Turtle Shell

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Turtle Shell
Turtle Shell.png








It has been suggested that this page be merged with Helmet. [discuss]
Reason: All other armor types are in stuff like Chestplate, Boots, etc.

Turtle shells are items that are used for brewing or as a helmet to give the player the Water Breathing status effect.



Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Damaged Turtle Shell

The durability of the two turtle shells is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.


Like helmets, turtle shells can be placed in the top armor slot of a player's inventory for activation.


Steve in turtle shell.pngAlex in turtle shell.png

If a player is wearing a turtle shell in their helmet slot while out of water, they receive the Water Breathing status effect for 10 seconds. In Bedrock Edition, Water Breathing is given only while in air, not in bubble columns. This effect starts counting down when the player goes underwater, effectively gives the player 10 extra seconds of breath underwater for a total of 25 seconds. Combined with the Respiration enchantment, this time can be increased to 70 seconds.

Equipping with a turtle shell also provides the player with 2 (🛡) defense points, the same amount of defense that golden, chainmail, and iron helmets offer. This means that for damage done to the player while wearing a turtle shell, 8% of the damage is absorbed by the turtle shell.

Turtle shells have 276 durability, which is more than leather, gold and iron armor.

Brewing ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Brewing recipe
Potion of the Turtle Master Turtle Shell +
Awkward Potion

Potion of the Turtle MasterPotion of the Turtle MasterPotion of the Turtle Master


Turtle shells can be repaired with scutes using an anvil.

Repair & NameTurtle Shell


The Turtle Shell is capable of being enchanted with the following enchantments:

  1. a b c d Fire Protection, Blast Protection, Projectile Protection and Protection are mutually exclusive
  2. a b c d Available only using enchanted books and an anvil


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Sound parameters
Turtle shell thunksPlayersWhen equipped
(Right-click only; see
item.armor.equip_turtlesubtitles.item.armor.equip_turtle? 0.85, 1.0, 1.116?????
Item breaks? When durability is exhaustedentity.item.breaksubtitles.entity.item.break1.00.916?????

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Turtle Shellturtle_helmet item.minecraft.turtle_helmet

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Turtle Shellturtle_helmet 469item.turtle_helmet.name


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


A Furious Cocktail
Have every potion effect applied at the same timeLocal BreweryHave all of these 13 potion effects applied to the player at the same time. Beacon effects also count for the purposes of this advancement. Other potion effects, if any, may be applied to the player, but are ignored for this advancement.nether/all_potions


How Did We Get Here?
Have every effect applied at the same timeA Furious CocktailHave all of these 26 effects applied to the player at the same time. Beacon effects also count for the purposes of this advancement. Other status effects, if any, may be applied to the player, but are ignored for this advancement.
Note: This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it.


Java Edition
1.1318w07aTurtle Shell.png Turtle Shell (item) JE1 BE1.png Added turtle shells.
18w16aWater Breathing from turtle shells no longer show particles.
1.1620w07aTurtle Shell piglin MC-172110.png When used by piglins and zombified piglins, turtle shells now result in a missing texture when being displayed.[1]
1.16-pre3Piglins no longer have a unique helmet texture for all helmet types, including turtle shells.
Bedrock Edition
1.5.0beta Shell.png Turtle Shell (item) JE1 BE1.png Added turtle shells.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Turtle Shell.png Turtle Shell (item) JE1 BE1.png Added turtle shells.


Issues relating to "Turtle Shell" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Defense point values exist in the code for all other pieces of a theoretical "turtle" armor set. These are: 6 (🛡🛡🛡) for chestplates, 5 (🛡🛡🛡) for leggings, and 2 (🛡) for boots.