her attacks' Spell Power is 52, and she costs 27 MP to summon. She is unblockable. She teaches the following spells:


Final Fantasy VII

See the Summon sequence here
Shiva as she appeared in Final Fantasy VII

Shiva materia is obtained from Priscilla of lower Junon after Cloud and company defeat the boss Bottomswell. She can then be assigned to a weapon or armor, and called upon in combat. This marks the first time Shiva has been seen in 3D.

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-

Shiva

Shiva can be summoned in battle using the appropriate Materia in this game. She is similar in appearance to the original game.

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Final Fantasy VIII

Shiva from Final Fantasy VIII
See the Summon sequence here

Guardian Forces (GF) are the summonable creatures of Final Fantasy VIII, used by junctioning them to a character. The GF govern major stat growth, elemental/status offense and defense, and the commands a character may use during battle. Each GF has a preset list of abilities they can learn, but through the use of certain items, the GF can learn additional abilities and forget those that were previously learned.

Shiva is available as one of two Guardian Forces assigned to protagonist Squall Leonhart at the start of the story. In keeping with Final Fantasy VIII's Junction System, Shiva may be assigned freely to any party member throughout the game. If Squall attempts to exit Balamb Garden before accessing the tutorial where he obtains her, Quistis will present both Shiva and Quezacotl to him before reaching the world map. Abilities learned from Shiva listed below:

Command Ability AP GF Ability AP
Magic N/A Boost 10
Draw N/A SumMag +10% 40
GF N/A SumMag +20% 70
Item N/A SumMag +30% 140
Doom 60 GF HP +10% 40
Junction Ability AP GF HP +20% 70
Str-J 50 Character Ability AP
Vit-J 50 Vit +20% 60
Spr-J N/A Vit +40% 120
Elem-Atk-J 160 Spr +20% 60
Elem-Def-J 100 Spr +40% 120
Elem-Def-J x2 130 Menu Ability AP
I Mag-RF 30


Triple Triad

Shiva
File:TTShiva.png Level 8 (GF card) Element Ice
Refine 1 refines into 100 North Winds
Drop None
Card None
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Final Fantasy IX

Tetra Master
Shiva

#060
Location: Treno, Card Stadium, bell tower (Alexandria, Disc 3, pull the rope)

Shiva is an Eidolon that can only be summoned by Princess Garnet. The Opal is the jewel through which she learns Shiva and her Diamond Dust attack. According to notes left on the Summoner's Wall at Madain Sari, Shiva was first discovered by summoners in the form of a small child. As years passed she eventually grew into her more familiar and adult appearance. The amount of damage Shiva can do is equal to 36 plus the total number of Opals in the party's inventory.

Final Fantasy X

See the Summon and Overdrive sequence here
Shiva, as depicted in Final Fantasy X
The Aeon Shiva's manifestation in this game is the result of dream-imagery provided by a Fayth (the sentient spirit of a dead person). Summonable entities in Final Fantasy X came under player control for the first time in the series, and replaced the player's own party members when called into battle. Aeons possessed a number of new unique attacks alongside the ability to attack and use magic and abilities, and could carry out their traditional main attack via the Overdrive system. Shiva's new, unique attack was called Heavenly Strike, and did ice damage and delayed the enemy's turn.
Shiva's Fayth

Shiva is acquired at the Macalania Temple and can be used in the battle against Seymour even before she is named by the player. When Lulu receives and charges her Celestial Weapon, Onion Knight, Shiva will be able to break the damage limit of 9,999 HP. Shiva's fayth is that of a priestess of Macalania. In the International and PAL versions of the game, Dark Shiva will appear as an exceptionally hard optional boss when the party attempts to re-enter Macalania Temple after escaping from Bevelle.

Final Fantasy XI

Shiva in Final Fantasy XI

Shiva appears in Final Fantasy XI as one of the 6 celestial avatars. She represents the ice element. The job class Summoner can unlock the "spell" Shiva upon completion of the quest "Trial By Ice." Alternatively, a brave low-level summoner may go on the quest Trial Size Trial By Ice and defeat Shiva in a battle alone rather than in a group. She has the highest magic attack of the six celestial avatars in the game thus far, making her merited blood pact "Heavenly Strike" a popular choice. Shiva is also the name of one of the Games Servers.

