Horned Hercules

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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

Horned Hercules
Horned Hercules NH.png
Scientific name
Dynastes hercules
Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles
sub. Dynastinae
Months available JulyAugust
Times available 11 PM – 8 AM (Wild World),
5 PM – 8 AM (City Folk, New Leaf)
Location On palm trees
Size 160 mm
Rarity Rare (Doubutsu no Mori e+, Wild World, New Leaf - on Tortimer Island)
Very Rare (City Folk, New Leaf - in town)
Sell price 11,250 Bells (Doubutsu no Mori e+, PAL Wild World)
12,000 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ヘラクレスオオカブト
Simplified Chinese 长戟大兜虫
French Scarabée Hercule
Spanish Escarabajo astado hércules
Italian Scarabeo Ercole
Russian Жук-геркулес

Korean 헤라클레스장수풍뎅이
Traditional Chinese 長戟大兜蟲
Quebec French Scarabée Hercule
Latin American Spanish Escarabajo astado hércules
German Herkuleskäfer
Dutch Herculeskever

The Horned Hercules[nb 1] (known as the Hercules Beetle prior to New Leaf), is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori e+. It is tied with the Golden Stag and the Giraffe Stag as the most valuable bug in the Animal Crossing series, selling for 12,000 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Horned Hercules WW Sprite.png    ''The largest beetles in the world."
  • Size- 160 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

City Folk[edit]

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

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Horned Hercules

Event Availability Bugged Out Beetle Goals
Location Sunburst Island
Size 146.9 mm - 172.9 mm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate 1.0539%
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stones (1.6%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Horned Hercules
"I caught a horned hercules! Guess I was stronger!"

Time of Year North: Jul – Aug
South: Jan – Feb
Time of Day 5 PM – 8 AM
Location On palm trees
Total Catch 100
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 12000 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 18000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

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]

The Horned Hercules battling the Golden Stag.

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."

In New Horizons[edit]

"The horned hercules is not only known for its tremendous strength, but for its size as well. It can grow up to seven-inches long and has powerful pincers covered in hair that help with gripping! As if this weren't ghastly enough, these behemoth beetles let loose a foul odor that fends off enemies... And offends my sense of smell.

Commissioning a model[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, if the player brings three Horned Herculeses to Flick to commission a model, he will say the following:

"R-really? You want a sculpture of a horned hercules? The sublime spear of the heavens? Its mottled shell is a reflection of the negative sky of the Infested Realms it defends with its mighty horn! I promise this will be my pokey-est masterpiece, and I shall title it The Grand Horned Hercules!"

Real-world information[edit]

A real-life horned hercules.

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 considerably smaller than other species. Some females can exceed the size of the male Hercules beetle by body alone. The hercules beetle is considered the strongest creature on earth relative to 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]

Japanese ヘラクレスオオカブト
Lit. "Heracles giant helmet (bug)"

Korean 헤라클레스장수풍뎅이
Lit. "Heracles rhinoceros beetle"

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
长戟大兜虫 / 長戟大兜蟲
chángjǐ dàdōuchóng
Lit. "Long-speared giant helmet bug"

Russian Жук-геркулес
Lit. "Hercules beetle"

Dutch Herculeskever Lit. "Hercules beetle"

German Herkuleskäfer Lit. "Hercules beetle"

European Spanish Escarabajo astado hércules Hercules horned beetle

European French Scarabée Hercule Lit. "Hercules scarab"

Italian Scarabeo Ercole Lit. "Hercules scarab"


  1. Japanese: ヘラクレスオオカブト Hepburn: Herakuresuōkabuto

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