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Giant Tortoise

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Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise.pngOld-gen console version and 3DS version
AI TypeTortoise AI
Damage80 / 160
160 / 240 (spin attack)
Max Life470 / 940
KB Resist70% / 73%
BannerGiant Tortoise BannerGiant Tortoise Banner
Coins500*5 Silver Coin.png

The Giant Tortoise is a Hardmode Jungle enemy. It attacks by going into its shell and hurling itself at players, dealing incredible damage on contact.

It drops Turtle Shells, which are vital for crafting Turtle armor (which is used to craft the near-endgame Beetle armor).


  • Damaging a Giant Tortoise causes them to stop their attack animation.
  • When spinning, they take very little damage as their defense doubles while spinning.


  • Melee is highly effective, as long as the player stays close to the Giant Tortoise and continues attacking, it will be unable to use its jump attack.
  • Try not to make it enter liquid as it will make it automatically charge at the player.
  • Any tactics that work for the Ice Tortoise should be effective against the Giant Tortoise as well.
  • The Giant Tortoise is very difficult in Expert mode as its health and damage are doubled.
  • It's recommended that the player defeats at least one mechanical boss, recommending The Destroyer (Skeletron Prime for Expert mode players), and gets Hallowed armor before farming for Turtle Shells.
  • It should be noted that, due to the larger area of space for it to spawn in, Giant Tortoises can be farmed much easier on the surface with a Water Candle and Battle Potion than in the Underground Jungle.
  • The pirate minion is highly effective against the Giant Tortoise.


  • This enemy, as well as its Ice Tortoise variation, appears to reference Tatori, a similar tortoise enemy in Super Metroid that also attacks the player with the same flying spin.
  • Despite being called the Giant Tortoise, it drops Turtle Shells.

See also