Shiva is one of the available summons in the "Battle Square" demo version of the PC port.
The Shiva Materia is given by Priscilla of Under Junon after defeating the boss, Bottomswell. If the player's Materia inventory is full during the scene Priscilla is supposed to give the Materia to the party, she leaves the Shiva Materia in her room for the player to pick it up later.
- See the Summon sequence here.
|Diamond Dust||32||24||Ice-elemental damage to all enemies.|
Summoning Shiva costs 32 MP, and causes her to perform Diamond Dust to deal Ice-elemental damage equal to 1.5x the base magic damage on all enemies, which cannot be reflected. Early on, this can be a very powerful attack, especially against enemies that are weak to Ice, but it is also costly. Later on, however, Shiva is outclassed by more powerful summons.
Equipping the Shiva Materia comes with small stat changes of -2% HP, but +2% MP and +1 Magic. These changes are small enough to not be too detrimental to physical attacks, and compared to the Ice Materia, are the same without a Strength penalty. This makes Shiva a great Materia to link with the Elemental Materia on a weapon or armor. Linking the Materia on a weapon causes physical attacks to deal Ice damage, exploiting enemies' weaknesses to Ice, and linking it on armor will reduce, nullify, or absorb Ice damage based on the level. If used on weapons, it is a great choice given to characters with a higher Strength that are geared towards physical attacks: Cloud, Barret, Tifa, and Cid.
Shiva is the only purely Ice-elemental Summon Materia. It remains good when paired with Elemental, but the damage becomes outclassed by high tier Ice spells, such as Freeze or Ice3, when they are paired with Support Materia. Kujata and Typhon also deal greater Ice-elemental damage, though it is mixed in with other elements, meaning enemies weak to Ice may still resist the other elements.
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.