Iceberg spikes are artificial segments of frozen water created by waterbenders for primary defense against intruders. They are mostly seen scattered around the vicinity of the Northern Water Tribe, in the ocean surrounding the Water Tribe stronghold. Resembling large and jagged icebergs, they are strong enough to rip through metal. Coupled with the vicious currents in iceberg fields, they are able to sink even the largest of ships.
Known uses Edit
Northern Water Tribe Edit
Iceberg spikes serve primarily as defensive structures to fend off intruders, most specifically Fire Nation ships. Specific spikes are placed strategically in the waters surrounding the Northern Water Tribe, and a number of others can be easily created through waterbending. Iceberg spikes, when coupled with strong ocean currents, can easily sink incoming vessels.
In addition to their defensive purpose, iceberg spikes also serve as ambush points. Water Tribe warriors can dock behind the spikes and raid approaching vessels successfully. The segments are also an advantage for waterbenders who are able to manipulate the spikes from nearby boats, providing them the upper hand in an open sea battle.
Southern Water Tribe Edit
As a group, Hama and several other waterbenders used waterbending to suspend a Fire Nation vessel above the ice through the use of an iceberg spike. The ship remained in the western regions of the South Pole, and was commonly known as the shipwreck, a reminder of the Fire Nation attacks that occurred during the early stages of the Hundred Year War.
In battle Edit
Renditions of the iceberg spike are incorporated by waterbenders in combat. While under the tutelage of Master Pakku, Katara defeated Sangok by immobilizing him through the use of a waterbending move similar in appearance to iceberg spikes. With ease, Katara redirected Sangok's attack, accumulating the water he produced into a large wave, before lifting him up and freezing the water, ending the duel.
While searching for Avatar Aang in the frozen tundras of the North Pole, Katara utilized the move yet again, though in a much grander scale due to the presence of a full moon. With ease, she lifted the snow underneath Zuko, and raised it up high above the ground before ruthlessly slamming it down, successfully debilitating Zuko.
- Korra used a variation of this technique when fighting off Equalist biplanes during the Battle for Republic City.
- ↑ From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
- ↑ "The Waterbending Master". Michael Dante DiMartino (writer) & Giancarlo Volpe (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. November 18, 2005. No. 18, Book One: Water
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "The Siege of the North, Part 1". Aaron Ehasz (writer) & Lauren MacMullan (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. December 2, 2005. No. 19, Book One: Water
- ↑ "The Puppetmaster". Tim Hedrick (writer) & Joaquim Dos Santos (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. November 9, 2007. No. 8, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ "The Siege of the North, Part 2". Aaron Ehasz (writer) & Dave Filoni (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. December 2, 2005. No. 20, Book One: Water
- ↑ "Skeletons in the Closet". Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (writers) & Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu (directors). The Legend of Korra. Nickelodeon. June 23, 2012. No. 11, Book One: Air