Poll: Favorite breath weapon?


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Favorite breath weapon?

Why?


Cone of acid... It's like acid reflux on 'roids. It's like holding a dragon's hair back while it hurls, only instead of getting a date out of your show of chivalric compassion you just die in flesh bubbling misery.

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Gary Teter wrote:
Favorite breath weapon?

Cone of Paralysis + coup de graces... MMMMMM... TPK...

...what creature has a paralysis cone, though? No dragons that I know of.


Fatespinner wrote:
Gary Teter wrote:
Favorite breath weapon?

Cone of Paralysis + coup de graces... MMMMMM... TPK...

...what creature has a paralysis cone, though? No dragons that I know of.

Silver dragon? Cone of cold, cone of paralysis.

Gold is cone of fire and cone of weakening.

Bronze is line of lightning, cone of repulsion.

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I'm laying it down. Anyone who picks other is a pickled herring.


Sebastian wrote:


I'm laying it down. Anyone who picks other is a pickled herring.

I hear that.


My first thought was cone of acid for its devastating effect but I went with cone of fire because the original is still the best. Nothing says dragon like barbequed paladin in a can. ;P


Cone of cold. I can just see this massive blizzard coming out of the dragon's maw and the PCs going all stiff and blue and falling over like the dudes in the helicopter in that movie about the core-flip.

Did anyone undertand that reference? Coz I'm not sure if I did!


kahoolin wrote:
Did anyone undertand that reference? Coz I'm not sure if I did!

Ya mean the one where we paradoxically had a "little" ice age after Gore's nightmare scenario came true?

Line of force for me. You can hit incorporeal/ethereal targets.

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Line of Lightning

If I could breathe a weapon that's what it would be. Shazaam! Blau! Stuff just exploding with electricity when I breathe at it...now that's pretty awesome. I dig on fire too...so classic, but I love breathing lightning at people. They're like: "holy s!+@, he's breathing lightning at me!!!" And I love the look on their face both before and after they're thunderstruck by my breath. Good times, good times.


Cone of Fire! It's just too classic.

Fizz


A cone of searing fire charged with sparks of electrical fury and flush with highly corrosive acid. I don't know what would breath it, but it would be cool!

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kahoolin wrote:

Cone of cold. I can just see this massive blizzard coming out of the dragon's maw and the PCs going all stiff and blue and falling over like the dudes in the helicopter in that movie about the core-flip.

Did anyone undertand that reference? Coz I'm not sure if I did!

I HATE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH!!!

I was visting a friend and it was on and I couldn't help but watch it because that's what I do when the tv is on. Can someone please explain to me what the hell the plan was?

Son: "Gee Dad, thanks for coming all the way to NY in this godforsaken blizzard. I'm sorry to hear that your friend died on the way. Oh, by the way WHAT THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?!?! YOU DIDN'T BRING ANY WAY FOR US TO GET OUT OF HERE!?"

Dad: "Oh son, don't worry about that, some helicopters will get here soon and bail us out."

Dead Friend: "Wait??!?! Helicopters?!??! Why didn't we just ride one of those? WHY DID I HAVE TO DIE?!?!?!"

I HATE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH IT BURNS WHEN I URINATE!!!


I almost never use this, but this definitely deserves it: ROFL! Jesus Christ, you guys have made my night.

Oh, and I vote for the red dragon's cone of fire. I mean DAMN. Just DAMN.

EDIT- Cone of Pickled Herring?

I must ask: WTF?


Sebastian wrote:
I HATE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH IT BURNS WHEN I URINATE!!!

Yes. It was a terrible, terrible tragedy that I lost about 2 and a half hours of my life watching Elijah Wood or whatever trekking through the snow. None of the characters seemed to have any common sense.

Still, it was rad when those guys got frozen. Cone of cold.


Line of acid...

It just seems to pack more of a punch. Acid reflux effect as stated above, except as an aimed Godzillia-style beam... only acid... >.>;;

-Kurocyn


kahoolin wrote:
Sebastian wrote:
I HATE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH IT BURNS WHEN I URINATE!!!

Yes. It was a terrible, terrible tragedy that I lost about 2 and a half hours of my life watching Elijah Wood or whatever trekking through the snow. None of the characters seemed to have any common sense.

Still, it was rad when those guys got frozen. Cone of cold

I think Kahoolin's first reference may have been to The Core. (That line about the core flip)

Every contributed reference after that was to The Day After Tomorrow. (Which may also have had a core flip
And Kahoolin capped it with a scene from Deep Impact. (Elijah refernce instead of Gyllenhal)

Or maybe everyone's exactly right and my brain has turned to grey mustard.

