Brawl Stars - Shelly Strategies Guide

A guide to Brawl Stars' Shelly. We go over the Brawler's strengths, weaknesses, and strategies in each of the game's modes.

Brawl Stars Shelly


Shelly is the first Brawler that players can use in Brawl Stars and for good reason. The Fighter has the easiest playstyle to learn and is flexible enough to tackle most Events in the game. She is a very balanced Brawler who can consistently land shots without too much difficulty, albeit somewhat lacking in range.


  • Very good mid to close range damage – Shelly’s damage potential shines at mid to close range. She can be played very aggressively so long as she gets up to her enemies.
  • Simple gameplay mechanics – As the first Brawler that players can use in the game, Shelly has a very low learning curve. Players will be able to find her effective very quickly in many of the game’s Events.
  • Strong and Fast-Charging Super Attack – Shelly deals massive damage with Super Shell when up close, in addition to being able to hit enemies behind cover (as her Super Attack can destroy walls.) What’s more, she can quickly charge the shot up immediately after use by unloading on the hit target with normal attacks.
  • Generally a balanced character – With good damage and decent health, Shelly is one of the most flexible Brawlers in the game. She performs well both alone or in teams across various Events in the game.


  • Poor mobility – Shelly is one of the slower Brawlers in terms of movement at 2.65 Tiler per second. This makes positioning a mandatory thing to learn in order to master Shelly’s playstyle.
  • Range Issues – Since Shelly’s attacks are stronger the closer she is to opponents, it can tempting to recklessly charge in. This is the fastest way to lose as Shelly (especially without Super Shell ready.) Always make use of the terrain to safely get into position. In addition, this range problem leaves her vulnerable to long ranged opponents. Shelly will have to sneak towards her opponents for maximum effectiveness.

General Attack Strategy

Basic Attack Effect
Brawl Stars Shelly Attack


Shelly’s boomstick fires a wide spread of pellets to a medium range. The more pellets hit, the greater the damage.
  • Because of Buckshot’s wide spread, it’s easy to land hits using Shelly. However, its important to make every shot count as finding yourself out of bullets and in the opponent’s face spells near-certain death.
  • Use Buckshot on manual aim when targeting enemies at mid range, then switch to auto aim when you get close to them.
  • Use bushes to come in close contact with enemies, as all but the tankiest of Brawlers like Bull and El Primo will usually fall in three shots or less up close.
  • Landing hits consistently also allows you to charge Super Shell, giving you a coup de grace option when the enemy if still standing after all of your shots.
Super Attack Effect
Brawl Stars Shelly Super Attack

Super Shell

Shelly’s Super Shell obliterates both cover and enemies. Any survivors get knocked back.
  • Super Shell is especially effective against tanky melee Brawlers as the knockback will keep Shelly out of their range.

Game Mode Strategies

Gem Grab

Shelly can be effective in Gem Grab simply by racking up kills and looting the opponent’s gems. It’s possible for Shelly to take out an entire team if they cluster together. This happens most often very near the Gem Mine. Should Shelly die before being able to take out the enemies, her team can come in and finish the job as any survivors will likely have very little health left.


  • Solo – Shelly’s natural reliance on cover and burst damage make her a solid choice for Showdown. She should avoid roaming the map too much, sticking instead to ambushing opponents from the bushes. Since Showdown is a “last man standing” game mode, Shelly can potentially interrupt two dueling melee Brawlers to get kills on both if they are low enough on health.
  • Duo – Shelly works well with almost any partner in Duo Showdown, able to ambush teams from the brush should they assume that her partner is alone. It’s also very satisfying to take out a pair on your own when they make the mistake of clumping together and taking on Shelly up close.


Shelly performs decently in Heist. She is particularly useful in defending the safe if the opponents charge in together too excitedly. Offensively, she can use Super Shell to clear a path to the safe for her team and Buckshot to


Bounty is another Event where Shelly mostly dominates. This is because of the abundance of bushes and walls for Shelly to sneak up on unsuspecting enemies or use them as cover against attacks.

Brawl Ball

Shelly can help her team in Brawl Ball by dismantling the defenses of the opposing team with her Super Attack. However, her slow movement speed puts her at a disadvantage when handling the ball.

Big Game

Shelly is one of the best Brawlers to use in Big Game. This is due to her ability to burst down the Boss Brawler with her close range damage. With the Boss Brawler’s large hitbox, Shelly will be able to charge Super Shell very quickly and consistently. When acting as the Boss Brawler herself, she can take enemies out quickly with Buckshot and knock them away with Super Shell for additional time.

Robo Rumble

Shelly performs very well in Robo Rumble, especially when the waves of enemies bunch together. More enemies also means more things to hit, allowing Shelly to charge Super Shell and easily clear wave after wave for the team to survive the longest possible time.


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