Horned Elephant

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"I caught an elephant beetle! The heavyweight of beetles!" —Wild World
"I caught an elephant beetle! The heavyweight champion!" —City Folk
"I caught a horned elephant! Did it get lost from the herd?" —New Leaf
Horned Elephant
Elephant Beetle
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Horned Elephant NH.png
Scientific name Megasoma elephas
Family Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles
Time of year July to August
All year (New Leaf - on Tortimer Island)
Time of day 7 PM to 8 AM (Wild World)
5 PM to 8 AM (City Folk New Leaf, New Horizons)
Location On palm trees
Size 115 mm
Rarity Uncommon (New Leaf - on Tortimer Island)
Rare (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf - in town)
Very rare (New Horizons)
Selling price 8,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Horned Elephant, known as the Elephant Beetle (ゾウカブト, Zoukabuto) before Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is a rare bug in the Animal Crossing series. It is a large, dark-yellow beetle found on palm trees during the summer at night, between the months of July and August (all year in Tortimer Island in New Leaf) and the times 5 PM to 8 AM. It is worth 8,000 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Horned Elephant WW Sprite.png    ''They are the heaviest beetles in the world. Their horns look like elephant trunks."
  • Size- 115 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

City Folk[edit]

Elephant Beetle CF Icon.png     ''The heaviest beetles in the world are named for their trunklike horns."
  • Size- About 115 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night to morning

In New Leaf[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


Horned Elephant
"I caught a horned elephant! I think it’s too small to ride..."

Time of Year North: Jul – Aug
South: Jan – Feb
Time of Day 5 PM – 8 AM
Location On palm trees
Rarity Very rare
Total Catch 100
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 8000 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 12000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Horned Elephant can be donated to the Museum followed by a small talk by Blathers, the curator.

In Wild World[edit]

"I wonder what elephant beetles were called before there were elephants? No, wait, I don't wonder! I don't even care! Hoo hoo! Well, moving on..."

In City Folk[edit]

"True to its namesake, the elephant beetle is among the heaviest of all the dynastid beetles. As you might imagine, with parents that big, the babies are also accordingly huge. About the size of your fist! Such foulness! Just think of those monstrous larvae! The horror of it all!"

The Elephant Beetle can be found on the middle tier of the insect section, located on a palm tree next to the Tarantula and Scorpion, in the same section housing the rafflesia.

In New Leaf[edit]

After donation, an information board in the insect exhibit will display a description of the Horned Elephant.

"Horned elephants are some of the heaviest dynastid beetles in the world. The thin yellow hair that covers their bodies makes them rather attractive to mates and collectors. Their horns resemble an elephant raising its trunk, which is how they got their name. They're already big in their larval stage, but by their pupal stage, they are the size of a person's hand."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"The horned elephant beetle certainly lives up to its namesake. Not only does the horn on its head resemble the trunk of an elephant...It is also one of the heaviest beetles in the world! Size aside, allow me to reveal the real reason I find horned elephant beetles so repugnant... Their back are covered in a fine coat of hair! Hirsute beetles! Hoot! The horror!

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ゾウカブト
Elephant beetle

German Elefantenkäfer Elephant Beetle

European French Scarabée éléphant Elephant beetle