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Diablo 3 Death's Breath - How To Get, Uses, Best Farm Build

A complete guide to Diablo 3's Death's Breath item, including what it is used for, the best build to farm it with, and more.
Diablo 3 Death's Breath - How To Get, Uses, Best Farm Build

Any prospective Nephalem worth their salt knows how vital Death's Breath is to farm in every new season of Diablo 3. The resource is a staple, required to use, and you can simply never have enough of it.

This guide explains how you can farm Death's Breath in Diablo 3, regardless of season, alongside the best farming build/tactic and drop rates, so you know exactly what to expect in each difficulty level.

Update on 10 November 2022: We've updated this article with the latest Diablo 3 Death's Breath details for Season 27.

What is Death's Breath used for in Diablo 3?

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The Kanai's Cube Hope of Cain recipe requires 25 Death's Breath. (Picture: Blizzard)

There are a lot of uses for Death's Breath as a crafting reagent. The resource will continue to be used by players throughout each season, and there's always a way to spend it. This is partly due to some Kanai's Cube recipes requiring Death's Breaths.

Further uses include Enchanting, crafting high-level gems, and Death's Breath is also required to train artisans above level 10.

Diablo 3 Death's Breath - How to get & Drop Rate

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You will need to be level 61 or above to get Death's Breath drops. (Picture: Blizzard)

Now that you know the Death's Breath uses and how vital this crafting resource is, you probably want to know exactly how you can get more of them, right?

You can get Death's Breath in Diablo 3 by slaying elite enemies (after level 61). This includes elite packs, Treasure Goblins, bosses, uniques, and super-uniques. One exception is that they do not drop from Greater Rift Guardians. Lastly, Death's Breath can also drop from Horadric Caches.

  • Normal - 15%
  • Hard - 18%
  • Expert - 21%
  • Master - 25%
  • Torment I - 31%
  • Torment II - 37%
  • Torment III - 44%
  • Torment IV - 53%
  • Torment V - 64%
  • Torment VI - 77%
  • Torment VII - 90%
  • Torment VIII - 100% chance to drop one and 15% chance to get an extra one.
  • Torment IX - 100% chance to drop one and 25% chance to get an extra one.
  • Torment X - 100% chance to drop one and 50% chance to get an extra one.
  • Torment XI - 100% and 75% chance to get an extra one.
  • Torment XII - 100% chance to drop two.
  • Torment XIII - 100% chance to drop two and 25% chance to get an extra one.
  • Torment XIV - 100% chance to drop three and 25% chance to get an extra one.
  • Torment XV - 100% chance to drop three and 50% chance to get an extra one.
  • Torment XVI - 100% chance to drop three and 75% chance to get an extra one.

Every Challenge Rift Cache also contains 10 Death's Breaths, so there are many ways to farm it.

As of patch 2.4.0, Blizzard also made Death's Breath easier to spot on the ground, as it has a unique teal color and mist/smoke coming from the ground where dropped, so you don't forget to pick up this valuable resource.

D3 Death's Breath - Best Farming Build & Set

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Use three pieces of the Sage's Journey set on your follower of choice to get double Death's Breath drops. (Picture: Blizzard)

To farm Death's Breath, you simply need to kill elites, so any build will do. However, using one of the best solo builds can farm the resource faster; for example, if you are a Necromancer, use the Trag’Oul Death Nova build, or as a Barbarian, use the Wrath of the Wastes Whirlwind Build.

Nothing beats one specific build and set to farm Death's Breath, no matter what season of Diablo 3 you are in.

We are, of course, talking about the Sage's Journey set. This set can be crafted (Blacksmith at Rank 12), and it features the following items:

  • Sage's Apogee (Helm)
  • Sage's Passage (Boots)
  • Sage's Purchase (Gloves)
  • Sage's Ribbon (Belt)

There are two bonuses. The two-piece bonus offers +250 for all Core Stats. The three-piece bonus is what you are looking for, as it doubles all Death's Breath drops. 

This set bonus works when you equip it on a follower, so use your best items on your character and throw three pieces onto your follower for maximum Death's Breath farming.

So there you have it, a complete guide to the Death's Breath item in Diablo 3. Now go forth, Nephalem, and farm this valuable resource without delay!


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