Final Fantasy VIII
Guardian Forces in FF8 are beasts which can be junctioned to any user.
They can be summoned as many times as you like in battle and when summoned, green balls surround the user before he/she disappears. (Green balls also are in FF10 and 6)
A side effect of using Guardian Forces involves loosing long term memories.
Guardian Forces are animals rather than human-like, this is why unlike in other games, Shiva looks like a hybrid of a fish or aquatic animal and a woman.
She's one of the two initial Guardian Forces you have at the very beginning of the game on the 2F Garden Classroom.
In actuality, Squall has to read the tutorial at his desk about GFs before being able to use Shiva.
She's at Level 1 when aquired and gains AP and levels the more you use her and battle.
Shiva's only attack is Diamond Dust, a powerful Ice-Elemental attack on all enemies.
Even if it does more damage on Fire-Elemental enemies, it does a lot of damage on enemies in general.
It can be boosted in battle to do more damage (maximum 9999) if she is taught the "boost" ability.
In my opinion, Shiva's most important abilities to learn are Vit-J, Spr-J, Elem-Atk-J, Elem-Def-J, Elem-Defx2 and Boost. She's also
the only one able to use Ice Magic Refine, if you ever need to refine. She initially has learnt Spr-J, Magic, GF, Draw and Item.
If you want to instantly teach her an ability or forget one, you can use various items as well.
|ABILITY ||AP ||DESCRIPTION
|Str-J||50||Junctions Magic to Strength
|Vit-J||50||Junctions Magic to Vitality
|Spr-J||n/a||Junctions Magic to Spirit
|Elem-Atk-J||160||Junctions Magic to Elemental Attack
|Elem-Def-J||100||Junctions Magic to Elemental Defense
|Elem-Defx2||130||Junctions Magic to 2nd Elemental Defense
|Magic||n/a||Use Magic command in battle
|GF ||n/a||Use GF command in battle
|Draw||n/a||Use Draw command in battle
|Item||n/a||Use Item command in battle
|Doom||60||Use Doom command in battle
|Vit+20% ||60||Raises Vitality by 20%
|Vit+40% ||120||Raises Vitality by 40%
|Spr+20% ||60||Raises Spirit by 20%
|Spr+40% ||120||Raises Spirit by 40%
|SumMag+10%||40||Raises GF damage by 10%
|SumMag+20%||70||Raises GF damage by 20%
|SumMag+30%||140||Raises GF damage by 30%
|GFHP+10%||40||Raises GF HP by 10%
|GFHP+20%||70||Raises GF HP by 20%
|Boost||10||Boost GF during animation
|I Mag-RF||30||Refines Ice/Water Magic from Items
Compatibility ranges from 0 to 1000. The higher the number, the faster the Guardian Force's Active Time Bar countdown will be.
1000 being the fastest and 0, being the slowest.
At Compatibility = 0, Shiva comes in at about 16.8s. At 1000 she comes in at about 2.8s.
Summoning Shiva makes Ifrit's compatibility drop by 10 but Shivas goes up.
Having Ifrit equipped also lowers her compatibility.
Using Ice Magic makes Shiva's compatibility go up and using Fire Magic
makes Shiva's compatibility drop by 1-2.
Triple Triad Card
Gotten at the White Seed Ship from Zone.
If you give him the "Girl Next Door" magazine for free, he'll give you
a rename card and the Shiva card. If you sell him the magazine for 25,000 gil
you can then only get Shiva's card from the Card Club members on Disc 4.