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Main article: Dragon Shouts

Fire Breath is a dragon shout in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The Fire Breath shout allows the Dragonborn to shout a forceful blast of fire, spreading at a high speed. This force inflicts 50, 70, or 90 fire damage and sets enemies in its path on fire as well as staggers them.


Word WallEdit

Thu'um Dragon Language
Transliteration Translation
Fire Breath
Locations: Dustman's Cairn, Sunderstone Gorge, and Throat of the World
Yol Yol-wordwall
(This) stone commemorates (the) child
king Jafnhar who was burned
alive by (the) fire of
(the) great dragon Lodunost.
Toor Toor-wordwall
Aesa raised (this) stone
for (her) sister, Thohild
the Inferno, whose passion burned
hot as (the) Red Forge.
Shul Shul-wordwall
Here fell Herfodr
Sun-Slayer, mighty
warlord of (the) Valley
of Broken Dreams.


  • In Helgen, while running from Alduin's assault at the beginning of the game, Alduin uses this shout often. Setting "General Subtitles" to active, and then staying near him will allow the Dragonborn to read the words of the shout.
  • In Redguard, Nafaalilargus uses this shout against Cyrus.
  • It is one of the most common shouts used by dragons.
  • The Dragonborn's Fire Breath and Dragon's Fire Breath are different. The Dragonborn's Fire Breath is actually more similar to the Dragon's "Fireball Shout," rather than a dragon's traditional Fire Shouts.
  • If a dragon soul is spent to unlock the Fire Breath on the Throat of the World before Paarthurnax teaches the dragon shout without the use of a dragon soul, the next word of power for Fire Breath will be taught. (Confirmed on all platforms)
  • Once the Dragonborn completes the quest "The Throat of the World," they will be allowed to Meditate on the Words of Power. If the Dragonborn chooses "Yol", a magic effect called "The Fire Within" will be added. It increases the strength of the Fire Breath Shout by 25%.
  • When Paarthurnax teaches the player a Word of the shout, he says "Yol" in his dialogue even if the player knew Yol before meeting him and thus the Word learned was the second or third.
  • The Dragonborn is unable to learn the entire shout without joining the Companions, as the interior of Dustman's Cairn is locked until the quest Proving Honor is begun.


This section contains bugs related to Fire Breath. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  360   PS3   A glitch to max the shout is while on the Throat of the World during the main quest, once the Dragonborn learns the word from Paarthurnax. Before he channels the energy, go to the magic menu and in shouts purchase the second level. Then when he channels the energy it will automatically give the third level of the shout; however, doing this and then getting a miscellaneous quest to find another fire breath word wall from Arngeir will render that miscellaneous quest unfinishable, as the word cannot be learned from the wall due to it already being known.
  • If an enemy is killed by this shout, it will be launched an impressive distance even at first level. The same launch also applies if the player shouts at a corpse; in this scenario, the first level shout can surpass the propulsion abilities of even the 3rd level Unrelenting Force. The effect, however, is completely aesthetic, as the enemy is already dead.
  •  PC   360   When the Dragonborn uses the third shout, the voice is heard to be Clear Skies (Lok Vah Koor).
  • It is possible that if the Dragonborn learns the first word from Paarthurnax, the two other walls will only give the second word from both, making impossible to get the third.
  • Very rarely, when the player unlocks the first word and then finish the Companions questline then goes to the Throat of the World Quest, the word wall will sometimes give the second and third words.
  • Sometimes, when used at full power at close range, it might crash the game.
  •  PC   If the Dragonborn knows (has learned the words and used dragon souls) the first two words of the shout and attempts to preform the glitch to max the shout, the Dragonborn will be unable to use the third word of the shout.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Fire Breath

  • Frost Breath or Fire Breath?

    31 messages
    • Frost is bood to slow your enemies, fire is good to kill weak creatures
    • Frost Breath with the black book power "Dragonborn Frost". Its makes it an incredibly useful shout, better than Ice Form. The tar...
  • Why is full shout more powerful than simple Yol.

    3 messages
    • Well as the greybears explain during a early quest. The longor who inhale and the more words you sa, the more powerful the shout. 
    • You Are lucky, I got the bug where I can't get the full shout

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