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Even though the Player's Handbook says a dragonborn only gets one breath weapon per short rest, is there any way outside of rule 0 for a dragonborn to gain multiple uses per short rest, like by using a spell or magic item?

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    \$\begingroup\$ This is rather broad as it stands. What are you looking for exactly? Racial breath attacks, spells that give you one, shapeshifting? And when are they "different"? Different damage, element, saving throw, size? Is being able to use it more often also good? I think you should provide some more context, or this question will probably be closed as being either unclear or too broad. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik Aug 16 '17 at 8:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ A dragonborn PC in the rule-book can only use 1 breathe attack. Is there any way rulewise that it can be used multiple times, or if not that, a way that a dragonborn can get multiple different elements of breathe attack? \$\endgroup\$ – Thatguy Aug 16 '17 at 8:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ Wait, which are you asking in the question? Are you asking if you can get more than one type of breath weapon, or are you asking if you can get more uses for the same one? Those are very different questions. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Aug 17 '17 at 0:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ @daze413 Yeah, perhaps, in which case that should be two separate questions. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Aug 17 '17 at 1:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ @daze413 That's a reasonable solution. I've tidied up the last bits of references to multiple weapons that imply different types. Thatguy, if you'd like to know about ways to gain multiple different types of breath weapon for a dragonborn, please feel free to ask that different question in a new post. Cheers! \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Aug 17 '17 at 3:50
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"It states in the book that the PC would only get 1" - I think there's your answer. Should you wish to wander into the realms of homebrew I'm sure a DM could find a way of allowing a dragonborn to gain an extra use of breathe weapon - perhaps instead of a skill increase at level 8.

If you want to stay more true to RAW then I believe potions of fire breath make a good breath weapon substitute.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This answered my question perfectly. Also I didn't know about the potions of Fire breathe. Thanks very much!! \$\endgroup\$ – Thatguy Aug 16 '17 at 9:08
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Yes. There are 5 magic items in Tyranny of Dragons that if the user has a breath weapon that recharges on a rest it has recharge of 6.

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A dragonborn can only use its breath weapon once per short or long rest. This is very important, because like a Warlock with their spell slots, in order to stay relevant throughout most of the adventuring day, you need some short rests (same with the Druid and their Wildshape ability).

That being said, DM's aren't required to give you short rests, although I believe it is stated somewhere in either the Player's Handbook or the Dungeon Master's Guide that the classes are designed around two short rests a day. This question has some good answers in regards to how often short rests should happen and more, I suggest giving it a read.

So, having more short rests will allow you to use your regular breath weapon more often. And, potions of fire breath will allow you a temporary additional breath weapon (I believe it's three uses). However, if you want a permanent extra breath weapon, there is the Variant:Mixing Potions rule in the Dungeon Master's Guide on page 140. If your DM uses this rule, it's possible (though highly unlikely) that drinking a Potion of Fire Breath and another potion together could result in one of them becoming permanent, although the exact mechanics of such a thing would be left entirely up to your DM. Me personally, I would likely make the permanent effect of the Fire Breath act similar to the Dragonborn breath weapon, not only for simplicity, but also so that the natural breath weapon of the Dragonborn stays just as relevant. This would essentially give you two breath weapons per short/long rest, which I thing would work just fine.

And of course, Homebrew is always an option, such as having a feat that allows you to use your breath weapon more than once, or spells or magic items with similar functions, or even homebrewed potions that work in the same vein as the Potion of Fire Breath (which you could use with the Variant:Mixing Potions rule) but with different damage types.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I like picturing a dragonborn that breathes poison, and then breathing a blast of fire in afterwards (and maybe causing the poison to ignite and explode, with DM's permission) \$\endgroup\$ – Jay Kay Aug 17 '17 at 12:48
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A few months after this question was asked, Xanathar's Guide to Everything was released. It includes a new spell called Dragon's Breath. Dragons Breath is a level 2 spell with a duration of 1 minute (concentration). It takes a bonus action to cast, and it allows the target to do 3d6 damage in a 15-foot cone as an action.

This spell gives you a breath attack that covers the same area and damage as a level 6-10 Dragonborn (Gold, Green, Red, Silver, or White). Because the spell is a bonus action, you can cast the spell on yourself and then immediately use the breath attack. It's much better for regular use than a potion of fire breath, because level 2 spell slots are much easier to come by than expensive magical potions.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I just recently got this book!! Thank you for the updates!! \$\endgroup\$ – Thatguy Mar 18 '18 at 4:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Cheers! If you want, you could conceivably use this spell to play a purely dragon-breath focused character (i.e. you just use dragon breath over and over to deal damage). It's only level 2 and lasts a minute, so after level 5 or so you should be able to keep it up for most fights, and it does really solid damage. \$\endgroup\$ – Dacromir Mar 18 '18 at 7:48

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