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This article is about the item used to craft turtle shell helmets. For the helmet, see Turtle Shell.

Turtle Scutes are items that baby turtles drop when they grow into adults. They can be used to craft turtle shells which can be used to brew the potion of the Turtle Master.


Mob loot[]

Baby turtles drop a single scute when they grow up into adults, which is the only way possible to obtain the item.


Scutes can be crafted into turtle shells.

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Turtle Shell Scute


Scutes are the repair items for the turtle armor material, and thus can be used to repair turtle shells in an anvil.


Expert-level cleric villagers have a 23 chance to buy 4 scutes for an emerald as part of their trades.‌[Java Edition only]

Expert-level cleric villagers have a 50% chance to buy 4 scutes for an emerald as part of their seventh trades.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Expert-level leatherworker villagers buy 4 scutes for an emerald as part of their trades.

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierAlias ID Numeric ID FormTranslation key


Java Edition
1.1318w07aScute JE1 BE1 Added turtle shell pieces.
18w07b"Turtle Shell Pieces" have now been renamed to "Scutes."
1.1419w11aCleric and leatherworker villagers now buy scutes.
Bedrock Edition
1.5.0beta JE1 BE1 Added scutes.
1.11.0beta can be sold to cleric and leatherworker villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Scute JE1 BE1 Added scutes.


Issues relating to "Scute" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Scutes used to be called "Turtle Shell Pieces", they were renamed after it was pointed out that "Scute" was a more technical term.[1]