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Secret Seashells,(LA | FSA)[3][1][note 1] also known as Mysterious Shells,(TMC)[1] are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.

Location and Uses

Link's Awakening

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Secret Seashells are hidden collectibles scattered across Koholint Island.[6] There is a total of 26 Secret Seashells for Link to find. They can be found underneath Bush, Rocks, underwater, or inside Treasure Chests.[4] Though typically obtained one at a time, Link may receive two at the Seashell Mansion as long as he is already carrying exactly five or ten of them.[7] By collecting 20 Secret Seashells and going to the Seashell Mansion, Link receives the Koholint Sword.[7] Once the Koholint Sword is obtained, any remaining Secret Seashells will either disappear or be replaced with 20 Rupees.

If Link is taking BowWow for a walk and gets close to a buried Secret Seashell, BowWow will sniff it out and hint it to Link.[8][9]

Four Swords Adventures

The Minish Cap

Mysterious Shells are used to buy Figurines from the Figurine Gallery, which is found in Hyrule Town. They are found all over Hyrule inside Chests, bushes, and Rocks. Later into the game, Stockwell will begin selling Mysterious Shells at 30 Shells for 200 Rupees. Link can hold up to 999 Mysterious Shells at a time. Using Green Picolyte will increase Link's chance of finding Mysterious Shells.

After Link has collected all 136 Figurines, the Mysterious Shells slot in his status screen will change into the Carlov Medal, signifying he completed the collection.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
GermanyGermanZaubermuschel (LA)[10]
Zaubermuschel (LANS)
Magic Seashell
Magic Seashell
ItalyItalianConchiglia nascosta (LANS)Hidden seashell
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See Also



  1. Secret Seashells are also referred to as Secret Shells in the manual and on Zelda.com's encyclopedia.[4][5] However, as this contradicts the name given in-game, it is not considered Canon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 137 (LA | FSA | TMC)
  2. "I am the spirit of the mansion. I have been waiting for someone to overcome the darkness. Find all the secret shells and go through the gate to receive the ultimate sword!" — Spirit of the Mansion (Link's Awakening DX)
  3. "You found a secret seashell! ...But what do you do with it?" — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Link's Awakening manual, pg. 19
  5. "Seashell
    Secret Shells were collected by Link during his travels through Koholint Island. He traded his large collection of Secret Shells for a powerful sword at the Seashell Mansion."
    The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (archive), retrieved January 24, 2022.
    These shells are scattered throughout the island. If you find enough of them, something good is sure to happen.
    " (Link's Awakening DX manual, pg. 25)
  7. 7.0 7.1 (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 87
  8. "WOOF! Dig! RUFF!" — BowWow (Link's Awakening DX)
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 33
  10. "Du hast eine Zaubermuschel gefunden… Wenn Du genug davon gesammelt hast, kannst Du etwas Feines bekommen!" — N/A (Link's Awakening, German version)