The thorny snail is a level 13 Summoningfamiliar. It is summoned using a thorny snail pouch. It can be used for Ranged experience. The thorny snail has a combat level of 16 and can hit up to 172. It only uses melee up close and will use ranged attacks when away from the target. Additionally, its Slime Spray scroll can deal bonus damage.
One advantage of training with thorny snails or creating the pouches is that once the quest Nature Spirit is completed, all ingredients needed are all in the same area, providing you bring enough gold charms. Spirit shards and pouches may be bought from the Nature Grotto's wishing well, thin snail may be obtained from killing myre blamish snail and ochre blamish snail south of the Grotto.
Thorny snail pouch is made by using a Summoning pouch on a Summoning obelisk with 9 spirit shards, a gold charm and a thin snail in the inventory. Making the pouch earns 12.6 experience points. Using the pouch to summon a Thorny snail gains 0.2 experience points, and costs 20 Summoning points. If players exchange their Thorny Snail pouches at Bogrog, they will receive 7 shards per pouch.
Slime spray scroll enables the use of the slime spray special move for a Thorny snail. Using the pouch on a Summoning obelisk creates 10 scrolls and provides 0.2 experience.
Slime Spray is the special move for thorny snails, which makes them attack the player's opponent, inflicting an unknown amount of damage. Doing so will cost the player 3 special move points and provide 0.2 experience.
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A hermit crab is a crab which lives in the cast-off shells of snails or other shellfish. The examine info therefore implies that the thorny snail is actually a slug residing in a snail's shell. This may also be a reference to the summoning ingredient being a shell-less snail body, and when it is summoned it has a new shell.
If you are wearing a snelm of any kind, it will tell you that you are wearing the spine of his dead relatives as a hat.