Dragon's Breath
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  • Dragon's Breath
  • Level 27 Fire mage ability
  • 4% of base mana
  • 20 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Enemies in a cone in front of you take (58.25% of spell power) Fire damage and are disoriented for 4 sec. Damage will cancel the effect.
  • Rank 2: Cooldown reduced by 2 seconds.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Fire
Cooldown 20 seconds
Radius 12 yd
Other information
Level learned 27
Rank levels 38 (rank 2)
Improvements [Alexstrasza's Fury]
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Dragon's Breath
  • Disoriented.
  • Duration: 4 seconds
Seared to imperfection.[1]

In the TCG.

Dragon's Breath is a level 27 Fire mage ability. It is point-blank area of effect mage spell that deals Fire direct damage and disorients all enemies for 4 seconds. The area of effect is similar to [Cone of Cold], a 90 degree arc region extending 12 yards in front of the caster.


  • [Alexstrasza's Fury] (Talent) - Causes Dragon's Breath to always critically strike, increases its critical damage by 50%, and allows it to contribute to [Hot Streak].


Despite the tooltip, damage over time effects will not break the disorient effect. However, certain DoTs that also deal direct damage (such as the flare up effect [Conflagration]) will break the disorient effect.

Tips and tricks

The disorient effect makes this spell not only useful to kite an opponent, but also to interrupt spell casting. Although there is no spell lockout such as with [Counterspell], interrupting a spell for 4 seconds is sometimes all you need.


  • This spell previously shared a cooldown with [Cone of Cold]: using either spell would set the cooldown of the other. Casting Dragon's Breath would set the Cone of Cold cooldown to 20 seconds, and casting Cone of Cold would set the Dragon's Breath cooldown to 10 seconds.
  • Prior to Patch 5.0.4, critical hits would cause [Mastery: Ignite].
  • Dragon's Breath is a common Mage spell in the Blackrock Mountain adventure of Hearthstone. Two copies are rewarded for completing the Mage Class Challenge unlocked after completing the Blackrock Depths wing. The flavor text reads: "Dragons breathe fire, sure, but did you know they can also breathe Cotton Candy? It's harder to give them a reason to do that, though."

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Additional rank added.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-23):
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-26): Dragon Breath (Fire) duration reduced to 3 seconds (was 4 seconds) in PvP.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 190%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-07-20): Dragon’s Breath damage increased by 150%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now replaces [Cone of Cold] for Fire mages.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer a talent. Now a Fire specialization ability available at level 62. Disorientation effect duration reduced from 5 to 4 sec.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Moved to tier 5. Combustion is no longer a pre-requisite for this talent.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Mana cost significantly reduced.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Dragon's Breath no longer shares a cooldown with [Cone of Cold]. In addition, the Disorient effect has been increased from 3 to 5 seconds.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): The movement-slowing component of this spell is now properly considered a Snare. Immunity and clearing effects will now work properly with it.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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