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Airbending, one of the four elemental Bending Arts, is the aerokinetic ability to control and manipulate air. The peaceful Air Nomads utilized this type of bending in their everyday lives.

Air is the element of freedom. The Air Nomads detached themselves from worldly problems and concerns; finding peace and freedom was the key to solving their difficulties in life. Airbenders continually sought spiritual enlightenment, and, as a result, all children born into the Air Nomads were benders. The first airbenders learned their art from the Flying Bison.

The key to airbending is flexibility and finding and following the path of least resistance. Airbending is notable for being almost purely defensive, as well as the most dynamic of the four bending arts. Airbenders can overwhelm many opponents at once with large and powerful attacks that could prove fatal; however, due to the pacifist nature of the Air Nomads, such attacks are rarely used. Due to their aforementioned spirituality, they often adapt to the situation surrounding them and employ negative jing, preferring evasive maneuvers as opposed to direct confrontation.

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Airbending Abilities

  • Air Ball
  • Air Blast
  • Air Bomb
  • Air Bullets
  • Air Cushion
  • Air Funnel
  • Air Manipulation
  • Air Punch/Kick
  • Air Shield
  • Air Swipe
  • Air Wheel
  • Breath of Wind
  • Enhanced Agility
  • Enhanced Speed
  • Heat Regulation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Suction

Airbending Master Level

  • Air Blades
  • Air Cocoon
  • Air Propulsion
  • Air Spout
  • Air Vortex
  • Air Wake
  • Asphyxation
  • Levitation
  • Tornado

Avatar Level Airbending

  • Air Sphere
  • Strong Wind
  • Tornadoes/Hurricanes

Special Techniques

  • Air Scooter
  • Astral Projection
  • Cloud Manipulation
  • Flight
  • Gliding
  • Soundbending

Opposing Bending Art

Training Tools


Elemental Symbol

Spirituality and Airbending

The Air Nomad Genocide

Rebulding the Air Nation


Notable Airbenders

Airbender Masters

Airbender Experts

Airbender Practitioners


See Also