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Secret Seashell

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Secret Seashell
Link's Awakening - Secret Seashell.png
Location(s) Various[1]
Use(s) Obtaining the Level 2 Sword[2]
Comparable Item(s) Korok Seed
Mysterious Shell

Secret Seashells are items in Link's Awakening.[3][note 1]

Location and Uses

LADX Secret Seashell Sprite.png

Secret Seashells are hidden collectibles scattered across Koholint Island.[4] There is a total of 26 Secret Seashells for Link to find. They can be found underneath Bushes, Rocks, underwater, or inside Treasure Chests.[1] Though typically obtained one at a time, Link may receive two at the Seashell Mansion as long as he is already carrying exactly five or ten seashells.[6]

If Link is taking BowWow for a walk and gets close to a buried Secret Seashell, BowWow will sniff it out and warn Link.[7][8]

By collecting 20 Secret Seashells and going to the Seashell Mansion, Link receives the Level 2 Sword.[9]

Once the Level 2 Sword is obtained, any remaining Secret Seashell will either disappear or be replaced with 20 Rupees.[citation needed]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
French Republic FrenchEU Coquillage Seashell
Italian Republic Italian Conchiglie misteriose Triforce piece.png Mysterious Seashells
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Caracola secreta Triforce piece.png Secret Seashell

See Also


  1. Secret Seashells are referred to as Secret Shells in the manuals for Link's Awakening and Link's Awakening DX as well as in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening – Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America and Tokuma Shoten Publishing.[1][4][5] However, because the in-game name takes precedence, that term is not considered Canon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "SECRET SHELLS
    These shells can be found scattered throughout Koholint Island. Try searching for them in tall grass or under water.
    " (Link's Awakening manual, pg. 19)
  2. "I am the spirit of the mansion. I have been waiting for someone to overcome the darkness. Find all the secret shells and go through the gate to receive the ultimate sword!" — Spirit of the Mansion (Link's Awakening DX)
  3. "You found a Secret Seashell! If you collect a lot of these, something good is bound to happen!" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "SECRET SHELLS
    These shells are scattered throughout the island. If you find enough of them, something good is sure to happen.
    " (Link's Awakening DX manual, pg. 25)
    Secret Shells are hidden all over the island. Look for them in tall grass and under the water."
    (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening – Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America, Inc.
    Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.), pg. 11)
  6. "To get extras, go to the Mansion when you have either five or ten Shells. Get freebies when you have exactly five or ten." (The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening Player's Guidepublisher=Nintendo of America Inc.
    Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
    (), pg. 87)
  7. "WOOF! Dig! RUFF!" — BowWow (Link's Awakening DX)
  8. "If you return to Mabe Village with BowWow, Madame MeowMeow will thank you and ask you to take him for a walk. He has a sharp nose and can sniff out Secret Shells-if you have the Shovel." (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening – Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America, Inc.
    Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.), pg. 33)
  9. "The game tells you only that something special will happen when you collect enough Secret Shells. If you take 20 of them to the Seashell Mansion, you'll earn the Level 2 Sword." (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening – Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America, Inc.
    Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.), pg. 87)