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Tortles are a rarely-seen race of turtle-like humanoids native to the Menagerie Coast.[2] In the Shattered Teeth tortles are known as galapas.[3]


Tortles resemble oversized bipedal turtles. They stand between 5 and 6 feet tall and weigh in excess of 450 pounds, a third of which is their shell alone. Their scaly skin ranges in mottled shades of green and brown.


Tortles are almost entirely unheard of outside of the Menagerie Coast, with many folks living in the Dwendalian Empire and Xhorhas believing their existence to be a hoax.[2] Many tortles live a migratory existence, never settling down in one place for too long. Despite this, few travel outside of the Coast, feeling pangs of homesickness if gone for too long.[2]

Powers and abilities[]

A tortle's most prominent asset is their tough shell, which is comparable to a set of well-forged splint armor. In times of danger, a tortle can retreat into their shell, granting themselves even greater defense. A tortle's long claws are also capable natural weapons, should they ever be disarmed. Despite not being natural swimmers, a tortle is also capable of holding their breath for up to an hour at a time.

Notable tortles[]

Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein[]


Orly Skiffback by David René

Fan art of Orly Skiffback, by David René.[art 2]

Campaign Three: Bells Hells[]




  1. DDB Tortle on D&D Beyond. This page contains unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  2. Fan art of Orly Skiffback, by David René (source). Used with permission.

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