Hercules beetle
ヘラクレスオオカブト Herakuresu-ōkabuto
#28 #48 #55 #62
Location Price
On fruit trees (AFe+)
On palm trees (WW,CF,NL)
11,250 Bells (AFe+)
12,000 Bells
Size Available in rain
160 mm Yes
Time of year Time of day
July to August (WW,CF),
March to December on island (AFe+)
5pm to 8am
Scientific name Dynastes hercules
Family Scaribidae - Scarab Beetles
Subfamily - Dynastinae
Appearances AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Rare (★★★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Scarabée Hercule
Flag of Germany small Herkuleskäfer
Flag of Italy small Scarabeo Ercole
Flag of Spain Escarabajo astado hércules
"I caught a horned hercules! Who's the mighty one now?" —New Leaf

The horned hercules (ヘラクレスオオカブト,Herakuresu-ōkabuto?) is a rare bug introduced in Animal Forest e+. Prior to New Leaf, it was known as the hercules beetle. It is the highest priced bug in the games, alongside the Golden Stag Beetle.

In Wild World and City Folk where it is often thought to have its debut, it can be found on Palm Trees at night, between 5 PM and 8 AM, during the months of July and August, where it sells for an increased 12,000 Bells (up from 11,250 in AFe+). Its shape is compared with the Dynastid Beetle, which is a result of the two sharing the same family.

In Animal Forest e+ it was only found on the Private Island, where it was found on Fruit Trees. In New Leaf it is found both on the island and the mainland. Due to the addition of the sneaking feature with the net by holding A, this beetle, the Scarab Beetle and the Golden Stag are notoriously skittish. The only way to capture them is to walk at the slowest possible speed. Even walking normally while sneaking will scare these beetles (but note that walking at normal speed during stealth will not scare the other coconut beetles).

Donation to the museum

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers the curator will say:

In Wild World

"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! Hair horns... Frankly, I can't think of anything more vile..."

After donation, the hercules beetle can be found on the top of the left palm tree, which is in the first room of the bug exhibit.

In City Folk

"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!"

In New Leaf

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

"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 of 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."

After donation, the hercules beetle can be found on the second tier of the bug section in the first enclosure, walking on the tree stump towards the back. If a golden stag has been donated to the museum, the pair will use the stump as a beetle sumo ring and take turns flipping each other over.

Capture quotes

"I caught a hercules beetle! The largest beetle in the world!" —Wild World
"I caught a hercules beetle! It's the greatest beetle of them all!" —City Folk
"I caught a horned hercules! Who's the mighty one now?" —New Leaf
Japanese Quotes

「ヘラクレスオオカブトを 捕まえた! 世界一 でかい カブト!」 —Animal Forest e+
「ヘラクレスオオカブトを 捕まえた! 世界一 でかい カブト!」 —Wild World and City Folk
「ヘラクレスオオカブトを つかまえた! 世界一 でかい カブト!」 —New Leaf

"I caught a hercules beetle! The largest beetle in the world!" (translation) (all games)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Horned hercules (Wild World) "The largest beetles in the world."
Size 160 mm
Time Night
Season Summer
Icon Horned hercules (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Hercules Beetle (City Folk)
"The world's largest beetle can easily carry up to 5 pounds!"
Size About 160 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a horned hercules! Who's the mighty one now?"
Size 159 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer


Further information

Dynastes hercules lichyi (male)2 hercules beetle
The Hercules Beetle, a name which alternatively applies to a few other Dynastid beetle species in both North America and Asia, is the most famous and largest of the rhinoceros beetles.

The beetle is native to the rainforests of Central America and South America, as well as the Lesser Antilles. While often considered the worlds largest beetle at a size of around 150-170mm (the end of this scale only achieved by exceptional individuals), it is infact outclassed by two species, both of which are Cerambycids (longhorn beetles), those two being Macrodontia cervicornis and Titanus giganteus. The hercules beetle is considered the strongest creature on earth for its size; it can handle 850 times its own body weight.

One feature that often dismisses its size is its horns; when the horns, which are longer than its body length, are not included. When eye-to-abdomen measuring is used and the horns not in the equation, females can exceed the male's size as they are larger bodied (however they lack the horns, which makes them considerably "smaller" if the male's great horn is included in the measurement).

They eat decaying fruit and the larvae of the beetle spends one to two years tunneling into rotten wood.


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