Giant Shelly

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Giant ShellyPurple Variant
Giant Shelly.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeTortoise AI
Damage16/3256/4884
Max Life50/100220/150330
Defense12/1224
KB Resist25%/33%/40%
BannerGiant Shelly BannerGiant Shelly BannerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Immune toConfused
Drops
Coins120Pre-Hardmode: 3Hardmode: 480
Giant ShellyOrange Variant
Giant Shelly2.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeTortoise AI
Damage16/3256/4884
Max Life50/100220/150330
Defense12/1224
KB Resist25%/33%/40%
BannerGiant Shelly BannerGiant Shelly BannerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Immune toConfused
Drops
Coins120Pre-Hardmode: 3Hardmode: 480

A Giant Shelly is an enemy found in the Cavern layer. They attack by curling into their shells and hurling themselves at players, though they will stall in midair and drop to the ground if they are damaged during their flight. Giant Shellies attack very quickly and deal high damage for the stage in the game where they are found.

Giant Shellies are unique in that their ability to spawn is connected to two other enemies: the Crawdad and the Salamander. Of these three enemies, a world will choose two types that it can spawn, leaving the third inaccessible. Giant Shellies will never spawn in a world that features both Crawdads and Salamanders together.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Giant Shellies are essentially smaller Giant Tortoises and Ice Tortoises, but are found at a point where a player has fewer options for movement and evasion and must engage them at close range or with slow, weak projectiles.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Since their shell attack can be stalled if they are attacked even once, it's wise to be in a large area if encountered by one as it allows you to have a clear line of fire when attacking them.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Like their aforementioned analogs, Crawdads and Salamanders, Giant Shellies have multiple colored variants. Also like said analogs, these differently colored variants are statistically identical, unlike various Zombie varieties.
  • The Giant Shelly's name may be a reference to Scott Lloyd Shelly, who composed much of Terraria's soundtrack.
  • The Giant Shelly could be a reference to a variant of sea snail that has a spiny shell.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Giant Shelly: "To overcome their slow speed, shellies have developed the ability to hide inside their spiked shell and hurl themselves at their foes."

History[edit | edit source]