Dark Breath

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Dark Breath, also known as Black Breath, is a breath attack in the Dragon Quest series, first appearing in Dragon Quest IX. It emits shadowy flames on enemies.


Dragon Quest IX[edit]

In the original Japanese version, there are two different darkness-based breath attacks. The first can be used by various enemies and bosses, including Barbarus, Corvus's second form, Equinox, Hammer horror, and Vermil lion and deals between 55~74 darkness damage to the entire party. The second is a hellish halitosis that is exclusive to the Dragonlord himself. Its damage range is calculated as (100+(lv^2/23)) * 0.9~1.1. This gives the skill a minimum range of 153~187, and a cap of 473~578. In the English version, the user is described as "spew[ing] forth a cloud of malevolent darkness".

Dragon Quest XI[edit]

Dark Breath is an enemy-only skill that can be used by Auroral serpent, Dark gryphon, Equinox, Lord Dragon, Nagasus, Platinum poppet, Shadeshifter, and the End of Time. When used, it is described as a "black breath" or "pitch black flames" that are spewed at the party.

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Black Breath can be learned by Shadow at level 20, Silhouette at level 22, and Dragon zombie at level 26. It costs 27 MP to use and inflicts moderate Zam-type breath damage on any enemies in a straight line of three squares in front of the user. It can also be taught to any unit by using an ability scroll. The skill was originally known as Dark Breath but was renamed to Black Breath in a January 2023 update in order to avoid confusion with the new Dark Breath skill.

Black Breath (やみのブレス Yami no buresu)Tactlogo.png
Ability information
Black Breath
Role * Type * Element MP cost
Attack Breath DQTact Zam.png 26
Range Additional effects
DQT SkillRangeStraight3.png
Straight line
Deals moderate Zam-type breath damage to all enemies in area of effect
Naturally learnt by
Dragon zombie, Shadow, Silhouette

Related skills[edit]