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
Hercules Beetle
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Horned Hercules NH.png
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)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Horned Hercules, or the Hercules Beetle (ヘラクレスオオカブト, Herakuresuōkabuto) before 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 Horned Dynastid. 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.

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 fighting 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."

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]

Japanese ヘラクレスオオカブト
Hercules giant beetle

German Herkuleskäfer Hercules Beetle

European French Scarabée Hercule Hercules beetle