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"I caught a rainbow stag! Its rainbow armor is so shiny!" —New Horizons

The rainbow stag (ニジイロクワガタ, Nijiirokuwagata?) is a rare bug found in the Animal Crossing series. It can be found between the months of June and September, and between the hours of 5pm and 8am on regular and fruit trees.

Donation to the museum

In Wild World

"I do wonder why the rainbow stag beetle is colored the way it is... While I may not know THAT, I most certainly know THIS: They are foul."

In City Folk

Upon donating to the Museum, Blathers the curator will say:

"Rainbow stags have the honor of being called the world's most beautiful stag beetles, eh wot? Even the insect's belly has this rainbow design, making it one of the less vile bugs I've encountered. In fact, this may be the only insect whose underside I can view without retching..."

It can be found on a cedar tree to the left of the top terrace in the bug exhibit.

In New Leaf

"Rainbow stags are called the most beautiful of stag beetles because of their metallic-rainbow color.  Not only are their wings a pretty rainbow color, but their bellies are as well.  They are quite laid back, but they can be seen every now and then fighting to protect their territories."

In New Horizons

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"Rainbows are beautiful things, I'm sure we all agree. But rainbow stag beetles? Bleech! Yes, yes, this beetle's back and belly shine with a pretty rainbow-colored luster. But that does not change the fact this bug has large pincers on its face and loves to pick a fight! If one can wish upon a rainbow, then I wish to say far away from the rainbow stag. Perhaps I've picked the wrong profession."

Capture quotes

"I caught a rainbow stag! The seven colors are so bright, I better put on some shades!" —Wild World
"I caught a rainbow stag! Someone tell me, already! Where's the rainbow?!" —City Folk
"I caught a rainbow stag! Aren't you a colorful bug!" —New Leaf
"I caught a rainbow stag! Its rainbow armor is so shiny!" —New Horizons

「ニジイロクワガタをつかまえた!レインボーのヨロイが目にまぶしい!」 —New Leaf

"I caught a rainbow stag beetle! Its rainbow armor is dazzling!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

When the player has caught the rainbow stag, they can find information about it in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the rainbow stag:

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Rainbow stag (Wild World) "Known as the most beautiful beetle, they are also very hearty and have long lives. They're easy to breed, so they make good pets."
Size 68 mm
Time Night
Season Summer
Icon Rainbow stag (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Rainbow Stag (City Folk)
"Said to be the most beautiful type of beetle, they are sturdier than they look."
Size About 59 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Rainbow stag encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a rainbow stag! Aren't you a colorful bug?"
Size 63 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer


Further information

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The Rainbow Stag beetle gets the name from its unique coloring, which appears to change color when looked at in different angles and in different light within its also unique, metallic-looking body. It is native to Japan, New Guinea and northern Australia.

When breeding and raising these beetles, they do not require special lighting if placed near a window. The temperature should be around 22 °C (72 °F). Their unique 'antler's only found in males are primarily for digging through rotten wood and for fighting. On some occasions they may flip their opponent a great distance into the air as they are considered very strong for their size.

Larvae have very strong jaws for biting through wood, and as a result should be handled with care as they are capable of painful bites.


  • The Rainbow Stag Beetle is one of the few bugs that Blathers will not overreact to. He even says that he can look at it without fearing it.

In other languages

Rainbow stag
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ニジイロクワガタ Nijiirokuwagata
Flag of France small French Lucane copris irisé
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo ciervo arcoíris
Flag of Germany small German Pracht-Hirschkäfer
Flag of Italy small Italian Coleottero arcobaleno
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Regenbooghertkever
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Радужный жук-олень Raduzhniy zhuk-olen'
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 彩虹锹形虫/彩虹鍬形蟲 Cǎihóngqiāoxíngchóng
Flag of South Korea Korean 뮤엘러리사슴벌레 Myuelleorisaseumbeolle

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