Not long after starting your adventure in Paper Mario: The Origami King, you’ll be tasked with removing the Red Streamer from the castle. In order to do so, however, you’ll need to borrow the power of the Earth Vellumental. The problem is the Earth Vellumental’s Temple is locked behind a giant door, and four of the Shell Stones that unlock it are missing! While these stones aren’t particularly hard to find, they aren’t exactly out in the open either. If you’re having trouble locating them, our guide may help.
The Green Shell Stone
The first chance you’ll get to obtain a Shell Stone is near the warp pipe on the way to Overlook Tower. Shortly before the pipe, you’ll likely notice a Monty Mole and three Koopa Troopas hanging out by the river. If you talk to the Monty Mole, you’ll learn that he has a rare item for sale; this is in fact the Green Shell Stone.
The asking price is rather steep at a whopping 10,000 coins, but if you’ve been engaging in battles to this point, you likely won’t be hurting for cash. Even so, do yourself a favor and refuse his offer. He’ll fuss a bit, but will wind up cutting the price in half. Continue to refuse his offers until you can get the Green Shell Stone for 300 coins.
Of interesting note is that if you refuse even the 300 coins offer, the three Koopa Troopas will pool their cash and buy the stone away from you. If this happens, you can actually buy the stone from them, but at an increased price of 1,500 coins. Unless you really want to see this play out, save yourself the trouble and make sure you get it for the 300 coin offer.
The Yellow Shell Stone
The next stone you can find is the Yellow Shell Stone, though this one is a bit easier to miss. Just after the warp pipe, you’ll cross a bridge and will stumble upon a save box. Off to the left of this box is a small field with some bushes. As you approach the leftmost column of shrubbery, you’ll notice the middle one start moving. Whack it with your hammer to reveal a Goomba. After completing this battle, you’ll be rewarded with a 1,000-Fold Arms circle in front of the mountain behind you. Use this circle to pull down the wall, revealing a Dry Bones and the Yellow Shell Stone.
The Blue Shell Stone
To get the third of Paper Mario: The Origami King‘s Shell Stones, continue along the path to the right, as far as you can go. Behind a fence, you’ll find a path down to a dock, where a Koopa Troopa has set up for a relaxing day of fishing. If you talk to this turtle, he’ll mention that a Cheep Cheep stole his stone. It’s up to you to get it back.
Interact with the fishing pole, and you’ll start a fishing mini-game. Don’t worry though — it’s pretty simple. You’ll want to aim for the big, round shadow cast by the Cheep Cheep. Once you successfully catch it, you’ll enter into another battle. Upon victory, you’ll gain possession of the Blue Shell Stone.
The Red Shell Stone
Luckily, the Red Shell Stone is the easiest to find, although I found it to be the hardest to obtain. Upon reaching the Overlook Tower, continue left until you see three large papier-mâché Shy Guys kicking the stone around like a soccer ball. All you need to do is intercept the pass, and the stone is yours.
This is easier said than done, as the Shy Guys have a nasty habit of kicking the ball away from you. To even the playing field a little bit, hit one of the Shy Guys with your hammer to make it fall over. At this point, you’ll want to be quick, as the Shy Guy won’t stay down forever. Get the Shy Guy with the stone to kick it towards the downed enemy and run over to grab it before it’s too late.
Back to the door
Once you have all four Shell Stones, take the nearby pipe back to the ruins in Picnic Road. Interact with the door to place the stones in the correct slots. After all four have been placed, the door will open, and you’ll soon be on your way towards completing Paper Mario: The Origami King!