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Shivan is an Esper in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. She is a Rank I Water Ranged summon, and costs 11 Affinity points to summon. Her normal attack, Blizzard, deals Water damage to one foe. She is one of the few Water summons who are actually Ice-type. This makes her weak to Fire instead of Thunder.
Shivan is one of the few Rank I Ranged Espers to have an astounding growth in Attack Speed. Her time between attacks is between 2.5 and 1.9 seconds. Her total latency is 11, fourth to Cactoid (16), third to Quetzalcoatl (14) and second to Sylph (12).
Her basic attack, Blizzard, is magickal, so she uses her Magick stat. If she is silenced she will be unable to attack. Her hit style is direct shot, which means it hits and stops at any target within the attack's range.
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. It could also refer to English word "shiver", which in Japanese would sound like "shi-ba" or "shi-va".
- It is said in-game that Shivan is Shiva's child, likely making her Shivar's child as well, as the two are lovers. The Japanese version is more specific, listing Shivar as Shiva's husband, as well as Shivan's description being: "Created from the crystals of Shiva and Darling Shiva. The cool demeanor is inherited from her parents".