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Saern wrote:

EDIT- Cone of Pickled Herring?

I must ask: WTF?

Blame Jeremy for that one.


Pickled herring is the an extremely watered down excuse of a breath weapon. All other breath weapons have their charm and punch and other kinds of breath weapons can include esoteric variations such as blightfire which can have either a withering effect or a decaying effect. Another kind could be vast swarms of deadly incects; imagine a dragon that breaths vast clouds of flesh eating incects that leaves nothing behind but the bones of the victims. another kind could have a petrfying effect in where the victims turn to stone and then shatter to pieces. Another kind could be vast globs of liquid magma or molten tar there could be dragons in where the breath weapon could be heated shrapnel. The list goes on and on because it boils down to this: never discount the power of other kinds of breath weapons.


Cone of acid! It's my favorite DM tools because even at high levels, the PCs aren't likely to be immune to it. :D Plus, describing the vitriolic bile erupting out of the creature like the Exorcist movie scene kicked up a notch is always a bonus.

Scarab Sages

Sebastian wrote:


I'm laying it down. Anyone who picks other is a pickled herring.

Ha ha! Guess which finger I'm holding up!

I picked other because my top two favorites are the cone of euphoric gas from the Fairie Dragon and the Cone of Rusting Phlem from the Rust dragon. Oh, you had a +2 Mithral Tower Shield? Well, now you've got flaking strips of trash, so sorry.

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Douglas Yano wrote:
The list goes on and on because it boils down to this: never discount the power of other kinds of breath weapons.

You mean like the dogs with bees in their mouth and when they bark they shoot bees at you?

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Gavgoyle wrote:
Sebastian wrote:


I'm laying it down. Anyone who picks other is a pickled herring.

Ha ha! Guess which finger I'm holding up!

I don't think the thumb is a finger, but thanks!

The Jade - damnit, what are you some sort of bad movieologist. I haven't seen the Core, but I hate it too.

Gary - No more other options! Just put down the dogs that bark and bees come shooting out of their mouth. That's the right answer anyway. Anyone who has some other lame answer not on the poll can post here and whine about it.


The Jade wrote:

I think Kahoolin's first reference may have been to The Core. (That line about the core flip)

Every contributed reference after that was to The Day After Tomorrow. (Which may also have had a core flip
And Kahoolin capped it with a scene from Deep Impact. (Elijah refernce instead of Gyllenhal)

Or maybe everyone's exactly right and my brain has turned to grey mustard.

Close - The Day After Tomorrow's the one I'm thinking of. You're right, it's Gyllenhaal. I guess I thought of the Woodster because he's the go-to-guy in my head for long arduous treks ;)

WTF is The Core?

Liberty's Edge

I picked other.
Just to mess with Sebastian.

And Egil Skallagrimsson was fighting some dude, and he held his forearm across the dude's chest with the guy's back against a wall, and barfed on him until the guy drowned.

THAT'S a badass breath weapon.


kahoolin wrote:
WTF is The Core?

The earth's magnetic core... blah blah blah... journey through magma to the center of the earth to blah blah blah in a 'spaceship' piloted by Hilary Swank. Geodes the size of stadiums coming at you in the lava ocean. The fate of the world hangs in the blah blah blah...

Liberty's Edge

I thought those were her teeth!!!


Heathansson wrote:
I thought those were her teeth!!!

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice! High five on that one.

Brusha brusha brushua...


Gary Teter wrote:
Saern wrote:

EDIT- Cone of Pickled Herring?

I must ask: WTF?

Blame Jeremy for that one.

I have a feeling that to eat pickled herring is to soon experience a cone of it.

Either that or there's such things as deli dragons and barmitzvahtrices.


Heathansson wrote:

I picked other.

Me too! I think the best breath weapon would be sunshine and rainbows, with cute little butterflies dancing around. That would be so groovy.


I concurify with Sibbastione. Anyone who would pick "other" is a lilly-livered conflict avoider who should be sent to the Core. In a spaceship. With Hillary Swank and her immense teeth.


Sebastian wrote:
The Jade - damnit, what are you some sort of bad movieologist. I haven't seen the Core, but I hate it too.

Gomme. I know a bit too much about bad flicks. I'm a good movieologist too. Even a vague movieologist. Finding out this week that I couldn't get Les Cybele Dimanches de Ville d'Avray on DVD is killin' me.

Trust me, you would hate The Core, unless, like me, you occasionally delight at playing outspoken curmudgeon to films that are little more than flickering relaxants for a night of popcorn face shoving.


Oops, i thought that was Cone of SNOW, not slow....mmmmmmm, snowcone...with bees.


Fire. Definitley fire (I like fire in general). Paralysis, acid and electricity are fun too.

