Horned Atlas

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"I caught the atlas beetle! It's black and looks tough! It's the strongest beetle!" —Wild World
"I caught an atlas beetle! At last, beetle!" —City Folk
"I caught a horned atlas! It's like a weight has been lifted!" —New Leaf
Horned Atlas
Atlas Beetle
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Scientific name Chalcosoma atlas
Family Scarabaeidae - Scarab beetles
Time of year June to August
Time of day 5pm to 8am
Location On palm trees
Size 120 mm
Rarity Uncommon (New Leaf - On Island)
Rare (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf - In Town)
Selling price 8,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Horned Atlas (コーカサスオオカブト, Kōkasasuookabuto), known as the Atlas Beetle before Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is an insect found in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It is sold for 8,000 Bells. It appears during the summer evenings, between June and August, and during 5 p.m. to 8 a.m..

Catch details[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Horned Atlas WW Sprite.png    ''These beetles are the strongest in the world."
  • Size- 120 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

City Folk[edit]

Atlas Beetle CF Icon.png     ''The world's strongest beetles have three horns--the keys to their strength!"
  • Size- About 120 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night to morning

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Horned Atlas

Event Availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 138.9 mm - 165.2 mm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,000 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%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Horned Atlas

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 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 Atlas can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will give a small talk on it.

In Wild World[edit]

"I find most things about beetles like this repellant, but the MOST repellant are the thin wings that they keep hidden inside. You know of what I speak? After landing, seeing that little piece of wing sticking out of their backs! Blech! Just another example of how insects scoff at proper manners and tidiness!"

In City Folk[edit]

"Crowned with three horns, the atlas beetle is known as the strongest of the dynastid beetles. Blech, I wonder if it had three horns when it was in its larval form... I simply loathe larvae. All squishy and squirmy... Nightmarish, really."

After donation, the Atlas Beetle can be found on the middle terrace, on the first palm tree overlooking the Scorpion, Tarantula and rafflesia flower.

In New Leaf[edit]

The Horned Atlas, as known in the game, is displayed on the upper-left room of the bug exhibit with the following description:

"Horned atlases are still known as the strongest of the dynastid beetles. The 3 horns make them look like a mash-up of a dynastid beetle and a stag beetle! In the pupal stage, they already have 3 horns and tend to be pretty strong."

Further information[edit]

The atlas beetle is found in southern Asia, specifically Malaysia. It is mostly distinguished by its large horns, which make up roughly one third of its 12 to 13 centimeter length. It uses its horns to fight other male atlas beetles for a mate - the female atlas beetle is smaller and lacks horns. The larvae is pale yellow with black markings and a pale blue underbelly in appearance, and is known to bite when touched, and is also known to fight to the death with other atlas beetle larvae. It can carry 4 kilograms, which is the equivalent of a human being carrying two elephants - this gives it the reputation of being one of the strongest animals on earth for its size.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese コーカサスオオカブト
Caucasus giant beetle

German Atlaskäfer Atlas Beetle

European French Scarabée Atlas Atlas beetle