Tarantula

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"I caught a tarantula! Don't try this at home!" —Wild World
Tarantula
Tarantula NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Brachypelma smithi
Family: Theraphosidae
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 タランチュラ
 狼蛛
 Tarentule
 Tarántula
 Tarantola
 Паук-птицеед
 타란툴라
 狼蛛
 Tarentule
 Tarántula
 Vogelspinne
 Vogelspin

The Tarantula (タランチュラ, taranchura) is a rare insect in the Animal Crossing series. It is worth 8,000 Bells. They are found on the ground at night, and they can be difficult to catch, similar to the Scorpion and Wasp, as well as harmful - however, they do not attack the player unless they are carrying a net, and, unlike the Wasp, the Tarantula does not leave a mark. If startled by rapid movement (whilst holding the net), in the same fashion as the Scorpion, it will attack (presumably bite) the player, causing the player to be momentarily stunned before fainting, which then leads to the player waking up in front of their house. If the player is not carrying the net whilst a quick movement is made near the Tarantula, like many other bugs in the game, it will move away from the player.

Catch details[edit]

In Wild World[edit]


Tarantula WW Sprite.png    ''Their poison isn't potent enough to be lethal, but their belly hair causes itchiness."
  • Size- 65 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night


In City Folk[edit]

#63

Tarantula
"I caught a tarantula! I don't wanna arm-wrestle this guy!"

Description The belly hairs these use to fire poison cause more itchiness than the poison itself.
Time of year Jun - Aug
Time of day 7 PM - 4 AM
Peak times N/A
Location On the ground
Bug size 65 mm
Rarity Rare
Selling price  8000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In New Leaf[edit]

#71

Tarantula
"I caught a tarantula! WHAAAA! Destroy it!"

Time of year Jun - Aug
Time of day 7 PM - 4 AM
Peak times N/A
Location On the ground
Size 83 mm
Rarity Rare
Selling price  8000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In New Horizons[edit]

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

#79

Tarantula
"I caught a tarantula! This situation just got hairy!"

Time of year North: Nov – Apr
South: May – Oct
Time of day 7 PM – 4 AM
Location On the ground
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 8000 Bells
 Flick 12000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


Donating to the museum[edit]

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

In Wild World[edit]

''Hoo my! It's simply amazing that you were able to catch one of these monsters... Not only is it poisonous, it's as hairy as can be... Blech! Hairy and toxic... Is there any combination more vile?"

Tarantulas are slightly rarer than Scorpions. The Tarantula can be found in the second room of the bug exhibit, in the area where the Dung Beetle and Pill Bug are displayed.

In City Folk[edit]

"Hoo, such foul fuzziness! And have you seen how fast they move? It's enough to make an owl faint. They're quite docile beasts, and it's documented that they rarely attack people... But when I look at them up close like this, I start to wonder if the experts might be wrong, eh wot?!"

It can be found in the first enclosure on the middle terrace, which holds the Scorpion, Centipede, Flea, and Fly, to name a few.

The Scorpion and Tarantula can be seen battling with each other when both have been donated. The Scorpion can be seen shaking its stinger at the Tarantula, which makes a rattling noise. The Tarantula can be heard making a hissing-type noise, which might be associated with the insect's defense mechanism of scratching hairs at enemies. They will circle each other, and eventually both jump into the air and collide, then begin their battle again. If the Scorpion is absent, the Tarantula will watch the player.

In New Leaf[edit]

A Tarantula in the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Rather than a small talk by Blathers, information is provided on the Tarantula's enclosure.

"Tarantulas are large arachnids that live in warm areas. They're sometimes kept as pets. They have sharp fangs, and while it is painful if you're bitten by one, they aren't deadly to humans. What's scarier is the hair they kick off of their abdomens to protect themselves. The hair can cause serious itching and rashes wherever it sticks and can be rather difficult to remove."

Before the Scorpion is donated, the Tarantula walks around in its small part of the enclosure. When the player walks near the Tarantula, it will stop in its tracks and stare at the player, turning as the player walks. When the player walks away for long enough, the Tarantula will continue walking. If a scorpion is donated the tarantula and scorpion will jump in the air and slam into each other.

In New Horizons[edit]

"As giant spiders go, the tarantula is said to be quite docile. But have you ever seen such foul fuzziness?! It is a fact, tarantulas have barbed belly hair! I say again...BARBED. BELLY. HAIR! These awful arachnids let loose their spiky, itchy hairs to protect themselves from predators. But seeing how tarantulas also prey on frogs, mice, and even birds, one must ask... Who needs protecting from whom?! Hoo! Who indeed!"

The Tarantula can be found in the laboratory section of the bug exhibit, contained within a forest display case.

Gallery[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

Mexican redknee tarantula

It is unknown what type of tarantula appears in the Animal Crossing games. There are different types of tarantula: ground hunters, tree hunters, as well as venomous and nonvenomous ones. Although a tarantula has eyes, its keenest sense is touch. It feels vibrations in the ground and determines the location of its prey through them. They are exothermic, but under a thermal image, the abdomen appears the brighter than the rest of its body (indicating warmth).

The tarantula in the Animal Crossing series resembles the Mexican redknee tarantula (Brachypelma smithi). These terrestrial tarantulas of the west side of Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre del Sur are popular among enthusiasts. The females can live to be 30 years while the males lead a much shorter 5 years or so. The male has a comparable size to the female, but has a smaller body with longer legs. The tarantula must undergo occasional molting to grow. The Mexican redknee tarantula is docile, unlike the tarantula in Animal Crossing, and it is only slightly venomous.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese タランチュラ
taranchura
Tarantula (Derived from English)

Korean 타란툴라
tarantulla
Tarantula (Derived from English)

Simplified Chinese 狼蛛
lángzhū
Wolf spider

Russian Паук-птицеед
Pauk-ptitseyed
Tarantula (lit. "birdeater spider")

Dutch Vogelspin Tarantula (lit. "bird spider")

German Vogelspinne Tarantula (lit. "bird spider")

European Spanish Tarántula Tarantula

European French Tarentule Tarantula

Italian Tarantola Tarantula