Giant Stag

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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
"Whoa! 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
Giant Stag NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Dorcus hopei
Family: Lucanidae – Stag Beetles
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese オオクワガタ
Simplified Chinese 大锹形虫
French Lucane cerf-volant
Spanish Escarabajo ciervo gigante
Italian Coleottero gigante
Russian Гигантский жук-олень

Korean 왕사슴벌레
Traditional Chinese 大鍬形蟲
Quebec French Lucane cerf-volant
Latin American Spanish Escarabajo ciervo gigante
German Riesen-Hirschkäfer
Dutch Reuzenhertkever

The Giant Stag[nb 1] (known as the Giant Beetle prior to New Leaf) is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori. It is extremely similar to the Stag Beetle – especially in its appearance in Wild World – with the only differences being that the Giant Stag is a bit darker and bigger.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Giant Beetle WW Sprite.png    ''These shy beetles are nocturnal. They live five years, so they make good pets."
  • Size- 68 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

City Folk[edit]

Giant Stag CF Icon.png     ''Nocturnal and very skittish, their long lives make them popular pets."
  • Size- About 60 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night-Morning

In New Leaf[edit]


Giant Stag
"Whoa! I caught a giant stag! Small world, isn't it?"

Time of Year Jul - Aug
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of Day 11 PM - 8 AM
Peak Times N/A
Location On trees (any kind)
Tortimer Island
Size 55 mm
Rarity Rare
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Giant Stag

Event Availability Bugged Out Beetle Goals
Location Sunburst Island
Size 46.8 mm - 63.2 mm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stones (1.6%)

New Horizons[edit]


Giant Stag
"Whoaaa! I caught a giant stag! I'm gonna need way bigger pockets..."

Time of Year North: Jul – Aug
South: Jan – Feb
Time of Day 11 PM – 8 AM
Location On trees (any kind)
Total Catch 50
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10,000 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Your donation of such an obviously valuable insect is really quite generous. To me, however, it's just an overpriced cockroach. And that awful black luster...Horrendous!"

In Wild World[edit]

Upon donating the Giant Beetle to the museum, Blathers will comment:

"If you took this to a shop, they'd be willing to pay you quite well for it, I'm sure. That said, all it looks like to me is a glorified, expensive cockroach! Perhaps that's just me..."

In City Folk[edit]

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 insect 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[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the Giant Stag can be found on a tree in the back of the upper right room of the insect section. The exhibit has this to say about the Giant Stag:

"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."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"It is said the giant stag is a popular pet among bug enthusiasts. Though how one might consider oneself enthusiastic about bugs is quite beyond me... But I digress. Giant stags look fearsome with their enormous curved mandibles. But in truth, they're really quite cowardly. Oh how they love to hide away in rotting wood, only to reveal themselves under the cover of dark. Hoot! I shall never turn off the light again!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オオクワガタ
Giant stag beetle

Korean 왕사슴벌레
Lit. "king stag beetle"

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
大锹形虫 / 大鍬形蟲
dà qiāoxíngchóng
Giant stag beetle

Russian Гигантский жук-олень
Gigantskiy zhuk-olen'
Giant stag beetle

Dutch Reuzenhertkever Giant stag beetle

German Riesen-Hirschkäfer Giant stag beetle

European Spanish Escarabajo ciervo gigante Giant stag beetle

European French Lucane cerf-volant "Kite stag", a name for the male European stag beetle

Italian Coleottero gigante Giant beetle


  1. Japanese: オオクワガタ Hepburn: Ōkuwagata

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