In previous Animal Crossing games, beetles have always been a significant source of income for players, particularly on late-night island runs in New Leaf. Although still valuable, there are a few key differences between the beetles of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and previous entries in the series.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Beetles Complete List
Below you'll find a chart listing all of the different types of beetles, as well as every characteristic you could ever need to know about these lucrative critters.
Within the chart, the Unlock Number refers to the number of other bugs you must first catch before said beetle will appear in the wild. Just as with catching fish, certain bugs will only appear after you have captured a certain number of other bugs throughout your gameplay. Luckily, the type and rarity is not important to hit these quotas - and once you've caught 100 different insects, all species of bugs will be fully unlocked.
Additionally, the Shop Sell Price is specific to Timmy and Tommy's shop - these numbers will, of course, scale up by 150% in price when sold to Flick.
|Image||Beetle Name||Location||Time||Weather||Month & Hemisphere (N / S)||Unlock Number||Shop Sell Price|
|Blue Weevil Beetle||Palm trees||All day||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||0||800|
|Citrus Long-horned Beetle||Tree stumps||All day||Not during rain||Year-round||0||350|
|Cyclommatus Stag||Palm trees||5pm - 8am||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||100||8000|
|Diving Beetle||Skimming on water||8am - 7pm||Any||May-Sep (N) / Nov-Mar (S)||0||800|
|Drone Beetle||Trees (any)||All day||Any||Jun-Aug (N) / Dec-Feb (S)||0||200|
|Dung Beetle||Snowballs||All day||Any||Dec-Feb (N) / Jun-Aug (S)||0||3000|
|Earth-boring Dung Beetle||Trees (any)||All day||Any||Jul-Sep (N) / Jan-Mar (S)||0||300|
|Giant Stag||Trees (any)||11pm - 8am||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||50||10,000|
|Giraffe Stag||Palm trees||5pm - 8am||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||100||12,000|
|Golden Stag||Palm trees||5pm - 8am||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||100||12,000|
|Goliath Beetle||Palm trees||5pm - 8am||Any||Jun-Sep (N) / Dec-Mar (S)||100||8000|
|Horned Atlas||Palm trees||5pm - 8am||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||100||8000|
|Horned Dynastid||Trees (any)||5pm - 8am||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||0||1350|
|Horned Elephant||Palm trees||5pm - 8am||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||100||8000|
|Horned Hercules||Palm trees||5pm - 8am||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||100||12,000|
|Jewel Beetle||Tree stumps||All day||Not during rain||Apr-Aug (N) / Oct-Feb (S)||20||2400|
|Miyama Stag||Trees (any)||All day||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||0||1000|
|Rainbow Stag||Trees (any)||7pm - 8am||Any||Jun-Sep (N) / Dec-Mar (S)||50||6000|
|Rosalia Batesi Beetle||Trees stumps||All day||Not during rain||May-Sep (N) / Nov-Mar (S)||20||3000|
|Saw Stag||Trees (any)||All day||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||0||2000|
|Scarab Beetle||Trees (any)||11pm - 8am||Any||Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)||50||10,000|
|Tiger Beetle||On grass||All day||Not during rain||Feb-Nov (N) / Aug-May (S)||20||1500|
|Violin Beetle||Tree stumps||All day||Not during rain||May-Jun, Sep-Nov (N) / Nov-Dec, Mar-Apr (S)||0||450|
Tips for catching beetles
When catching any insect, you'll want to follow these steps for maximum success:
- Equip your net
- Hold down 'A' to prepare your net and slowly approach the bug by moving your joystick to as gently as possible
- When you see the bug stop moving, make sure your character stands still too - keep still until the bug's animation begins again
- Continue this until you are close enough to capture the bug
Catcher beware: the rarer the beetle, the more easily it will scare. Be careful as you approach - slow and steady wins the race.
How many beetles have you caught so far? Do you have any tips or tricks for maximum effectiveness while beetle-hunting? Let us know down below!
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