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  • Turtle item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Use time15 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 0
Sell10 SC
Research5 required
  • Internal Item ID: 4464 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Not to be confused with Sea Turtle, Jungle Turtle, or Tortoise.

The Turtle is a critter which can spawn in bodies of water in the Forest during the day. They move slowly on land and swim at the surface of water. The Turtle has only 5 health and no defense, and can be damaged by other enemies and players.

The Turtle can be caught with any Bug Net to be carried around in the inventory and released later, or crafted into animated decorative furniture (Turtle Cage). Once crafted, the Turtle cannot be released again, unless the furniture item is de-crafted via Shimmer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).

The Turtle can be spawned by the Turtle Statue, however statue-spawned critters cannot be caught with any Bug Net, and will disappear in a puff of smoke when the player attempts to do so.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Turtle CageTurtle Cage(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)By Hand
Turtle StatueTurtle Statue(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Heavy Work BenchHeavy Work Bench(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) and Ecto Mist(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)


  • Turtles are a commonly missed Bestiary entry in worlds without a natural lake near the spawn or a Forest Town due to its precise spawning conditions, as they need a source of water on the surface at least 2 tiles deep with grass or mowed grass at the bottom to spawn in. Having one near a Town that the player visits frequently is a good way to find a Turtle for Bestiary completion.


  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Turtle: "These slow, stoic creatures travel between lakes and dry land, carrying a hard shell on their backs for protection."

See also