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"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
"Whoa! I caught a giant stag! Small world, isn't it?" —New Leaf
Giant Stag Beetle
オオクワガタ Ookuwagata
Scientific name Dorcus hopei binodulosus
Family Lucanidae - Stag Beetles
Time of year July to August (GCN, New Leaf)
June to August (Wild World, City Folk)
Time of day 11pm to 8am
Location On trees
Size 60 mm
Rarity Scarce (★★★★)
Sale price 10,000 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of France small Lucane cerf-volant
Flag of Germany small Riesen-Hirschkäfer
Flag of Spain Gran Escarabajo
Flag of Italy small Coleottero gigante

The Giant Stag Beetle (オオクワガタ, Ookuwagata?) (abbreviated to Giant Beetle in most games, but changed to Giant Stag in New Leaf) is a rare and valuable bug found in all games in the Animal Crossing series. 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.

It appears more frequently on the Island in the Nintendo GameCube games and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Donation to the Museum

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Giant Beetle in Animal Crossing

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say:

"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

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say:

" 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

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say:

"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."

After donation, the giant stag can be found in the upper-right room in the bug exhibit, on the tree next to the Bee and the Stinkbug.

Encyclopedia Information

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:

Animal Forest

Giant Beetle (Animal Crossing) Giant Beetle (Animal Crossing icon) Giant Beetle

Wild World

Giant Beetle (Wild World) Giant Beetle (Wild World icon) "These shy beetles are nocturnal. They live five years, so they make good pets."
  • Size: 68 mm
  • Season: Summer
  • Time: Night

City Folk

Giant Beetle (City Folk) ''Nocturnal and very skittish, their long lives make them popular pets."

Icon calendar Season: Summer
Icon clock Time: All day
Icon butterfly Size: About 68 mm

New Leaf


Further Information

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The largest stag beetles are in Japan, where they are highly prized. Oo-kuwagata as they are called there, (Oo meaning giant; hence the translation "giant beetle") is a very expensive beetle often alternatively named the "Black Diamond" or Dorcus Beetle. 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, but since the year 2000 they have dropped to around 9,000. 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.

With Dorcus curvidens and binodulosus, the Giant Beetle continues to pose an uncertain taxonmic placement. Originally the three were one species (under D. hopei)? but they were recently split into three. The future placement remains to be seen.

Species #
Animal Forest Bug #32
Animal Crossing Bug #32
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Bug #32
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #43
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #48
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #55

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