Sea Snail

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Sea Snail
Sea Snail.gif
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeFighter AI
Max Life40/80176/120264
KB Resist0%/10%/20%
BannerSea Snail BannerSea Snail Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Immune toConfused
Coins60 CCPre-Hardmode: 1 SC50 CCHardmode: 2 SC40 CC
  • Item (Quantity)Rate
  • Purple MucusPurple Mucus(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)

The Sea Snail is a rare enemy that spawns in the Ocean. The Sea Snail's spawn rate is the lowest of all enemies in the Ocean, one-third that of Squids. It slowly crawls along the seafloor while attempting to deal contact damage. When killed, it drops Purple Mucus, which is used solely to craft Purple Dye at a Dye Vat.

It is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) or its upgrades.


  • It closely resembles the Syrinx aruanus (commonly known as Australian trumpet or false trumpet), the largest extant snail (shelled gastropod) species in the world, and the largest (heaviest) gastropod in the world.
  • The Murex sea snail was used to create purple dye, a dye that was so rare that its value was its own weight in gold. This is also why most country flags do not contain purple.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Sea Snail: "This unusually large snail makes its home deep in the ocean. Its mucus can be manufactured into a purple dye."


  • Desktop 1.4.1: Fixed a typo in the Bestiary description ("mucous" to "mucus").