- “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 who usually takes the shape of a blue-skinned woman with clothing of the same color. Her signature attack, Diamond Dust (sometimes called Gem Dust), deals Ice-elemental damage.
Along with Ifrit and Bahamut, she is one of the very few summons to appear in every main series game from Final Fantasy III through Final Fantasy XIII (although in Final Fantasy XII she appears 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-.
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 Stiria.
Shiva has occasionally been shown as one of the more "friendly" summonable entities, only requiring being fought to gain her services in a few Final Fantasy games, and she usually does not display malicious intent when doing so.
Shiva's basic physical characteristics are that of a willowy humanoid female with pale skin and long, blue hair so 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.
Shiva invariably wears only enough clothing to retain her modesty, along with boots and other minor aesthetic pieces. She carries no weapon in most appearances, and implements her main Diamond Dust attack with arm gestures, a snap of the fingers, and/or force of will. Later games in the series allow Shiva to carry out physical attacks in the form of kicks and punches.
The first Final Fantasy to introduce Shiva and the ability to summon. She can be acquired by purchasing the Level 2 Summon Magic spell Icen.
- White summoning: Mesmerize - casts Sleep on all enemies.
- Black summoning: Icy Stare - deals Ice damage to one enemy.
- High summoning: Diamond Dust - deals Ice damage to all enemies.
- “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 Boss)
Shiva appears as Rydia's summon after she rejoins the group in the Underworld. She is also a boss in Rydia's trial in the Lunar Ruins in the Advance and Complete Collection releases. It has a casting time of 4, costs 30 MP to summon, has a power of 120, and attacks all enemies for ice-elemental damage. In the DS release, the charge time to summon her is six seconds.
- For the battle information, see: Shiva (Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-)
Shiva returns as a Summon spell for the imposter Rydia and Rydia in the sequel of Final Fantasy IV. Its signature attack, Diamond Dust deals moderate Ice-elemental damage to all enemies at the cost of 30 MP.
Shiva is wielded by the Frostbeast, one of four Eidolon-holding bosses found within the Lower Section of the Tower of Babil B13. Once it's defeated, it leaves behind an orb of blue light. The imposter Rydia claims the light and regains the ability to summon Shiva during battle. Shiva along with the other reclaimed Eidolons are later summoned by the imposter Rydia on B6 of the tower to battle against the party.
- For the battle information, see: Shiva (The After Years Boss)
Shiva returns in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years as one of the Eidolons being controlled by the Mysterious Girl. She is first fought in Palom's chapter, then later can be faced in The Gathering. The first time is a scripted battle, but the second time the player fights Shiva until she stops attacking, and at this time the player must do the same if they want to recruit her, otherwise she will be killed. If the party stop fighting, Shiva will recognize Rydia and will be acquired as a summon. She costs 30 MP to summon.
- For the enemy page, see Shiva (Final Fantasy V Boss).
The Summoner job class has ability to call Shiva. She can be found at the tower at Walse Castle. This was the first time in the series Shiva appeared as a boss. Along with her are three Ice Commanders who also must be defeated.
Shiva costs 10 MP to summon and deals mediocre Ice damage to all enemies.
- For the battle information, see: Shiva (Final Fantasy VI Boss)
See the Summon sequence here.
Believing they mean the two espers harm, Ifrit attacks the party. Shiva soon senses Ramuh's power within them, and halts the battle and the two grant their abilities to the Returners. Shiva's Spell Power is 52, and she costs 27 MP to summon. She is unblockable.
She teaches the following spells:
- See the Summon sequence here.
The Shiva Summon Materia is obtained from Priscilla of lower Junon after Cloud and company defeat the boss, Bottomswell. Shiva can then be assigned to a weapon or armor and called upon in combat and her spell power is equal to 1.5x the base magic damage.
If the player's Materia inventory is full during the scene Priscilla is supposed to give the Materia to Cloud and the party, she leaves the Shiva Materia in her room for the player to pick it up later.
