Struggling with Shiva on Very Hard mode in FF7: Ever Crisis? You're not alone.
This guide will walk you through team setups, alternative options, and tactics to bring down this powerful summon.
Let's dive right in!
How to Conquer Shiva in FF7: Ever Crisis on Very Hard Mode with a F2P Account
Understanding Shiva: Key Weaknesses
Magic Attack Vulnerability: Shiva is particularly weak against magic attacks.
Shiva Can Be Debuffed: You should bring MATK and MDEF down in order to deal as much damage as possible while not getting annihilated by her Heavenly Strike and Diamond Dust abilities.
Inflicts Fog: Be prepared to dispel the fog debuff as it will make it harder to cast your abilities.
Building Your Team
Tifa: The Debuffer
Role: Her main job is to debuff Shiva and provide fast DPS.
Materia Abilities to Bring: Esuna Fog (Clears the fog debuff, speeding up your spells), O Sigil Materia (To interrupt her Double Cast phase), Fire Materia (Fira better than Fira Blow due to her high physical resistance).
Alternative: Red XIII can also help debuffing Shiva if you got him leveled up.
Role: Main DPS if you don't have Zack's new weapon Black Whiskers.
Abilities to Bring: Hellfire to deal high damage output and Fira.
Alternative: Zack can replace Sephiroth as he's also strong in magic attacks.
Aerith: The Healer and Buffer
Role: Provides heals and buffs.
Special Abilities: Healing Wind Limit Break (Key emergency heal), Defaith (To reduce Shiva’s magic attack).
Alternative: Matt is another solid choice due to his barrier abilities.
Strategies and Tactics
Preparing for Heavenly Strike
Tactics: Use Tifa's Uppershot and Aerith's Defaith to reduce Shiva’s magic attack.
Survival: Make sure to have Aerith's Healing Wind ready for post-strike recovery.
Navigating Ice Age and Chill Mode
Reducing Ice Age: Spam fire skills to push Shiva into Chill Mode while keeping your team alive. Make sure to use Hellfire during this phase to lower Shiva's gauge faster.
Chill Mode: Unleash maximum damage to capitalize on Shiva’s weakened state.
Final Phase: Diamond Dust Attack
Preparation: Keep Defaith and Uppershot ready to reduce Shiva's magic attack, as she'll buff herself.
Survival: Ensure everyone is topped off with Healing Wind before the attack.
Getting the Diamond Dust Achievement
Important: For the achievement, complete Very Hard 1, not Very Hard 2.
Conclusion: You Got This!
With the right team setup and strategies, Shiva on Very Hard mode becomes quite manageable.
Whether you're using Sephiroth, Zack, Tifa, or other viable alternatives, remember that the key is to adapt and make the most out of what you have.
Now go and conquer that ice queen!