Giant stag
オオクワガタ Ookuwagata
Giant stag encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
On trees 10,000 Bells
Size Available in rain
60 mm Yes
Time of year Time of day
July to August (GCN, NL)
June to August (WW, CF)
11pm to 8am
Scientific name Dorcus hopei binodulosus
Family Lucanidae - Stag Beetles
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH
Rarity Scarce (★★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Lucane cerf-volant
Flag of Germany small Riesen-Hirschkäfer
Flag of Spain Gran Escarabajo
Flag of Spain Escarabajo ciervo gigante (NL)
Flag of Italy small Coleottero gigante
"Whoa! I caught a giant stag! Small world, isn't it?" —New Leaf

The giant stag (オオクワガタ, Ookuwagata?) is a rare and valuable bug found in all games in the Animal Crossing series. Prior to New Leaf, it was known as the giant beetle. It appears during the summer nights, between the months of June and August, and between the times 11pm and 8am. It is extremely similar to the stag beetle, the only differences being that it is a bit darker and bigger.

It appears more frequently on the Island in the Nintendo GameCube games and New Leaf.

Donation to the museum

Giant beetle AC

Giant Beetle in Animal Crossing

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say:

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

In Wild World

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say:

" If you took this to a shop, they'd be willing to pay quite well for it, hoo. But to me, it just looks like a glorified, expensive cockroach!"

In City Folk

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 bug 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

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

"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."

After donation, the giant stag can be found in the upper-right room in the bug exhibit, on the tree next to the Bee and the Stinkbug.

Capture quotes

"Whooaa! I caught a giant stag beetle! It's...well, it's GIANT!!! (Seriously! Look at it! It's huge!)" —Animal Crossing
"Woah! 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

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Giant stag (Wild World) "These shy beetles are nocturnal. They live five years, so they make good pets."
Size 68 mm
Time Night
Season Summer
Icon Giant stag (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Giant Beetle (City Folk)
"Nocturnal and very skittish, their long lives make them popular pets."
Size About 68 mm
Time All day
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Giant stag encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"Woah! I caught a giant stag! Small world, isn't it?"
Size 60 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer



  • The giant stag features in the DLC quest 'Animal Crossing: Fisher King' for the game Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, where it can be caught by bug catching, and sells for 1000z.

Further information

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The largest stag beetles are in Japan, where they are highly prized. Adults live for about three years and like the saw stag beetle are nocturnal and attracted to light sources. They once fetched prices as high as 300,000 yen ($3,000). Their value is reflected in Animal Crossing at the price of 10,000 Bells. Their status as endangered is very relevant to excessive capture of the beetles for collections, rearing or trading, however their numbers are on a steady rise.

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