Shiva is one of the available summons in the "Battle Square" demo version of the PC port of Final Fantasy VII.
|Stats||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Master|
|AP for level||4000||15000||30000||50000|
|Stat changes||Magic +1, Max HP-2%, Max MP+2%|
Shiva can be summoned in battle using the Shiva Materia. She uses the attack Diamond Dust, an ice-elemental attack that hits all opponents. Her appearance is based off her appearance in the original Final Fantasy VII.
See the Summon sequence here
Shiva is available as one of two default Guardian Forces assigned to protagonist Squall Leonhart at the start of the story. It is implied that she knows Ifrit, as he will comment on her if the player summons her in the battle against him. Shiva may be assigned 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. Obtaining Shiva in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Shiva.
Shiva's attack, Diamond Dust, is an Ice-elemental attack that damages all enemies. Shiva's summon time is 12.9s, which, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, allows the player to boost its damage to around 180% of normal damage using a regular PlayStation controller.
Its damage is calculated as follows:
Elemental Defense starts at 800 (0%), 900 nullifies damage and 1000 absorbs it. If an enemy is shown to be weak against an element, its Elemental Defense is below 800. If damage becomes negative (due to high Elemental Defense), the target is healed by that amount.
|Summon Effect||Shiva +20, Ifrit -10, Every other GF -1.6|
|Compatibility Items||Arctic Wind +1.6, North Wind +3.2, LuvLuvG +20.2|
|Casting Magic||Blizzard +1, Blizzara +2, Blizzaga +2.4, Fire -0.8, Fira -1, Firaga -1.2|
The following table represents the base stats.
Abilities learned naturally by Shiva are listed below:
|Doom||60||Shiva Lv10||I Mag-RF||30||None|
|Refine||1 refines into 100 North Winds|
|Level 8 (GF card)||Win||Trade The Girl Next Door magazine with Zone for free on the White SeeD Ship.|
Shiva is an eidolon summoned by Princess Garnet. Shiva is learned from equipping an Opal. According to notes left on the Eidolon Wall at Madain Sari, the summoners first discovered Shiva in the form of a small child. As years passed she eventually grew into her more familiar adult appearance. Her spell power is equal to 36 plus the total number of Opals in the party's inventory, and the cost of summoning her is 24 MP.
There exists an early concept art of Shiva in a more childlike appearance.
Location: Treno, Card Stadium, bell tower (Alexandria, Disc 3, pull the rope).
- See the Summon and Overdrive sequence here.
- For the battle information, see: Shiva (Final Fantasy X Boss)
The aeon Shiva is obtained after Yuna visits the fayth in the Macalania Temple. Shiva's fayth appears as a Macalanian priestess. She is unique in that Yuna can summon her before the player has named her, during the first fight against Seymour, in which she is called "????". Shiva has the highest initial Agility and Evasion of all the aeons.
Summonable entities in Final Fantasy X can be controlled by the player, and have their own special attacks, spells, and Overdrives. Shiva's special attack is called Heavenly Strike, which does ice damage and delays the enemy's turn. Though she starts out knowing only ice magic, she can be taught any ability provided the player has enough items. Ice magic heals her.
The symbol for Shiva and Macalania (see "Shiva's seal" in the gallery for this section) is annotated with the kanji for ice (氷, Koori?).
- For the battle information, see: Shiva (Final Fantasy X-2)
Shiva appears in Final Fantasy XI as one of the six 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 game's six celestial avatars thus far, making her merited blood pact "Heavenly Strike" a popular choice. Shiva is also the name of one of the game's servers.
