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Fire Breath
TESV Shout Fire
Inhale air, exhale flame, and behold the Thu'um as inferno.
Basic Info
Recharge 30, 50, 100
Locations Dustman's Cairn (during Proving Honor)
Sunderstone Gorge
Throat of the World (during The Throat of the World)
ID 00020E17
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.



  • 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.
  • It is used commonly 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.


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

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  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, with used in full power at close range, it might crash the game.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Fire Breath

  • Why is full shout more powerful than simple Yol.

    2 messages
    • Guise. Guise, I just realized something. Guise! It's simple. When you shout Yol you need to inhale and exhale in short time. But with full sh...
    • Well as the greybears explain during a early quest. The longor who inhale and the more words you sa, the more powerful the shout. 
  • Frost Breath or Fire Breath?

    25 messages
    • I use a juiced up fire breath as my main shout on my new build, combined with the fire within, dragonborn flame, and augmented flames from ...
    • fire breath. i always have a burning desire in me to burn stuff down and watch everything burn.  plus it does crazy damage and i love fire wyrms.~

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