Tortoise shell

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Tortoise shell
DQVIII Turtle Shell.png
Japanese カメのこうら
Romaji {{{romaji}}}
Old localizations Turtle shell
Turtle armor
Shell suit
Found in Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Effect Increases defense.

The tortoise shell is a recurring set of armor in the Dragon Quest series. This large shell serves as makeshift protection, and does not slow down the wearer.


Dragon Quest III[edit]

The tortoise shell has a defence bonus of +15, and it can be worn by Mages, Merchants and Gadabouts. It can be purchased in Reeve for 330 gold. It only appears in remake versions.

Dragon Quest V[edit]

The tortoise shell has a defense bonus of +33 and can be purchased for 2,500 gold from Lodestar Harbour, Zoomingale, Mostroferrato, and Gotha Castle. It can only be worn by Sancho and several monster companions.

Dragon Quest VI[edit]

The tortoise shell has a defence bonus of +33, but reduces style by 15. It may be equipped by Nevan, Amos, and all of the slime recruits. The tortoise shell can be purchased from Aridea and Howsworth for 2,500 gold and sold for 1,875. It can also be dropped by marrow escapees, armoured wartoises, and plated goretoises.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

The tortoise shell has a defence bonus of +33, but it reduces style by 15. It can only be equipped by Ruff and it can be purchased in La Bravoure, Al-Balad's Palace, and Gröndal for 3,800 gold and sold for 1,900. Tortoise shells can also be won from the Lucky Panel at the Casino.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

The turtle shell (known as the tortoise shell in the 3DS version) has a defense bonus of +37. Only Yangus and Morrie can wear it. It can be purchased from Neos and the campsite west of Argonia for 2,300 gold and sold for 1,150 gold.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

DQIX tortoise shell.png  Tortoise shell  (DS)
Defence +22
Style +32
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Recipe Recipe: Iron cuirass + Tortoiseshell + Emerald moss
Equipable by Warrior, Priest, Martial Artist, Minstrel, Gladiator, Paladin, Armamentalist, Ranger, Luminary
Class Armor
Buy Price 1,550
Sell Price 775
Flavor text An uninspiring piece of armour that nonetheless shelldom lets you down.
Notes Buy from Porth Llaffan and Slurry Quay.
Upgrades to Tortoiseshell armour.