"I caught a horned atlas! It's like a weight has been lifted!" —New Leaf

The horned atlas (コーカサスオオカブト, Kōkasasu-ōkabuto?) is a bug found in Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf. It sells for 8,000 bells. Before New Leaf, it was known as the atlas beetle. It appears during summer evenings, between the months of June and August, roughly between the times 5pm and 8am. It is rumored that this bug appears more frequently when it's raining.

Donation to the museum

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the atlas beetle can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will provide some information about it.

In Wild World

When donated to the museum, Blathers will say:

"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!"

Once donated, the atlas beetle can be found on the bottom of the right palm tree in the first room of the bug exhibit.

In City Folk

When donated to the museum, Blathers will say:

"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."

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"Horned atlases, though perhaps not the largest, are still known as the strongest of dynastid beetles. Their 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."

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 Horizons

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"Beware the horned atlas! I tell you, this rhinoceros beetle is known for its violent temperament! The males use the three large horns on their heads to fight amongst each other for dominance. But it is their young that truly give me the cold sweats. You see, their larvae grow quite large and, worst of all...they bite! It is the stuff of nightmares, I say."

Capture quotes

Japanese Quotes

「コーカサスオオカブトを つかまえた! 黒光りして 強そ~っ!」 —New Leaf

"I caught a horned atlas! It looks strong with its black gleam!" (translation)
"I caught an 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 an atlas beetle! I didn't even need a map!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Horned atlas (Wild World) "These beetles are the strongest in the world."
Size 120 mm
Time Night
Season Summer
Icon Horned atlas (Wild World icon)

City Folk

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

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Horned atlas encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a horned atlas! It's like a weight has been lifted!"
Size 170
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer

Further Information

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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 larva 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.


In other languages

Horned atlas
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese コーカサスオオカブト Kōkasasuōkabuto
Flag of France small French Scarabée Atlas
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo astado atlas
Flag of Germany small German Atlaskäfer
Flag of Italy small Italian Scarabeo atlas
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Atlaskever
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 高卡萨斯南洋大兜虫 Gāokǎsàsīnányángdàdōuchóng
Flag of South Korea Korean 코카서스장수풍뎅이 Kokaseoseujangsupungdengi

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