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Shiva is an ice elemental summon, taking the form of a humanoid female. She first appears in Final Fantasy III. Shiva's main attack is Diamond Dust, which damages all enemies with ice-based magic. She is named after the Hindu god, Shiva.
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 is usually depicted as scantily clad, wearing boots and other minor aesthetic pieces. Later games allow Shiva to carry out physical attacks in the form of kicks and punches.
Final Fantasy series
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy VI
In Final Fantasy VI, Shiva appears as an Esper. She is first encountered by the Returners in the Magitek Factory in Vector. After being drained of her power, she and Ifrit are disposed of by Kefka in a waste chute. Believing they mean the two Espers harm, Ifrit attacks the group. Shiva soon senses Ramuh's power within them, and the battle ends. She and Ifrit then turn into Magicite and grant their abilities to the Returners.
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Known as an Eidolon. According to notes left on the Summoner's Wall at Madain Sari; When Shiva was first discovered by the summoners, her form was that of a small child. As years passed she eventually grew into her more familiar and adult appearance.
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy Tactics series
Final Fantasy Tactics
In Final Fantasy Tactics, Summoners earn this ability over time. Her Diamond Dust attack is a large ice elemental attack that spreads over a portion of the battlefield.
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, like the first Final Fantasy Tactics, Summoners can learn the ability to summon Shiva. This can be done through the Snake Staff. Unlike other appearances, Shiva does not appear scantily glad, and is shown in full armor with only the bottom of her face revealed.
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