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Disambig icon.png This article is about the elementalist skill. For other uses, see Tornado (disambiguation).



Not available underwater  1 Activation time  
150 Recharge time
60 Recharge time
120 Recharge time
Elementalist icon small.png Elementalist (skill list)
Training cost
9 Hero points
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Not available underwater.png This skill has an underwater replacement: Whirlpool

Cantrip. Gain stability and shape-shift into a tornado that damages and launches foes.

 Damage.png Damage: 292 (1.1)?
 Damage.png Damage: 3 (0.01)?
 Stability.png2 Stability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
 Launch.png Launch: 600
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Interval.png Boon Application Interval: 3 seconds
 Duration.png Duration: 15 seconds
 Duration.png Duration: 10 seconds
 Interval.png Stability and Damage Pulse: 3 seconds
 Radius.png Radius: 240
 Unblockable.png Unblockable
 Combo.png Combo Field: Lightning
 Combo.png Combo Finisher: Whirl
 Evade.png Defiance Break: 232

— In-game description


  • Tornado transforms the user into a tornado, giving the player the Tornado effect.
# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
1 Chain Lightning.png Electrified Tornado 1 Electrify your tornado form and make it shoot lightning.
2 Dust Devil.png Dust Tornado 1 Gather up dust into your tornado form, making it shoot out dust devils that blind foes.
3 Throw Boulder.png Debris Tornado 1 Gather up debris into your tornado form and send it flying.
4 Elemental Requiem.png Elemental Requiem 5 Unleash the elements from your core, firing a random elemental in all directions. Elements have differing effects based on your current tornado type.
5 Dust Charge.png Dust Charge 10.25¼ 10 Move swiftly in a direction, knocking back enemies you collide with.

Related traits[edit]

Air Air

Water Water

Arcane Arcane

Catalyst Catalyst


Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • (Undocumented) Added tooltip fact Defiance Break.
October 13, 2020
  • Increased cooldown from 90 seconds to 120 seconds in PvP only.
April 28, 2020
  • Increased cooldown from 60 seconds to 90 seconds in PvP only.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient of the base launch attack from 1.1 to 0.01. Reduced cooldown from 90 seconds to 60 seconds.
March 27, 2018
  • Reduced the cooldown from 150 seconds to 100 [sic] seconds in PvP and WvW.
  • Reduced the transform duration from 15 seconds to 10 seconds in PvP and WvW.
July 26, 2016
  • The stability stacks per pulse have been increased from 1 to 2.
  • This transform now has new abilities on skills 4 and 5.
    • Elemental Requiem: Launch missiles in multiple directions, based on the current tornado type (air, dust, debris).
    • Dust Charge: Move at a rapid rate, knocking back foes.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • This ability is now a cantrip.
March 16, 2015
  • This skill now grants 1 stack of stability every 3 seconds, with a 3-second duration.
September 09, 2014
  • This transform no longer increases power levels exponentially. The damage of skills in this transform has been adjusted to compensate.
  • Tornado now counts as a lightning field.
July 01, 2014
  • Removed the range indicator.
June 03, 2014
  • Added an unblockable skill fact.
April 15, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that caused the area effect ring to persist if the player exited the skill early.
August 06, 2013
  • Added a duration skill fact. This skill can now be used while moving.
June 25, 2013
  • Reduced the cooldown to 150 seconds.
April 30, 2013
  • Tornado move speed is now correctly reduced while carrying the orb (in the context of Spirit Watch).
January 28, 2013
  • Fixed a bug that caused several spells, including Tornado, Arcane Shield, and most frequently Whirlpool, to sometimes fail to display any graphics.
November 15, 2012
  • Leaving this elite skill now removes the stability it grants in order to make it consistent with other elite transformation abilities.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Tornado has been added to the game.