His whispers echo between lightning's flash and thunder's crash.


Shemhazai is an Esper in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. She is the Rank III Thunder Melee summon. Her standard attack, Soul Purge, deals moderate damage in a straight line extending from her, and her most powerful attack, Thundaja, deals major damage to enemies over a large area, and is effective even from a great distance.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

Alraune can be bought from the Ring of Pacts for 3 Auracite. To unlock Shemhazai on the Ring of Pacts she must be defeated in Mission 67: Echo of Thunder. She also unlocks Balthier's Quickening, Element of Treachery.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Summoning the Alraune costs 20 Affinity.

Shemhazai has incomparable Speed, and impressive balanced offensive and defensive stats. Her Attack Speed is 60, making the time between her attacks attacks 1.13 seconds (simplified calculation). Shemhazai is the second fastest Esper (in terms of time between attacks) after Ramuh (who has 100 Attack Speed [0.4-0.3 second]). Even though her Attack Speed is par with Titan's, her Speed flushes Titan's competence out of the top three most dexterous Espers.

Shemhazai's balanced mix of stats gives her the upper hand against many types of attacks, but this excludes the effects from heavy damage and HP damaging abilities like Karma and Gravity. Her Speed makes her the only of the Rank III Espers with the ability to use her basic attack and her special attack in quick, almost seamless, succession.

The combination of Soul Purge, which deals damage in a line extending from her, and her Thundaja magick, which deals heavy lightning damage, is deadly. If inflicted with Haste, Shemhazai becomes even more dangerous.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Revenant Wings Shemhazai is referred to as being male, despite being specifically referred to as female in Final Fantasy XII.
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