This female Esper launches a freezing blizzard attack by crystallizing air moisture.Final Fantasy VI PlayStation esper section
Shiva appears as a blue, humanoid creature with a very feminine look. She wears small, pink clothing, and has green hair.
Shiva was one of several espers captured by the Gestahlian Empire during their first raid on the esper world. The captive espers were taken back to the Magitek Research Facility at Vector, and for sixteen years they were experimented on and had their magic drained to develop the Empire's Magitek army.
When the Returners infiltrated the facility to shut it down, they came upon Kefka abusing Shiva and Ifrit, laughing they had been drained of their powers and were useless. Kefka threw the two down a garbage chute, and the Returners dropped down after them. The two attacked when the Returners approached, but after a moment they sensed the presence of Ramuh and stood down. The two explained they had been drained of their powers and tossed in the chute to die, as had been done with many espers before, but there was hope for this still being held captive. The two transformed into magicite and entrusted themselves to the Returners to save their comrades.
Shiva costs 27 MP to summon and casts Diamond Dust (Gem Dust in the Super NES and Playstation versions). It deals ice-elemental damage to all enemies with a spell power of 52. She does not provide stat boosts when leveling up.
Shiva is not terribly useful overall, but she has utility in the Burning Home where the enemies are weak to ice and appear in large groups. Otherwise Shiva has too low power to be worth using, being slightly weaker than Blizzara and costing a bit more MP.
Shiva teaches very useful spells when acquired, but in the long run is an inefficient esper to teach magic - Bismarck, Zona Seeker, and Seraph teach four of Shiva's spells at much faster learn rates and can be acquired very shortly after her. She teaches Blizzara at the highest rate in the game, but Maduin teaches all three tier-two spells, and it is overall much quicker to learn them from Maduin at once than learn them individually from Shiva, Ifrit, and Ramuh.
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 Japanese pronunciation "Shiba" could also refer to the Queen of Sheba whom King Solomon of Israel fell in love with, lending to the "Queen of Ice" title. It could also refer to English word "shiver", which in Japanese would sound like "shi-ba" or "shi-va".