Triceratops

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Triceratops
NHMuseumTriceratops.jpg
The Triceratops in the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Scientific name
Triceratops horridus
Sections Tricera Skull
Tricera Tail
Tricera Torso
Period(s) Late Cretaceous
Length (31.2 feet) 9.5 meters
Selling price Skull: 5,500 Bells
Tail: 4,500 Bells
Torso: 5,000 Bells
Main appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese トリケラトプス
Simplified Chinese 三角龙
French Tricératops
Spanish Tricerátops
Italian Triceratopo
Russian Трицератопс

Korean 트리케라톱스
Traditional Chinese 三角龍
Quebec French Tricératops
Latin American Spanish Tricerátops
German Triceratops
Dutch Triceratops


The Triceratops is a three-part fossil in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori that has appeared in all subsequent entries to date.

At the museum

In Animal Crossing

The Triceratops in the museum in Animal Crossing.

When donating the final part to Blathers in Animal Crossing, he will provide the following information about the fossil:

"Well now, if I'm not mistaken, I do believe this means... triceratops is complete! Hoo-WEE! Er, did I just say 'hoo-wee'? Ugh. How terribly embarrassing. I sound like some blithering idiot. Let's move on, shall we? Here now... Where to begin? Triceratops... Yes... A member of the ornithischian order, this great beast flourished in the late Cretaceous period. It was a huge three-horned plant-eater, and grew up to 30 feet in length. That's 9 meters! Truly remarkable! Triceratops is easily recognized by its distinctive trio of horns, and, of course, its parrot-like beak. Oh, and one mustn't forget the solid neck frill which provided it with fortification against giant predators. Triceratops was quite formidable indeed. In fact, it was one of the very last dinosaurs to suffer extinction. Oh, dear! Oh good gracious! Please, please forgive me. I tend to get a bit carried away. Dinosaurs, you know!"

In Wild World

The Triceratops in the museum in Wild World.

When donating to Blathers in Wild World, he will provide the following information about the fossil:

"Hoo! Indeed, hootie HOO hoo! I'm simply awash in joy! Allow me to compose myself and tell you about the mighty triceratops. This herbivore was one of the last remaining dinosaurs, eh wot? This quiet giant is esily recognized by its three horns and its large collar. The bone in that collar was designed to build more muscles in the neck... Yes, as a result, the biting power of this creature was something to behold! Ah. Hoo. Yes, so sorry. I didn't behold it MYSELF, of course... Hoo."

The Triceratops can be found in the first room of the fossil exhibit in the museum. If the player interacts with the plaque on the fossil, it reads:

"Triceratops
Length: 31.2 feet
Late Cretaceous"

In City Folk

The Triceratops in the museum in City Folk.

When donating the final part to Blathers in City Folk, he will provide the following information about the fossil:

"...Stunning! The triceratops is done! Hoo, naught could make me happier! The triceratops was an herbivorous dino that lived until the end of the days of the dinosaurs. Its distinctive three horns and large collar belied its quiet nature. In actuality, the collarbone was the source of the beastie's mighty chewing power... But with powerful jaws like that, plus the horns, no carnivorous dino wanted a triceratops at its feet! HOO! I...beg your pardon! I was so enthralled, I... I spouted hot air like a boiling teapot, eh wot?"

In New Leaf

After donating the final part of the fossil in New Leaf, its plaque in the museum will read:

"The triceratops was a very large herbivore, commonly identified by its three horns and large bone frill. Its horns were likely used for turf wars and fighting over females rather than for protection. While it's true that it most likely lived in the same era as the T.rex, the two probably didn't fight much."

In New Horizons

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fossil:

"As herbivores go, Triceratops was unusually well equipped for combat, wot! Its three horns and impressive, bony frill probably helped it fight off predators like T. Rex! The frill may also have been involved in temperature regulation, or else in attracting mates. Does it seem to you like virtually all distinctive dinosaur features were for body heat or attracting mates?"

The Triceratops can be found in the second room of the fossil exhibit in the museum.

As an item

In Animal Crossing

#1

Triceratops

Tricera Skull
Sell Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5500 Bells
Size 2.0 x 2.0
#2

Triceratops

Tricera Torso
Sell Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5000 Bells
Size 2.0 x 2.0
#3

Triceratops

Tricera Tail
Sell Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4500 Bells
Size 2.0 x 2.0

In Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf

Name HRA Points Feng Shui Genre Size (sq)
Tricera Skull 1,000 Brown (x2) Old School (WW)
Retro (CF)
Quirky (NL)
4
Tricera Tail 1,000 Brown (x2) Old School (WW)
Retro (CF)
Quirky (NL)
4
Tricera Torso 1,000 Brown (x2) Old School (WW)
Retro (CF)
Quirky (NL)
4

In New Horizons

Triceratops

Tricera Skull
Interactable Yes
Sell Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5500 Bells
Colors
 
Brown
 
Brown
Size 2.0 x 2.0

Triceratops

Tricera Torso
Interactable No
Sell Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5000 Bells
Colors
 
Brown
 
Brown
Size 2.0 x 2.0

Triceratops

Tricera Tail
Interactable No
Sell Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4500 Bells
Colors
 
Brown
 
Brown
Size 2.0 x 2.0

Real-world information

Triceratops was a ceratopsid dinosaur that lived in modern-day North America at the very end of the Cretaceous, 68 to 66 million years ago. It reached up to 9 meters in length and weighed up to 12 tons. Triceratops is named for its three characteristic horns, with a smaller one on the nose and a larger one above each eye. It possessed an unusually short frill, compared to its close relatives in the group Chasmosaurinae. While the horns were traditionally thought to be used for defense, more recent studies have suggested that they were used for species identification and courtship/dominance displays, much like the antlers on modern deer.

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