How to Defeat Shemhazai - Espers | FF12

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This is the article page and guide for Shemhazai, the Whisperer in the game Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (FFXII, FF12, FF XII Zodiac Age). Information on where the Esper is, how to get them, and what skills they unlock are discussed here.

How to Defeat Shemhazai

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Points to Consider

  • Weak to Fire
  • Use Combination of Fira and Oil
  • Cause Disease and Silence
  • Random damage caused by skills
  • Magic CT0 causes drastically reduced casting time

In-Depth Battle Walkthrough

Shemhazai's attacks when you face off against her consists of the non-elemental attacks Devour Soul and Soul Purge. These are hard to battle against, since the damage dealt by them are randomly calculated. Shemhazai is, however, weak to Fire, while she suffers Normal damage when hit with other elements.

Your best bet would be to hit hard and fast with Fire. Spells that deal heavy Fire-element damage are a must, and a combination of Fira and Oil is always a good thing. Alternatively, you can go about using Fire-element weapons against her after casting Oil. Have Remedy or the Bubble spell ready, though, as her attacks can cause Disease and Silence. At 40%, she'll also cast Chain Magick, which drastically reduces her casting time. Finish her off with a Quickening chain when her HP reaches that level.

Shemhazai - Stats and Moveset.

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Shemhazai Lv.45
HP 91136
MP 999
Vitality 82
Magic Atk 56
Magic Def 30
Strength 43
Speed 29
Atk 68
Def 30
Esper Location Great Crystal, before the Occuria
Notable Skills Unlocked Devour Soul, Soul Purge
Recommended Classes Red Battlemage, Archer

*Note: Data is meant to reflect Shemhazai's stats at Lv.45

AI Moveset

Skill Skill Definition
Curaja White Magick that restores a large amount of HP to allies within range.
Shock A Black Magick-class spell that deals heavy damage on one opponent.
Special Skills Ignore Vitality, Ignore Reflect, Ignore Weather & Landscape
Unique Spells Devour Soul, Soul Purge

Shemhazai - Summoned Skills

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A summoned Shemhazai will be of great help to you, casting these skills per gambit:

Movesets (Summoned)

Skills Skill Definition
Curaja Large amount of HP restored to all allies in range.
Shock Deal heavy damage to one foe.
Devour Soul A non-elemental attack. Its damage is calculated in the same way as the Knot of Rust item.
Soul Purge Non-elemental attack. Its damage is calculated in the same way as Dark Matter.

Passive Augments

Skill Skill Definition
Ignore Reflect Reflect status is ignored when casting a spell.
Ignore Vitality Target's vitality is ignored when dealing status spells.

Shemhazai - Benefits of Use

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Shemhazai is one of the many old demigods that were defeated at the Battle of Light. She was once a guardian of the Underworld, but shied away from that role in secret when Ultima announced her rebellion.

Being a defeated demigod of the Underworld, Shemhazai has access to potent Dark magic. She would even be a great ally against bosses who are aligned to White Magick or her fellow Espers who are Holy-element users, like Ultima, for instance. Shemhazai is fought at the Great Crystal, before the Occuria, and is part of the Espers who also serve as bosses in the main storyline. Once defeated, the player can summon her by activating her license on the License board. Her license costs 50 LP.

Final Fantasy XII Related Links

List of Espers Walkthrough

Adrammelech, the Wroth Belias, the Gigas
Chaos, Walker of the Wheel Cúchulainn, the Impure
Exodus, the Judge-Sal Famfrit, the Darkening Cloud
Hashmal, Bringer of Order Mateus, the Corrupt
Shemhazai, the Whisperer Ultima, the High Seraph
Zalera, the Death Seraph Zeromus, the Condemner
Zodiark, Keeper of Precepts

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