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Horned elephant Gallery

"I caught a horned elephant! Did it get lost from the herd?" —New Leaf

The horned elephant (ゾウカブト, zoukabuto?) is a rare bug in the Animal Crossing series, that are most commonly found on the island. Prior to New Leaf, it was known as the elephant beetle. It is a large, dark-yellow beetle found on Palm Trees during the Summer at night, between the months of July and August. It is worth 8,000 Bells.

Donation to the museum[]

As with all bugs 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[]

"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…"

After donation, the elephant beetle can be found at the bottom of the left palm tree in the exhibit on the left of the first room of the bug area.

In City Folk[]

"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!"

In New Leaf[]

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

"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."

The elephant beetle can be found on the Island in the middle tier of the bug section, located on a palm tree next to the tarantula and scorpion, in the same section housing the rafflesia.

In New Horizons[]

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

"The horned elephant beetle certainly lives up to its namesake. Not only does the horn on its head resemble the trunk of an elephant... It is also one of the heaviest beetles in the world! Size aside, allow me to reveal the real reason I find horned elephant beetles so repugnant... Their backs are covered in a fine coat of hair! Hirsute beetles! Hoot! The horror!"

Capture quotes[]

"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
"I caught a horned elephant! I think it's too small to ride..." —New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Horned elephant (Wild World) "They are the heaviest beetles in the world. Their horns look like elephant trunks."
Size 115 mm
Time Night
Season Summer
Icon Horned elephant (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Elephant Beetle (City Folk)
"The heaviest beetles in the world are named for their trunklike horns."
Size About 115 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Horned elephant encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a horned elephant! Did it get lost from the herd?"
Size 162 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer

New Horizons[]


Further Information[]

Main article: Elephant beetle on Wikipedia
Elephant Beetle

A real-life horned elephant

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A real-life horned elephant

The elephant beetle is a type of rhinoceros beetle that can grow between 7 to 12 centimetres (2.75 to 4.75 inches) in length; males are sometimes bigger and can grow around 2 to 3 times bigger than the females. Living in the rain-forests of South America, as well as Central America and southern Mexico, these beetles are mainly active at night and mainly feed on sap, bark, and ripened fallen fruit. Elephant beetle larvae develop in large decaying logs and take up to 3 years to develop into adult beetles. The lifespan of these beetles is around 1 to 6 months. However, elephant beetle populations have been depleting by the destruction of the rain-forests, which has reduced their grounds for mating. They are called kiwi fruits by hobbyists due to their kiwi looking like body , when they are old their bristle will fall making them being low quality specimens. Some hobbyist will decide to kill them after their emergence of a month.

In other languages[]

Horned elephant
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese ゾウカブト Zōkabuto -
France French Scarabée éléphant -
Spain Spanish Escarabajo astado elefante -
Germany German Elefantenkäfer -
Italy Italian Scarabeo elefante -
The Netherlands Dutch Olifantkever -
China Chinese 象兜虫/象兜蟲/毛象大兜虫/毛象大兜蟲 Xiàngdōuchóng (Máo xiàng dà dōu chóng) -
South Korea Korean 코끼리장수풍뎅이 Kokkirijangsupungdengi -

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