Hero of the Half-Shell

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Hero of the Half-Shell

Hero of the Half-Shell

Type: Passive
MP Cost: N/A

Your mastery of shields has elevated you to hero-like status amongst your tortoise brethren. Your skills have the beauty and balance of a Renaissance painting. As such, whenever you take damage in combat, your Muscle will be used to reduce the damage you take instead of Moxie, whenever you are wielding a shield.

NOTE: This will only take effect if your Muscle is higher than your Moxie.

More Muscle = less damage

Source: Guild Trainer
Price: 12,500 Meat
Class: Turtle Tamer
Level: 14
Effect: Muscle is used (instead of Moxie) to determine the amount of damage received, if a shield is equipped off-hand.


  • On October 31, 2006, the NOTE was added to the description of this skill, making it so that this skill will only apply if a player's Muscle is greater than his or her Moxie.
  • If Hero of the Half-Shell is active and your Moxie is low enough for a monster to hit you, its attacks will deal at least 1 damage rather than missing outright.
  • This skill also displays the following message when receiving damage with a shield equipped and buffed Muscle higher than buffed Moxie:
You fend off some of the attack with your shield.
  • In a Trivial Update on July 6, 2009, the "fend" message was changed to only display when the skill is applied. Previously, it would display whenever you had a shield equipped even if your Moxie was higher, although it still correctly used your higher Moxie to calculate damage.


  • The title of this skill refers to a line from the theme song of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The turtles are all named after Renaissance artists.
  • The "Heroes in a half shell" line is itself a pun on the dish "Oysters on the Half Shell."