Dragon’s Breath Exotic Review

Burn the world. Burn it all.

Dragon’s Breath is an Exotic heavy rocket launcher.

 

This weapon can be acquired randomly as a reward in PvE or PvP, or sold by Xûr.

5/10
6/10

The good: Strong overall, solar flare, great cosmetics.

The bad: Low velocity, no tracking.

Conclusion: Not as good as the other Exotic rocket launchers.

Read the full review here

This is an Exotic Weapon
Rocket Launcher (Heavy Weapon)
Solar Base Damage/Upgraded302/331
Quality Lvl70
Rate of Fire
18
Blast Radius
96
Velocity
39
Stability
66
Reload
52
Magazine Size
2
Aim Assist
25
Equip Speed
25
Recoil Direction
50
Zoom
20

Talent Upgrades Tree

Solar Damage

This weapon causes Solar damage.

Smart Drift Control

Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to Velocity.

-15 Range
+20 Stability

Tripod

This launcher’s tube can hold three shells.

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Quickdraw

This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.

+40 Range
-10 Reload

Pyromancer

Rounds fired from this weapon leave a Solar Flare upon detonation.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Linear Compensator

More predictable recoil. Slight boosts to Velocity and Blast Radius. More recoil.

+5% Damage
+5 Range
-10 Stability

Javelin

Increases warhead velocity.

+40 Velocity
-10 Stability

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Confined Launch

Greatly reduced recoil. Significant penalty to Velocity.

Heavy Payload

Increases warhead blast radius.

+40 Blast Radius
-10 Velocity

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Requires an Exotic Shard.

Dragon’s Breath Video Review


Weapon Review

Dragon’s Breath is an Exotic heavy rocket launcher received as a random PvE/PvP reward or sold by Xûr.

Is it better than the other Exotic rocket launchers? This review will give some insight into how it preforms in comparison to those.

Recommended perks:

PvE/PvP

Linear Compensator
+5% Damage
+5 Range
-10 Stability

Javelin
+40 Velocity
-10 Stability

Tracking

The first topic of discussion for Dragon’s Breath is its lack of tracking. This rocket launcher does not have any sort of tracking ability like Truth or Gjallarhorn.

More times than not, when using a rocket launcher that can track targets, you can fire a rocket and not have to worry about if it’s going to miss or not. Dragon’s Breath unfortunately does not have this ability, though it makes up for it by leaving the solar flare.

With Dragon’s Breath you’ll be able to choose exactly where you want your rocket/flare to go, but this means that you might end up missing moving targets.

With the other Exotic rocket launchers that have tracking, you’re able to reliably hit targets that are far away or moving, in addition to being able to dumb-fire.

While this isn’t a “good” or “bad” thing, many people will prefer the ease of tracking rocket launchers, just keep in mind that you’ve got the Pyromancer perk to make up for it.

The Good

The blast radius on Dragon’s Breath is huge; tied with Truth with the highest blast radius among rocket launchers.

Its rate of fire is also the highest out of the Exotic rocket launchers.

It shares the ability to have 3 rockets in the magazine with Truth, although Dragon’s Breath requires the Tripod perk.

Dragon’s Breath unique perk, Pyromancer, will leave a solar grenade effect in its wake for about 5 seconds. This allows you to choose where to leave an AoE denial in. Landing it on a stationary target can yield some impressive numbers, especially if you can get multiple rockets off.

The solar flare can be equally useful in PvP/PvE if used properly. In PvE most enemies know to move out of damage, so it’ll be best used to block off an area of preventing enemies from spawning in an area.

In PvP you can use it effectively in Control matches to block off entrances.

The Bad

The low velocity for this weapon is what really brings it down, with close to the lowest of all rocket launchers.

The low velocity forces you to ignore the other perks so that you can increase it, though admittedly the perks aren’t that great as it is.

Being able to dumb-fire rockets is almost a con because of the low velocity, as you lose the benefit of guaranteeing the blast will actually hit the target.

It’s also got the third-lowest reload speed for rocket launchers.

Fortunately it does have the third-highest stability, but this isn’t such a great thing, because who needs stability on a rocket launcher?


dragons breath exotic

Cosmetics

Dragon’s Breath has a distinct and powerful look and feel. There’s steam coming out of the front and when you fire a rocket, the tubes on the side will glow red with heat and let off some more smoke.

For the Halo veterans, you’ll notice it looks similar to the Flamethrower.

Feizel Crux and Victor Lomar, the creators of the other Exotic rocket launchers, crafted Dragon’s Breath as well.

From the labs of Feizel Crux and Victor Lomar comes another shoulder assault offering built to match the incendiary fury of a legendary beast — or at least classic depictions of it.

