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Shiva is an Ice-elemental Guardian Force in Final Fantasy VIII. She is one of the two initial Guardian Forces together with Quezacotl. It is implied that she knows Ifrit, as he will comment on her if the player summons her in the battle against him.

Shiva learns Str-J, Vit-J and Spr-J, elemental attack and defense junctions, as well as support abilities that boost the equipper's Vitality and Spirit. Her unique abilities are Doom, which places a death sentence countdown on the target, and the refine ability that lets one make Ice and Water spells from items.


Shiva is a blue-skinned woman with golden hairlike appendages flowing from her head. Spikes like icicles protrude from her hips, elbows and behind her knees. She is barefoot, and her hands, feet, hips and intimate regions are covered in dark blue patterns. She has a human-like face and sharp elf-like ears.


Squall's desk in Balamb Garden.

Shiva is available as one of two default Guardian Forces assigned to Squall Leonhart at the start of the game. She is obtained by accessing the tutorial section of Squall's Study Panel in his desk. If Squall does not access the tutorial before leaving Balamb Garden for the first time, Quistis will give both Quezacotl and Shiva to Squall before reaching the world map (in the Japanese version, Squall and Quistis will leave without any GF if Squall did not access the tutorial before).

Obtaining Shiva in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Shiva.



Shiva "Diamond Dust" from FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered

Shiva's attack, Diamond Dust, is an Ice-elemental attack that damages all enemies. Her summon time is 12.9s, which, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, allows the player to boost its damage to around 180% of normal damage using a regular PlayStation controller.

Its damage is calculated as follows:[1]

Elemental Defense starts at 800 (0%), 900 nullifies damage and 1000 absorbs it. If an enemy is shown to be weak against an element, its Elemental Defense is below 800. If damage becomes negative (due to high Elemental Defense), the target is healed by that amount.


The charge time for summoning depends on the compatibility between the character and the GF and the Battle Speed. The greater the compatibility, the less time it takes to summon. Compatibility can be boosted with compatibility boosting items, by casting magic that is the same element as the Guardian Force and by summoning the GF during battle. Compatibility is reduced by using "opposing" magic to the GF's element and other summons.

Compatibility Chart
Summon Effect Shiva +20, Ifrit -10, Every other GF -1.6
Compatibility Items Arctic Wind +1.6, North Wind +3.2, LuvLuv G +20.2
Casting Magic Blizzard +1, Blizzara +2, Blizzaga +2.4, Fire -0.8, Fira -1, Firaga -1.2

The below values are the base compatibility values with all playable characters at the start of the game.

Party member Compatibility
Squall 570
Quistis 640
Zell 540
Selphie 590
Rinoa 650
Irvine 580
Seifer 480
Edea 750


The following table represents the base stats:

Level HP Attack Power
1 298 263
10 734 564
20 1,226 897
30 1,726 1,230
40 2,234 1,564
50 2,750 1,897
60 3,274 2,230
70 3,806 2,563
80 4,346 2,897
90 4,894 3,230
100 5,450 3,563


Abilities learned naturally by Shiva are listed below:

Ability AP Prerequisite
FFVIII Junction ability icon.png Str-J 50 None
FFVIII Junction ability icon.png Vit-J 50 None
FFVIII Junction ability icon.png Spr-J (Already learned)
FFVIII Junction ability icon.png Elem-Atk-J 160 Str-J
FFVIII Junction ability icon.png Elem-Def-J 100 Spr+20%
FFVIII Junction ability icon.png Elem-Def-Jx2 130 Elem-Def-J
FFVIII Command ability icon.png Magic (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon.png GF (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon.png Draw (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon.png Item (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon.png Doom 60 Shiva Lv10
Ability AP Prerequisite
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Vit+20% 60 Vit-J
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Vit+40% 120 Vit+20%
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Spr+20% 60 None
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Spr+40% 120 Spr+20%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png SumMag+10% 40 None
FFVIII GF ability icon.png SumMag+20% 70 SumMag+10%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png SumMag+30% 140 SumMag+20%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png GFHP+10% 40 None
FFVIII GF ability icon.png GFHP+20% 70 GFHP+10%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png Boost 10 None
FFVIII Menu ability icon.png I Mag-RF 30 None

A good use for Shiva's I Mag-RF refine ability early on is to fight Fastitocalon-Fs on the beaches of Balamb and turn their spoils of Water Crystals into Water spells, a powerful magic early in the game.

Triple Triad[]


Shiva is a Level 8 GF Card in Triple Triad used for playing the minigame and for turning into 100 North Winds with Quezacotl's Card Mod. It is obtained by trading The Girl Next Door magazine with Zone for free on the White SeeD Ship.

Other appearances[]

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008) and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

Shiva summoned in Dissidia.

Shiva appears as a summon. When summoned, she uses Diamond Dust, "freezing" the opponent's Bravery Points. Shiva's automatic summon, which summons her immediately when the user is attacked by an HP attack, shows her Final Fantasy VIII artwork.

Squall's magic attacks in Dissidia Final Fantasy games focus primarily on ice and thunder spells, which may allude to the two Guardian Forces he has at the start of Final Fantasy VIII, Shiva and Quezacotl.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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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 refer to English word "shiver", which in Japanese would sound like "shi-ba" or "shi-va".

There is a possibility the name was simply the Japanese way of pronouncing the word "shiver", given her icy nature. Another possibility is the reference to the Slavic goddess Živa, the goddess of love and fertility.