Mog using El Niño in Final Fantasy VI.

El Niño (エルニーニョ, Eru Nīnyo?), also known as Maelstrom, is a recurring ability in the series. It is generally used by piranha-type enemies, in particular the enemy and summon Remora. It is generally a powerful Water-elemental magic attack that targets the entire party.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VI[edit | edit source]

El Niño is an ability usable through Mog's Water Harmony Dance, at a 7/16 chance. It deals Water-elemental damage to all enemies with a Spell Power of 61, ignoring split damage and being unblockable. El Niño is also an enemy ability used by Rhizopas, Angler Whelk, Leviathan, Blue Dragon (Dragons' Den), Kaiser Dragon, Gorgimera, and Zeveak.

Final Fantasy X[edit | edit source]

Maelstrom is an enemy ability used by Remora and Maelspike. It inflicts non-elemental magic damage to the entire party with a base power of 32.

Final Fantasy X-2[edit | edit source]

El Nino is an enemy ability used by Xiphactinus, which inflicts moderate non-elemental damage and Slow to the party.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

El Niño is an enemy ability used by Angler Whelk, Rhizopas, and Seaflower, which inflicts major Water-elemental damage to the party.

Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

El Niño is an event in the Pacific Ocean. During an El Niño year currents alter and cause severe disruption to marine ecosystems. El Niño is named after "the little boy" in Spanish, referring to the Christ child, as an El Niño phenomenon is usually noticed around Christmas time in the Pacific Ocean.

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