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The Shel-drone is a drone that explores Alterna for any hidden treasures and then delivers them the next day to the lobby terminal.


The Shel-drone is a drone in the shape of Sheldon's head carrying a box. Although only named in Splatoon 3's Return of the Mammalians, this is likely the same drone as used in Splatoon 2's Octo Canyon, as they look identical.


Octo Canyon

Whenever Sheldon requests Agent 4 to use a specific Hero weapon in non-boss missions, it is delivered in a suitcase with a Shel-drone just before Agent 4 begins the mission proper. It also delivers a modified Rainmaker in Bomb Rush Blush's fourth Phase.

Return of the Mammalians

Shel-drone Spawning Location

The Shel-drone is stationed on the launchpad next to the Squid Sisters Camp in Future Utopia Island. It becomes available after completing the campaign and exploring 100% of Alterna, but clearing all levels is not required[1]. Once unlocked, it can be enabled once a day for 999 Power Eggs, and will spend the rest of the day searching Alterna for treasure. Once the next day starts, it will deposit the treasure at the Lobby Terminal, and return to the launchpad where it can be activated again.


After the Shel-Drone has been activated and the day has passed, the player can go to the lobby terminal and select "Get stuff", which will give the player one of the following: [2]

Treasure Chance
1 Locker Decoration 70%
1 Food Ticket 10%
5 Random Ability Chunks 10%
10000 10%

Receiving decorations from the Shel-drone is the only known way to currently receive duplicates of the Return of the Mammalians-exclusive decorations.

Photo Mode

When using the timer in Photo Mode, the Shel-drone will appear hovering in place while holding a camera underneath, acting as a visual indicator of where the photo is being taken from.


Interacting with the Shel-drone for the first time

  • Agent 2: Oh, that? That's the Shel-drone. I bet you can guess who designed it...
  • Agent 1: ...Sheldon, right? Anyway, he said that thing can help find hidden items, even here in Alterna. Well, he said a LOT more than that, but you get the gist.
  • Agent 2: One of the important things he said is that you need Power Egg Alternas Power Eggs to operate it. So if you have extras, maybe give it a try!
  • Agent 1: Yep! And it supposedly takes anything it finds directly back to the lobby, so check out the lobby terminal to pick them up.



  • Photo Mode's timer cannot be used in Alterna, likely due to the Shel-drone being located at the Squid Sisters Camp in Future Utopia Island.

Names in other languages

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ブキチドローン
Bukichi dorōn
Sheldon drone
Netherlands Dutch Armadrone From Armada ("Ammo Knights") and drone
CanadaFrance French Cardrone Shel-drone
Germany German Arty-Drohne Sheldon drone
Italy Italian Armandrone Sheldondrone. From Armand (Sheldon in Italian) and drone
Russia Russian Пуш-дрон
SpainMexico Spanish Dron
China Chinese (Simplified) 无人机
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 無人機
South Korea Korean 드론 Drone
 Internal Msn_Drone [3]


  1. [1] Video proof that you can access Shel-drone even with unplayed kettles
  2. GitHub Leanny on GitHub
  3. GitHub Leanny on GitHub