Giant Tortoise

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Giant TortoiseHardmode exclusive
Giant Tortoise.pngOld-gen console version and 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeTortoise AI
Damage80/160/240
160240 (spin attack)
Max Life470/940/1410
Defense30
KB Resist70%/73%/76%
BannerGiant Tortoise BannerGiant Tortoise Banner
Drops
Coins51250

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).

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Damaging a Giant Tortoise causes them to stop their attack animation.
  • When spinning, they take very little damage as their defense doubles.
  • They do not spawn on stone blocks but will spawn on jungle grass.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • Any rapid-fire weapon such as the Megashark can easily prevent its attack.
  • The Onyx Blaster paired with Crystal Bullets has high damage, and the shards can prevent it from attacking.
  • 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 (The Twins 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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Giant Tortoise: "No one takes the giant tortoises seriously. Not until they come hurtling through the air, a spinning, spiky ball of death."

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