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Golden stag
オウゴンオニクワガタ Ougononi kuwagata
#51 #58
Location Price
On palm trees 12,000 Bells
Size Available in rain
80 mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
July to August
June to August (NL)
5pm to 8am (Peak from 11pm to 8am)
Scientific name Allotopus rosenbergi
Family Scaribidae - Scarab Beetles
Appearances CF, NL
Rarity Rare (★★★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Lucane lamprima
Flag of Germany small Lamprima aurata
Flag of Italy small Coleottero dorato
"WHOA! I caught a golden stag! Better not spend it all in one place!" —New Leaf

The golden stag (オウゴンオニクワガタ, Ougononi kuwagata?) 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 the most difficult bug to capture.

Donating to the museum

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

In City Folk


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.

Capture quotes

"WHOA! I caught a golden stag! The light, the blinding light!" —City Folk

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

Encyclopedia Information
"As their name states, these bugs have golden bodies. Raising them is tough."
Size About 80 mm
Time Unknown
Season Summer

New Leaf



Further information

Allotopus rosenbergi 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.

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