Grand Lodge

Sebastian wrote:
I'm laying it down. Anyone who picks other is a pickled herring.

Mmmmm... pickled herring. Delicious!

Having said that, I like the cone of fire. It might not be "the best" or even "the coolest", but it is the most classic.


Line of Lightning.

Its like microwaving someone in their armor. Turns fighters into "Hot Pockets". Crispy on the outside, Boiling Hot on the inside.

What types of breath weapon (if any) do Dracoliches get? Is it the same as in life? Cuz I'd love to see a Cone of Withering. Does such a thing exist?


d13 wrote:


What types of breath weapon (if any) do Dracoliches get? Is it the same as in life? Cuz I'd love to see a Cone of Withering. Does such a thing exist?

Not until you just invented it. I really like that concept for the dracolich. Not quite a level drain but a life force depletion nonetheless.


Could work like an area effect Wither Limb spell maybe? Or work some other way?


Gary Teter wrote:

Favorite breath weapon?

Why?

Line of Lightning.

Just plane cool and easy to adjucate in play.

Second is Cone of Fire for classic nature.

Scarab Sages

Heathansson wrote:

I picked other.

Just to mess with Sebastian.

I also picked other, but for a very specific reason. My favorite breath weapon technically no longer exists. It was the 2E version of a green dragon's breath weapon - chlorine gas. These days the greens are another acid spitter. Since the question, as given, failed to clarify that we should refrain from considering 2E breath weapons, logically I was forced to commit to the other response.


I think my favorite would be lightning.

Better would be lightning followed by a thunder effect doing sonic damage and disorienting.

Followed by eldritch energy - as a warlocks blast.

Then cold.

Lets see: A dragon who rather than sending out a mere cone of fire - actually spewed fire elementals - in 4hd increments - they not onyl do the damage specified they stick around after attacking everything in sight.

I also like the idea of "soul fire" negative energy that burns away life energy (xp) - it could feed the dragon or not. Especially cool if coupled with real fire (or cold).

There was an episode in Inuyasha -where the heors ran into a demon wolf - this demon's breath weapon was to spew out packs of hellish wolves that fought for it - I thought that was kind of cool.

A simple jet of water could be cool.


I've got to say that I picked 'Other'.
A Cone of Disintegration. It's just so wrong, so very very wrong, and yet... admirable.
I would never ever want my PCs to go up against it, but a part of me justs giggles at the thought of such a fight, and the possible outcome...


kahoolin wrote:
WTF is The Core?

The others answered it already; but really, who among my fellow geologists did they bother to consult with? And no, I haven't watched it either. now we've got Sunshine with, you guessed it, a team flying to Pelor's/Apollo's/Re-Horakty's/Odur's symbol.

And as for the green dragon's chlorine breath weapon (as well as the gold's secondary breath weapon), had it been retained it would have been a poison dealing, what, HP damage plus possible nausea?


I always assumed that the chlorine gas was retained and simply assumed to do acid damage. Kind of, "It's close enough for D&D mechanics" type thing. If that's not the case, then I would think it would do hit point damage (perhaps acid but not as much) and create a lingering cloud inflicting suffocation (as per the DMG). I think they wanted a slightly more "balanced" appraoch (not game balance, but more uniformity between true dragons and their varied forms of nastiness).

The Exchange

Line of acid. I like the focused blast of dissolvilational doom.
I would have picked the Chlorine blast also but alas it has been removified from the current edition.

FH

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Eh? The chlorine gas is still there, it just does acid damage. From the SRD:

A green dragon has one type of breath weapon, a cone of corrosive (acid) gas.


An exploding gem of force, from the 2nd ed. Amethyst dragon. Because nobody's immune to force. Oh and also to tick off Sebastard.

TS

Scarab Sages

Tequila Sunrise wrote:

An exploding gem of force, from the 2nd ed. Amethyst dragon. Because nobody's immune to force. Oh and also to tick off Sebastard.

TS

Ooh, I remember that. It seemed like a pretty unbeatable breath. If I remember correctly, wasn't there like a 50% chance of being knocked unconcious each time? Then the dragon could go into serious kill mode.

A couple more somethings for the "other" category - isn't there a dragon with a sonic breath weapon? And another (the shadow dragon I think) whose breath drains strength or life force or something?


Hey doesn't the purple dragon have some kind of laser breath or something crazy like that?


Tequila Sunrise wrote:

An exploding gem of force, from the 2nd ed. Amethyst dragon. Because nobody's immune to force. Oh and also to tick off Sebastard.

TS

What, not a cone of flaming alcohol? What sort of person uses an liquor themed avatar name and then doesn't represent. For shame.

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