Hercules Beetle

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"I caught a hercules beetle! The largest beetle in the world!" —Wild World
"I caught a hercules beetle! It's the greatest beetle of them all!" —City Folk
"I caught a horned hercules! Who's the mighty one now?" —New Leaf
Hercules Beetle
Horned Hercules
Scientific name Dynastes hercules
Family Scaribidae - Scarab Beetles
sub. Dynastinae
Time of year July to August
Time of day 11pm to 8am (Wild World),
5pm to 8am (City Folk, New Leaf)
Location On palm trees
Size 160 mm
Rarity Rare (Dōbutsu no Mori e+, Wild World, New Leaf - On Island)
Very Rare (City Folk, New Leaf - In Town)
Selling price 11,250 Bells (Animal Forest e+, PAL Wild World)
12,000 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Appearances Doubutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Hercules Beetle, or the Horned Hercules (ヘラクレスオオカブト, Herakuresuōkabuto) in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is a rare insect in the Animal Crossing series. It is one of highest priced insects in the games, alongside the Golden Stag. It can be found on palm trees at night, between 5 pm and 8 am, during the months of July and August. In New Leaf, they are found in Tortimer Island at night and year-round. It sells for 12,000 Bells. Its shape is compared with the Dynastid Beetle. Since it is so rare and valuable, players can catch it by walking slowly as possible and then swinging the net at the correct range. In Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, when donated, it is seen fighting the Golden Stag.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

Blathers makes these comments when the insect is donated to the museum.

In Wild World[edit]

"The hercules beetle is known as the largest beetle in the world, eh wot? It's those mammoth horns! Yes, the horns are its claim to fame... But inspect them, and you'll see they're covered in hair! Blech! Hairy horns... Frankly, I can't think of anything more vile..."

In City Folk[edit]

"Hoo now... The largest dynastid beetle around! I must say, those horns are simply magnificent! Dynastid beetles move fairly slowly, so you're free to view them at your own pace, eh wot? I must heartily endorse any insect that has the decency to move slowly and predictably. Well done!"

After donation, the Hercules Beetle can be found on the second tier of the insect section in the first enclosure, walking on the tree stump towards the back. Once the Golden Stag has also been donated, both will fight on the stump, picking each other up and tipping one another over.

In New Leaf[edit]

In New Leaf, the Horned Hercules is found in the right-hand back room on the large tree stump in the center. If the Golden Stag is also donated, the two will be fighting each other. The exhibit has this to say about the Horned Hercules:

"Horned herculeses are the largest beetles in the world, reaching over 17 cm in exceptional cases. Their 2 long horns look pretty, but they're powerful and can hurt a lot if you're pinched by them. The longer horn is covered with short, soft yellow hair, which helps them to sense vibrations. The yellow on their bodies turns black when it's humid, making them difficult to spot on humid evenings."

Encyclopedia Information[edit]

The Hercules Beetle fighting the Golden Stag.

When players have caught the Hercules Beetle, they can find information about the insect in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the Hercules:

Wild World[edit]

Hercules Beetle (Wild World).gif ''The largest beetles in the world."
  • Size- 160 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

City Folk[edit]

Hercules Beetle (City Folk).png ''The world's largest beetle can easily carry up to 5 pounds!"
  • Size- About 160 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night to morning

Further Information[edit]

A real life Hercules Beetle

The Hercules Beetle is the most famous and largest of the rhinoceros beetles. It is native to the rainforests of Central America and South America. The size of this beetle includes the length of its horn, which without, would make it ranked lower down - some females (which are considerably smaller excluding the horn), can exceed the size of the male Hercules beetle by body alone. The Hercules beetle is considered the strongest creature on earth for its size - it can handle 850 times its own body weight. They eat decaying fruit and the larvae of the beetle spends one to two years tunneling into rotten wood.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Scarabée Hercule Hercules beetle