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Maelstrom as it appears in Tales of Phantasia (iOS).

Maelstrom (メイルストローム / メイルシュトローム Meirusutoroomu / Meirushutoroomu?) is a high-tier spell of the Water or Sea element, depending upon the title in which it appears, that summons a whirlpool to inflict intense damage, often scoring multiple hits.

Arte Description and History

Usually, when the spell is used, a whirlpool appears over a large area of the battlefield, lifting all enemies within range into the air while dealing damage. In recent games, the area of effect has been reduced and a wide, rising jets of water were added to differentiate it from the more powerful Water-elemental spell, Tidal Wave. In Tales of Arise, it manifests as two streams of water rising from the sides behind the caster and gathering in front of them, followed by a powerful stream jet shot forward.

In Tales of Eternia, the spell does not appear in the arte list. In order to use the spell, the character with the Craymel Cage that holds Undine must increase their Water-elemental resistance through equipment and accessories. If Undine is at or above the required level, the spell Spread will automatically extend itself into Maelstrom upon achieving a vitality rank above the caster's Water-elemental resistance percentage divided by 10. This newly extended spell provides the damage of other advanced-tier spells while requiring a much lower TP cost and reduced incantation time.

In Tales of the Abyss, the spell is activated when using Anise Tatlin's Bloody Howling while standing on a fully-charged Water or Dark FOF Circle. It is also cast by the God-General Arietta, who shares a large number of her spells with Anise. In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, it appears as the "Third Movement" of a Water-elemental monster ally's Unison Attack, attainable by having at least one Water-elemental monster in the active party and a major field element of Water with at least three minor Water element symbols. In Tales of Arise, it can also be accessed by combining Spread and Cross Blade with Rinwell's Magic Charge perk.


Maelstrom as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Original Titles

Maelstrom as it appears in Tales of Crestoria.

Crossover Titles


Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Japanese Description: 敵の真下に大渦巻を作り出す
Localized Description: "Creates a giant whirlpool beneath the enemy."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Japanese Description: 水系攻撃呪文の1つ。敵の真下に大渦巻を作り出す
Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "A mid-level water spell that creates a gigantic whirlpool beneath the enemy."

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Japanese Description: 敵の真下に大渦巻を作り出す

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 水系攻撃呪文の一つ 敵の真下に大渦巻を作り出す
Romanized Description: Mizu kei kougeki jumon no hitotsu. Teki no mashita ni daiuzumaki wo tsukuri dasu
Localized Description: "A water-based attack spell that creates a vortex beneath enemies."[3]

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut

Japanese Description: 大渦巻を発生させ、敵を巻き込む晶術。クリティカルが発生しやすい。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Creates a huge whirlpool to engulf foes. Easily crits."

User: Rutee Katrea
Japanese Quote: 飲み込め!メイルシュトローム!

Tales of Legendia

Japanese Description: すべてを飲み込む大渦を生み出す上級呪文。
Localized Description: "High: Call forth a whirlpool that engulfs all. ATR.: Sea."[4]

Japanese Quote: 蒼き地上の覇者よ。旋渦となりて、厄を飲み込め!メイルシュトローム!
Localized Quote: "Majestic indigo ruler of all lands, let loose thy churning tempest to engorge upon this, our misfortune... Maelstrom!"

Tales of the Abyss

Japanese Description: 対象となる敵の周囲に 水の竜巻きを作り出して攻撃する譜術。
Localized Description: "Call forth a violent waterfall that surrounds the targeted enemy."

User: Anise Tatlin
Japanese Quote: 水よぉ、もぉこいつらどうにかしてぇ!メイルシュトローム!
Romanized Quote: Mizuyoo, mookoitsura dou ni kashitee! Meirusutoroomu!
Localized Quote: "C'mon water, take 'em out! Maelstrom!"

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Magic: Call forth a raging torrent around an enemy."

Tales of Graces

Japanese Description: 大渦巻を呼び起こして敵を巻き込む陣術。
Localized Description: "A glyph arte that summons a giant maelstrom to envelop nearby foes."

User: Pascal
Normal Spellcasting Time:
Japanese Quote: "渦巻くは紺青の誘い!メイルシュトローム!"
Romanized Quote: Uzumaku wa konju no sasoi! Meirushutoroomu!
Localized Quote: "Into the depths of the blue. Maelstrom!"

Shortened Spellcasting Time:
Japanese Quote: "ぐるぐる渦巻き。回し放題!!"
Romanized Quote: Guruguru uzumaki. Mawashi houdai!
Localized Quote: "Round and round it spins. Twirly twirl!"

Tales of Innocence R

Japanese Description: 対象を中心とした足元に 広範囲の敵を飲み込む大渦を発生させる上級術
Translated Description:

Japanese Quote: 青き星の覇者よ、旋渦となりて災いを呑み込め! メイルシュトローム!

Tales of Hearts R

Japanese Description: 対象の地面から渦潮を発生させて 広範囲の敵を激流で巻き込む上級術

Tales of Zestiria

Japanese Description: 広範囲の大渦潮が敵を飲み込む。『トリニティアロー』の上位天響術。

Japanese Quote: 旋回轟沈!メイルシュトローム!
Localized Quote: "Drag you down! Maelstrom!"

Tales of Arise

Localized Description: "An arte that combines Spread and Cross Blade. To perform it, one arte must be charged, while the other arte must be cast."

Localized Quote: "All of disasters made one, come forth a helix of purity! Maelstrom!"

Tales of the Rays

Japanese Description: