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 to differentiate it from the more powerful Water-elemental spell, Tidal Wave.

Maelstrom as it appears in Tales of Crestoria.

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.


Maelstrom as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

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Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Creates a giant whirlpool beneath the enemy."[1]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "A mid-level water spell that creates a gigantic whirlpool beneath the enemy."

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."[2]

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "High: Call forth a whirlpool that engulfs all. ATR.: Sea."[3]

Localized Quote: "Majestic indigo ruler of all lands, let loose thy churning tempest to engorge upon this, our misfortune... Maelstrom!"

Tales of the Abyss

Localized Description: "Call forth a violent waterfall that surrounds the targeted enemy."

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

Localized Description: "A glyph arte that summons a giant maelstrom to envelop nearby foes."

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 Casting Duration:
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!"


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