Abilities

Level Name MP Effect
1 Diamond Dust All Massive Ice Damage - Two-hour
1 Axe Kick 10 Blunt physical attack weapon skill
10 Blizzard II 24 Ice-based Elemental Spell
28 Frost Armor 63 Gives the entire party the effect of Ice Spikes
39 Sleepga 56 Inflicts Sleep on enemies in range
50 Double Slap 96 Hits twice with a hand-to-hand physical attack weapon skill
60 Blizzard IV 118 Ice-based Elemental Spell dealing damage
70 Rush 164 Five-hit hand-to-hand physical attack weapon skill
75 Heavenly Strike 182 (Merit) Ice-based Elemental Spell dealing massive damage
Favor Shiva's Favor -- Increases Magic Attack of all party members in range


Final Fantasy XII

The Airship Shiva

Although not appearing in the game as a summon or otherwise, the blue-skinned figure bound to the Esper Mateus closely resembles Shiva. There is also an airship named Shiva.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

Main article: Shiva (Revenant Wings)
"Alluring Empress of Ice. Blizzards whirl and rage at her command."
—Description

Shiva is the rank 3 Water Ranged summon, and costs 20 affinity points to summon. Her normal attack, Triple Slap, deals water damage to one foe with three successive hits. Her special, Diamond Dust, deals heavy water damage to all enemies in range, and causes stop. She is one of the unique water types in that she is really an ice-type. Therefore, she is weak to fire instead of thunder. There are two other weaker Yarhi which are also named after Shiva which are Shivan and Shivar, which are stated to be her child and lover respectively.

Final Fantasy XIII

Shiva Sisters in Final Fantasy XIII

In Final Fantasy XIII, apparently using other elemental attacks, Snow Villiers's Eidolon is the Shiva Sisters. They are composed of Styria, the dark-skinned elder sister with a light patch around her right eye, and younger, lighter-skinned Nix, who has a dark patch around one eye. Snow will first face them as bosses, as a test to prove his strength to them. These two sisters combine into a motorcycle in their Gestalt Mode which Snow rides on.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Shiva from Final Fantasy Tactics

The job class Summoner earns this ability over time. Her Glacial Shards attack is a large ice elemental attack that spreads over a portion of the battlefield. It costs 24 MP, has a speed of 25, and needs 200 JP to learn.

In the PlayStation version, when summoned, the summoner will sometimes say, "Wind, fade to silence and light, give us power! Shiva!"

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Shiva from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Shiva

The Summoner job class learns the ability to summon her through the Snake Staff. Unlike in her other appearances where she appears with a revealing outfit, this incarnation of Shiva is shown in full armor with only the bottom of her face revealed. This version of Shiva wields a sword and shield, however, she does not use them to attack. Instead, she holds the sword vertically above her head, and casts an ice spell.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

Like Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Shiva appears once more with her dark blue armor and sword. Similar to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Shiva does not use her sword to fight but instead raises it to send a flurry of ice shards at the selected foes. The Summoner job can learn the "spell" Shiva through the Serpent Staff.

Dissidia Final Fantasy

The automatic version of Shiva
The manual version of Shiva

Shiva appears as a summon in Dissidia. When used, Shiva "freezes" the summoner's opponent brave points, preventing brave points from increasing. Like some summons in Dissidia, Shiva can be summoned by two distinct ways: Automatically, which summons her immediately when the user is attacked by an HP attack and her Final Fantasy VIII artwork appears, and manually, where her Final Fantasy IV artwork appears. Shiva's auto version can be obtained in the third stage of the Destiny Odyssey II storyline, and its manual version can be obtained in the second stage of the Destiny Odyssey II storyline.


Final Fantasy: Unlimited

Shiva in Final Fantasy: Unlimited

In the anime, Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Shiva makes two appearances as a summon. The Soil Charge Triad (Soil is like the colored bullet of a Magun, used to summon creatures) needed to summon Shiva is:

  • The cry of the dark spirit, Dark Green!
  • The one that does not forgive creation, Virgin White!
  • The one that freezes everything, Ice Blue!

Followed by saying: "Shine! Summoned Creature! Shiva!"

In the English audio version, the Soil Charge Triad was changed to:

  • The cry of a soul without light, Forest Green! (or Moss Green)
  • The soil that forbids the birth of life, Maiden White!
  • To freeze all things, Ice Blue!

Followed by saying: "Shine! I summon you! Shiva!"

Shiva Summoning

Other Appearances

Chocobo series

Main article: Shiva (Chocobo Series)

Shiva appears in Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon, Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, and Chocobo Racing. She appears also as cards in Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales and Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon.

Non-Final Fantasy Appearances

Itadaki Street series

Shiva has appeared in Itadaki Street Special and Itadaki Street Portable.

The World Ends With You

"A powerful, top-class Tin Pin with a cool design worthy of its namesake, the Ice Queen. Rapidly tap empty space to activate her psych."
—Pin Description

Shiva appears as a pin called Tin Pin Shiva in The World Ends with You. Her psych calls up massive icicles from the ground, dealing considerable damage to the enemy.

Blood of Bahamut

Artwork of Shiva in Blood of Bahamut.

Shiva is set to appear as one of the giant monsters in Blood of Bahamut.


This article uses material from the "Shiva (Summon)" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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