Goddess of Ice. The Glacian's place among the Six lies opposite that of the Infernian, Ifrit. Roused suddenly from hibernation in Ghorovas Rift, the Frostbearer brought the chill wind of death to bear on half the imperial army before suffering her own corporeal demise.
Shiva, also known as the Glacian, is an Astral in Final Fantasy XV. She is one of the Six and is the Astral that most resembles a human. She is the most friendly and compassionate of the Six, and is a Messenger of the gods to mortals. Prince Noctis forges a pact with Shiva in Chapter 12.
Like the other Astrals, Shiva is based on a recurring summon in the Final Fantasy series. She is the smallest Astral, not much larger than a normal human. She is a woman with pale blue skin, purple eyes with white eye shadow, pointed elvish ears and hornlike protrusions that resemble icicles. She wears her long silvery hair in elaborate braids, and her body is covered by lace-pattern frost that resembles lingerie. She has sheer white sleeves made of frost and a filigree choker made of ice. Shiva appears as a flock of fairy-like ice goddesses, but she has also appeared as a giantess.
In the Chinese version, Shiva's appearance is altered, giving her a more human skin tone and a more conservative cheongsam-style dress.
Shiva is the fondest of mortals out of all the Astrals. She was not always this way however, and used to dislike humans for the fleeting nature of their lives, and how they cling to hopes and dreams. Witnessing compassion and benevolence in others is said to have warmed her heart.
During the Old Calender Era, the Astrals were active across Eos. Humans were created in the Astrals' image, and though most Astrals were indifferent to man's fragile and ephemeral existence, the God of Fire, Ifrit, admired their strength of will. Granting mankind his flame, a civilization flourished: Solheim. Ifrit's benevolence warmed Shiva's heart, who likewise came to love humans and fell in love with Ifrit.
Some people of Solheim began to see themselves as superior to the gods and spurned their blessings. Due to the perceived betrayal of the Astrals by Solheim's people, Ifrit declared war on them, triggering the Great War of Old. The Six are sworn to protect Eos, even from each other, and thus the other Astrals turned against Ifrit. The conflict was magnified by the appearance of the Starscourge, which killed millions and Solheim collapsed. The Starscourge corrupted Ifrit, driving him mad and forcing the other Astrals to kill him. The world was left in ruin the wake of the war and the Astrals—bar Bahamut—fell into slumber.
In M.E. 745, Shiva awoke in the form of an ice giantess in the desert plains surrounding Gralea, the capital of Niflheim. She sensed Ifrit was in danger, being sought by a mortal to "lead him away from the Light." She led an assault on the empire, but was felled by its magitek infantry resulting in an environmental anomaly: the desert transformed into a vast tundra trapped in a perpetual snowstorm.
Having lost most of its army, Niflheim began developing magitek soldiers strong enough to fight the Astrals. The research documents within Zegnautus Keep, the imperial magitek laboratory, suggest that the imperial "Wallbreaker" technology was used against Shiva during the battle, enfeebling her powers. The corpse of Shiva's giantess incarnation remains outside Gralea, where it can be seen from aboard the trains that pass the imperial capital by.
Shiva is the true identity of Gentiana, the divine High Messenger who stays by the Oracles' side. Whereas the Oracle can commune with the gods to deliver mankind's message to them, Gentiana does the same for the gods. Shiva seems able to co-exist in multiple bodies, as when her ice goddess form was felled by the magitek soldiers, she was also living as Gentiana by Lunafreya Nox Fleuret's side. It has also been implied that the reason she now appears in a smaller form is because she was previously killed. Lunafreya's determination and benevolence warmed Gentiana, and her faith in mankind, damaged during the Great War of Old, was restored.
After the Oracle, Lunafreya, begins rousing the Astrals to help Noctis, Gentiana guides him telepathically. Her following of Noctis is made apparent when her image begins to appear on the background of photos taken by Prompto. Gentiana reveals her true nature to Noctis when she steps in to temporarily stop Ardyn while aboard the train to Gralea, as they pass by Shiva's giantess corpse in Ghorovas Rift. She grants Noctis her power, forging a pact with him while also bestowing him with the Trident of the Oracle, one of the royal arms. From there on, Noctis can call upon Shiva when he's in danger. Shiva tells Noctis about Ifrit and the Great War of Old, asks him to save Eos as the Crystal's Chosen, and for him to release her love, Ifrit.
After Noctis returns after his ten-year slumber inside the Crystal, he heads to the ruins of Insomnia to fulfill the prophecy as the True King. Ardyn ushers Ifrit upon him, and Noctis and his friends fight him with the power of Astrals behind him. As a finishing blow, Noctis summons Shiva whose illusions flock around the wounded Ifrit. Flying into the sky, she casts down Diamond Dust, freezing Ifrit, before slaying him with an icy kiss.
Noctis obtains Shiva at the end of Chapter 12.
The chance to summon will appear randomly while in battle, and the player can summon once per battle. Each Astral has its own requirements to be considered during the "summon roll", which happens every 10 seconds. While possible to summon during the first roll, it is rare. Shiva's summon chance increases for each party member in KO/Danger, and the time the player has spent in battle. Shiva needs some space to be summoned, but can be summoned nearly anywhere.
When summoned, Shiva enters the battle, with her presence freezing the surrounding landscape, and appears alongside several copies of herself who surround a shivering Noctis. She uses her signature attack, Diamond Dust, which envelops the party's foes in a constant vacuum of super-chilled air. Shiva is the most powerful summon, as her attacks hit foes the most amount of times.
Her summoning against Ifrit has a unique animation.
Shiva (also spelled Śiva) is a Hindu god. The Hindu Shiva once saved the world by consuming poison, giving him blue skin around the area of the neck and throat. Shiva is a male god, but can merge with his consort Parvati to become Ardhanari, an androgynous Hindu god of duality. Shiva is 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). It is believed he periodically destroys the world, then recreates it.
Shiva has different human forms, males and females. When he was in his avatar form, he spent most of his times in the Himalayan snow mountain. Shiva in the Final Fantasy series is likely inspired by one of his female avatars. In Final Fantasy XV Shiva also assumes different forms, appearing as a giantess, a flock of taller-than-human pixies, and even as a human.
- If the player views the map when the train stops near the giantess Shiva's corpse, the outline of her body is visible.
- It is not possible to rotate Shiva in the bestiary.
- Shiva's bestiary entry has differences between different translations. The Japanese version mentions her as the "foil to Ifrit", and simply states that she was defeated by Niflheim. The English version claims that her demise was only "corporeal". The German version says Shiva was Ifrit's lover before he went mad.