Horned hercules

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Horned Hercules NH Icon.png Horned hercules  
Artwork of horned hercules
Real-world info
Name: Dynastes hercules
Family: Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles
sub. Dynastinae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Scarabée Hercule
 Scarabée Hercule
 Escarabajo astado hércules
 Escarabajo astado hércules
 Scarabeo Ercole

The horned hercules (known as the hercules beetle prior to New Leaf) is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori e+. As with many rare stag beetles, it is found in palm trees and usually from late afternoon through early morning. It is tied with the Golden Stag and the Giraffe Stag as the most valuable bug in the Animal Crossing series, selling for 12,000 Bells. Due to this, the insect is sensitive to movement the player makes. The player must move slowly, even slower than max crouching speed, to be close enough to catch the Horned Hercules.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it appears from mid to late summer.

Catch details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

Horned hercules
"ヘラクレスオオカブトを 捕まえた! 世界一 でかい カブト!"
Translation: "I caught a Hercules beetle! It's the biggest beetle in the world!"

Time of year[nb 1] All year
Time of day 11 PM – 8 AM
Location On non-palm trees (Animal Island)[nb 2]
Weather Unknown
Selling price  11,250 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]


Horned hercules
"I caught a hercules beetle! The largest beetle in the world!"

Description The largest beetles in the world.
Time of year Jul - Aug
Time of day 11 PM – 8 AM
Peak times N/A
Location On palm trees
Bug size 160 mm
Selling price  12,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]


Horned hercules
"I caught a hercules beetle! It's the greatest beetle of them all!"

Description The world's largest beetle can easily carry up to 5 pounds!
Time of year Jul – Aug
Time of day 5 PM – 8 AM
Peak times N/A
Location On palm trees
Bug size 160 mm
Rarity Very rare
Selling price  12,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Horned hercules
"I caught a horned hercules! Who's the mighty one now?"

Time of year Jul – Aug
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day 5 PM – 8 AM
Peak times N/A
Location On palm trees (can be found on Tortimer Island)
Size 160 mm
Rarity Mythical
Selling price  12,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

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  6,000 Bells
Request reward  2,000 Bells
4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stones (1.6%)

In New Horizons[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the horned hercules is a lucky item during summer, meaning it gives a 777-point Happy Home Academy bonus when placed in the player's house.


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
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Catch 100 total bugs
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 12,000 Bells
 Flick 18,000 Bells
Furniture 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 battling 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."

In New Horizons[edit]

"The horned hercules is not only known for its tremendous strength, but for its size as well. It can grow up to seven-inches long and has powerful pincers covered in hair that help with gripping! As if this weren't ghastly enough, these behemoth beetles let loose a foul odor that fends off enemies... And offends my sense of smell."

Commissioning a model[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, if the player brings three horned herculeses to Flick to commission a model, he will say the following:

"R-really? You want a sculpture of a horned hercules? The sublime spear of the heavens? Its mottled shell is a reflection of the negative sky of the Infested Realms it defends with its mighty horn! I promise this will be my pokey-est masterpiece, and I shall title it The Grand Horned Hercules!"


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life horned hercules.

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 considerably smaller than other species. Some females can exceed the size of the male Hercules beetle by body alone. The hercules beetle is considered the strongest creature on earth relative to 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
Lit. "Heracles giant helmet (bug)"

Korean 헤라클레스장수풍뎅이
Lit. "Heracles rhinoceros beetle"

Simplified Chinese 长戟大兜虫
chángjǐ dàdōuchóng
Lit. "Long-speared giant helmet bug"

Traditional Chinese 長戟大兜蟲

Russian Жук-геркулес
Lit. "Hercules beetle"

Dutch Herculeskever Lit. "Hercules beetle"

German Herkuleskäfer Lit. "Hercules beetle"

European Spanish Escarabajo astado hércules Hercules horned beetle

European French Scarabée Hercule Lit. "Hercules scarab"

Italian Scarabeo Ercole Lit. "Hercules scarab"


  1. All bugs and fish in the first-generation games can appear at a lower spawn rate up to five days before the start of their first month of availability.
  2. Possibly due to a developer oversight, tree insects can not spawn on palm trees, or fruit trees that do not currently bear fruit. Due to its exclusivity to Animal Island, catching the Hercules Beetle requires planting a non-palm tree on the island.