|On trees||10,000 Bells|
|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
| July to August (GCN, New Leaf)|
June to August (Wild World, City Folk)
|11pm to 8am|
|Scientific name||Dorcus hopei binodulosus|
|Family||Lucanidae - Stag Beetles|
|Appearances||AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL|
|Regional names|| Lucane cerf-volant |
- "Whoa! I caught a giant stag! Small world, isn't it?" —New Leaf
The giant stag (オオクワガタ, Ookuwagata?) is a rare and valuable bug found in all games in the Animal Crossing series. Prior to New Leaf, it was known as the giant beetle. It appears during the summer nights, between the months of June and August, and between the times 11pm and 8am. It is extremely similar to the stag beetle, the only differences being that it is a bit darker and bigger.
Donating to the museum
In Animal Crossing
"Your donation of such an obviously valuable insect is really quite generous. Thank you so very much! To me, however, it's just an overpriced cockroach. And that awful black luster... Horrendous!"
In Wild World
" If you took this to a shop, they'd be willing to pay quite well for it, hoo. But to me, it just looks like a glorified, expensive cockroach!"
In City Folk
"The giant beetle boasts a massive horn, and yet it's said this bug is actually something of a milquetoast. Apparently this bug would prefer to stay inside where other creatures won't bother it. How precious. Even I could handle being near such a shy insect! I shan't be touching it, though..."
After donation, the giant beetle can be found on the top-most level of the bug section, three trees to the right of the lamp on the left-hand side, on the tree between the walkingstick and bagworm tree and the Saw Stag Beetle tree.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Giant stags are huge stag beetles with one tooth in each side of their large jaws. They're very territorial but careful at the same time, so they usually hide in holes in trees. They have a long life span. Records show that some have lived up to five years. They're very popular among collectors as pets, so they commonly fetch a high price."
- "Whooaa! I caught a giant stag beetle! It's...well, it's GIANT!!! (Seriously! Look at it! It's huge!)" —Animal Crossing
- "Woah! I caught a giant beetle! He's so big and chunky and cool-looking, huh? He's the king of beetles!" —Wild World
- "Whoa! A giant beetle! Augh, don't squish me!" —City Folk
When the player has caught the giant beetle, they can find information about the bug in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the giant beetle:
The largest stag beetles are in Japan, where they are highly prized. Adults live for about three years and like the saw stag beetle are nocturnal and attracted to light sources. They once fetched prices as high as 300,000 yen ($3,000). Their value is reflected in Animal Crossing at the price of 10,000 Bells. Their status as endangered is very relevant to excessive capture of the beetles for collections, rearing or trading, however their numbers are on a steady rise.