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"I caught a walking stick! Check out its walking schtick!" —New Leaf

The walking stick (ナナフシ, Nanafushi?) is a bug that was introduced in Wild World. It looks like a stick with legs. They are found from July to November. It is fairly difficult for the player to see it, for at some angles, the walking stick may blend in with the tree, also making its color borders turn gray. When approached they will fade away with a boop sound. It is a rare bug. In City Folk, New Leaf, and New Horizons, they have a counterpart, known as the Walking Leaf.

Donation to the museum

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers says:

"The walkingstick not only impersonates a tree branch but will also play dead! Such deceptive creativity both intrigues and disgusts me, I have to say..."

In City Folk

Blathers will talk about the walkingstick as he reluctantly accepts the bug into the museum:

"Walkingsticks can skillfully disguise themselves as twigs or thin branches. What deceptive wretches! Just imagine going to grab what you thought was a twig and having it go SQUISH in your hand... Such epic foulness! Just thinking about that dark day gives me owl bumps!" (Owl bumps is a pun referring to goose bumps)

The walkingstick can be found on the third platform, on the second tree to the left, in the insect exhibition once donated.

In New Leaf

Blathers will no longer give a description upon receiving the bug, but the museum description is as follows:

"Walking sticks disguise themselves to confuse predators and are very closely related to walking leaves. They have cylindrical bodies that look like sticks. Some of them can even change their pigmentation. Females can lay eggs without the males, so most of the walking sticks you see are females."

In New Horizons

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

"The walking stick looks just like a twig, does it not? Hoo! It even has knots like a real twig would! These bashful bugs mimic plants in this way to hide from predators. A noble goal, you might say. But though the deceptive wretches fool some, they do not fool me! I see these bugs for what they are... Monsters, plain and simple! I say, did you know that walking sticks can grow to two feet long?! Imagine running into one! Surely I would faint."

Capture quotes

"I caught a walkingstick! It's a walking...stick?" —Wild World
"I caught a walkingstick! A stick...that walks?!" —City Folk
"I caught a walking stick! Check out its walking schtick! (Look, these are the jokes, OK?)" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Walking stick (Wild World) "They will cut off their own legs when preyed upon. Like a lizard's tail, the legs grow back."
Size 85 mm
Time Midday
Season Fall
Icon Walking stick (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Walkingstick (City Folk)
"These will tear their legs off to flee predators... but their legs then grow back!"
Size About 85 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Walking stick encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a walking stick! Check out it's walking schtick!"
Size 83.6 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer-Fall


Further information

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Phasmatodea (the order of Stick Insects) can be found all over the world in warmer zones, especially the tropics and subtropics. The greatest diversity is found in Southeast Asia and South America, followed by Australia. Phasmids also have a considerable presence in the continental United States, mainly in the Southeast. This type of insect appears remarkably similar to a twig on a tree in order to avoid detection by predators. Some have the ability to change color to suit their surroundings better, and all have been observed to sway in the wind as small twigs would, so they can hide themselves more effectively.

In other languages

Walking stick
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ナナフシ Nanafushi
Flag of France small French Phasme
Flag of Spain Spanish Insecto palo
Flag of Germany small German Stabschrecke
Flag of Italy small Italian Insetto stecco
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Wandelende tak
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 竹节虫/竹節蟲 Zhújiéchóng
Flag of South Korea Korean 긴수염대벌레 Ginsuyeomdaebeolle

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