Final Fantasy VIII

Shiva

By
Nathan Garvin

Shiva is your basic ice GF, which you’ll acquire by examining the computer console in your classroom near the start of the game. Her attack, Diamond Dust, deals ice damage (base power 43) to all enemies.

Shiva Stats

Level HP Attack
1 298 263
100 5,450 3,563

Shiva Base Compatibility

Squall Quistis Zell Selphie Rinoa Irvine
570 640 540 590 650 580

Shiva Compatibility Factors

Compatibility Factor Source
Opposed GF Ifrit
Compatibility Items Arctic Wind, North Wind
Favored Magic Blizzard, Blizzara, Blizzaga
Opposed Magic Fire, Fira, Firaga

Shiva Abilities

A basic GF, Shiva starts with the Spr-J junction, which is hardly inspiring. She can natively learn Str-J and Vit-J, being one of the few sources of early-game Str-J. As usual for elemental GFs she can learn Elem-Atk-J, Elem-Def-J and Elem-Def-Jx2, as well as the standard commands Magic, GF, Draw and Item. Her Doom command (learned at level ten) can inflict the Doom status, killing an enemy after the counter above its head runs down. She can also learn I Mag-RF, which will allow you to refine ice and water based magic from items.

Ability AP
Str-J 50
Vit-J 50
Spr-J --
Elem-Atk-J 160
Elem-Def-J 100
Elem-Def-Jx2 130
Magic --
GF --
Draw --
Item --
Doom 60
Vit+20% 60
Vit+40% 120
Spr+20% 60
Spr+40% 120
SumMag+10% 40
SumMag+20% 70
SumMag+30% 140
GFHP+10% 40
GFHP+20% 70
Boost 10
I Mag-RF 30

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    PC, Switch, PS1, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 March 2019
  • Last Updated
    17 March 2021
    Version History
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Follow the exploits of Squall, a resident of Balamb Garden and SeeD aspirant whose first contract as a professional mercenary expands into a fight to save the world from an evil sorceress.

This guide will cover the main quest-line chronologically, giving advice on leveling (and how to avoid it), where to find the best spells, how to acquire all GFs and defeat all bosses. In addition the guide will cover all side quests and will also include in-depth mini-guides for Chocobo World and Triple Triad. By following this guide you can aspire to the following:

  • Complete walkthrough of the main questline.
  • All side quests and optional content.
  • How to defeat both of the game’s superbosses.
  • Information on how to acquire each GF and a discussion of their abilities, including where to assign them.
  • Information on Triple Triad, including the location of every card in the game and how to best use them.
  • Low-level run information.
  • Information on min-maxing stats.
  • A mini-guide for Chocobo World.
  • Information on all characters, including stats and how to acquire all their weapons and limits.
  • Triple Triad guide.

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