When caught, they drop shell chippings, which can be used to make a Tortle shell bowl. Tortles may also rarely drop a taijitu and chimes when caught. It is possible to catch an unlimited number of tortles. At level 99 Hunter a player can gain around 261,000 experience and 890 chimes an hour from hunting tortles. Using an enhanced yaktwee stick and the hunter's outfit players may gain around 290,000 experience an hour. Their higher-tiered counterpart, the ornate tortles, can yield a much higher rate of experience per hour.
Tortle colonies on Uncharted Isles may occasionally spawn an ornate tortle.