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The Hercules Beetle, or the Horned Hercules (ヘラクレスオオカブト, Herakuresuōkabuto) in 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 Dynastid Beetle. 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.
Donating to the Museum
Blathers makes these comments when the insect is donated to the museum.
In Wild World
"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
"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
"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 sense vibrations. The yellow on their bodies turns black when it's humid, making them difficult to spot on humid evenings."
It is found in the room to the right of the first room, where it can be seen fighting the Golden Stag on the tree stump.
When players have caught the Hercules Beetle, they can find information about the insect in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the Hercules:
Names in other languages