The sights are very simplistic, but fit the overall theme of the WWII shark teeth on the side. It feels like the sights were just ripped off a B2 bomber, similar to those on the PS exclusive weapon 4th Horseman.

The sound is surprisingly subtle on this weapon. You would expect it to roar with thunderous fury every time you let a rocket fly, but it actually has a very low growl underneath the normal rocket sound.

Conclusion

Dragon’s Breath really feels like a middle ground between the Exotic rocket launchers, and honestly isn’t better overall than either of them. This weapon has a lot going for it, but its cons overshadow the pros.

It takes some things from the other launchers like 3 in the tube and an effect after the initial explosion, but it lacks tracking which is invaluable for fighting tougher enemies.

Dragon’s Breath isn’t a bad weapon by any stretch of the imagination, and for some people in some situations, it may even preform better than the other Exotic launchers.

Having a 3 round magazine size standard and replacing the first perk with proximity detonation might be something Bungie should test, as it would make the weapon a little more versatile while bringing it up to the same level as the other rocket launchers.

Dragon’s Breath is worth upgrading, and it’s very fun to use, but when it comes time to kill some Wizards or anything but trash-mobs, Gjallarhorn is probably a better choice.

For PvP this weapon gets a 5/10, and for PvE it gets a 6/10

Patrick Casey
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  • Mezi-Crochet

    Completely! I got this for an Legendary engrams… I was so excited at first. Look so great and powerfull. But in fact this weapon is useless,, at least for me! I prefer the Hazen vengeance. Yesterday, i’ve got Hunger of Crota… Guess I won’t ever use my DB anymore

  • Shamus

    I wonder if the sun breakers improve the solar flare left behind

    • Mezi-Crochet

      I Guess not… cause it’s say that leave a Solar flare, not a solar grenade. I know both are identical in the game, but not in the words… Neverless, worth to try it!

    • no

    • Govind

      I tried that. It didn’t work.

  • Christian

    This was a very nice review. Got everything I needed from it. I just though it was a bit strange when they said it’s as if the sights were ripped from a “B2 Bomber”. Aren’t B2 Bombers the highly modernized stealth avian vehicles? At least I thought they were.

    • boostedskyline

      No, B2’s are the old school wwii bombers, you’re thinking of the stealth bomber

      • Jacob Gatewood

        The B2 is the stealth bomber….

        • boostedskyline

          Kk you’re right, the old one I’m thinking of is the b-29

          • Christian

            Little mistakes. We all make them (: Good article.

      • Christian

        I just looked it up. B2 Bombers are stealth bombers. I thought they where, it has been a while since I looked that them. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were other B2 bombers ww2 like you say.

    • ews25

      I believe the styling was derived from a P-40 (the WWII airplane you might associate with the Flying Tigers. The sight is actually more consistent with that.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_P-40_Warhawk

  • Igor Chernyy

    Interesting review. I expected this one to rate higher than it did. I found it to be very useful in the fight against Crota. He doesn’t move and with solar flare this launcher does a ton of damage to his shields.

    What I am really wondering if 2 solar flares stack. If you fire 2 rockets at stationary target. Does it take damage from both?

    • Christian

      It should take damage from both, yes. The normal grenades stack if they are against the same target, the ones dispersed from this launcher shouldn’t be any different.

  • Cody Dash

    YOU GAVE IT A SIX. A FCKING SIX!?

    • boostedskyline

      If it had tracking it would definitely be higher up due to usefulness, and the pyromancer thing is nearly as good as the gjallahorn wolf pack rounds since enemies can just avoid it or bosses can just walk out of it after a while. Thank god I just a gjallahorn 2.0 so I can just put this rocket launcher right in the vault, yea I know its useful for crota but honestly a couple shots from gjallahorn will take him to his knees quick too, coupled with everybody else shooting at him too they’re both a moot point

      • Combat_XG

        Right where to start, oh i know, lets start with pointing out how much waste firing a rockets at a single fucking enemy is. YOUR WASTING ABOUT 6+ KILLS WITH YOUR ROCKET!! second, the Gjallahorns so called ‘useful’ tracking, never have i seen it be useful. never hit its intending target. always hit some lowly fucking thrall, dreg or shank. second of all, who the fuck needs tracking when you have near maximum fucking blast radius. you can fucking hit you intended target and still drop a solar flare to kill the lowly fucking enemies around it. Gjallahorn, in all honesty, is nothing compared to the dragons breath.

