Giant turtle

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Giant turtles[1][2][3] (also known as Giant sea Turtles,[1] giant Sea Turtles,[4] giant sea turtles,[5][6] great sea turtles,[7] and sea turtles[8]) are notably larger than average species of turtles. At least one variety of giant sea turtle (used in the Second War) is native to the southern seas. Giant sea turtles (used by the tuskarr) can also be found in the northern seas.



In Warcraft II, "Giant Turtle" was the name of the submersible unit used by the Horde. Later sources call this the giant turtle battle sub.

These giant turtles are native to the southern seas and were captured by the Stormreaver Clan. Pacified by potent spells of control, these lumbering monstrosities are fitted with watertight canopies strapped onto the backs of their shells and are used as submersible Orcish craft. By submerging under the waves, the Giant Turtles can steal upon unsuspecting enemy craft and report their position to the Horde fleet as they are visible solely to Towers, creatures of the air, and other submersible vessels. The daring Goblins who control them are dedicated to destroying enemy ships by launching hazardous, steam-driven canisters containing highly volatile liquids that can shred even the strongest of armor.[9]


Gwennyth Bly'Leggonde used to give background on giant turtles if their beached remains were brought to her. She states that the naga use them as transportation as well if a Beached Sea Turtle is found with a carriage on its back. The naga carriages are used both in battle and in transportation of their supplies on to land. The naga do not treat their mounts well, and often let them get killed. The naga seem to have abandoned the dead vehicles on their way to the Zoram Strand (and Blackfathom Deeps) in Ashenvale. Some giant turtles are apparently fleeing the then-corrupt Teldrassil, only to die when they beach themselves. Apparently, some used to frolic around Nordrassil before it was sacrificed in the Third War.


WotLK This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

Giant turtles are used as a transportation system among zones in Northrend as tuskarr turtle boats. They lead the turtles by use of carrots on a fishing line.

Shen-zin Su

MoP This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

The Wandering Isle is a massive island on the back of a giant turtle, known to the pandaren as Shen-zin Su, and inhabited by curious pandaren who left their homeland of Pandaria centuries after The Sundering[10] in order to discover the other lands and races of Azeroth; the Isle has been drifting on the ocean ever since.

Notable giant turtles