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“Just one thing: don't talk so lightly about throwing your life away. There's nothing more loathsome than people rushing toward their own death.”
—Shiva to Safy.

Shiva is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. A 30-year-old mercenary from Savan, he is originally hired by the Lifis Pirates.


Shiva first appears in Chapter 2x, where he warns Lifis not to touch Safy before departing to face Leif's army in battle.

Shiva later reappears in Chapter 7 when Leif is on the run, where, drawn to the allure of a huge bounty placed on the prince, he attempts to stop the prince in his tracks. Safy is able to talk to him in this chapter, where she asserts that she will sacrifice herself in exchange for Leif's. This convinces Shiva to lend Safy his aid and join Leif's army.

Shiva then goes on to continue supporting Leif in his cause to liberate Northern Thracia from the Grannvale Empire. He disappears thereafter, with no one source able to confirm his whereabouts after the conclusion of the war.


Aloof and intense, Shiva strikes fear in all who come into his presence, befitting of his position as a mercenary killer for hire. This is shown through his small interaction with Lifis in Chapter 2x, where the latter is clearly terrified of Shiva despite being his employer.

Yet beneath this tough exterior is a propensity for compassion, particularly directed towards women. Having taken a liking to Safy, he is willing to detract from his wandering ways to pledge his blade to Leif's cause, knowing that this will make her happy.



Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
FE5 Swordfighter.gif Myrmidon 7 Enemy Talk with Safy if he survived Chapter 2x

Base Stats

Starting Class
FE5 Swordfighter.gif Myrmidon
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Sun Sword.pngSolFE5 Sword Icon.pngSwordFE5killingedge.gifKilling Edge

Growth Rates

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Bld Mov
70% 45% 5% 50% 35% 60% 30% 20% 2%

Promotion Gains

Item Required Promoted Class
Knightproof.png Knight Proof FE5 swordmaster.gif Swordmaster
1 +2 +1 +3 +3 +2 0 +1
Skills Weapon Levels
Continue.png Adept FE5 Sword Icon.png +2

Support Bonus

Supported by
Character Bonus
  • Supports give a bonus to Hit, Critical, Avoid, and Dodge
  • Supporting characters must be within a three tile radius for the support to come into effect


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Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

Shiva will make a great addition to your team if you made it to Chapter 2x. In this chapter, you can ignore him since he is not guarding the goal.

In Chapter 7, recruiting him can be difficult to do since he will doggedly follow the group of Myrmidons he starts next to, remaining close to the group even as Leif's army makes its way down the map. Keep Leif's army close to the turn into the downward path, but maintain some distance as well, carefully moving Safy and Finn to the right of the Myrmidons to lure Shiva.

You can also send Karin in, preferably equipped with a scroll to prevent any critical attacks. She can then lure the group into a chokepoint until Safy catches up. After dealing with the Myrmidons, let Shiva capture one of your units like Lara, as this will make him escape south, Safy will be able to safely talk to him.

With a FCM of 4 and support from Safy, Shiva is almost guaranteed to score a critical hit on his follow-up strike when his Skill is high enough. Early on, his trademark Killing Edge ensures his critical rate on his follow-up attack is well over 100%.

The potential of the Levin Sword shines in the hands of Shiva. With the additional +5 Skill, not only will he be able to consistently land critical hits, but his Sol skill will also activate very often, making Shiva capable of devastating groups of enemies in rows by himself, either at close or far range. He is also an excellent candidate for the Luna Manual, as Luna's activation is reliant on Skill.

Shiva's Speed growth is unusually low for a Myrmidon, but this is made up for by his decent base Speed. By contrast, his Defense growth is the highest compared to other Sword users. Regardless of this oddity, Shiva's growths will make him a competent physical combat unit, and his promotion to Swordmaster further gives him Adept to boost his offence even more. To top things off, his single Movement Star enables re-action from time to time.

As far as scrolls go, Shiva might appreciate getting the Od scroll early on, as it will increase his chances of activating Sol or landing a Follow-up Critical. When used alongside the Baldr and Fjalar scrolls, it will almost guarantee Skill increases upon each level up. The Ced scroll can help fix his mediocre Speed growth.

On the whole, Shiva is an amazing unit who is on par with the powerful Mareeta.


Death Quote

“Not...bad... Guh...”
—Shiva's death quote

Escape Quote

“...I'm sorry.”
—Shiva's escape quote


As an Enemy

“Not too bright, are you...?”
—Shiva's opening lines in battle
“How... careless. All this way, just to die... here...”
—Shiva's quote if defeated as an enemy
“What a naive bunch... Still, I owe them a debt now.”
—Shiva's quote if released after capture

Talk with Safy

(Chapter 7)
  • Safy: Hm? Oh, you're...
  • Shiva: Ah, Sister... It's been a while.
  • Safy: Why are you doing this? I know you're not a bad person.
  • Shiva: This is the job. I'm a sellsword—and frankly, the details are no business of yours. ...Time for you to leave, Sister. I'm trouble to be around.
  • Safy: I'm not going anywhere.
  • Shiva: ...You really willing to risk everything for that little boy?
  • Safy: If it came to that, I would give my life to protect Prince Leif, yes.
  • Shiva: ……
  • Safy: Losing Prince Leif, losing what he represents, would be an irreplaceable loss to the entire Thracian Peninsula. If I needed to give my life to save his, it would only be right to do so.
  • Shiva: Hmph... You're quite the fool, Sister. ...Well, all the better. I can appreciate that kind of naive innocence.
  • Safy: Hm? Will you... agree to aid the prince, then?
  • Shiva: Ah, this is getting absurd... But yes, I suppose I will. Just one thing: don't talk so lightly about throwing your life away. There's nothing more loathsome than people rushing toward their own death.
  • Safy: I apologize... I'll be mindful of that.
  • Shiva: Can I ask you something, though? What is it that YOU want? What is it that brightens your day, that brings you laughter?
  • Safy: I suppose that I want to see everyone around me be happy. When they laugh, when they feel joy, I share in it.
  • Shiva: I see... Well, I already said you were quite the fool. ...You know, I don't think I even know your name. I'm Shiva of SaVan, by the way. What do you go by?
  • Safy: Safy. I'm Safy of Tahra.


Shiva - The Mercenary of Savan (サバンの傭兵 Saban no yōhei)

"After the war, Shiva's whereabouts became unknown. He took great pains to conceal himself from prying eyes. Many unanswered questions surround this enigmatic figure in history. Scholars have proposed various theories about his origins and activities after the war, but none of them are credible."

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Shiva is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Choose Your Legends Placement History

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 559
Thracia 776
CYL2 625
Thracia 776
CYL3 saw the transition to different counting mechanisms involving versions of characters and ties, so change measured between CYL2 and CYL3 shouldn't be taken at face value.
CYL3 471
Thracia 776
CYL4 478
Thracia 776
CYL5 424
Thracia 776

CYL6 410
Thracia 776


Shiva is an important deity in Hindu religion.


See main article: Shiva/Gallery.