Spatial maelstrom

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For a list of all vortices, see list of vortices.

spatial maelstrom vSpatial maelstrom.png
HP 49-100
HD 10
XP 759
Speed 16
AC 0
EV 5
Will Immune
Attack1 20 (hit: distort)
Attack2 20 (hit: distort)

Resistances rF++
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Brainless
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Non-living
Size Giant
Type spatial maelstrom, spatial maelstrom
Flags Flying
A malevolent rift in reality, dissolving all terrain it passes by into swirling vortices.

Useful Info

Spatial maelstroms are a more advanced form of spatial vortex, no longer confused and capable of creating new spatial vortices by consuming walls and converting their matter into chaos (this randomly affects adjacent walls, and always affects walls they move into). Their better-than-spriggan speed, wall destruction, and rapid distortion hits make them high-profile threats within the branch, and almost impossible to escape on foot. They only appear in the Abyss and Abyss-themed Ziggurat floors - any other branch will quickly expel maelstroms back to the Abyss, even when generated via Lugonu's Corruption ability.

Tips & Tricks

  • Spatial vortices are surprisingly rare in the Abyss outside of one exit vault and one rune vault. As such, seeing multiple spatial vortices wandering around might indicate the presence of a maelstrom beyond your field of vision, and is therefore your cue to consider going a different direction.
  • Their distortion attacks can chew through your HP rapidly, send you into the more dangerous levels of the Abyss, or suddenly teleport you into unknown and potentially occupied terrain at low health. This, paired with their breeding habits and their speed, makes them top-priority threats; feel free to use consumables or heavy magic.
  • If possible, try to lure them into wide open areas to reduce the number of spatial vortices they can produce. More often than not, however, you won't find them until they've already devoured a section of the Abyss.


Spatial maelstroms were added in 0.12.