Aquatic Headgear

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A character displaying the aquatic headgear.

Aquatic Headgear is the equipment used in place of the terrestrial head armor when a character is in the underwater mode. An Aquatic Headgear item does not have to be equipped to breath under water and mechanically serves the same function as other armor items – to provide bonuses to the character's attributes through its attribute combinations and upgrade components. Runes and universal upgrades can be applied to Aquatic Headgear of any rarity from the item level 8 and higher. Ascended Aquatic Headgear can be also upgraded with infusions, including special Swim-Speed Infusions.

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


Underwater Aquatic Headgear is available at all rarities (except legendary) and all levels.

Level 80[edit]


Level 80 ascended breathers are the best available. They are Account Bound, available with all standard ascended prefixes and require recipes to craft. Recipes may be purchased with Fractal Relics, or from the Trading Post. Diver's Breather are buyable for Swim-Speed Infusion +10.

Ascended breathers can have their stats changed in the Mystic Forge. Warning: Not all insignias can be used to change stats on ascended breathers. As an example, attempting to change breather stats by placing a Plaguedoctor's Intricate Gossamer Insignia in the Mystic Forge will not yield a functioning recipe.

Stat-selectable ascended breathers are also available from Slooshoo in Bitterfrost Frontier for Unbound Magic and Fresh Winterberries, or from Dive Master Astora for Swim-Speed Infusions.


Level 80 Exotic rarity Aquatic Headgear with selectable attribute combinations.

World versus World

Purchased from the merchants Lionguard or TEID-07 Unified Vendor System for Badges of Honor Badges of Honor and coin:

Wintersday festival

Contained in Ultimate Wintersday Gifts and Ancient Mariner's Oilcloth Bags:


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

Fine and Masterwork[edit]

Level 80 Fine and Masterwork rarities may be purchased from Explorer Gavbeorn Serpentslayer for 581 Karma and 1,155 Karma, respectively.

Level 79 and below[edit]

Level rewards[edit]

Level 8
Metal Aquabreather (Heavy)
Leather Aquabreather (Medium)
Cloth Aquabreather (Light)
Level 42
Choice of: Hunter's Black Earth Aquabreather of the Citadel, Lingering Black Earth Aquabreather of the Citadel, or Penetrating Black Earth Aquabreather of the Citadel (Heavy)
Choice of: Hunter's Black Earth Aquabreather of the Citadel, Lingering Black Earth Aquabreather of the Citadel, or Penetrating Black Earth Aquabreather of the Citadel (Medium)
Choice of: Hunter's Black Earth Aquabreather of the Citadel, Lingering Black Earth Aquabreather of the Citadel, or Penetrating Black Earth Aquabreather of the Citadel (Light)

Personal Story rewards[edit]

The Battle of Claw Island (Level 60)
Trooper's Breather (heavy)
Trooper's Breather (medium)
Trooper's Breather (light)


The karma costs are the same for light, medium, and heavy versions. Creator Zee and Qualdup sell the uncommon Black Earth skins.

Level Vendor Zone Area Fine Masterwork
8 Complete heart (map icon).pngSesto Headsplitter Plains of Ashford Ascalon Basin 119 Karma [none]
10 Complete heart (map icon).pngFisherman Will Queensdale Shire of Beetletun 133 Karma [none]
13 Complete heart (map icon).pngLionguard Hester Caledon Forest Quetzal Bay 161 Karma [none]
19 Complete heart (map icon).pngMayor Trisk Kessex Hills Viathan's Arm 203 Karma 406 Karma
20 Complete heart (map icon).pngGuard Lugung Snowden Drifts Valslake 210 Karma 420 Karma
32 Complete heart (map icon).pngMei Shadowwalker Gendarran Fields Provern Shore 280 Karma 560 Karma
37 Complete heart (map icon).pngDuidda Lornar's Pass False Lake 308 Karma 616 Karma
39 Complete heart (map icon).pngSentinel Gristletooth Fields of Ruin Tenaebron Lake 329 Karma 651 Karma
39 Complete heart (map icon).pngLieutenant Pickins Harathi Hinterlands Greystone Rise 329 Karma 651 Karma
47 Complete heart (map icon).pngCreator Zee Bloodtide Coast Stormbluff Isle 371 Karma 735 Karma
57 Complete heart (map icon).pngSentinel Staggerfoe Iron Marches Lake Desolann 434 Karma [none]
58 Complete heart (map icon).pngCommander Spleedoop Timberline Falls Nonmoa Lake 441 Karma 875 Karma
60 Complete heart (map icon).pngLeemoola Sparkfly Fen Leeshore Gauntlet 455 Karma 910 Karma
61 Complete heart (map icon).pngEngineer Verutum Fireheart Rise Fuller Cistern 455 Karma 910 Karma
66 Complete heart (map icon).pngAgent Rjoda Mount Maelstrom The Mire Sea 490 Karma 980 Karma
72 KarmaRecruit Wongoo Straits of Devastation Stygian Deeps 525 Karma 1,050 Karma
77 Complete heart (map icon).pngQualdup Frostgorge Sound Dimotiki Waters 553 Karma 1,106 Karma
79 KarmaVaronos Parump Malchor's Leap Whisper Bay 574 Karma 1,141 Karma


Recipe: Water Filter (level 20) can be purchased from Complete heart (map icon).pngStout Darkmind for 126 Karma.

List of Aquatic Headgear skins[edit]


  • It is possible to travel underwater without an Aquatic Headgears equipped.
  • Players 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 Aquatic Headgear in order to receive the 6th bonus while underwater.
  • Level 80 rare quality Aquatic Headgear from Defeat Tequatl the Sunless group event are available on the Trading Post. Higher quality Aquatic Headgear are account bound.

See also[edit]