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This article is about the skill. For the card from the Nintendo DS games, see Maelstrom.


Is wii maelstrom.png
Icon of the Maelstrom skill in Radiant Dawn.

Can deal damage based on this unit's strength after an indirect attack. Bird laguz - hawks, ravens






Maelstrom (Japanese: 風切り Wind Cut) is a combat trigger skill exclusive to Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. It is a personal skill that can be taught only to hawks and ravens. It allows its user to counter-attack enemies who attack them indirectly, something bird laguz are otherwise unable to do, by retaliating with a single blow equal to its user's strength stat which does not take the might of their beak or talon into account.


Game Icon Effect Activation Capacity Notes
Radiant Dawn Is wii maelstrom.png If an enemy triggers a battle at 2 range and damages the user, it deals (user's strength) damage back at the enemy. (Skill)% 20 Hawks and ravens only.


Radiant Dawn

Units Naesala
Items Maelstrom


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Maelstrom --
Japanese 風切り Wind Cut. Referred to as VORTEX in its internal file name, after the similar Vortex skill from Path of Radiance.
Spanish Maelstrom Maelstrom
French Maelström Maelstrom
German Malstrom Maelstrom
Italian Maelstrom Maelstrom



See also

Skills in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Command skills FlourishGambleGaldrarGlareParitySacrificeShoveSmiteStealWildheart
Counter skills CounterHowlMaelstromQuickclawShriek
Bonus damage skills BeastfoeBirdfoeDragonfoeNullify
Experience-related skills BlossomDisciplineParagon
Healing skills BlessingBoonGaldrarImbueMantleRenewalSacrifice
Low-HP skills MiracleResolveWrath
Mobility skills CantoCelerityGaldrarPassSaviorShoveSmite
Proximity skills Blood TideDauntNight TideWhite Pool
Miscellaneous skills AdeptCancelFortuneGuardMercyNihilPaviseProvokeVantage
Beorc-exclusive skills CorrosionDisarmDisciplineShadeStillness
Laguz-exclusive skills BlessingBlood TideBoonFormshiftGaldrarHowlInsightMaelstromNight TideQuickclawShriekVigilanceWhite PoolWildheart
Class skills CantoCritical +ShoveSteal
Mastery skills AetherAstraBaneColossusCoronaDeadeyeEclipseFlareImpaleIreLethalityLunaRendRoarSavageSolStunTear
Enemy-exclusive skills Aurora