Shell Shield
Ability hunter pet turtle.png
Usable by
Class Hunter
Pet Turtle
School Physical
Cooldown 1 minute
Related buff
Ability hunter pet turtle.png
  • Shell Shield
  • Damage reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 12 seconds
For the Pet Battle ability of the same name, see [Shell Shield].

Shell Shield is a pet ability available exclusively to the turtle family of hunter pets, reducing pet damage taken by 50%.

It is functionally identical to the beetle family's [Harden Carapace], the crab family's [Harden Shell], and the shale spider family's [Solid Shell].


One of the oldest pet abilities still in the game, turtles who knew Shell Shield were initially highly sought after by hunters for soloing content or attempting to off-tank in dungeons. Prior to the Echoes of Doom patch (3.0.2), the only low-level turtles to know the ability were Kresh in the Wailing Caverns and Ghamoo-Ra in Blackfathom Deeps, making them popular and common pets around Azeroth.

Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): All turtles now know Shell Shield upon taming.

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