Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Horned Hercules

Monday, August 17th, 2020 10:32 am

This insect starts appearing late in the day.

August is almost over, which means that Animal Crossing: New Horizons players with islands in the Northern Hemisphere only have a short time left to capture a number of bugs before they stop appearing. One of these is the horned hercules, which only appears during two months of the year.

The horned hercules can be found on islands in the Northern Hemisphere from July to August. According to AllGamers, it can appear on islands in the Southern Hemisphere from January to February. The horned hercules can appear on the side of a palm tree at any time between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.

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In our experience, the horned hercules is a rare insect. You can increase your chances of finding one by taking a trip to a mystery island using a Nook Miles Ticket. That way, you can encounter lots of bugs in a relatively small area, as opposed to searching for one by running back and forth across your large home island.

That being said, when a horned hercules does appear, it’s easy to identify, since it has a long horn sticking straight up from the top of its head and a partially yellow/orange body.

Check out our gameplay clip below to see what a horned hercules looks like when it’s hanging on the side of a tree.

Each horned hercules can be sold for 12,000 Bells at Nook’s Cranny, or for even more if you sell them to Flick when he visits your island. Just remember that you’ll also need to donate one of these bugs to Blathers at the museum if you want to finish your museum’s insect collection.

Since the horned hercules is so rare, it may take you some time to track one down. That being the case, you may want to check out the ChargePlay Clutch from HyperX. It can extend your device’s battery life so you can play New Horizons (and other Switch games) for a longer period of time before having to charge your Switch. Head over to HyperX’s website to learn more about the ChargePlay Clutch and the company’s other Switch accessories.

To learn more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or to view the rest of our guides for the game, check out our previous coverage.

Disclosure: Nintendo gave SuperParent a code for Animal Crossing: New Horizons for coverage purposes. In addition, HyperX is a sponsor of SuperParent.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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