Sea Snail

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Sea Snail
Sea Snail.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
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AI TypeFighter AI
Max Life40/80176/120264
KB Resist0%/10%/20%
BannerSea Snail BannerSea Snail Banner
Immune toConfused
Coins60Pre-Hardmode: 150Hardmode: 240

The Sea Snail is a rare enemy that spawns in the Ocean on either end of the world, usually during the night. Even then the spawn rate is still the lowest of all enemies in the Ocean, one third that of Squids. It slowly crawls along the sea floor.

When killed, it drops Purple Mucus, which is used to craft Purple Dye at a Dye Vat.

It is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer 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. It 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").