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Phoenix for Maya

Artist-friendly dynamics simulator.
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Artist-friendly dynamics simulator that seamlessly integrates with Autodesk Maya and V-Ray.

Chaos® Phoenix is an all-in-one dynamics simulator, built for Maya artists who want to create a wide range dynamic FX. Quick presets and fast setup make it easy to get started, and its powerful simulation engine offers complete control over more complex effects.


Chaos® Phoenix is the all-in-one fluid dynamics plugin for Maya. Simulate realistic fire, smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist and more.


Built for 3D artists who want to create fluid dynamic effects that are fast to set up and easy to control.


Preview and render interactively in the viewport. Fine-tune simulations on the fly.

Creative control

Create all types of physically-based fluid effects with smart controls for refining, retiming and rendering simulations.

Smart integration

Phoenix is integrated seamlessly with Autodesk Maya and optimized to render with V-Ray®.


Supports industry-standard tools and formats like Alembic and OpenVDB.

Quick start: Basic liquids

By the end of this video and tutorial, you will be able to create your own liquid simulation, understand how the simulation interacts with other objects, and know the basics of editing a number of primary settings for a sim. Full tutorial notes with downloadable assets available on our docs site.

See what's new.

Phoenix 4, update 4 introduces features and improvements including collision between Active Bodies, Color Absorption, and Massive Wave Force, to let artists achieve production-quality simulations in less time.

This update is also Autodesk Maya 2022 compatible.

See what else is new >

Part of the V-Ray Collection.

The ultimate 3D rendering and simulation toolset.

Key features

Liquids, Splashes & Foam

Create realistic liquid simulations withsplashes and foam directly in Maya.

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Smoke, Fire & Explosions

Create any type of fire and smoke effects with Phoenix's powerful, adaptive-grid dynamics engine.

Interactive Simulations

Fine-tune simulations interactively in the viewport with Phoenix’s GPU-accelerated preview.

Refine Simulations

Increase simulation resolution and add detail without changing overall shape or behavior.


Perfect for generating small wisps of smoke and steam.


Render particles as bubbles, drops, points, or fog.


Simulate highly-realistic and complex vorticity effects with full control over large-scale vortex strength and ultra-fine details.

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Emission Sources

Use a wide range of customizable emission sources – animated meshes, texture maps and particles – to drive complex simulations.

Optimized Rendering

Render photorealistic liquids and volumetric effects using the Phoenix shader.

Cascade Simulations

Create a series of simulations that trigger and interact with each other.

Simulating Retiming

Speed up or slow down simulation playback. Perfect for slow motion effects.

Ocean Simulations

Easily create ocean surfaces that never repeat using procedural ocean displacement. Preview and render the ocean surface without simulating cache files.


Influence simulations with forces like waves, wind, spline follow, mesh attraction and more.

Active bodies

Float your objects over pools or wash them away in floods with basic rigid body simulation for Phoenix liquids. Interaction between Active Bodies is coming soon.

Learn more >

Voxel and Particle Tuners

Change each voxel and particle's properties during simulation, and use customizable conditions to delete particles.

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Simulation Licenses

Use Phoenix simulation licenses to submit jobs over the network to Deadline and Backburner.

Five-star review from 3D World

Don't take our word for it — we earned a best-in-class review for Phoenix for Maya!


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Supported platforms: Autodesk® Maya® 2017 or later (64-bit).

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