Dracarys Distortion

This is modern metal. A true modern fire-breather that can melt a thousand faces at your command!

Dracarys Distortion

What do you get when Brian Wampler, a man who has built an empire on some of the most respected distortion and overdrive pedals on the market, chases the guitar tone of Ola Englund (The Haunted, Feared, Six Feet Under), one of the world’s most awesome-sounding and instantly identifiable metal guitarists? You get the Dracarys.

This vicious stompbox effortlessly embraces any sub-genre of metal, thanks to its finely tuned EQ and Tight/Open switch. But tap into its decidedly modern soul, and the Dracarys will instantly morph your clean amp into one of the most savage and modern high-gain powerhouses this side of Mr. Englund himself. As Ola puts it, no matter type of high-gain tones you’re looking for, “It can definitely deliver the chug.”

Brian Wampler’s ability to distill the playing experience of a cranked guitar amp into a box that fits on your pedalboard makes him among the premier effects builders in the world. So when he came across the genre-defining tones on Ola Englund’s YouTube channel, the gauntlet was thrown down. He had to create a pedal that contained that same searing gain, percussive low end, unparalleled note clarity. He had to create the Dracarys.

There are almost as many legendary heavy metal guitar tones as there are headbangers, and the Dracarys nails each those tones admirably. But turn up the gain, throw the gain switch to tight, and dial in the EQ and you’ll witness the pedal come alive with the teeth and sheer force that propels today’s most inspired metal guitarists.

(9 customer reviews)


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All the power

Modern Metal has moved on so much in the last 20 years we HAD to make a pedal that reflected it. It’s not about the gain, well… not completely, it’s about the voicing, the depth, the agression and most importantly, the power. The Dracarys melts faces, but only on your command.

Complete Control

With a signature Wampler 3 band active EQ and two styles of clipping, the Dracarys allows you to breathe all kinds of fire through your rig… But, wait a minute, it works great at lower levels of gain as well? You need a classic rock OD, drop that gain down and be amazed at what you hear!

Fire breather

The complexity of the gain in the Dracarys is what makes it so powerful, it’s not a thick blanket like other pedals, it’s not a fuzz style, it’s the clearest, heaviest and most crushing gain you’ll ever hear… it’s almost enough gain to grant you Swedish residency.

Built for Forever

Brian Wampler’s attention to detail and commitment to bringing you the best-sounding & most usable Effects Boxes on the market is nothing new. Those qualities are on full display within the Dracarys Distortion. We’re all tone-freaks, and we’re always trying new things, but we hope this pedal finds it’s forever home on your pedalboard, so we built it to last that long.

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Technical Details
  • Built in the U.S.A
  • High-grand components selected for their superior sound and response
  • Top-mounted jacks make pedalboard placement effortless
  • Relay true-bypass switching doesn’t affect your tone when disengaged
  • Soft-touch footswitch will last for years
  • Includes Wampler’s limited 5-year warranty
  • Battery connection and 9v power jack
  • Power draw: 29mA (at 9v) and 31mA (at 18v) (LED will flash 3 times when power from battery is getting low)
  • 2.50″ x 4.50″ x 1.5″ (63.5mm x 114.3mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches
  • Includes Wampler’s limited 5-year warranty

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Customer Support
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE. Wampler offers a 30 day no questions asked return policy on any pedal purchased through the wamplerpedals.com website. In order to satisfy the requirements for the return the pedal must have the battery inside, complete with all original packaging and all in as new condition. Please contact us via [email protected] to arrange (please include your order number) the return. Please note, any pedal bought through a dealer is not applicable – please refer to their specific returns policy.

WAMPLER Pedals Limited Warranty. WAMPLER offers a five (5) year warranty to the original purchaser that this WAMPLER product will be free from defects in material and workmanship. A dated sales receipt will establish coverage under this warranty. This warranty does not cover service or parts to repair damage caused by accident, neglect, normal cosmetic wear, disaster, misuse, abuse, negligence, inadequate packing or shipping procedures and service, repair or modifications to the product, which have not been authorized by WAMPLER. If this product is defective in materials or workmanship as warranted above, your sole remedy shall be repair replacement as provided below.

RETURN PROCEDURES. In the unlikely event that a defect should occur, follow the procedure outlined below. Defective products must be shipped, together with a dated sales receipt, freight pre-paid and insured directly to WAMPLER SERVICE DEPT – 5300 Harbor Street, Commerce, CA 90040, USA. A Return Authorization Number must be obtained from our Customer Service Department prior to shipping the product. Products must be shipped in their original packaging or its equivalent; in any case, the risk of loss or damage in transit is to be borne by the purchaser. The Returns Authorization Number must appear in large print directly below the shipping address. Always include a brief description of the defect, along with your correct return address and telephone number.

