|Icon of the Vortex skill in Path of Radiance.|
Attacks with the same effect as Wind.
Vortex (Japanese: 疾風の刀 Gale Blade) is a combat skill which is exclusive to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is the mastery skill of the raven laguz, and is effectively exclusive to the only playable raven, Naesala. It gives its users the ability to cast a wind spell in order to attack foes at indirect range. Although the attack is much weaker than a raven's standard Beak attack as a result of their low magic stat, it still has use as an improvement to their attacking range, and also offers an effective bonus over enemy fliers. However, as it requires being activated by command when moving the user, Vortex cannot be used to counter-attack opponents at indirect range during the enemy phase.
The spell cast by the Vortex skill, also called Vortex, is a modified version of the standard Elwind tome which is accessible only through the skill. Its stats and behavior are identical to the regular Elwind, aside from its lack of weapon level requirement, limited durability, and worth. It is exclusive to users of the Vortex skill and cannot otherwise be accessed.
|Path of Radiance
||Allows the user to begin an attack with the Vortex spell.
Path of Radiance
Fire Emblem Cipher
Vortex is present as a skill on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher: B03-044R King of Kilvas, Naesala. It is a manual-activation skill which, for a cost of flipping 1 bond card, modifies Naesala's weapon type from fang to tome, increases their range to 1-2, and adds the common "Anti-Fliers" skill to Naesala to temporarily give him an effective bonus of +30 to his attack power when fighting flying-type cards. All of these effects last until the end of the turn.
- The Vortex skill's help text is slightly misleading. It incorrectly implies the Vortex tome to be a variant of Wind as opposed to the variant of Elwind it actually is.
- Radiant Dawn has unused elements which suggest that Vortex was planned to re-appear in it. In the finished game, it is effectively replaced by the similar Maelstrom skill, which has a similar Japanese name to Vortex and which Naesala also already possesses when recruited.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions
||Definition, etymology and notes
||A vortex is a whirlwind, whirlpool or other form of spiralling matter caused by some sort of disturbance.
||Gale Blade. Referred to as FLUTTER in internal files (mis-spelled "FULTTER" in certain places).