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"I caught a centipede! It's got a million legs! Or, you know, a hundred." —City Folk
"I caught a centipede! Impede the centipede!" —New Leaf
Centipede NH.png
Scientific name
Lithobius forficatus
Lithobiidae -brown centipedes
Months available June to February (City Folk, New Leaf)
September to June (New Horizons)
Times available 4pm to 11pm
Location Under rocks
Size 65 mm
Rarity Rare
Sell price 300 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ムカデ
Simplified Chinese 蜈蚣
French Mille-pattes
Spanish Ciempiés
Italian Centopiedi
Russian Многоножка

Korean 지네
Traditional Chinese 蜈蚣
Quebec French Mille-pattes
Latin American Spanish Ciempiés
German Hundertfüßer
Dutch Duizendpoot

A Centipede (ムカデ, Mukade) is a type of bug found, like Pill Bugs, under rocks by striking it with a Shovel or an Axe. They can be found from 4pm to 11pm in all games. They are worth 300 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a centipede! 99 more and I'll have a dollarpede!"

Time of Year North: Sep – Jun
South: Mar – Dec
Time of Day 4 PM – 11 PM
Location From hitting rocks
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 450 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say this about the Centipede:

"Indeed, centipedes are quite fast to boot, wot? If the beast attacks us, how will we flee to safety? Moreover, they have hard shells, so we can't stop it with a furious stomping... We're doomed!"

The Centipede can be found on the second level, near the rafflesia, along with the Fly and Flea.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon being donated, the Centipede can be found in the upper left room of the bug exhibit, near the rafflesia. The exhibit has this to say about the Centipede:

"Despite the name, centipedes have a varying number of legs, from about 30 to 46 rather than 100. They also have forcipules, which are the modification of the first pair of legs, that inject venom. Centipedes are sometimes used as ingredient in herbal medicine, though the effect is questionable."

In New Horizons[edit]

When asked about the bug, Blathers will say the following:

"The centipede's name means '100 legs.' But I tell you now, that's a lie! These ugly bugs can have as few as 15 pairs of legs...or as many as 171. But because of how their bodies are segmented, they never have exactly 100! Hoo! It's true! You know what else is true? Centipedes are carnivorous, aggressive, and venomous! And their bite is quite painful too! Hoo-rrible things, I say"

The centipede can be found in the leftmost glass display with the Pill Bug and the Moth.

Encyclopedia Information[edit]

City Folk[edit]

Centipede CF Icon.png     ''Very few of these actually have more than 100 legs. They have nasty bites."
  • Size- About 65 mm
  • Season- Summer-Spring
  • Time- Night

Real-world information[edit]

The centipede in this game appears to be the brown centipede, found in Europe. Unlike what most people think, centipedes are not insects. They actually belong to the class of animals known as Chilopoda, which are close relatives to millipedes and small myriapods known as symphylids.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ムカデ
Centipede (Etymology unknown)

Korean 지네
Centipede (Etymology unknown)

Simplified Chinese 蜈蚣
Centipede (from location of discovery)

Russian Многоножка

Dutch Duizendpoot Thousand feet

German Hundertfüßer Derived from hundert Füße (hundred feet).

European Spanish Ciempiés Hundred feet

European French Mille-pattes Thousand feet

Italian Centopiedi Hundred feet


  • In the Prima City Folk Guide, the bug guide states Centipedes are found on flowers instead of rocks. This may have caused confusion to some players looking for the Centipede.

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