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For other uses, see Breath (disambiguation).

Many monsters have breath weapons which they can deploy against you as a ranged attack. Breath weapons are often vexing to low-level characters who do not have reflection or the appropriate resistance.

Types of breath weaponsEdit

There are eight types of breath weapon:

WeaponMonsters using it
Magic missileD gray dragon
Fired hell hound pup
d hell hound
D red dragon
N red naga
D Ixoth
Coldd winter wolf cub
d winter wolf
D silver dragon
D white dragon
Sleep gasD orange dragon
W Nazgul
DisintegrationD black dragon
LightningD blue dragon
Poison gasD green dragon
' iron golem
AcidD yellow dragon

The D Chromatic Dragon can attack with any breath weapon, chosen at random when attacking.

Defending against breath weaponsEdit

There are basically four ways to defend against a breath weapon:

  • Have reflection; any breath weapon that hits you will then be reflected, though all monsters are immune to their own breath weapons.
  • Have the appropriate resistance, either intrinsic or extrinsic. This however does not protect your gear from fire, cold, or lightning. Disintegration resistance, on the other hand, does extend to armor that would otherwise disintegrate.
  • Fight the monster in melee. A monster will never use its breath weapon if it can hit in melee, unless it is impaired.
  • Cancel the monster. It will then cough instead of blasting when it tries to use its breath weapon.

Use of breath weapons while polymorphedEdit

While you are polymorphed into a monster with a breath weapon, you can launch a breath blast by using the #monster extended command. This uses 15 points of magical energy.


The following new SLASH'EM monsters have breath weapons:

WeaponMonsters using it
Magic missileD shimmering dragon
' diamond golem
Fire' ruby golem
Cold' steel golem
Sleep gasf kamadan
Lightning' sapphire golem
Poison gasD deep dragon

In addition, ' crystal golems use a random breath weapon like the Chromatic Dragon.

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