        • boostedskyline

          I have never missed my intended target with my gjalllahorn, the only “misses” if you can even call them that, is when a thrall or something up close steps in front as I fire it, and that can happen with any rocket launcher. As for you not getting it to track, you’re supposed to have who you want to hit in your sights when zoomed in for a second or two until the slow beeping starts beeping faster, if they’re behind a lot of adds then all you have to do is jump up and quickly aim, it honestly locks on that quickly

  • Reflex

    I just upgraded this weapon and agree with this review. This weapons is really fun to use, but the lack of tracking kills it.

  • Lara Croft

    Also, I’m not sure if people are aware of this. If u don’t have the DLC, you can’t buy DLC exotic weapons and armors from Xur. But u can get them from NF and engrams.

  • Wiz

    I obtained (two of) this weapon on day one of the dark below. I have had as much time with this weapon as anyone can have. I COMPLETELY agree with this review. For the more intense interactions of this game, a non-upgraded gjallahorn (300 dmg) beats this gun maxed at 331 dmg all day long.

  • NLK3

    So… no good new exotics. That’s not a good sign. 4th Horseman, No Land Beyond, and now Dragon’s Breath. None of them went over 7. I still want the NLB, since I can’t hit shit with long range scopes anyway, though the bolt action kinda has me on the fence.

    • MakkinjeM

      The zoom still is rediculously high on those iron sights. They really missed a big opportunitie by doing so..

  • Neil

    Just did the nightfall and got 8 energy. I was really bummed, then we ran the raid, saw the first chest and got this out of it! Karma on the rebound.

  • BLD_almelo

    Sorry but i dont agree with this review , it does a shit ton of dmg in both normal strikes and raids. and any decent gamer can aim a missle without tracking. Tracking is a nice gimmick nothing more. And giving the suros a 9 in pve and this one a 6 makes absolutely 0 sense

  • Twinsfantravis

    You should look up what a B2 bomber is. It’s not from WWII and it definitely has nothing in common with the design style of DB. Maybe you meant like a B-17 or B-24

  • Wyatt Brown

    How does the solar flare affect the chasing thrall in the beginning of Crota’s End?

  • Kenshiro Genjuro

    Reading from the comments and everything I’m going to take a shot in the dark and guess this rocket launcher must not have proximity detection either?

    See I don’t think Bungie should necessarily be required to have tracking on EVERY exotic rocket launcher. Otherwise they just aren’t any different from each other undermining the whole idea of these things being exotic in the first place. But I do think proximity detection is a serious boon that they COULD implement that would singlehandedly make this RL far more appealing while letting it have its own distinct character. Tracking is kinda redundant of you have proximity detect and take smart shots, and the potential for that much damage over time in the right situations isn’t something to take lightly. I didn’t bother with this one last time Xur had it but I actually think I will buy this one after all next time it comes round.

    Other beef is why another *solar* exotic rocket launcher? This is entirely redundant. too late now to make Gjallahorn’s twinkly Wolfpack rounds arc-based, but they could have also held off on this and released an arc RL with proximity detection and lingering arc damage a la Striker Titan grenades. In fact, maybe Bungie could be kind enough to make exactly such an RL in a future expansion? I’d be all over it.

    • MakkinjeM

      I couldn’t agree more with you. We already had a Void and a Solar rocket launcher, so why not make this a Arc one, with a unique Arc Flare (just as it stands right now as Solar). And if that wasn’t possible, why not make it Void then? We only have one Void exotic. The rest are all Arc Solar and Kinetic exotics.

      And then your second point, the proximity based explosions. Change the Tripod into Grenades and Horseshoes, and make it’s stock magazine 3. This way you have a unique exotic rocket launcher, of the non-tracking archetype, that does match up with it’s exotic equivalents!

      • Kenshiro Genjuro

        Yup, seems like we agree on a lot here.

  • jr240483

    afraid its not worth it. though the pyromancer does wonders in PVP , you can do a lot more with the Gjallarhorn. unless the solar flare can be buffed by using the sun breakers, better to save those coins for something else.

  • MakkinjeM

    I reckon Bungie will find a usefull situation for this rocket launcher in the future. F.E. I read and spread some community ideas of Endgame bosses capable of screwing tracking systems, using them against you. This would actually give all unguided rocket launchers a new (let it be niche) purpose in essential endgame content. I hope Bungie will implement this kinda creativity in future endgame content.

    Next to this, I love the idea of making a stock 3 rocket magazine for Dragonsbreath, replacing Tripod for Grenades and Horseshoes (Proximity based explosion perk). This would still leave the missles unguided, but so much more usefull in a variety of situations. This way, it would remain to be the unguided archetype rocket launcher, but matching up a lot more against the other two exotic rocket launchers!