Shell Blade

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Shell Blade
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Main appearance(s)
Effective Weapon(s)

Shell Blades are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.


Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Shell Blade

Shell Blade

Its internal muscle is its weak point!

Tatl's Comment

What?! You don't know?

Shell Blade

Don't tell me you don't know about the Shell Blade! It's impossible to beat it if you aim for anything but its ligament inside the shell.

Shell Blades are aquatic, clam-like enemies that inhabit submerged areas.[1] They will lunge themselves at Link if he gets too close. When they do this, Link must block them with his Shield or move out of the way. They will stop and eventually open up, exposing their muscle ligaments which Link can attack with the Hookshot in Ocarina of Time, as Zora Link in Majora's Mask, and with the Clawshot or Sword [2] in Twilight Princess. In Majora's Mask, Shell Blades guard some of the stolen Zora Eggs in the Pirates' Fortress and also appear in the Great Bay Temple. In Majora's Mask 3D, they are no longer found in the Pirates' Fortress.

It should be noted that when encountered out of water in Ocarina of Time, these enemies can be defeated with a larger spectrum of weapons. The Megaton Hammer is useful as it may shatter a Shell Blade in a single blow, as will the Bombs if timed correctly.


In Twilight Princess, it is the only normal enemy that will bleed when defeated.


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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese シェルブレード (Sheru Burēdo) Shell Blade
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 贝壳刀 (Bèiké Dāo) Shell Knife
French-speaking countries French Coquillos
Canada FrenchCA Coquillos (OoT3D | MM3D)
Federal Republic of Germany German Killermuschel Killer Clam
Italian Republic Italian Ostrice
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Shell Blade
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Moluscuchilla (OoT3D | MM3D)