How to Get a Nautilus Shell in Minecraft

There are very few items in Minecraft that give you some kind of boost. Beacons and potions are the ones that everyone seems to know, but few people actually talk about conduits, which are essential when you’re building an underwater base. However, first, you’ll need to gather the necessary materials, starting with Nautilus Shells. Here’s how to get a Nautilus Shell in Minecraft, as well as how many you’ll need to make a conduit.

Where Can You Find a Nautilus Shell in Minecraft

Nautilus Shells are one of the few items in Minecraft that don’t naturally generate in chests. Instead, the only way you can obtain one, as I’ll mention below, is by going on a voyage on the seven seas.

How to Obtain a Nautilus Shell in Minecraft

To obtain a Nautilus Shell in Minecraft, you’ll need to make a boat and start sailing until you find a horde of Drowned to kill. Or, if you’re not into these kinds of adventures, grab a fishing rod and fish away until you get the 8 Nautilus Shells required to craft a conduit.

Kill Drowned Mobs

In the Java Edition of the game, there’s a 3% chance that a Drowned mob will hold a Nautilus Shell in its offhand. Once you kill it, it’ll always drop the shell it was carrying. Of course, the tricky part is actually finding a Drowned holding a Nautilus Shell.

I can safely say it’ll take you several hours of sailing to find the required shells for the conduit. But, if you scavenge some Shipwrecks on the way, time will go by much faster.


If you hate Drowned as much as I do, you’ll probably opt for fishing to get a Nautilus Shell. The chances of actually fishing one are slim, though they can get higher if your fishing rod is enchanted with the Luck of the Sea enchantment.

With that said, though, you can always make an age-old fishing farm, like this one you can check out on the Minecraft Forum. These have been around for a long time, and they’ve remained practically the same throughout the years.

How to Use a Nautilus Shell in Minecraft

Crafting a Conduit

So, you’ve grabbed your first Nautilus Shell after a few minutes of sailing and fighting Drowned or fishing. Unfortunately, that’s just 1/8th of the job done. Indeed, you’ll need to get ahold of 7 more shells.

Nautilus Shells can only be used for the conduit crafting recipe, which requires a total of 8. So, all you have to do now is rinse and repeat everything you did to obtain the necessary number of these.


While it’s far from easy, knowing how to get a Nautilus Shell in Minecraft is essential, considering how valuable conduits can be for your base. What’s the longest it’s taken you to get a Nautilus Shell? Let us know over on the Minecraft Forum!