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"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


Further Information

800px-Elephant Beetle Megasoma elephas Male Side 2699px

A male elephant beetle. Just like most rhinoceros beetles, the female lacks the horn.

The elephant beetle is a Scarab beetle. It is more active during the night.

In other languages

Horned elephant
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ゾウカブト Zōkabuto
Flag of France small French Scarabée éléphant
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo astado elefante
Flag of Germany small German Elefantenkäfer
Flag of Italy small Italian Scarabeo elefante
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Olifantkever
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 象兜虫 Xiàngdōuchóng
Flag of South Korea Korean 코끼리장수풍뎅이 Kokkirijangsupungdengi

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