• Excalibur performing Crowd Fall.
  • Excalibur performing Broken Bull, including the staggered end.
  • Excalibur performing Sundered Tusk.
  • Excalibur performing Drifting Stampede.

Cleaving Whirlwind is a stance mod for Heavy Blade melee weapons. It is a momentum-based stance whose slow, sweeping attacks deal high damage in coned or radial areas around the wielder.

Can be equipped on:

✓ denotes weapon with matching Stance polarity

Combos Edit

Combo Name Button Combination
Crowd Fall BlackBasex64BlackBasex64BlackBasex64BlackBasex64
Broken Bull* BlackBasex64BlackBasex64BlackPausex64BlueBasex642x400%BlueBasex642x400%BlueBasex642x400%BlueBasex642x400%BlueBasex642x400%BlueBasex642x400%BlueBasex642x400%
Sundered Tusk* BlackBasex64BlackBasex64BlackBasex64BlackUpx64+BlackBasex643x150%RedBasex64150%
Drifting Stampede* BlackBasex64BlackBasex64BlackBasex64BlackChargex64BlackBasex64150%BlackBasex64Ragdoll b150%
Crowd Fall  BlackChargex64Ragdoll b2x400%

Hell's Wave Slide + BlueBasex64

Mountain's Chisel In Air + RedBasex64

Flaying Home Wall Dash + BlackBasex64

Tunneling Spike Knockdowned Enemy + BlackBasex64400%
BlueBasex64 360° Attack  RedBasex64 Slam Attack  PurpleBasex64 Proc

 Melee Attacks

BlackBasex64   Melee  
BlackBlockx64   Block  
BlackUpx64   Direction (Up)  
BlackChargex64 Hold  
BlackPausex64   Pause  

 Multipliers and Hits

BlackBasex64200%   Attack does double damage  
BlackBasex642x   Attack hits twice  

 Exclusive Procs

Knockdown b   Knockdown  
Ragdoll b   Ragdoll  
Finisher b   Ground Finisher  

Combo Name Button Combination
Crowd Fall EEEE
Broken Bull* EE  Pause E400%2XE400%2XE400%2XE400%2XE400%2XE400%2XE400%2X
Sundered Tusk* EEEUparrow  + E3XE
Drifting Stampede* EEE  Hold E200%E
Crowd Fall Hold E400% , Release
Hell's Wave Slide + E
Mountain's Chisel In Air + E
Flaying Home Wall Dash + E
Tunneling Spike Knockdowned Enemy + E1600%
Normal    All Targets    Slam/Ragdoll    Proc
  • PS4:     E  = Combops4circle   RMB  = R2
  • XBOX:  E  = B    RMB  = RTrigger


  • The last 2 attacks of both Sundered Tusk and Drifting Stampede do 25% bonus Slash b Slash damage.
  • The Broken Bull Combo involves spinning the blade in a 360 arc around the Warframe while moving forward with each press of the melee key after the Pause. This can be used to hit multiple enemies in a large area.
    • Each spin deals 300% bonus damage.
    • Hits twice in each spin.
      • There is actually a third hit at the end portion of the spins animation, just before another spin is started.
    • Can be used while sprinting.
    • Attempting to continue the combo after the 7th spin results in the Warframe staggering.
  • Both Drifting Stampede and Sundered Tusk's final hits ragdoll enemies rather than simply knocking them down.


  • Broken Bull punishes mindless mashing by causing the Tenno to lose their balance and stagger if they try to continue spinning after the 7th spin. Cancel the combo or chain into Crowd Fall to maintain combo momentum.
  • The stagger after the 7th swing is shortened dramatically with strong attack speed buffs such as Valkyr's Warcry and Volt's Speed. While under these buffs, spamming mindlessly is punished far less severely.
  • With careful timing, one could achieve the third hit within the Broken Bull spin by turning 90 degrees clockwise after the second hit has landed.


  • The final strike in Drifting Stampede is identical to the final strike of Mod TT 20pxShattering Storm's Falling Rock, without the ground slam.
  • Crowd Fall is the standard combo for most Heavy Blade melee weapons without a Stance mod on.



Patch HistoryEdit

Update 13.5
  • Added Sundered Tusk and Drifting Stampede combos to Cleaving Whirlwind.

Update 13.0

  • Introduced.

See alsoEdit

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