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Scion that is both horse and woman, wielding utter control over the souls that wander the underworld, in opposition to the Martyr Igeyorhm, scion of light. Though she once served the gods as a guardian, when Ultima announced her rebellion, Shemhazai went to her, whispering of the gods' hidden weaknesses. She then descended upon the land without leave of the gods, and taught men of destruction and evil. For this was she stricken down and bound.

Shemhazai, the Whisperer (密告者シュミハザ, Mikkokusha Shumihaza?, lit. Shemhazai, the Betrayer) is an Esper from the world of Ivalice. The Esper of Soul, she represents the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius, the Archer. Shemhazai's hands resemble crossbows, she has horse-like qualities and from her power of Soul, her color sign is pink. She is also referred to as the Dhanus Ascendant, which is the Sanskrit name of its Zodiac sign as used in Jyotish (Hindu) astrology.


Final Fantasy XIIEdit

Shemhazai is found in the lowest reaches of Giruvegan, just before the warp point leading to the Occuria, in the Gate of Fire. It can be assumed they sealed her here to protect them once more. Shemhazai is the third of the five Espers obtained during the main storyline.

Shemhazai's License costs 50 LP, and she requires two Mist Charges to summon.


Soul Purge

Devour Soul: A non-elemental attack. Its damage is calculated just like the item Knot of Rust:

Shemhazai's Current HP / (Random number 1-10)
Its damage cap is 9999.

Some sources will say it is Shemhazai's Max HP that determines its damage, but this is not the case; it is her current HP, and thus does more damage when she's at Max HP. To improve damage, the player can cast the spell Bubble on her.

Soul Purge: A non-elemental attack, and Shemhazai's ultimate attack. Shemhazai walks to the top of a cliff under the moonlight. She sees the moon, and charges her guns. She jumps off the cliff, shooting the enemies in range with pure soul energy. She lands near the enemies, and the soul energy that struck the enemies charges up into a multiple of explosions, striking the enemies. Its damage is calculated just like the item Dark Matter:

(Sum of all Knot of Rust damage + Sum of all Devour Soul damage) / 3

Its damage cap is 60,000, making it the second most powerful single attack in Final Fantasy XII, only bested by Zeromus's Big Bang, and one of the only attacks that breaks the damage limit. Once used, the damage is set back down to 0, and has to be built up again. Unlike most other Esper attacks, Soul Purge is unaffected by Reverse.

In Final Fantasy XII International, Shemhazai can cast Shock and Curaja and has gained the Null Vitality and Piercing Magick augments. The damage of Devour Soul now depends on the maximum HP.

Gambit informationEdit

Priority Condition Action
1 Remaining time < 10 seconds Soul Purge*targets enemy with highest HP
2 Foe: character HP < 30% Soul Purge*targets enemy with highest HP
3 Foe: nearest visible Devour Soul
Priority Condition Action
1 Remaining time < 10 seconds Soul Purge*targets enemy with highest HP
2 Foe: nearest visible Devour Soul
3 Ally: HP < 100% Curaja


Attack 73 76
Defense 47 50
Magick Defense 31 51

Shemhazai takes half damage from all elements.
IZJS: Shemhazai is weak against Fire and takes normal damage from every other element.

Level Max HP Max MP Strength Magic Vitality Speed
1 2,430-2,431 23-25 51 46 26 26
10 2,565-2,588 50-70 56 51 28 28
20 2,810-2,876 90-140 62 57 30 30
30 3,125-3,248 131-212 68 63 33 33
40 3,423-3,600 181-302 74 69 35 35
50 3,899-4,165 224-378 80 75 37 37
60 4,319-4,663 264-448 86 81 40 40
70 4,557-4,943 294-498 92 87 42 42
80 4,832-5,267 324-548 97 92 44 44
90 5,207-5,711 344-578 99 98 47 47
99 5,603-6,213 353-587 99 99 49 49
Level Max HP Max MP Strength Magic Vitality Speed
1 3,645-3,646 234-238 36 47 26 26
10 3,847-3,882 288-328 41 52 28 28
20 4,215-4,314 368-468 47 58 31 30
30 4,687-4,872 450-612 53 64 34 33
40 5,134-5,400 550-792 59 70 36 35
50 5,848-6,247 636-944 65 76 39 37
60 6,478-6,994 716-999 71 82 42 40
70 6,835-7,414 776-999 77 88 45 42
80 7,248-7,900 836-999 82 93 47 44
90 7,810-8,566 876-999 88 99 50 47
99 8,445-9,319 894-999 94 99 53 49


Name Range Target CT*Charge Time Type Element Power
Devour Soul 12 Single 16 Magick None
Soul Purge 12 Circle 8 35 Magick None
Name Range Target CT*Charge Time Type Element Power
Attack*5% chance of inflicting Disease 10 Single 25 Physical None 73
Curaja 10 Circle 10 23 Magick None 120
Shock 10 Single 23 Magick None 133
Devour Soul 12 Single 15 Magick None
Soul Purge 12 Circle 10 0 Magick None

Status effectsEdit


  • Null Weather & Terrain Effects
  • Null VIT
  • Ignore Reflect
  • Null Weather & Terrain Effects

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

Shemhazai RW
His whispers echo between lightning's flash and thunder's crash.
—In-game description

Shemhazai returns, along with many of the other Scions. She is the Rank III Lightning Melee summon. She appears in Mission 67: Echo of Thunder. Upon her defeat, Balthier gains the Quickening Element of Treachery, and Shemhazai becomes available on the Ring of Pacts. Interestingly, the in-game text describes her as male.

She uses Soul Purge, which deals Lightning damage in a line extending from her, and Thundaja, which deals area Lightning damage to a selected area, much like Kytes's Thundaga.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

Shemhazai appears as a Scion. She can be called by anyone equipping the Armlet of Whispers when the Smash Gauge is orange. When summoned, she uses Soul Purge on one target of choice with 100% accuracy.

A randomly encountered party consisting of five Yellow Chocobos and one Level 99 Red Chocobo named Redhawk can be encountered, appearing in the Corpolk Field of the Goug region. Defeating them will grant the clan the accessory needed to summon Shemhazai, the Armlet of Whispers.

The summon deals damage equal to the total amount of damage a character has done over the course of the game, so Shemhazai is the easiest Scion to successfully deal enough damage to guarantee a one-hit-kill.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

PFF Shemhazai
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Shemhazai is derived from the name of the fallen angel, Samyaza. Samyaza's name translates to "infamous rebellion", as Samayza was the leader of the angels who interred with humans, and produced the Nephilim, as stated in the Old Testament (Genesis 6:1-4).


  • Despite not having a "traditional" elemental affinity in Final Fantasy XII, in Revenant Wings, Shemhazai is the level three Lightning Scion on the Ring of Pacts.
  • In Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Shemhazai is the only Esper that returns with her Deathblow, Soul Purge, as her normal attack.
  • Shemhazai is the only Esper not based upon a previous Final Fantasy villain or Final Fantasy Tactics Lucavi, though fans have drawn parallels between her and Ultimecia.
  • In Revenant Wings Shemhazai is referred to as being male, despite specifically being referred to as female in Final Fantasy XII.

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