- "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
The Scorpion is a rare bug that can be found on the ground anywhere where space permits. When traveling it makes a rattling sound, unlike the Tarantula's heavier scuttling. This is more apparent in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk than in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Like the Bee and the Tarantula, the Scorpion is a "harmful" bug. When agitated, they will chase the player, and will not stop unless they are caught, the player runs inside a building, the player engages in conversation or other activity (i.e. digging up a fossil or being stung by bees), or if the scorpion falls into water. If stung, the player will pass out and wake up in front of their home. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf scorpions, when noticing the player, will turn around and hiss if a net is being held. Otherwise, they will wander away and disappear shortly. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, they do not disappear in this fashion.
Villagers are aware of a scorpion's presence. If you talk to them, they will warn you to keep your voice down and not panic. If the player is being chased by a scorpion and tries to talk to a villager, the villager will simply tell them to get away.
Donation to the Museum
In Wild World
Upon donation to the museum, Blathers the curator will say;
"I've heard that a scorpion can be affected by it's 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!"
After donation, the scorpion can be found on the second room of the museum, in the same enclosure as the Tarantula. The scorpion and tarantula can be seen battling with each other when both have been donated. The scorpion can be seen shaking its stinger at the Tarantula (once donated), which makes a rattling noise. The Tarantula can be heard making a hissing-type noise in return, which might be associated with the insect's defense mechanism of scratching hairs at enemies. They will circle each other, and eventually both run towards each other and collide, then begin their battle again. If the scorpion is donated on its own without the tarantula, it will be aware of the player's presence and shake its stinger at them instead.
In City Folk
"...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 is in the same area as the Tarantula. When donated alone, it will follow the player's movements. But if a tarantula is donated, the two will fight, circling the small enclosure until eventually colliding midair.
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.
- Size: 160 mm.
- Season: Summer.
- Time: Night.
- Their "tail" is actually part of their stomach.
- Size: About 160 mm.
- Season: Summer
- Time: Night
- Those things that look like tails are actually extensions of their stomachs.
Catching the Scorpion
Scorpions will attack the player if they walk too fast around it while a net is equipped, or if the player uses the net nearby and misses it. Walking slowly and capturing it is usually fairly simple, so it is generally advised not to run or even walk at normal speed when searching for them, at least when walking down as visibility is decreased when traveling in this direction. If the scorpion notices a player when they are not holding a net, it will wander away. Equipping a net at this time often initiates an attack as well.
Scorpions are a nocturnal arthropod that can be found throughout the world in dry, arid locations, as well as tropical rainforest. Most species, while they have the ability to sting, are not dangerous to humans. The dangerous species tend to be very small, save the Emperor Scorpion.
As scorpions are notorious for squirming into cracks and crevices when the sun rises, anyone who is residing in jungles should be careful, and on occasion they may find their way into boots and shoes which has caused a number of fatalities.
Some species in North American deserts literally glow-in-the-dark in the form of ultraviolet light, which is thought to help decide when the sun is rising so it has suitable time to seek a hiding place for the day to hide from predators. As they can see the color green, it is thought they are perfectly aware of their luminescence.
|Animal Forest||Not Present|
|Animal Crossing||Not Present|
|Dōbutsu no Mori e+||Not Present|
|Animal Crossing: Wild World||Bug #56|
|Animal Crossing: City Folk||Bug #64|
|Animal Crossing: New Leaf||Bug #72|