Dark Breath

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Dark 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: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

In the original Japanese version, there are two different Darkness-based breath attacks known as やみのほのお and やみのブレス. The first can be used by various enemies and bosses, including Barbarus, Corvus's second form, equinoxes, hammer horrors, and vermil lions and deals between 55~74 darkness damage to the entire party. The second is a hellish halitosis that is exclusive to the Dragonlord himself. The stronger version's damage range is calculated as (100+(lv^2/23)) * 0.9~1.1, giving 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 X[edit]

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

Dark Breath is an enemy-only skill that can be used by auroral serpents, dark gryphons, Equinox, Lord Dragon, Nagasus, platinum poppet, shadeshifters, 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]

Dark Breath is known naturally by lunar chimaeras at level 1 and costs 14 MP to use. It inflicts minor Zam-type breath damage to any enemies in a straight line of three squares in front of the user and has a chance to lower their Zam Res for three turns. There was a separate breath attack also known as Dark Breath, but on January 24th, 2023 that skill was renamed to Black Breath, with this skill being given the name as it is a literal translation of the Japanese katakana Dākuburesu.

Dark Breath (ダークブレス Dākuburesu)Tactlogo.png
Ability information
Dark Breath
Role * Type * Element MP cost
Debuff Breath DQTact Zam.png 14
Range Additional effects
DQT SkillRangeStraight3.png
Straight line
DQTact ZamResDown.png
Zam Res Down
Deals minor Zam-type breath damage to all enemies in area of effect, rarely lowers Zam Res for 3 turns
Naturally learnt by
Lunar chimaera

Related skills[edit]