Shiva is a slim aeon with a feminine and humanoid appearance, and wears limited clothing. Her Final Fantasy X appearance is notable for her hair, which is tied up in very long, bright blue dreadlocks.
The symbol for Shiva and Macalania is annotated with the kanji for ice (氷, Kōri?).
In life, Shiva was a priestess of Macalania by the name of Silvia. She was turned into a fayth statue and kept in the Macalania Temple where it became part of the summoners' pilgrimage to defeat Sin. The temple is erected on top of a perpetually frozen lake.
During Summoner Yuna's pilgrimage, the maester of Macalania Temple is Seymour Guado. Yuna comes to the temple both to pray to Shiva's fayth, and to confront Seymour over his patricide of Jyscal Guado and Seymour's marriage proposal to Yuna. She heads to the temple ahead of her guardians, not having told them of her plan. Yuna prays at the Chamber of the Fayth and gains Shiva's allegiance, but when she confronts Seymour with her guardians, he turns hostile and they are forced to slay him and then flee the temple before she has the chance to send him. The Guado send fiends after them, and a particularly strong one breaks the ice of the lake, sending Yuna and her party falling to its frozen depths where they can still hear Shiva's fayth sing the "Hymn of the Fayth" as it emanates from the temple. It turns out that Sin had also come here to listen, and whisks Yuna and her guardians away.
If the party returns to the Macalania Temple, they find it guarded by Dark Shiva summoned by a Yevonite monk, as Yuna has been branded a traitor of Yevon. If Yuna and her guardians defeat the Dark Shiva and revisit the Chamber of the Fayth, Shiva's fayth appears to them and confirms that Tidus, one of Yuna's guardians, is a dream, and that the fayth will summon a new sea for him to swim after he will disappear when Sin is slain.
Should the dreaming end, you too will disappear—Fade into Spira's sea, Spira's sky. But do not weep, nor rise in anger. Even we were once human. That is why we must dream. Let us summon a sea in a new dream world. A new sea for you to swim.Shiva to Tidus
Yuna's party fells Yu Yevon at Sin's core, who possesses her aeons one by one, forcing the party to defeat them. With nowhere to go, Yu Yevon is destroyed, banishing Sin and freeing the fayth from their statues, who depart to the Farplane. With Shiva's fayth gone, Macalania Lake begins to thaw and the temple is abandoned as it sinks.
Shiva has the highest initial Agility and Evasion of all the aeons. After Lulu receives and charges her Celestial Weapon, Onion Knight, Shiva will be able to break the damage limit of 9,999. Ice attacks will heal her.
Her special attack is called Heavenly Strike, which inflicts the Threaten status, and her Overdrive is Diamond Dust, inflicting Ice damage to all enemies. Though she starts out knowing only ice magic, she can be taught any ability provided the player has enough items.
Shiva's victory pose is to sweep back her hair.
- Base stats
- Stat growth
|Number of battles N||Max HP||Max MP||Strength||Defense||Magic||Magic Defense||Agility||Evasion||Accuracy|
|0 to 59||820||26||19||17||23||24||14||32||11|
|60 to 89||880||30||20||18||27||27||15||34||11|
|90 to 119||1020||32||21||19||30||28||18||34||12|
|120 to 149||1130||33||22||20||30||31||18||34||12|
|150 to 179||1178||35||23||21||33||34||19||35||12|
|180 to 209||1342||40||25||23||34||38||22||39||13|
|210 to 239||1384||41||25||24||37||42||22||39||13|
|240 to 269||1444||44||27||26||42||42||27||39||14|
|270 to 299||1596||48||28||27||46||43||27||44||15|
|300 to 329||1760||51||30||31||46||47||32||44||15|
|330 to 359||1820||55||31||33||51||48||32||48||16|
|360 to 389||1868||56||32||34||51||52||37||48||16|
|390 to 419||2020||60||34||36||56||57||37||49||17|
|420 to 449||2160||62||35||37||56||57||42||53||17|
|450 to 479||2220||66||36||39||60||61||42||53||18|
|480 to 509||2292||68||38||42||61||62||47||57||18|
|510 to 539||2420||71||39||43||65||62||47||58||19|
|540 to 569||2468||72||40||45||65||66||47||62||19|
|570 to 599||2632||78||41||47||70||67||52||62||20|
|600 and more||2680||80||42||48||70||71||52||66||20|
|Wht Magic||NulBlaze, NulFrost|
|Blk Magic||Blizzard, Blizzara|
Final Fantasy X
Shiva appears as a boss when summoned by other summoners.
Shiva's Final Fantasy X incarnation is summonable by Yuna in-battle to perform either Heavenly Strike or Diamond Dust.
Shiva also returns as a summonstone, with the same function as in Dissidia. Her auto version is now found in Chapter Six: Indiscernible Truth of Scenario 012. The manual version can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 30 KP.
Whilst not physically appearing Yuna can summon Shiva's Glyph to use Heavenly Strike.
Shiva appears as ability cards. She also appears as an enemy summoned by Meia that can be fought during multiplayer mode.
Shiva's fayth sings the "Hymn of the Fayth" in an operatic soprano voice. It is heard when within the Chamber of the Fayth in the temple in Final Fantasy X, and when under the temple within the frozen lake.
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".