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For the Pet Battle ability, see Peticon-flying Spell nature cyclone [Cyclone].
Spell nature earthbind
  • Cyclone
  • Row 5 druid talent
  • 20 yd range
  • 10% of base mana
  • 1.7 sec cast
  • Tosses the enemy target into the air, disorienting them but making them invulnerable for up to 6 sec. Only one target can be affected by your Cyclone at a time.
Class Druid
School Nature
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Talent required Ability druid healinginstincts [Nurturing Instinct]
Improvements Ability druid cyclone [High Winds], Ability druid galewinds [Wild Attunement]
Related debuff
Spell nature earthbind
  • Cyclone
  • Disoriented and invulnerable.
  • Duration: 6 seconds
Cyclone TCG

In the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game.

Gentle breezes seldom stay that way for long.[1]

Cyclone is a druid class talent. It is very similar in mechanics to Spell shadow cripple [Banish]: targets affected by Cyclone cannot move or perform any actions, are immune to receiving heals or buffs, and also completely immune to all incoming damage and unable to be debuffed. Cyclone is affected by diminishing returns, both in PvE and in PvP. Certain versions of this spell cast by monsters CAN be dispelled by Spell arcane massdispel [Mass Dispel]. Cyclone has no cooldown.


  • You can only Cyclone one target at a time. Cycloning a second target will cancel the one currently in effect.
  • Due to diminishing returns, you will have three successful casts on a single target before immunity begins. This spell's duration is cut in half every time, beginning with 6 seconds, dropping to 3 on the next use, and finally 1.5 seconds.
  • The only way to break free of Cyclone is the human racial Spell shadow charm [Will to Survive], Inv jewelry trinket 04 [Honorable Medallion] or Ability pvp gladiatormedallion [Gladiator's Medallion], an immunity effect, or dispelled by Spell arcane massdispel [Mass Dispel].
  • Any aura or passive buff granted by the affected player or mob to other players or mobs will be temporarily negated until the effect ends. For instance, if you cast Cyclone on a warlock's pet, Ability warlock soullink [Soul Link] will be removed from the warlock and their pet until Cyclone's effect ends.
  • The target affected by Cyclone is also immune to HoT or DoT effects.

Tips and tactics[]

  • Cyclone can be tricky to use because in addition to the affected target being able to perform any actions, no actions may be performed upon the affected target. A Cyclone at the wrong time can cause another player to waste a long cooldown or a high cost spell, whereas a Cyclone at the right time may cause a player to stop casting a long or highly damage attack, or even cause them to not receive a large heal that was coming their way.
  • Cyclone can be only be used in humanoid and Spell nature forceofnature [Moonkin Form].
  • Although the Cycloned target is immune to all spells, this does not prevent you from casting spells on them; it will simply have no effect, and the time and mana spent casting will be wasted, as will any cooldowns used. This does however allow you, with a good sense of timing, to begin casting spells on the target in anticipation of the end of the Cyclone.
  • Using Cyclone as a long-term form of crowd control in an instance can be tricky and difficult for the druid to manage, especially if the druid is the healer. In most situations it is more effective to use Spell nature stranglevines [Entangling Roots] if it is necessary to crowd control on a large pull, or continuously throughout an instance. If the target that must be controlled is a ranged attacker however, then Cyclone becomes especially useful.
  • When using this spell in situations where you're with others, grief can be avoided by communicating how long you will be Cycloning, and when it has gone onto diminishing returns.
  • Most city raids are always wary of a Cyclone coming down on the tank that has the boss, as the boss will suddenly go after someone squishy.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-04-10): Mana cost has been decreased by 40%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 5 class talent (was a level 48 ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Cyclone is no longer a Talent and learned by all Druids at level 48 (was a level 51 Feral and Restoration PvP talent).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): Mana cost reduced by 33%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Converted to a level 51 Feral and Restoration PvP talent (was a rank 6 Balance/rank 10 Restoration honor talent).
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-06-15): Cyclone should now work correctly on all tamed Hunter pets.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-26): Cyclone cast time reduced to 1.7 seconds (was 2.0 seconds).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now a rank 6 honor talent for Balance and a rank 10 honor talent for Restoration druids (was a level 78 ability for all druids).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Cyclone now shares Diminishing Returns with Fears, and can be canceled by immunity effects (i.e. Divine Shield, Ice Block, etc.), and can be dispelled by Mass Dispel.
    • Nature's Swiftness can no longer turn Cyclone into an instant-cast spell.
    • Now learned at level 78 (was 74).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): No longer has a 20-second cooldown for Feral Druids.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now has a 20-second cooldown for Feral Druids.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now learned at level 74 (was 70).
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-01-04): Players should no longer lose their Horde/Alliance buffs if caught by a druid's Cyclone while participating in War Games.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now a 2 sec cast, up from 1.5 sec.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Victims of Cyclone can no longer receive healing from health drain effects such as Spell shadow devouringplague [Devouring Plague] while they are affected by Cyclone.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Range has been reduced from 30 yards down to 20 yards.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25):
    • It is no longer possible to Cyclone two targets at the same time in the outdoor world.
    • Paladin Auras, Ability trueshot [Trueshot Aura], and Ability mount whitetiger [Aspect of the Pack] will now be automatically reactivated when Cyclone wears off of a victim who had one of the abilities active.
    • Visual spell effect changed.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): This ability will no longer work on hunters with The Beast Within active or hunter pets with Bestial Wrath active.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): When the duration of Cyclone ends, area buffs such as Spell nature unyeildingstamina [Leader of the Pack], Ability druid improvedtreeform [Incarnation: Tree of Life], and Moonkin aura will now be correctly resumed.
  • Bc icon Hotfix (2007-02-26): Cyclone no longer causes the targeted player to be considered dead for the arena counter.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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