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Mortal Shell guide: Item dictionary

Every item and what it does

Mortal Shell item dictionary Image: Cold Symmetry/PlayStack via Polygon

Items in Mortal Shell are as numerous as you’d expect from a soulslike game, with various mushrooms, tokens, tars, and baguettes that will end up in your inventory. This is made even more complex with Mortal Shell’s familiarity system, which means you won’t know what any item does until you use it.

In this guide, we’ll list (almost) all of Mortal Shell’s items and what they do, and we’ll list the added benefits you get from them when you max out your familiarity.

Familiarity

You start off Mortal Shell not knowing what any item does. You’ll get a quick, lore-adjacent quote, but no real help from the descriptions.

As you use the items, though, the descriptions will update to include information on their effects. When you use an item enough, you’ll become familiar with it. Items you are familiar with grant bonuses when you use them.

Mortal Shell items

Below, we’ve listed (almost) all of Mortal Shell’s 78 items in a sortable and searchable table. (We didn’t include the weapons you’ll find over the course of playing, and there are still a few Glimpses we haven’t found yet.) Your menu’s Compendium tab breaks them into categories, but we’ve ignored that for ease of reference.

Mortal Shell items

Name Type Effect Familiar effect
Name Type Effect Familiar effect
Baguette Health
Roasted Rat Health Regenerate 35 health over 10 seconds, costs Resolve Regenerate 45 health over 10 seconds
Boiled Frog Stamina Increase stamina regeneration for 3 minutes Lasts 5 minutes
Bronze Bell Tar Gain a 10% bonus to Tar found for six minutes. 10% chance enemies drop extra Glimpses
Golden Bell Resolve Increase Resolve gain for 3 minutes. Lasts longer
Inferior Moonshine Resolve Adds a small amount of Resolve, costs health Lose less health
Superior Moonshine Resolve Adds a large amount of Resolve Adds even more Resolve
Tarspore Poison Deals 40 poison damage over 16 seconds Grants immunity to poison for 120 seconds
Weltcap Health Regenerate 30 health over 30 seconds Heal more quickly
Simple Lute Lute Practice makes perfect Incites enemies to violence from a great distance
Scripture of Euphoria Health Grants health on successful parry More health recovered
Scripture of Repent Damage Lights enemy on fire on successful parry Boosts fire damage
Scripture of Despair Damage Deal bonus damage on next attack after successful parry Boosts damage further
Scripture of Ardor Damage Poison enemy on successful parry Boosts poison damage
Scripture of Defiance Resolve Refunds Resolve on successful parry More Resolve refunded
Tainted Nektar Shell Ejects you from your shell, but does not use your Last Chance Recover Tar as well
Mortal Token Health Damage while Hardened converts to health More health recovered
Spectral Token Damage Damage while Hardened adds damage to next attack Increases damage
Ornate Token Health Damage while Hardened decreases next damage taken Negates next damage completely
Untarnished Mask Fast travel Recalls you to the most recent Sester Genessa you visited Gain Resolve
Etherial Diapason Shell Restores ability to reclaim your shell (Last Chance) Gain Resolve
Effigy of Harros Shell Summons Harros, costs health Decreases damage taken
Effigy of Solomon Shell Summons Solomon, costs health Decreases damage taken
Effigy of Tiel Shell Summons Tiel, costs health Decreases damage taken
Effigy of Eredrim Shell Summons Eredrim, costs health Decreases damage taken
Mango Health
Rotten Food Health Small increase to health, costs Resolve Decreases Resolve cost
Remnant of Tar Tar Grants 80 Tar Grants 100 Tar
Congealed Tar Tar Grants 150 Tar Grants 200 Tar
Bag of Tar Tar Grants 300 Tar Grants 375 Tar
Slurry of Tar Tar Grants 500 Tar Grants 600 Tar
Unguent Tar Tar Grants 750 Tar Grants 850 Tar
Extracted Tar Tar Grants 1300 Tar
Nascent Tar Tar Grants 2500 Tar
Glimpse of Futility Glimpses Grants 1 Glimpse Grants 2 Glimpses
Glimpse of Wisdom Glimpses Grants 2 Glimpses Grants 3 Glimpses
Glimpse of Affection Glimpses Grants 4 Glimpses Grants 5 Glimpses
Glimpse of Hope Glimpses Grants 6 Glimpses Grants 7 Glimpses
Glimpse of Truth Glimpses Grants 15 Glimpses
Glimpse of Disdain Glimpses Grants 22 Glimpses
Glimpse of Annihilation Glimpses Grants 15 Glimpses
Glimpse of Insignificance Glimpses Grants 15 Glimpses
Tarnished Mask Fast travel Recalls you to the most recent Sester Genessa you visited, costs all of your Glimpses Costs half of your Glimpses
Ornate Mask Fast travel Allows astral travel between Sesters Genessa you've visited Gain Tar for one minute after use
Tattered Vestment Weapon Summons the Hallowed Sword
Disciple's Rag Weapon Summons the Smoldering Macee
Martyr's Shawl Weapon Summons the Martyr's Blade
Sester's Binding Weapon Summons the Hammer and Chisel
Impervious Lute Lute Lute is life. It must have taken a while to have gotten this good.
Tools Weapon Repairs the Ballistazooka
Crystalline Gland Weapon Upgrade for the Tarnished Seal
Knotted Gland Weapon Upgrade for the Tarnished Seal
Inflamed Gland Weapon Upgrade for the Tarnished Seal
Mechanical Spike Weapon Upgrade for the Hallowed Sword
Molten Spike Weapon Upgrade for the Hallowed Sword
Foundry Stone Weapon Upgrade for the Smoldering Mace
Awakened Stone Weapon Upgrade for the Smoldering Mace
Petrified Winterglass Weapon Upgrade for the Martyr's Blade
Radiant Winterglass Weapon Upgrade for the Martyr's Blade
Perfumed Censer Weapon Upgrade for the Hammer and Chisel
Foul Censer Weapon Upgrade for the Hammer and Chisel
Quenching Acid Weapon Upgrade for any weapon
Solemn Offering Weapon Upgrade for the Tarnished Seal
Forbidden Offering Weapon Upgrade for the Tarnished Seal