Horned Dynastid

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"Yes! I caught the famed dynastid beetle! It's incredibly strong! (For its size)" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a dynastid beetle! Talk about powerful!" —Wild World
"Yessss! I caught a dynastid beetle! Strong, tough, and AWESOME!" —City Folk
Horned Dynastid
Dynastid Beetle
Horned Dynastid NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Allomyrina dichotomus politus
Family: Scarabaeidae - scarab beetles
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese カブトムシ
Simplified Chinese 独角仙
French Scarabée kabuto
Spanish Escarabajo astado japonés
Italian Scarabeo kabutomushi
Russian Дупляк

Korean 장수풍뎅이
Traditional Chinese 獨角仙
Quebec French Scarabée kabuto
Latin American Spanish Escarabajo astado japonés
German Nashornkäfer
Dutch Neushoornkever

The Horned Dynastid, known as the Dynastid Beetle (カブトムシ, Kabutomushi) before Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is an uncommon insect found in Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It appears between the months of July and August, between 7 PM and 8 AM. They are familiar to a Hercules Beetle because of their shape.

Catch details[edit]

After the player has caught a Horned Dynastid for the first time, they can find information about it in the bug tab of their encyclopedia.

Wild World[edit]

Dynastid Beetle WW Sprite.png    ''Their proud horn is actually just overgrown skin. They're related to scarab beetles."
  • Size- 80 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

City Folk[edit]

Dynastid Beetle CF Icon.png     ''The proud horns of these relatives of the scarab beetle are just overgrown skin."
  • Size- About 80 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night to morning

In New Leaf[edit]


Horned Dynastid
"I caught a horned dynastid! Your era just ended, buddy!"

Time of Year Jul – Aug
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of Day 5 PM – 8 AM
Peak Times 11 PM - 8 AM
Location On palm trees
Tortimer Island
Size 72 mm
Rarity Very uncommon
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1350 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Horned Dynastid

Event Availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 67.0 mm - 76.9 mm
Rarity ★★
Catch Rate 11.3583%
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

New Horizons[edit]


Horned Dynastid
"I caught a horned dynastid! I'd hate to hear it honk that schnoz!"

Time of Year North: Jul – Aug
South: Jan – Feb
Time of Day 5 PM – 8 AM
Location On trees (any kind)
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1350 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2025 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"They're called beetles, wot? The lugs of the insect world. Insects with armor plating on their backs, you know. Their armor, it...opens up, revealing wings, which they use to fly. It's really quite unnatural. Then, there's that thin membrane-like covering where their heads connect to their bodies. Most foul!"

In Wild World[edit]

"Do tell, player, have you ever seen a dynastid beetle's larva? Oh, no trouble at all if you haven't, I assure you! If you had, we might speak of them, and then I would recall how vile they look. Let's forget it, shall we?" —Blathers

The Dynastid Beetle can be found on the first tree in the second insect room.

In City Folk[edit]

"The dynastid beetle has a reputation as king of the forest, but this king is not without enemies, eh wot? Many species hunt this beetle. Examples include moles, crows, and owls... WOT WOT?!" —Blathers

The Dynastid Beetle can be found in the top terrace of the insect exhibit, on the middle Oak Tree.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the Horned Dynastid can be found on a tree in the back of the upper right room of the Insect section. The exhibit has this to say about the Horned Dynastid:

"Horned dynastids are part of the scarab family. Their horns are actually part of their exoskeleton. Horned dynastids don't have a nose or ears, but they can sense smells with their antennae. They are also able to feel the minor vibration of sounds traveling in the air using thin hair on their bodies. They are fairly loud when flying, plus they emit a rather sour odor, so they are not hard to notice."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"The horned dynastid's head is shaped like a samurai warrior's helmet, hootie-hoo! It would be a most impressive fact if their large size wasn't so horrifying! Adult males use their huge horned heads for fighting and digging, while the females have no such need. As for their larvae and pupae, they too are quite large and feed on rotting wood at a tremendous pace. A foul feast, indeed!"

Real-world information[edit]

A fully-grown male dynastid beetle among two other insects on some bark.
A fully-grown male dynastid beetle among two other insects.

The dynastid beetle is a subspecies of the Japanese rhinoceros beetle, and is part of the scarab family. Its larvae are very large, around 5 cm long. Horn-like structures are present in both sexes during the pupal stage, though only adult males will have horns. Dynastid beetles, along with other rhinoceros beetles, are popular as pets in Asia, and in some places are considered a delicacy, especially fried. Dynastid beetles don't mind being handled, and fly slowly and quietly. Rhinoceros beetles have their place in Japanese popular culture, making appearances in anime, tokusatsu, advertisements, and even films. The dynastid beetles featured in Animal Crossing are in their adult stage.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese カブトムシ
Rhinoceros beetle (lit. "kabuto helmet bug")

Korean 장수풍뎅이
Rhinoceros beetle (lit. "commander scarab")

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
独角仙 / 獨角仙
Rhinoceros beetle (lit. "single-horned immortal")

Russian Дупляк
Rhinoceros beetle

Dutch Neushoornkever Rhinoceros beetle

German Nashornkäfer Rhinoceros beetle

European Spanish Escarabajo astado japonés Japanese horned beetle

European French Scarabée kabuto Kabuto beetle, from Japanese name

Italian Scarabeo kabutomushi Kabutomushi scarab, from Japanese name