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"I caught a scorpion! Not so fast now, are ya?!" —New Leaf

The scorpion (さそり Sasori?) is a rare bug that lives on the ground during summer nights. It can be detected by the sound of its movement, which is lighter and more rattling compared to the tarantula. If the player is bitten by the scorpion, they will pass out and wake up in front of their home.

It behaves similarly to the tarantula, but unlike that bug, scorpions cannot jump over low inclines. They are one of the few bugs that villagers will note the presence of nearby.

Behavior

Scorpions are initially docile creatures that wander around the town, travelling away from the player if approached without a net. In New Leaf a docile scorpion will disappear after a while. However, if approached while holding a net, they become aggressive and freeze. If the player then misses with the net, runs, or jogs, the scorpion will charge. Scorpions in pursuit will not stop until they have attacked the player or fallen in water. Putting away the net mid-chase has no effect on an already aggressive scorpion.

A "glitch" is known where digging up a fossil during a chase will "freeze" the scorpion. After enough time has passed, the scorpion will stop chasing and resume wandering around.

In New Horizons, Scorpions will not spawn when the player has company over.

Donation to the museum

In Wild World

Upon donation to the museum, Blathers the curator will say;

Scorpion bite

A player gets bitten by a Scorpion, near Static.

"I've heard that a scorpion can be affected by its own poison, you know. If so, why carry around such dangerous material? Blech! Foolish wretch... If I walked around with a piano above my head, I'd expect to be squashed, wot!"

The scorpion can be found in the second room of the bug exhibit. If donated with the tarantula, the two will engage in battle. However, if just the scorpion is donated, it will follow the player's movements with its eyes.

In City Folk

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

"...Scorpions are assuredly attention getters. They've got those colors that say, "Stay back! I'm poisonous!" However, it seems only a tiny group of scorpions have venom lethal enough to off you with one sting. Mischievous scorpions that look like highly poisonous ones probably fooled folks into thinking otherwise."

The scorpion and tarantula can be seen battling with each other when both have been donated. They will circle each other, and eventually both jump into the air and collide, then begin their battle again. If only one has been donated, the respective bug will stare down the player instead.

In New Leaf

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A Scorpion and Tarantula fighting in New Leaf.

Since Blathers does not talk about the bug, the exhibit provides the information as follows:

"Scorpions resemble crabs and are in the class arachnida, though they aren't aquatic. Most species possess venom, but of the 1,000 or more species, only 25 are deadly to humans. Scorpion eggs hatch inside the female's abdomen, and the young spend time on her back after birth."

The scorpion will wander in its confined area alone. If approached by a player, it will turn around to look at them, rattling its tail. If a tarantula is donated, the scorpion will instead fight with the tarantula.

In New Horizons

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

"The scorpion... how should I put this? Those legs! Those pincers! That tail! And that venomous stinger! It's as if someone took the most awful insect parts... and put them together to make the scorpion! All scorpions are venomous, you know! Though I understand that only a few kinds are truly deadly. I fear I might die just thinking about it."

The scorpion has its own display area. Unlike previous segments of the series, the scorpion does not watch and rattle at the player when they are nearby its enclosure.

Capture quotes

"I caught a scorpion, but it didn't catch me!" —Wild World
"I caught a scorpion! It looks kind of crabby to me..." —City Folk
"I caught a scorpion! Not so fast now, Are ya?!" —New Leaf
"I caught a scorpion! It was a sting operation!" —New Horizons
Japanese Quotes

「サソリを 捕まえた! さされなかったぞ、うん」 —Wild World and City Folk
「サソリを つかまえた! さされなかったぞ、うん」 —New Leaf

"I caught a scorpion! It couldn't sting me, yep." (translation) (all games)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Scorpion (Wild World) "Their "tail" is actually part of their stomach."
Size 160 mm
Time Night
Season Summer
Icon Scorpion (Wild World icon)


City Folk

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Scorpion (City Folk)
"Those things that look like tails are actually extensions of their stomachs."
Size About 160 mm
Time Night
Season Summer


New Leaf

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Scorpion encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a scorpion! Not so fast now, are ya?!"
Size 202 mm
Time Night
Season Summer


New Horizons

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
ScorpionNH
"I caught a scorpion! It was a sting operation!"
Current Active Hours 7pm-4am
Months active (north) May - September
Months active (south) November - April


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Further information

Scorpion 1077-01

A real life Scorpion

Scorpions are a nocturnal Arachnid that can be found throughout the world in dry, arid locations, as well as tropical rain forests. Most species, while they have the ability to sting, are not dangerous to humans. It is often said that the bigger the scorpion, the less dangerous it is, and that is generally true. Scorpions are flattened and hide in crevices, holes and shaded areas. In some areas scorpions hiding in clothing and shoes have caused a number of hospitalizations. Some species exhibit bio-luminescence and glow under certain light conditions.

In other languages

Scorpion
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese サソリ Sasori
Flag of France small French Scorpion
Flag of Spain Spanish Escorpión
Flag of Germany small German Skorpion
Flag of Italy small Italian Scorpione
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Schorpioen
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Скорпион Skorpion
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 蝎子 Xiēzǐ
Flag of South Korea Korean 전갈 Jeonga



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