Snails are a species of mollusk that appear in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. They tend to dwell in watery areas of Hyrule such as river banks and shorelines. Unlike other animals they do not move around allowing them to be easily picked and collected by Link. They can be eaten raw or in cooking to make certain food dishes, roasted to make escargot, or frozen. There are two sub-species Sneaky River Snail and Hearty Blueshell Snail. Link can also take their picture to add them to the Hyrule Compendium.
Sneaky River Snails
- "This large, glow-in-the-dark snail lives in fresh water. When cooked into a dish, it heights your senses so you can move about silently."
- — Hyrule Compendium
Sneaky River Snails live in or near fresh water areas such as rivers, ponds, and lakes. In the light of day their shells are brown and blend in with the environment, however like all "Sneaky" ingredients, they glow-in-the-dark emitting a green glow from their shells in dark areas or at night, thus it is best to hunt for them at night. They add a Sneaky effect to food dishes when cooked though only if cooked with other Sneaky ingredients or ingredients that lack additional effects. They can be roasted with fire or volcanic temperatures to create Sneaky River Escargot. They can be frozen with cold temperatures, Ice Arrows, freezing effect produced by White Chuchu Jelly, or ice elemental weapons to create Frozen River Snail. They primarily inhabit the regions of West Necluda and Lanayru Great Spring, though they can also be found in flooded wells of the Deya Village Ruins.
Despite being a fresh water snail, they are classified as "Seafood" when used in Cooking.
Hearty Blueshell Snail
- "This snail lives on sandy beaches in large numbers. Its flesh contains a high amount of stimulants, so when cooked into a dish. It temporarily increases your maximum hearts."
- — Hyrule Compendium
Hearty Blueshell Snails live in salt water areas such as shorelines and ocean beaches. There name comes from their blue color of their shells and their flesh contains a high amount of stimulants which temporarily increases the maximum health when cooked into a dish. They add a "Hearty" effect food dishes when cooked though only if cooked with other "Hearty" ingredients or ingredients that lack additional effects. They can be roasted with fire or volcanic temperatures to create Blueshell Escargot. They can be frozen with cold temperatures, Ice Arrows, freezing effect produced by White Chuchu Jelly, or ice elemental weapons to create Icy Hearty Blueshell Snail. They are also an ingredient in certain seafood dishes such as Seafood Fried Rice, Seafood Paella, and Hearty Clam Chowder. They primarily inhabit the beaches of Lanayru Sea and Necluda Sea regions.