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Waterbending, one of the four elemental bending arts, is the hydrokinetic ability to control water in all of its various forms. This type of bending is utilized by the people of the Water Tribe, who are divided into the Southern, Northern, and lesser known Foggy Swamp tribes, as well as those of the United Republic, each with their own unique bending style.

Water is the element of change. The moon is the source of power in waterbending, and the original waterbenders learned to bend by observing how the moon pushed and pulled the tides. The Water Tribes are the only people who did not learn bending from an animal, though the Moon and Ocean Spirits took the form of koi fish in the mortal world near the beginning of the Avatar World.

The fighting style of waterbending is mostly fluid and graceful, acting in concert with the environment. Foggy Swamp style waterbending, however, is more rigid and straight. Waterbenders deal with the flow of energy; they let their defense become their offense, turning their opponents' own forces against them. Even when waterbenders do take an attack stance, their moves always appear to flow from one to the other.

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Fighting Style

Waterbending Abilities and Techniques

  • Breath of Ice
  • Ice Blade
  • Ice Bullets
  • Ice Claws
  • Ice Creeper
  • Ice Disc
  • Ice Gauntlet
  • Ice Hook
  • Ice Shield
  • Ice Spear
  • Iceberg Spike
  • Phase Change
  • Streaming the Water
  • Water Bullet
  • Water Cloak
  • Water Filtering
  • Water Jet
  • Water Knife
  • Water Manipulation
  • Water Pressure Manipulation
  • Water Wall/Water Shield
  • Water Whip
  • Wave

Waterbending Master Level

  • Bubble
  • Ice Dagger
  • Ice Dome
  • Ice Drill
  • Ice Floor
  • Ice Prison
  • Ice Ramp
  • Ice Tunneling
  • Maelstrom
  • Multiple Water Whips
  • Octopus Form
  • Partial Ice Whip
  • Razor Rings
  • Water Ball
  • Water Boxing
  • Water Dome
  • Water Drill
  • Water Gimbal
  • Water Pinwheel
  • Water Ring
  • Water Spout or "Water Vortex"

Avatar Level Waterbending

  • Ice Fissure
  • Remote Waterbending
  • Tsunami
  • Water Compression

Special Techniques

  • Bloodbending
  • Cloud Manipulation
  • Condensation
  • Healing
  • Plantbending
  • Solutions
  • Water Run
  • Steam Manipulation
  • Armless Waterbending

Enhanced Waterbending


Northern and Southern Style

Froggy Swamp Style

Pro-Bending Style


Element Symbol

Spirituality and Waterbending


Notable Waterbenders

Waterbending Masters

Waterbending Experts

Waterbending Practitioners


See Also