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Chaos Phoenix

Powerful, artist-friendly simulation software for 3ds Max and Maya.
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Versatile dynamics simulator that seamlessly integrates with Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, V-Ray and Corona.

Chaos® Phoenix is capable of a wide range of effects including fire, smoke, liquids, flames, explosions, rigid body simulations, ocean waves, mist and splashes to list just a few. 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 an all-in-one solution for fluid dynamics in 3ds Max and 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 fast, smart controls for rendering, retiming and refining simulations.

Smart integration

Phoenix is integrated seamlessly with Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya and optimized to render with V-Ray® and Corona.


Compatible with industry-standard tools and formats such as OpenVDB and Alembic, as well as Krakatoa and thinkingParticles for 3ds Max.

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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.

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Part of the V-Ray Collection.

The ultimate 3D rendering and simulation toolset.

Key features

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Smoke, Fire & Expressions

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.

Simulations Refinement

Add detail and increase resolution without changing simulation shape or behavior.


Perfect for generating small wisps of smoke and steam.


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

Mesh & Particles IO

Import & export mesh objects and particles to OpenVDB, Alembic, Krakatoa, XMesh and V-Ray proxy files for 3ds Max, and OpenVDB, Alembic and V-Ray proxy files for Maya.


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

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Custom Emission Sources

Use a wide range of emission sources including animated meshes, texture maps, particles and more.

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.

Simulation 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.

Ocean & Beach Waves

Seamlessly transition from procedural ocean to simulated beach waves.


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

Accurate Viewport Preview

Preview fire, smoke and liquid simulations quickly and accurately in the viewport.

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!


Chaos Phoenix includes universal access to Phoenix for 3ds Max and Phoenix for Maya.

Supported platforms: Autodesk® 3ds Max and Maya 2018 or later (64-bit).

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