Water is the element of change. The people of the Water Tribes are capable and adapting to many things. They have a deep sense of community and love that holds them together through anything.
Waterbenders originally learned Waterbending from the moon. The ancestors of the Water Tribe noticed the push and pull effect the Moon has on the tides of the ocean. Eventually, these first Waterbenders learned how to manipulate water themselves. Waterbending is the only bending art without a spiritual animal teacher. Waterbending is based on Tai Chi and features slow movements and elegant forms that evoke the feel of flowing water. Waterbending’s strongest asset lies within its defensive capabilities. Unlike some other bending disciplines, Waterbending focuses on turning an opponent’s own strength against themselves, rather than direct strikes.
Since water can exist in different physical states, Waterbenders can freeze, melt, evaporate, sublimate or condense water. The ability to alter the physical state of water gives Waterbenders an array of defensive, evasive and offensive techniques in battle such as encasing an opponent in ice, hiding behind a wall of mist, surfing on bodies of water on a platform of ice, and battering enemies with lashing whips and waves. Waterbenders can also manipulate the molecular cohesion of water for cutting and grabbing objects or running on water. While a bender’s victory in battle is usually based on skill and technique, a Waterbender gains a notable advantage or disadvantage over other bending arts depending on the amount of water in their vicinity. Waterbenders are more powerful at night than during the day due to their spiritual connection with the moon. Waterbenders are at their most powerful during the full moon, and are powerless during a lunar eclipse or when the Moon Spirit is in danger. The waterbenders originate from both the Northern Water Tribe and the Southern Water Tribe.