Neptune's Shell

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Neptune's Shell
Stack digit 1.png
Neptune's Shell inventory icon
Type Accessory
Tooltip Transforms the holder into merfolk when entering water
Grants buff Merfolk (buff).png Merfolk (buff)
Buff duration While underwater
Buff tooltip 'Can breathe and move easily underwater'
Rarity Rarity Level: 5
Sell 3 Gold Coin
Internal Item ID: 497
Internal Buff ID: 34
Merfolk.png Merfolk Female.png
Merfolk form.
Neptune's Shell is a Hardmode accessory that aids underwater (any liquid) performance by granting indefinite breathing time underwater, and swimming via the key, as well as eliminating the slow movement speed usually caused by water. Entering water with this accessory equipped transforms the player into Merfolk, a buff with no time limit. While in this form, the breath meter will not display (nor will it decrease), therefore effectively preventing drowning.

On the Pc only.png Desktop version, it has a 2% / 3% (1/50 / 1/33) chance to drop from Creature from the Deep during a Solar Eclipse event.
On the Console only.png Console versions and Mobile only.pngMobile versions, it is only obtained through crafting.

Neptune's Shell can be considered an upgrade from the Diving Gear in most respects, but lacks the underwater lighting of the Jellyfish Diving Gear and the extra mobility on ice of the Arctic Diving Gear.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipe[edit | edit source]

Console and Mobile Versions[edit | edit source]

Crafting Station
Mythril Anvil.png Mythril Anvil /
Orichalcum Anvil.png Orichalcum Anvil
Ingredient(s) Amount
Soul of Fright.png Soul of Fright 20
Coral.png Coral 15
Goldfish.png Goldfish 15
Shark Fin.png Shark Fin 5
Soul of Light.png Soul of Light 5
Soul of Night.png Soul of Night 5
Neptune's Shell.png Neptune's Shell 1

Used In[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Moon Shell.png Neptune's Shell.png Neptune's Shell Tinkerer's Workshop.png Tinkerer's Workshop
Moon Charm.png Moon Charm

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Wearing the Fish Bowl will not activate the Merfolk buff.
  • Swimming speed nears that of flying through air with Wings.
  • Swimming in Honey activates all the perks of Merfolk but does not allow you 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 form overrides most clothing and equipment graphics. No armor or clothing will show on your character while Merfolk is active but a few vanity items will, like capes.
  • The Merfolk buff overrides the Werewolf buff, replacing the graphics and cancelling the bonuses granted by the Moon Charm during the night.
  • The Merfolk form is affected by Dyes.
  • When equipped as a vanity accessory, the Merfolk transformation will appear regardless of whether the player is in water or not.
  • If you hide the Merfolk transformation, only a character's wings' appearance will not show on said character while Merfolk is active.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name of the item refers to the Roman god, Neptune, god of the sea.

History[edit | edit source]

Hardmode Accessories
Black Belt.png Black Belt • Tabi.png Tabi • Master Ninja Gear.png Master Ninja Gear • Spectre Wings.png Wings • Neptune's Shell.png Neptune's Shell • Moon Charm.png Moon Charm • Moon Shell.png Moon Shell

Warrior Emblem.png Warrior Emblem • Ranger Emblem.png Ranger Emblem • Sorcerer Emblem.png Sorcerer Emblem • Summoner Emblem.png Summoner Emblem Pc only.png • Avenger Emblem.png Avenger Emblem • Destroyer Emblem.png Destroyer Emblem • Celestial Emblem.png Celestial Emblem

Sun Stone.png Sun Stone • Moon Stone.png Moon Stone • Celestial Stone.png Celestial Stone • Celestial Shell.png Celestial Shell Pc only.png • Frozen Turtle Shell.png Frozen Turtle Shell

Eye of the Golem.png Eye of the Golem • Titan Glove.png Titan Glove • Power Glove.png Power Glove • Mechanical Glove.png Mechanical Glove • Fire Gauntlet.png Fire Gauntlet • Magic Quiver.png Magic Quiver • Rifle Scope.png Rifle Scope • Sniper Scope.png Sniper Scope

Pygmy Necklace.png Pygmy Necklace • Hercules Beetle.png Hercules Beetle • Papyrus Scarab.png Papyrus Scarab • Necromantic Scroll.png Necromantic Scroll • Star Cloak.png Star Cloak • Bee Cloak.png Bee Cloak • Cross Necklace.png Cross Necklace • Star Veil.png Star Veil

Philosopher's Stone.png Philosopher's Stone • Charm of Myths.png Charm of Myths • Adhesive Bandage.png Adhesive Bandage • Armor Polish.png Armor Polish • Blindfold.png Blindfold • Fast Clock.png Fast Clock • Megaphone.png Megaphone • Trifold Map.png Trifold Map

Armor Bracing.png Armor Bracing • Countercurse Mantra.png Countercurse Mantra • Medicated Bandage.png Medicated Bandage • The Plan.png The Plan • Vitamins.png Vitamins • Ankh Charm.png Ankh Charm • Ankh Shield.png Ankh Shield • Paladin's Shield.png Paladin's Shield

Discount Card.png Discount Card • Lucky Coin.png Lucky Coin • Music Box.png Music Box

Equipable Items: Adamantite Breastplate.png Armor • Anklet of the Wind.png Accessories ( Cobalt Shield.png Combat) • Pharaoh's Robe.png Vanity ( Diamond Ring.png Accessories • Purple Dye.png Dyes)