The tortoise shell (also known as the turtle shellturtle armor, or shell suit) 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

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

Dragon Quest V

The tortoise shell has a defense bonus of +33.

Dragon Quest VI

The tortoise shell has a defence bonus of +33, but reduces style by 15. It may be equipped by NevanAmos, 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 escapeesarmoured wartoises, and plated goretoises.

Dragon Quest VII

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 BravoureAl-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

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

Tortoise shell  (DS)
Defence +22
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Equipment Class Armour
Equipable by WarriorPriestMartial ArtistMinstrelGladiatorPaladinArmamentalistRangerLuminary
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.

Recipe: Iron cuirass + Tortoiseshell + Emerald moss
Upgrades to Tortoiseshell armour.

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French Carapace de tortue
German Schildkrötenpanzer
Spanish Caparazón de tortuga
Italian Guscio di tartaruga
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