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サソリ Sasori
Scientific name Heterometrus swammerdami
Family Scorpionidae
Time of year July to September
Time of day 7pm to 4am
Location On the ground
Size 160 mm
Rarity Rare (★★★★★)
Sale price 8,000 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of France small Scorpion
Flag of Germany small Skorpion
Flag of Spain Escorpión
Flag of Italy small Scorpione

"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
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)

The Scorpion (サソリ, Sasori?) 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 in a straight direction long enough, 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. The scorpion, along with the tarantula, will not appear if it's raining.

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;

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!"

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

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 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


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.

Encyclopedia Information

In Wild World and City Folk, players can access information about fish and bugs in the menu. Regarding the scorpion:

Wild World

Scorpion icon
File:Scorpion (Wild World).png File:Scorpion (Wild World icon).png "Their "tail" is actually part of their stomach."
  • Size: 160 mm
  • Season: Summer
  • Time: Night

City Folk

ScorpionInfo.jpeg ''Those things that look like tails are actually extensions of their stomachs."

Icon calendar Season: Summer
Icon clock Time: Night
Icon butterfly Size: About 160 mm

New Leaf

Scorpion(New Leaf)

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.


Further Information

Scorpion 1077-01

A real life Scorpion

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.

Species #
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

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