Frozen Turtle Shell

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Frozen Turtle Shell
  • Frozen Turtle Shell item sprite
  • Frozen Turtle Shell equipped
Stack digit 1.png
TooltipPuts a shell around the owner when below 50% life that reduces damage by 25%
RarityRarity level: 5
Sell4 GC50 SC
Research1 required
Grants Buff
BuffIce BarrierIce Barrier
Buff tooltipDamage taken is reduced by 25%
DurationInfinite (while health is below 50%)
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Ice TortoiseIce Tortoise.gifIce Tortoise1(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 2% / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 1%
This article is about the Ice Tortoise drop. For the Giant Tortoise drop, see Turtle Shell.

The Frozen Turtle Shell is a Hardmode accessory that has a (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/50 (2%) / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 1/100 (1%) chance of being dropped by the Ice Tortoise, an enemy found in the Ice biome. It grants the Ice Barrier buff when equipped, with the effects varying between versions:

  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Gives 25% damage reduction as long as their health remains at or below 50%.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Gives the player 30 defense when below 25% health.

While not normally visible, it displays as a small blue circle spinning around the character that emits light when active.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Frozen ShieldFrozen Shield(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Tinkerer's WorkshopTinkerer's Workshop


  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) This accessory works well with the Shrimpy Truffle, which gives the player a damage and speed boost when at or below 50% life.
  • The Frozen Turtle Shell is useful for fighting bosses and events, which usually expose the player to constant damage, thus activating the accessory more often than during regular gameplay.
  • Turning on autopause and swapping to this accessory when below 50% life may be advisable.


  • Despite it being a Turtle Shell, it is dropped by the Ice Tortoise.
  • The buff can be canceled, although it will immediately activate again.


  • Desktop
    • Now grants 25% damage reduction instead of 30 defense.
    • Buff now triggers when player is at 50% health, instead of 25%.