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"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 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. Extremely careful creeping techniques are required to successfully catch a golden stag.

Donation 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.

In New Horizons

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"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."

Capture quotes

"WHOA! I caught a golden stag! The light, the blinding light!" —City Folk
"WHOA! I caught a golden stag! Better not spend it all in one place!" —New Leaf
"Wooooow! I caught a golden stag! Does this mean I can retire?" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Golden Stag (City Folk).png
"As their name states, these bugs have golden bodies. Raising them is tough."
Size About 80 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"WHOA! I caught a golden stag! Better not spend it all in one place!"
Size 62 mm
Time Night - Morning
Season Summer

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
NH-Golden Stag.jpg
"Wooooow! I caught a golden stag! Does this mean I can retire?"
Current Active Hours 5pm to 8am (Peak from 11pm to 8am)
Months active (north) July to August
Months active (south) January to February


  • In New Leaf, scaring away a golden stag produces the medium-sized beetle flying sound effect, similar to that from the miyama stag or the horned dynastid. This is because unlike most expensive tree-dwelling bugs, the golden stag is rather small for its high price.


Further information

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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, it is also known as the golden devil stag beetle for its appereance.

In other languages

Golden stag
Language Name
Japan Japanese オウゴンオニクワガタ Ōgon'onikuwagata
France French Lucane lamprima
Spain Spanish Escarabajo ciervo tornasol
Germany German Allotopus rosenbergi
Italy Italian Coleottero dorato
The Netherlands Dutch Gouden hertkever
China Chinese 黄金鬼锹形虫/黃金鬼鍬形蟲 Huángjīnguǐqiāoxíngchóng
South Korea Korean 황금사슴벌레 Hwanggeumsaseumbeolle

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