Golden Stag

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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 at one place!" —New Leaf
Golden Stag
Japanese オウゴンオニクワガタ Korean 황금사슴벌레 Chinese 黄金鬼锹形虫
French Lucane lamprima Italian Coleottero dorato Spanish Escarabajo ciervo tornasol
German Allotopus rosenbergi Dutch Gouden hertkever Russian Ламприма
Golden Stag NH.png
Scientific name Allotopus rosenbergi
Family Scaribidae - Scarab Beetles
Time of year July to August
Time of day 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Location On palm trees
Size 80 mm
Rarity Rare (New Leaf - On Island)
Very Rare (City Folk, New Leaf - In town)
Selling price 12,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Golden Stag (オウゴンオニクワガタ, Ōgon'onikuwagata)is a rare beetle that is tied with the Hercules Beetle at 12,000 Bells as the most expensive insect in the game. Its first appearance is in Animal Crossing: City Folk. It is rare, and it can be found only on palm trees. It can be caught if the player approaches it as slowly as possible.

Catch details[edit]

City Folk[edit]

Golden Stag CF Icon.png     ''As their name states, these bugs have golden bodies, but looks like it has a silver body when on a palm tree. Raising them is tough."
  • Size- About 80 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night to morning

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Golden Stag

Event Availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 58.7 mm - 65.3 mm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate 2.2248%
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5,500 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%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Golden Stag
"Wooooow! I caught a golden stag! Does this mean I can retire?"

Time of Year North: Jul – Aug
South: Jan – Feb
Time of Day 5 PM – 8 AM
Location On palm trees
Total Catch 100
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 12000 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 18000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

Upon the beetle's donation to the Museum, Blathers the curator will say the following:

In City Folk[edit]

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."

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

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the Golden Stag can be found on the stump in the upper right room of the Insect section. If the Horned Hercules is also in the museum, the two will be fighting on the stump.

"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."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Yes. Yes. The golden stag beetle is quite the prize thanks to its metallic gold coloring. But let me speak plainly...The golden stag is NOT made of gold. It is made of BUG, through and through. And thus it is vile! Golden stag? Bah! Gross stag is more like it.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オウゴンオニクワガタ
Allotopus rosenbergi, lit. "golden ogre stag beetle"

Korean 황금사슴벌레
Allotopus rosenbergi, lit. "golden stag beetle"

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
黄金鬼锹形虫 / 黃金鬼鍬形蟲
huángjīn guǐ qiāoxíngchóng
Golden ogre stag beetle

Russian Ламприма
From Lamprima aurata, a species sometimes named the golden stag

Dutch Gouden hertkever Golden stag beetle

German Lamprima aurata (before NH)
Allotopus rosenbergi (NH)
Two species of stag beetles, both of which have been called the golden stag

European Spanish Escarabajo ciervo tornasol Litmus stag beetle

European French Lucane lamprima From Lamprima aurata, a species sometimes named the golden stag

Italian Coleottero dorato Golden beetle

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