Neptune's Shell

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Neptune's Shell
  • Neptune's Shell item spriteold Neptune's Shell item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
TooltipTransforms the holder into merfolk when entering water
RarityRarity level: 5
Research1 required
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipCan breathe and move easily underwater
DurationWhile underwater
Merfolk.png Merfolk Female.png
Merfolk form.
Dropped by Dropped by
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Creature from the DeepDesktop, Console, and Mobile versionsCreature from the Deep.pngCreature from the DeepDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions12%3.96%

Neptune's Shell is a Hardmode accessory that aids performance underwater (and in other liquids) by granting indefinite breathing time underwater, swimming via the Jump key, and eliminating the slow movement speed usually caused by water. Entering water with this accessory equipped transforms the player into Merfolk form. While in this form, the breath meter will not display (nor will it decrease), therefore effectively preventing drowning.

Neptune's Shell can be considered an upgrade from the Diving Gear in most respects, but lacks the extra mobility on ice of the Arctic Diving Gear and the extra lighting underwater of the Jellyfish Necklace, though any light pet will compensate for this loss.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipes[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Neptune's ShellNeptune's Shell (Old-gen console version3DS version)Mythril AnvilMythril Anvil
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil
total: 1 row(s)

Used in[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Moon ShellMoon ShellTinkerer's WorkshopTinkerer's Workshop
total: 1 row(s)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Swimming speed nears that of flying through air with wings.
  • Swimming in honey activates all the perks of Merfolk but does not allow the player to move at full speed. Swimming in lava does not activate the Merfolk form.
  • Landing in and "jumping" from water alone (by swimming up past the surface), without touching land, does not reset flight time for wings or variants of Rocket Boots.
  • The Merfolk buff overrides the Werewolf buff, replacing the graphics and canceling the bonuses granted by the Moon Charm during the night.
  • The Merfolk form is affected by dyes.
  • Neptune's Shell can also be equipped as a vanity accessory, which causes the Merfolk form to appear regardless of whether the player is in water. This is merely the appearance of the Merfolk, the buff will not take effect while it is equipped as a vanity (caution should be taken when in water, as the player will need to watch their breath meter).
  • Desktop and Mobile versions Wearing a Fish Bowl will activate the Merfolk buff.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Old-gen console version3DS version Half of the ingredients can be obtained pre-Hardmode, so it pays to collect them as early as possible.
  • An easier/faster way to get the Neptune's Shell is by placing a Water Candle and/or consuming the Battle Potion because the Solar Eclipse does not have a set spawn rate.

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