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Red Dragon Breath is an innate ability available to Red Dragons in the game saga. This innate ability is initiated via internal creature scripting during combat. The purpose of the spell is to apply Fire damage in an Area of Effect to the dragon's enemies.


The ability is uninterruptible and takes almost no time to deploy. The scripted targeting will fire over a selected target area, which is typically within the creature's sight detection range. All creatures in the area of effect are subject to the effects. Rather than a cone of fire spreading forth from the dragon, this projectile will burst (similar to a Fireball) and spread in a ring of blazing destruction.

When a dragon deploys a Red Dragon Breath, a blast explodes upon enemies within the AoE who are then subjected to 24d10 Fire damage. A quick reaction Saving throw vs Breath will apply, and a successful save will reduce the damage by half. Perhaps the victim was able to dive aside, roll away from the burst, or raise a shield up to deflect some of the flames.


  • Any form of fire protection and or fire resistance will help against the powerful blast. No magic resistance or spell protections such as Globe of Invulnerability can stop the dragon fire.
  • As this fire blast ability has an area of effect, a Reflected Image or Mirror Image illusion won't interact with the spell and offers no protection/decoy capability.
Note: This particular SPIN693 innate spell has no game string reference or text name. There is a SPIN894 titled Red Dragon Breath, however it is an empty spell shell with no assigned effect codes.

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The Sword Coast Stratagems and Spell Revisions mods reclassify Dragon Breath attacks as having no Spell School or "Secondary Type". This breath weapon is not an "Offensive Damage" type. This means that certain spells or items that protect against this type will be bypassed, such as the Cloak of Mirroring.