Atlas Beetle

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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
Atlas Beetle
Horned Atlas
AtlasBeetle.jpg
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
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Atlas Beetle (コーカサスオオカブト, Kōkasasuookabuto), known as the Horned Atlas in 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..

Donating to the Museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Atlas Beetle 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."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

In Wild World and City Folk, players can access information about fish and insects in the menu. Regarding the Atlas Beetle:

Wild World[edit]

Atlas Beetle (Wild World).gif ''These beetles are the strongest in the world."
  • Size- 120 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

City Folk[edit]

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


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]

Language Name Meaning
French Scarabée Atlas Atlas beetle