The first thing to note is that Shiva is split into two parts, Nix and Styria. Styria will seldom heal Snow over the course of the battle so there is no real need to use potions often. Nix on the other hands will be attacking you and you must focus all of your attention on her.
At the start of the battle, Nix will cast Doom onto Snow. This will bring a timer over his head and once the time depletes it is game over. So you need to act fast. Seeing that you are left only with Snow for this battle, it is easy to be taken out. Keep an eye on your health bar as Styria will not always keep you topped up in times of need.
Nix’s Gestalt gauge is easily raised by building up a combo on her stagger bar or defending. Get two rounds of attacks in on Nix to get the meter started, then tap L1/LB to switch Snow’s Paradigm to Sentinal. Once his Paradigm has shifted, head into the abilities section and select Steelguard. Select this move three times and Snow should start casting Steelguard onto himself over and over.
Take a good look at the Gestalt meter on Nix. Each time Snow uses Steelguard it fills the meter up faster than attacking Nix. Just keep repeating this move over and over. Once the Gestalt meter hits three quarters full, tap the Square/X button to enter Gestalt mode and claim your new summon.
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