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TFH Terrorpin Model.png
A Terrorpin from Tri Force Heroes
Habitat(s)Palace of Darkness
Temple of Darkness
Desert Temple
Frozen Hyrule
Mutoh's Temple
Tower of Hera
Silver Shrine
Ice Temple
Sky Temple
Den of Trials
Effective Weapon(s)Hammer

Terrorpins,(ALttP | FSA)[1][2] also known as Shell Spinners,(PH)[citation needed] are recurring turtle-like enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.


A Link to the Past

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Terrorpins will slowly close in on any target in the vicinity, dishing out damage just from contact. Basic forms of attack will not have much effect on them, but a pound of Link's Magic Hammer anywhere near their standing point will cause them to flip onto their backs, revealing their weak underside and forcing them to become immobile. Their exposed belly is vulnerable to nearly any form of attack, but if they go undefeated, Terrorpins will hop onto their feet and chase after whoever assaulted them even faster. Coincidentally, the shock wave from a nearby Hammer pound will allow them to jump back onto their feet immediately. A Hammer attack directly on top of them will provide an instant kill, although this is slightly more dangerous to pull off since it requires less distance between Link and his enemy.

Four Swords Adventures

Four Swords Adventures adds more variety of color to the species, as well as larger versions of the foes found in the Desert Temple. At Frozen Hyrule, the Links can play a minigame called Terrorpin Hockey where they have to flip over the "Terrorpins" and hit them to make Force Gems pop out.[3]

Phantom Hourglass

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In Phantom Hourglass, Shell Spinners attack like their previous incarnations, by spinning around and ramming into Link. Like before, they can only be defeated by slamming the ground near them with the Hammer, exposing their tender underbellies. After this they can be killed by use of any weapon.

A Link Between Worlds

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Terrorpins return in A Link Between Worlds with a similar appearance and method of attacks from A Link to the Past. They are defeated in much the same way as well, by using the Magic Hammer to flip them over and attacking them when they are vulnerable.

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Terrorpins in a Totem

Tri Force Heroes

In Tri Force Heroes, Terrorpins are nearly identical to their A Link Between Worlds iteration, being highly susceptible to the Magic Hammer. However, as with many other enemies, some Terrorpins form Totems, appearing in stacks. With the inclusion of Wallmasters in Drablands Challenges, it is possible to trick a Wallmaster into flipping a Terrorpin by coaxing it into slamming upon or near one.


Terrorpin is a portmanteau of terror and Terrapin.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Japan Japanese パメット (Pametto)
Federal Republic of Germany German Terrorpin
Italian Republic Italian Terrorpin


  1. "TERRORPIN" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 390 (ALttP&FS))
  2. "The rules are simple. You send Terrorpins spinning and then cut them!" — Deku Scrub (Four Swords Adventures)
  3. "Oopipi.... I've done it! I've created a gentlemen's game for Deku Scrubs. I call it... Terrorpin Hockey!" — Deku Scrub (Four Swords Adventures)