Breathing apparatus

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A character displaying the breathing apparatus.

A breathing apparatus is the headgear armor your character uses while underwater. It completely replaces all stats of terrestrial headgear, including defensive and rune bonuses. Your character automatically switches between the land and water headgear as needed.

All characters are given a light, medium, or heavy Aqua Breather as starting equipment upon character creation. Higher level breathing apparatuses can be obtained as outlined below:


Underwater Breathing apparatus are available at all rarities (except legendary) and all levels, beginning when underwater combat is learned, at level 8 and is received with level rewards.

Level 80[edit]


Level 80 ascended breathers are the best available. They are account bound, available with all standard ascended prefixes and require recipes that may be obtained as drops from Cracked Fractal Encryptions or the trading post.


Level 80 FExotic rarity are contained in Ancient Mariner's Oilcloth Bag:


Level 80 ERare rarity available as rewards from Defeat Tequatl the Sunless's group event:

Fine and Masterwork

Level 80 DMasterwork and CFine rarities may be purchased from Explorer Gavbeorn Serpentslayer.


The karma costs are the same for light, medium, and heavy versions.

Level Vendor Zone Area Fine Masterwork
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Sesto Headsplitter
Plains of Ashford Ascalon Basin 119 Karma.png [none]
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Fisherman Will
Queensdale Shire of Beetletun 133 Karma.png [none]
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Lionguard Hester
Caledon Forest Quetzal Bay 161 Karma.png [none]
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Mayor Trisk
Kessex Hills Viathan's Arm 203 Karma.png 406 Karma.png
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Guard Lugung
Snowden Drifts Valslake 210 Karma.png 420 Karma.png
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Mei Shadowwalker
Gendarran Fields Provern Shore 280 Karma.png 560 Karma.png
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Lornar's Pass False Lake 308 Karma.png 616 Karma.png
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Sentinel Gristletooth
Fields of Ruin Tenaebron Lake 329 Karma.png 651 Karma.png
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Lieutenant Pickins
Harathi Hinterlands Greystone Rise 329 Karma.png 651 Karma.png
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Creator Zee
Bloodtide Coast Stormbluff Isle 371 Karma.png 735 Karma.png
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Sentinel Staggerfoe
Iron Marches Lake Desolann 434 Karma.png [none]
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Commander Spleedoop
Timberline Falls Nonmoa Lake 441 Karma.png 875 Karma.png
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Sparkfly Fen Leeshore Gauntlet 455 Karma.png 910 Karma.png
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Engineer Verutum
Fireheart Rise Fuller Cistern 455 Karma.png 910 Karma.png
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Agent Rjoda
Mount Maelstrom The Mire Sea 490 Karma.png 980 Karma.png
72 Karma.pngRecruit Wongoo Straits of Devastation Stygian Deeps 525 Karma.png 1,050 Karma.png
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Frostgorge Sound Dimotiki Waters 553 Karma.png 1,106 Karma.png
79 Karma.pngVaronos Parump Malchor's Leap Whisper Bay 574 Karma.png 1,141 Karma.png
80 Karma.pngExplorer Gavbeorn Serpentslayer Cursed Shore Winterknell Shore 581 Karma.png 1,155 Karma.png


Recipes to craft a breathing apparatus may be purchased from the following:

Recipe Level Vendor Zone Area Cost
Recipe: Water Filter 20
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Stout Darkmind
Diessa Plateau Blackblade Lake 126Karma.png


  • It is possible to travel underwater without a breathing apparatus equipped.
  • You can combine breathers in the mystic forge, but this will not automatically yield a breather of equal or greater rarity. Also, although the mystic forge might randomly produce one, it will be easier and arguably more economical to purchase one from a Karma merchant.
  • When using a full set of superior runes on your armor, you must also apply the same rune to your breathing apparatus in order to receive the 6th bonus while underwater.
  • Level 80 rare quality Breathing apparatus from Defeat Tequatl the Sunless group event are available on the Trading Post. Higher quality Breathing apparatus are account bound.

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