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Maelstrom in Final Fantasy IV (PSP).

Maelstrom (ミールストーム, Mīrusutōmu?, lit. Mealstorm), also known as Storm or Charybdis, is a recurring spell and ability in the Final Fantasy series. It usually reduces the HP of several targets to single digits, and could be considered an upgraded form of Tornado.

Appearances[]

Final Fantasy IV[]

Maelstrom (Storm on the SNES and Hurricane in Easy Type) is an enemy ability that reduces the HP of the entire party to single digits. It is usually used by Barbariccia and several other enemies as a counter spell, such as Behemoths.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

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Final Fantasy V[]

Maelstrom reduces the HP of all targets to single digits, and is used by several high-rank enemies: Bahamut, Famed Mimic Gogo, Grand Aevis, Jura Aevis and Archeoaevis, Landcrawler and Sandcrawler, Shinryu and Neo Shinryu, Omega and Omega Mk.II, and Neo Exdeath and Enuo. The player may utilize this ability by catching and releasing a Sandcrawler or Landcrawler.

Final Fantasy VIII[]

Maelstrom is an enemy ability used by Ultimecia, both in Edea's body and in the flesh.

Final Fantasy IX[]

Maelstrom is an ability used by the Garuda and Land Worm enemies. It reduces one party member to single digit health and ignores Reflect. If used by the Sand Worm, it will also cause Confuse.

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Charybdis is an ability used by Behemoth, King Behemoth, and Foeneus. The effect reduces the health of the anyone in range to single digits. The raid boss Alte Roite uses a more powerful version that hits all party members.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[]

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Dissidia Final Fantasy[]

Maelstrom is the ability used by Barbariccia when summoned as a counter for an opponent's summon, and it swaps the combatants' Brave values.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

Fall. No escape!

Exdeath using Maelstrom

Maelstrom is a new HP attack for Exdeath, with both ground and aerial versions. It has a large charging time but strikes enemies with a storm no matter their location. It costs 30 CP to equip and 130 AP to master.

Maelstrom is Barbariccia's summon ability. It switches the user's Bravery to the opponent's Bravery when the opponent uses a summon.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia[]

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Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

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Final Fantasy All the Bravest[]

Maelstrom is the enemy ability that is used by Barbariccia and Sandcrawler during battle.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Final Fantasy Explorers[]

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Maelstrom is the special ability of Barbariccia's card. For the activation cost of discarding another Barbariccia card, a cost of four Wind CP, and Dulling Barbariccia, Barbariccia deals damage to each of the opponent's Forwards equal to their power minus 1000.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales[]

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Other appearances[]

Guardian Cross[]

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Etymology[]

A maelstrom is a powerful whirlpool; a large, swirling body of water.

The Japanese name may derive from a deliberate misinterpretation of the word "maelstrom", trading two pairs of adjacent letters to make the English words "meal" and "storm". Alternatively the first half may be a reading of "mael" based on how the "ae" digraph is commonly pronounced in English, as in "daemon" and "archaeology".

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