Elephant Beetle

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"I caught an elephant beetle! The heavyweight of beetles!" —Wild World
"I caught an elephant beetle! The heavyweight champion!" —City Folk
"I caught a horned elephant! Did it get lost from the herd?" —New Leaf
Elephant Beetle
Horned Elephant
ElephantBeetle.jpg
Scientific name Megasoma elephas
Family Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles
sub.Dynastinae
Time of year July to August
Time of day 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Wild World)
5 p.m. to 8 a.m. (City Folk, New Leaf)
Location On palm trees
Size 115 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 Elephant Beetle, known as the Horned Elephant (ゾウカブト, Zoukabuto) in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is a rare insect in the Animal Crossing series. It is a large, dark-yellow beetle found on palm trees during the summer at night, between the months of July and August (all year in Tortimer Island) and the times 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.. It is worth 8,000 Bells.

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Elephant Beetle can be donated to the Museum followed by a small talk by Blathers, the curator.

In Wild World[edit]

"I wonder what elephant beetles were called before there were elephants? No, wait, I don't wonder! I don't even care! Hoo hoo! Well, moving on..."

In City Folk[edit]

"True to its namesake, the elephant beetle is among the heaviest of all the dynastid beetles. As you might imagine, with parents that big, the babies are also accordingly huge. About the size of your fist! Such foulness! Just think of those monstrous larvae! The horror of it all!"

The Elephant Beetle can be found on the middle tier of the insect section, located on a palm tree next to the Tarantula and Scorpion, in the same section housing the rafflesia.

In New Leaf[edit]

After donation, an information board in the insect exhibit will display a description of the Horned Elephant.

"Horned elephants are some of the heaviest dynastid beetles in the world. The thin yellow hair that covers their bodies makes them rather attractive to mates and collectors. Their horns resemble an elephant raising its trunk, which is how they got their name. They're already big in their larval stage, but by their pupal stage, they are the size of a person's hand."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Elephant Beetle (Wild World).gif ''They are the heaviest beetles in the world. Their horns look like elephant trunks."
  • Size- 115 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

City Folk[edit]

Elephant Beetle (City Folk).png ''The heaviest beetles in the world are named for their trunklike horns."
  • Size- About 115 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night to morning


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Scarabée éléphant Elephant beetle