This guide will review everything you need to know about the first Astral Summon, Shiva, go over her Astral Skills, and run a few combat tests to determine what situations she is best suited for.
By now, you should have Shiva unlocked. If not, take a look at our review of the Astral Shrine, including how to unlock it and how to use it, here.
Who is Shiva?
Shiva is the first Astral released in Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire. She has domain over ice elementals and is linked to Mage-type troops. She has previously appeared in virtually every Final Fantasy game in the franchise as a Summon capable of dealing devastating ice elemental damage to foes with her fierce Diamond Dust, and in A New Empire, that doesn’t change.
Shiva’s skills are divided up into three sections based on the attribute they increase, including Shiva’s Armor, Attack, or HP. Similar to hero skills, they are also restricted by Shiva’s level: the first tier of three skills is available when you unlock Shiva, the second tier of 3 skills becomes available at Shiva level 10, and the final third tier of 3 Shiva skills is unlocked at level 20.
All of Shiva’s skills require 50 points before they can be mastered. So, to hit the maximum amount for each skill mentioned below, you will need to free up 50 of Shiva’s skill points.
Here is Shiva’s Astral Skill tree.
Shiva Level 1-9
Arctic Wind. The first skill in the category of Armor, this skill can increase Shiva’s Armor by up to +328% and Crystal / Titan Intimidation by 50%. Sadly, this is not a lot of armor for Shiva, and the only time this skill might be of any use is when already occupying and defending the Crystal from attackers during an RvR, Neutral Realm, or Crystal event and time is about to run out. This will slow down your enemies and may buy you enough time to defend the Crystal before it closes; however, it still might be a better idea to place these points into a different skill.
Heavenly Strike. This is a handy skill that increases Shiva’s Attack by +727% and Mage Attack by +10,000% when mastered. The answer to Magebane, this is Shiva’s only skill that affects troops other than Ice Elementals.
Glacian Heart. When mastered, this skill will increase Shiva’s HP by +50% as well as Ice Elemental Troop HP by a whooping +10,000%, making it an essential skill when attacking the Crystal.
Shiva Level 10-19
Frost Armor. After getting Shiva to level 10, she unlocks Frost Armor, a skill which can increase Shiva’s Armor by up to +498% and Ice Elemental Troop Armor by +30,000% after it is mastered. With this massive amount of armor on your Ice Troops, no amount of Armor Piercing will be able to stand between you and conquering the Crystal.
Icestorm. This is an essential skill for Shiva after getting her to level 10. Icestorm will increase Shiva’s Attack by up to +1,091% and Ice Elemental Troop Attack by +15,000% when it is mastered. This is a healthy amount of attack for both Shiva and for Ice Elemental Troops that shouldn’t be missed.
Mirror Images. When mastered, this skill increases Shiva’s HP by +50% and Shiva’s HP Regeneration by 200%. This is a great skill to have around for when Shiva runs out of HP and you’re all out of items to increase her health. Simply re-skill Shiva with all points in Mirror Images, and in 5-10 minutes you’ll have an ice Astral at full HP!
Shiva Level 20+
Pillars of Ice. Shiva’s final Armor skill, Pillars of Ice, increases Shiva’s Armor by +737% and City Defense Armor by +50,000%. This is the ultimate defensive skill, but sadly, it only works when Shiva is in your empire and your empire is under attack.
Diamond Dust. Shiva’s iconic skill can increase her attack by +1,637% and give you up to +3,000% Cripple HP. With this massive amount of Cripple HP, the sky‘s the limit.
Queen’s Grace. Master this interesting little skill and it will increase Shiva’s HP by 50% and increase the production rate of all your Ice Wells by up to +500%, which in turn will allow you to quickly build a lot more Ice Troops. You have to see this skill with your own eyes to believe how quickly it fills up your Empire Expansion buildings!
When skilling your Shiva, it’s important to remember that Astrals have unlimited reskilling. That means that, any time you want to reset all of Shiva’s skill points, all of have to do is tap the blue “Reset Skills” button to start over. Having unlimited skill resets opens up a lot of opportunities for Shiva and will allow us to allocate her skills according to different scenarios.
By the look of her skills, it’s clear that Shiva is a vital asset to those who wish to take the Crystal. She has 3 skills that boost the stats of Ice Elemental Troops, which also happen to get an added +8,450% attack bonus when attacking the Crystal. However, once the Crystal has been conquered, those Ice troops will lose their +8,450 attack bonus. Still, a Crystal can hold up to 3 different Shivas from 3 different players, so make sure you get the members of your guild with the highest level Shiva to assist in reinforcement. A Crystal reinforced with 3 high-level Shivas skilled to max out Ice Troop Armor, HP and Attack will be extremely difficult to defeat.
Even though she pulls more than her own weight when it comes to attacking the Crystal and Titan, Shiva is more than capable of fighting alongside your heroes in regular combat against other empires. While Shiva may have a march speed that is even slower than Mage troops, she certainly packs a punch. Thanks to the endless Astral Skill Resets, Shiva can be converted into an offensive or defensive asset in seconds.