When emailing to inquire about a returned product, always refer to the Return Authorization Number. If WAMPLER determines that the unit was defective in materials or workmanship at any time during the warranty period, WAMPLER has the option or repairing or replacing the product at no additional charge, except as set forth below. All replaced parts become a property of WAMPLER. Products replaced or repaired under this warranty will be returned via ground shipping within the United States freight prepaid. WAMPLER is not responsible for costs associated with expedited shipping, either to WAMPLER or the return of the product to the customer.

INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGE. In no event is WAMPLER liable for any incident or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability of the possibility of such damages, or any other claim by any other party. Some states do not allow the seclusion or limitation of consequential damages, so the above limitation and exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state.

FOR YOUR PROTECTION. Please complete the online warranty registration within (10) ten days of the date of purchase so that we may contact you directly in the event of a safety notification issued in accordance with the 1972 Consumer Product Safety Act.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.

This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantees that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures.

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experience radio/TV technician for help.

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s warranty to operate the equipment.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT. Our dedicated staff is ready to help you with any warranty or product questions – please email us at [email protected] or call us on (765) 352-8626.

Please remember to register your pedal as soon as possible after purchase at the following web page to ensure quicker service if you should ever need to make a warranty claim: warranty registration

(9 customer reviews)

9 reviews for Dracarys Distortion

  1. Andrea from Italy

    I have had it for a few months now and am getting endless satisfaction from it. A modern and powerful distortion that can’t help but make you happy with every note. Kudos to Brian Wampler, definitely recommended!

  2. Rob M

    2022 purchase still boils the blood and fries the brain. Two humbucker clean amp setup.

  3. David

    I’ve had this pedal for a few years now. And I can honestly say you can’t get better than this! I’m always trying new things out. I just tried airis savage v5, and walrus eras distortion. Well after some serious testing my dracarys STILL is the king of the beasts!! I don’t know how wampler did it,but this pedal will remain in my arsenal!!

  4. Kenny G

    If you play any form of metal with a combo amp then you NEED this pedal. Period.
    This pedal is capable of covering just about any metal sound you can imagine using the clean channel including modern high gain armageddon without compromising the natural sound of your guitar or any loss of note articulation.
    Using a Marshall dsl1 or Blackstar ht20 studio at bedroom friendly volumes creates an outstanding thick wall of sound. Into a closed back cab the sound is even sweeter and to my ears it sounds like tube amp distortion not a flat sound created from a pedal in the chain. No need to run a boost in front of this pedal it delivers as is.
    I only wish I had found this pedal sooner, it would have saved me a lot of time and money trying to capture the tone I was in search of.

  5. Dave in Ohio

    This pedal is a beast. By far my favorite distortion pedal of all time. Low end thump with no mud. Versatile mid range with no nasal annoyance. Highs are only fizzy at settings past noon. Strings growl in unison vs being smeared together. This is the first distortion pedal I’ve heard that doesn’t immediately sound like a pedal is in front of your amp. It works well with your preamp vs fighting against it. It also doesn’t hide the character of your guitar. Simply amazing feat of engineering. Thank you Wampler.

    • Wampler Pedals

      Glad you like it and yes – it IS a beast!

  6. skeenj

    This is a seriously high gain pedal, that can deliver the Chug

  7. Adil Chehabi

    The Dracarys is finally on my pedalboard !! This is my first Wampler pedal and I have to say that I am really happy with the tones I could quickly dial in. I have an Orange micro dark which is as the name says quite dark. I added an EQ pedal in the FX loop to bring a touch of sparkle and a bit of brightness to my clean and crunch. I was a bit worried that this could make a high gain pedal a bit fizzy. But the Dracarys has quickly blended with my gear for the best. With the switch on Open, the gain around 11 o’clock and a bit of scooped mids, I could dial Metallica Enter Sandman tone. It sounds very close to a Rectifier. The tone is juicy and roaring. No need to over do it with the gain, less is more 🙂 with this same setting, I could get quite close to Descending Lamb of God. A lot of clarity for the main riff and a lot of definition. With the switch on Tight, I have pushed a tiny bit the gain almost 12 o’clock a bit the treble and I entered Machine Head territory close to a 6505. I stacked my Tube Screamer 8 to it and I was really in Metal land !! A lot of sustain, ready for killer riffs such as Imperium or Old. Well I think I have said enougb and I go back playing now 🙂 there is more to extract there.

  8. Andre Paris

    I recently got this one, but for me it is not a high gain pedal, it sounds more like an overdrive with more punch.
    Maybe there is something wrong with my pedal. or I have to add something more in the signal chain???

  9. Max

    Incredibly harmonic rich distortion that’s more versatile than I expected. Goes from lower gain crunch to searingly saturated chunky modern gain. Very tweakable and easy to control.

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