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Nautilus Shell
Nautilus Shell.png
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A nautilus shell is an item that is used for crafting conduits.



Nautilus shells can be rarely obtained as a treasure item from fishing. The drop chances of nautilus shells slightly increase with each level of Luck of the Sea on the player's fishing rod.

Mob loot[]

Drowned have a 3%‌[JE only] or 8%‌[BE only] chance to spawn with a nautilus shell in their off-hand, and this nautilus shell always drops upon death.


Wandering traders may sell a nautilus shell for 5 emeralds each, but they only sell 5 of them at a time.


In Bedrock Edition, a nautilus shell is one of the few items that can be held in the off-hand.

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Conduit Nautilus Shell +
Heart of the Sea

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Nautilus Shellnautilus_shellItemitem.minecraft.nautilus_shell

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Nautilus Shellnautilus_shell570Itemitem.nautilus_shell.name


Java Edition
1.1318w15aNautilus Shell JE1 BE2.png Added nautilus shells.
1.1419w05aAdded wandering traders, which sell nautilus shells.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta Shell BE1.png Added nautilus shells.
beta Shell JE1 BE2.png The texture of nautilus shells has now been changed.
1.5.0beta now sometimes spawn holding a nautilus shell.
Nautilus shells are no longer behind Experimental Gameplay.
beta shells can now be used to craft conduits.
1.10.0beta shells can now be obtained from trading with wandering traders.
Legacy Console Edition
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Nautilus Shell JE1 BE2.png Added nautilus shells.
1.91 Nautilus shells can now be obtained from trading with wandering traders.


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  • Nautiluses are animals that occupy deep oceans in the real world. However, they are absent in Minecraft and there are currently no plans to add nautilus mobs into the game.
  • Because Bedrock Edition allows for Nautilus shells to be held in the off-hand (since drowned hold them), they are the only item in that version that can be put in the off-hand slot without having a specific function.