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3★Esper fight: Shiva

Discussion in 'Guides' started by victor sant, May 30, 2018.

  1. victor sant

    victor sant Ascended Member Supporter

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    I've seen a lot of people saying that 3★Shiva battle is hard, and I find it amusing, since it was a very easy fight for me. She literally dealt no damage in my party with very minimal setup that didn't demmand much specific things.

    Requirements:
    - Physical AoE cover unit: Basch, Gladiolus, Warrior of Light, Veritas of the Earth, Illusionist Nichol
    - If not using an evasion tank, bring a breaker, otherwise the tanker will die every turn, shiva hits very hard if you don't break her ATK.
    - AoE Ice resist buff (preferably 70% to make equipment requirement eaiser): Minfilia is the best option as she was free and given recently but any unit with Barblizzara can be enough if you lack all units capable of giving 70% Ice resist.
    - An unit with Bushido - Freedom. This unit can't be your tanker or elemental buffer and obviously not a unit that has high ATK.

    Opitional:
    - A provoke tank in addition to the AoE cover can be useful if your support units are too weak, the cover might not trigger on few a single target attacks.
    - MP battery: if your damage is too low, the fight will be long and you might run into MP issues. Keep in mind that there is not a "No Item" mission, so if the fight will drag too long, bring MP items. As long your Tanker and Ice buffer are alive and with MP, you will simply not lose.

    Equipment:
    All units needs to reach a total of 100% Ice resist after being buffed with Ice resist (so you need 30% if using an 70% buff or 50% using a 50% buff)

    Espers (50%)
    - Shiva
    - Fenrir

    Weapon
    - Ulric's Kukri (10%, event)

    Shields
    - Dragon Shield (30%, aurora key, quest)
    - Snowstorm Shield (30%, event)
    - Ice Shield (50%, chests, craftable)
    - Hero's Shield (20%, trial)

    Head
    - Festival Cap (10%, event)
    - Cat-ear Hood (20%, fat chocobo)
    - Frozen Crown (30%, trial)
    - Dragon Helm (20%, quest)
    - Survivor Helm (10%, colosseum)
    - Judge Helm (15%, 5★ TM - Zargabrestch)

    Body
    - Festival Robe (10%, event)
    - Minerva Bustier (30%, 3★ TM - Celes)
    - Dragon Mail (30%, black key)
    - Ice Armor (50%, quest, craftable)
    - Force Armor (10%, trial)
    - Snow Gown (30%, event)
    - Rainbow Robe (30%, 5★ TM - Marie)

    Accessories
    - Frost Ring (10%, chest)
    - Glacier Ring (15%, chest, aurora key)
    - Icy Veins (10%, event)
    - Ice Rosetta (25%, 5★ TM - White Knight Noel, limited)
    - Cloak of Flames (20%, 4★ TM - Rubicante)
    - Sorcerer's Cape (10%, quest)

    Materia
    - Cold Defense (5%, +10% HP, event)
    - Ice Resistance +15% (15%, event)
    - Hydaelyn Guard (10%, Raid TM)
    - True Hydaelyn Guard (15%, Raid TM)
    - Melody of Life (20%, 4★ TM - Garnet)
    - Magic Sanctuary (25%, 5★ TM - Kryla, limited)

    About your tanker: he don't need to be super beefy, though being so will avoid you to have to need to babysitting him if he is.
    If you can gear an evasion tanke, then you don't even need a healer, as the only damage your team will take is the self damage from bushido freedom (that should be low) any unit with an esper that have Cura will be enough.
    Your tanker is also the best candidate to carry Ifrit (required for mission), as he can equip the Ice Armor and an Ice Shield.


    The Fight:

    The fight is actually pretty straight forward, Keep the AoE cover and Ice resist buff up all time.

    At the tresholds she will use Diamond Dust. Immediately after it, use Bushido Freedom on your party to remove the Ice imperil and re-apply the Ice resist buff and AoE cover.

    With this you can manage all her damage, so all you need is to punch her to death.
     
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    Nice guide, this one is similar and works just as well:
     
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    Just a detail. If your aoe tank dies every turn, you gotta have reraise else you won't be able to recast the tanking ability.
     
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    And you can break her SPR, so bring magic attackers better.
    My suggest team:
    WoL: for 100% provoke, cover & break SPR. Easy to build 100% evade.
    Garnet: (with Bushido Freedom) for evoke Ifrit mission.
    Minfillia: Ice resist buff & 2 magic attackers.
     
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    "- Judge Helm (15%, 5★ TM - Zargabrestch)"

    Best unit.
     
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    Followed this got the kill. thank you
     
  8. MonteCristo

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    I've been having some trouble with this fight. I got both a 100% evade tank, and a magic cover tank with massive ice resistance; I should be covered
    I have no idea why, but some reason half way through the fight, even though i got cover and ice resistance buffed, my magic tank just doesn't cover the magic damage and my team gets wiped out
     
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    Shiva DEBUFFS your whole team for -150% ice. Maybe that's it
     
  10. Flame_alchemist

    Flame_alchemist New Member

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    I have basch for magic cover.

    Will ling work as a 100 dodge provoke?
     
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    phys mag dmg which can be provoked isn't the issue but she is using 1 aoe skill that can not be tanked- reraise is your friend <80% boss hp

    i 1 dps in that battle the emperor; else 100% evade phys char + INichol for aoe cover and 190% ice mystea + aoe reraise with w reraise char
     
  12. MonteCristo

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    No, my magic cover tank had like 200% ice resist, and I was buffing her with an additional 50%

    Though i do think i figured out what happened. Didn't know it, but it seems you can't use two cover tanks at the same time, as one stops the other. My WoL was covering shooting hail, but that stopped Mystea from tanking, thus leaving me vulnerable to Blizzaja. I ended up just making sure one of the characters I brought along had AoE reraise to survive those turns when I got hit by both physical and magical AoE
     

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