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"WHOA! I caught a golden stag! The light, the blinding light!" —City Folk
"Whoa! I caught a golden stag! Better not spend it all in one place!" —New Leaf
Golden Stag
GoldenStagBeetle
Scientific name Allotopus rosenbergi
Family Scaribidae - Scarab Beetles
Time of year July to August
June to August (NL)
Time of day 5pm to 8am (Peak from 11pm to 8am)
Location On palm trees
Size 80 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Very Rare (*****)
Sale price 12,000 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Japan small (Ougononi Stag オウゴンオニクワガタ)

Flag of Germany small Lamprima aurata
Flag of Italy small Coleottero dorato


The Golden Stag beetle is a very rare bug that was introduced in Animal Crossing: City Folk. It sells for 12,000 bells, tying it with the Hercules Beetle as the most expensive bug in the game. Its name comes from its unique gold color. The name "Golden Stag" is shared with another real-life species, Lamprima aurata.

Because of its rarity, high selling price, and difficulty to catch (as it is the most timid of all the beetles, which are already notoriously timid and easy to scare off), it is often seen by the community as an equivalent to the Coelacanth: the ultimate bug. As such, catching it is highly revered in the community.

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Not Present
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #51
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #58


Donating to the Museum

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers the curator will say:

In City Folk

HerculesVsGoldenStag

The Golden Stag fighting the Hercules Beetle

"Though less dramatically shaped than most stag beetles, this bug's gold, shiny color makes up for it! Another notable point about the species is the friendly way males and females interact. The most successful families are the ones that get along best, eh wot? Well done... vile bugs."

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"Golden stags are named after their unique gold color and are highly prized by collectors. They shine like gold when their bodies are dry, but when it's humid, they actually look black. Golden stags have short mandibles that aren't good for fighting, but males sometimes fight for territory. The males are surprisingly friendly to the females, which gives these beetles a likeable quality."

After donation, the Golden Stag Beetle can be found on the second tier of the bug section in the first enclosure, walking on the tree stump towards the back. If a horned hercules has been donated, both will fight on the stump - lifting one another up in the air then tipping each other over.

Bug Encyclopedia Information

In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, players can access information about fish and bugs in the encyclopedia. Regarding the Golden Stag:

City Folk

GoldenStagBeetle Golden Stag (City Folk) ''As their name states, these bugs have golden bodies. Raising them is tough."

Icon calendar Season: Summer
Icon clock Time: Night-Morning
Icon butterfly Size: About 80 mm


New Leaf

GoldenStagPedia

Gallery

Further Information

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The Golden Stag in the Animal Crossing series is Allotopus rosenbergi (Vollenhoven, 1872), also known as the Rosenberg Golden Devil Stag (ローゼンベルグ オウゴンオニクワガタ roーzenberugu ougon'oni kuwagata?). It is a rare species of Lucanid stag beetle from Java. Its short mandibles are not very adept for fighting, and are better suited to digging through rotten logs.

Adults feed on tree sap in high mountain areas and dense tropical jungles, generally at an altitude higher than 1,000 meters. They are nocturnal and are attracted to light sources.

Breeding in individuals imported to Japan is complicated, as they are very sensitive to high temperatures, and are adapted for life in high altitudes.

Trivia

Mushi(19)

The Golden Stag card in Mushiking.

  • Despite not being well-suited for combat, it appears as card #030 in the Japanese card game Mushiking: The King of Beetles (甲虫王者ムシキング Kōchū Ōja Mushikingu?), which involves beetles fighting each other in a Computer-generated environment.
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