Turtle Shell

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Turtle Shell
Turtle Shell.png

Wearable items







First appearances

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Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png 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[1]

Turtle shells, referred to as turtle helmets in the game’s code, are items that are used for brewing or as a helmet to give the player the Water Breathing status effect.



Ingredients Crafting recipe


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


A player wearing a turtle shell. The Water Breathing particles around the player can be seen.

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. 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 (Armor.svg) defense points, which is the same amount of defense that golden, chain, and iron helmets offer (however, diamond helmets offer 3 (Armor.svgHalf Armor.svg)). 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.

Brewing ingredient[edit]

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


Turtle shells can be repaired with scutes using an anvil.


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 Only available using enchanted books and an anvil


Java Edition
1.13 18w07a Added turtle shells.
18w16a Water Breathing from turtle shells will now no longer show particles.
Bedrock Edition
1.5 beta Added turtle shells.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Added turtle shells.


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  1. "Taking Inventory: Turtle Shell" by Duncan Geere. Minecraft.net, October 26, 2018