|“||Turtle shells are a wearable item that let players breathe a little longer underwater. Wearing a turtle shell in a helmet slot, while out of water or in a column of bubbles, will give the player a "water breathing" status effect, which only starts counting down when the player submerges. I guess the extra air is stored in the top of the shell somewhere, but who knows how those turtles weave their bubbly magic?||„|
|— Duncan Geere|
If a player is wearing a turtle shell in their helmet slot while out of water or in a bubble column, they will receive Water Breathing for 10 seconds (in Bedrock Edition the water breathing effect only activates when in air, not bubble columns). This effect won't start counting down until the player goes underwater. This essentially gives the player 10 extra seconds of breath underwater.
Equipping a turtle shell will also provide the player with 2 () defense points, which is the same amount of defense that golden, chain, and iron helmets offer (however, diamond helmets offer 3 ()). This means that for damage done to the player while wearing a turtle shell, 8% of the damage will be absorbed by the turtle shell.
Turtle shells have 276 durability, which is more than any type of armor except for diamond.
|Potion of the Turtle Master||Turtle Shell +
The Turtle Shell is capable of being enchanted with the following enchantments:
- Blast Protection[note 1]
- Fire Protection[note 1]
- Projectile Protection[note 1]
- Protection[note 1]
- Aqua Affinity
- Thorns[note 2]
- Curse of Binding[note 2]
- Curse of Vanishing[note 2]
- Mending[note 2]
|1.13||18w07a||Added turtle shells.|
|18w16a||Water Breathing from turtle shells will now no longer show particles.|
|1.5||beta 22.214.171.124||Added turtle shells.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU69||1.76||Patch 38||Added turtle shells.|
- "Taking Inventory: Turtle Shell" by Duncan Geere. Minecraft.net, October 26, 2018