Formerly the young ruler of a small kingdom situated in the south of Vana'diel. Despite her young age, Shiva was a wise and highly competent ruler, loved by all her people, except a small fraction of the nobility. Those were faithful to Shiva's uncle, who had been regent when she first came to the throne. Scheming with the neighboring countries, Shiva's uncle finally managed to organize a coup. He seized the throne and banished Shiva to the frozen Northlands, reluctant to further provoke the anger of the population by executing her outright. However, the rulers with whom he had forged an alliance soon decided to take over the country.
In the chaos that followed, a regiment of soldiers, led by general Aeomatra, decided to go rescue their queen. They managed to find her, frozen solid in a block of ice. Unaccustomed to the harsh climate of the Northlands, they also died one by one, refusing to leave their unfortunate queen. Altana was moved by Shiva's plight and transformed her into the Celestial Avatar of Ice. Aeomatra is the name of the brightest, light blue-colored star of the Shiva constellation.
|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.|
Shiva does not appear as a summon but the airships in Archadian Imperial Fleets are named after traditional Final Fantasy summons, and includes an airship named Shiva.
- Main article: Shiva (Revenant Wings)
- “Alluring Empress of Ice. Blizzards whirl and rage at her command.”
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 inflicts 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, Shivan and Shivar, which are stated to be her child and lover respectively.
- Main article: Eidolon (Final Fantasy XIII)#Shiva
- For their battle information, see: Stiria (Boss) and Nix (Final Fantasy XIII)
- See the Gestalt Mode And Summoning sequence here.
- “Cool them off!”
- —Snow Villiers
In Final Fantasy XIII Snow Villiers' Eidolon is the Shiva Sisters, also referred to as the Twin Sisters of Shiva. The sisters are composed of Stiria (スティリア, Sutiria?), the dark-skinned elder sister with a light patch around her right eye, and younger, lighter-skinned Nix (ニクス, Nikusu?), who has a dark patch around one eye. Snow first faces the sisters as bosses at Lake Bresha, as a test to prove his strength to them.
While summoned, the sisters have separate ATB Gauges, but both will be dismissed if their shared SP Gauge falls to zero. This is compensated by Stiria not being able to be directly targeted. In normal mode, Stiria focuses on the Medic and Ravager roles, healing Snow and dealing ice-elemental damage to enemies. Nix focuses on a Commando role, although she does have Blizzara at her disposal. While Stiria cannot be targeted by enemies, she can still be damaged by Area of Effect attacks.
The Shiva Sisters help Lightning fight Caius in Valhalla, but are of different color from the original game, suggesting they are an alternate form of Shiva, like Caius's Chaos Bahamut. In the paradox ending, "The Future is Hope", Snow is seen sitting on the same gestalt motorcycle he had in Final Fantasy XIII. It is therefore possible that Snow received the Shiva Sisters again upon becoming a l'Cie.
The Shiva Sisters appear during Lightning's battle against Bhunivelze when Snow summons the sisters to shield her from Bhunivelze's attack. Bhunivelze's defeat and the subsequent creation of the new world, the Shiva Sisters bid farewell to the party and disappear into the void alongside the other Eidolons as their kind cannot exist in the new world.
The job class Summoner can learn Shiva. Her Glacial Shards attack is a large ice-elemental attack that spreads over a portion of the battlefield. Shiva 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!"
The Summoner job class learns the ability to summon Shiva through the Snake Staff for 200 AP and costs 18 MP to cast. 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. Although Shiva wields a sword and shield she does not use them to attack. Instead, she holds the sword vertically above her head, and casts an ice spell.
Like in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Shiva appears once more with her dark blue armor and sword, although she 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 for 300 AP, and Shiva costs 16 MP to cast with a range of 4.
Shiva appears as a set of summons or "Eidolons" in Final Fantasy Type-0 called "Shiva Class". Each Shiva under the class has different names, abilities and sizes.
Shiva has a more human appearance than in other installments, with white/pink skin and long grey-blue hair with straight bangs. She wears a bikini top, a micro-skirt and a g-string, as well as high heels with floating gears.
