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This female Esper launches a freezing blizzard attack by crystallizing air moisture.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation esper section

Shiva is an esper in Final Fantasy VI who can be acquired as a magicite after being fought.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Shiva appears as a blue, humanoid creature with a very feminine look. She wears small, pink clothing, and has green hair.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Shiva encounters Returners in the Magitek Research Facility of Vector. After being drained of her power, Kefka disposes of her and Ifrit in a waste chute. 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.

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Obtained[edit | edit source]

Shiva is obtained after being defeated as a boss. If the party moves on without picking the magicites up, they are permanently missed.

Battle[edit | edit source]

Shiva costs 27 MP to summon, and casts Diamond Dust (Gem Dust in the SNES release). It is an unblockable spell with a Spell Power of 52.

Magicite[edit | edit source]

Shiva is equippable as a magicite, and teaches the following abilities:

She does not provide stat boosts when leveling up.

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

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.

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