Golden stag

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Artwork of golden stag
Real-world info
Name: Allotopus rosenbergi
Family: Lucanidae - Stag Beetles
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Lucane lamprima
 Lucane lamprima
 Escarabajo ciervo tornasol
 Escarabajo ciervo tornasol
 Coleottero dorato
 Allotopus rosenbergi
 Gouden hertkever

The golden stag[nb 1] is a rare beetle that is tied with the horned hercules and the giraffe stag 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 from mid to late summer. It can be caught if the player approaches it as slowly as possible.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


Golden stag
"WHOA! I caught a golden stag! The light, the blinding light!"

Description 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.
Time of year Jul – Aug
Time of day 5 PM – 8 AM
Peak times N/A
Location On palm trees
Bug size 80 mm
Rarity Very rare
Selling price  12,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Golden stag
"Whoa! I caught a golden stag! Better not spend it all at one place!"

Time of year Jul – Aug
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day 5 PM – 8 AM
Peak times N/A
Location On palm trees (can be found on Tortimer Island)
Size 62 mm
Rarity Mythical
Selling price  12,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Golden stag

Availability Not currently available
  • 2019-12-27 – 2020-03-27
  • 2020-06-29 – 2020-09-09
  • 2021-06-29 – 2021-08-29
  • 2022-06-23 – 2022-09-19
  • 2023-06-28 – 2023-09-15
Location Sunburst Island PC Map Icon.png Sunburst Island
Size 58.7 mm – 65.3 mm
Rarity ★★★
Selling price  5,500 Bells
Version added Unknown
Villager gift data Tier: 4 (Rare)


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
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Catch 100 total bugs
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 12,000 Bells
 Flick 18,000 Bells
Furniture 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 黄金鬼锹形虫
huángjīn guǐ qiāoxíngchóng
Golden ogre stag beetle

Traditional Chinese 黃金鬼鍬形蟲

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


  1. Japanese: オウゴンオニクワガタ Hepburn: Ōgon'onikuwagata