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Shiva is an Ice-elemental aeon in Final Fantasy X who can be summoned into battle. Her fayth is a Macalanian priestess. She also appears as a boss in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2.

Profile[]

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 ShivaSeal-ffx-artwork is annotated with the kanji for ice (, Kōri?).

Story[]

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Shiva's fayth.

In life, Shiva was a priestess of Macalania who 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

Shiva in the ending.

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.[1]

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Obtained[]

Shiva is obtained by reaching the Macalania Temple. She is unique in that Yuna can summon her before the player has named her, during the first fight against Seymour, in which she is called "????".

Battle[]


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.


Stats[]

Base stats
Stat Base Value
HP 820
MP 26
Strength 19
Defense 17
Magic 23
Magic Defense 24
Agility 14
Luck 17
Evasion 32
Accuracy 11
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

Abilities[]

Default abilities
Wht Magic NulBlaze, NulFrost
Blk Magic Blizzard, Blizzara

Boss[]

Final Fantasy X[]

Shiva appears as a boss when summoned by other summoners.

In the International, PAL, and HD Remaster versions, Dark Shiva will appear as an optional boss when the party attempts to reenter Macalania Temple after escaping from Bevelle.

Final Fantasy X-2[]

Shiva makes her return as a boss under Shuyin's control. She is fought in the Farplane, as the temple sank to the bottom of the lake shortly after Final Fantasy X.

Other appearances[]

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

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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.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[]

Heavenly Strike in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Whilst not physically appearing Yuna can summon Shiva's Glyph to use Heavenly Strike.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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Shiva appears as ability cards. She also appears as an enemy summoned by Meia that can be fought during multiplayer mode.


Voice[]

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.

Gallery[]

Etymology[]

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.

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