In-battle Shiva is a quick character, and skates through the battlefield while striking her foes with ice spells.
- “Let my cold embrace condemn thee to oblivion!”
She appears in the Glacial Cave near Rusalka in the Bard story in act 2 as a monster to defeat deep inside the cave. After you defeat her, you gain her as a summon for the summoner job class. She attacks with Diamond Dust all enemies with ice. After her defeat, all ice covered sections of the cave become water and you can walk freely in without fear of sliding. She is blue like all her other Final Fantasy incarnations and wears gold jewels.
Shiva appears as a summon in Dissidia. When summoned, Shiva uses Diamond Dust, "freezing" the opponent's Bravery Points, preventing them from increasing. Like many summons in Dissidia, Shiva can be summoned in 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 the manual version can be obtained in the same odyssey's second stage.
Shiva's Final Fantasy X incarnation is summonable by Yuna in-battle to perform either Heavenly Strike or Diamond Dust.
Shiva also returns as a summonstone, with the same function as in Dissidia. Her auto version is now found in Chapter Six: Indiscernible Truth of Scenario 012. The manual version can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 30 KP.
Shiva appears as a summon in her Final Fantasy X attire and appearance. She uses her signature attack, Diamond Dust, to assist the player during BMS sequences.
Shiva is an Ice-elemental esper in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. From time to time, players may encounter Shiva in battle. Defeating Shiva will grant players the Shiva I summon stone, which allows Shiva to be summoned into battle. When summoned, Shiva uses the skill, Diamond Dust. Her summoned animation bears a strong resemblance to the summoned animation of Shiva in Final Fantasy V.
- 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.
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!"
At the second summoning Shiva seems to be destroyed by the Makenshi's brother, Madoushi, with a swipe of his sword.
Shiva is represented in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game by many Ice-elemental summon cards: depicting her in normal and in Gestalt Mode from Final Fantasy XIII; one depicting her Final Fantasy Tactics art; two depicting her Final Fantasy Type-0 art; one featuring her Final Fantasy XI appearance; one depicting her Yoshitaka Amano art from Final Fantasy III; and one of Shiva from Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Shiva, alongside other recurring Final Fantasy summons, appears as one of the giants that must be defeated in the Japan-only game Blood of Bahamut.
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While not making a physical appearance in the series, Shiva's trademark attack, Diamond Dust, makes several appearances in this series.
Shiva is a monster summoned by the summoner Stein at the Ice Fortress. Defeating them both will reward the player with the Quest Achievement "Blizzard Master".
Shiva appears as a card in Lord of Vermilion II.
The World Ends with YouEdit
- “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.
Appearances in Popular CultureEdit
Shiva is summoned by Yuna, along with all of the other aeons, in Dead Fantasy IV, but is ultimately defeated by Kasumi and her clones.
Shiva is one of the more popular summons in the Final Fantasy series and as thus has appeared in numerous official merchandise.
Shiva shares her name with the Hindu god, Shiva (also spelled Śiva). The Hindi Shiva once saved the world by consuming poison, giving him blue skin around the area of the neck and throat. It should also be noted that Shiva is a male god but Shiva can merge with his consort Parvati together they become Ardhanari an androgynous Hindu god of duality, and that's how Shiva is sometimes confused as a female (but is indeed a male god). Shiva is also the god of destruction along with Vishnu, who is the god of preservation, and Brahma, the god of creation. Together they are the three principle deities of the Trimurti (Hindu Triad).
Also, in paintings Shiva was frequently mistaken for a woman due to his long hair and facial features. It is believed that he also periodically destroys the world, then recreates it. There is a possibility that the name was simply the Japanese way of pronouncing the word "shiver", which is a possibility given her icy nature. Another possibility is the reference to the Slavic goddess Živa, the goddess of love and fertility.
- Square Enix's cafe Artnia sells a cocktail called Shiva that contains white rum, white curacao, lychee, and lemon juice.