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Animal Crossing: New Horizons: How to Catch a Rainbow Stag

by Andrew Smith

It’s a new month, which means there are lots of new bugs to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! One of these in the Rainbow Stag, which is your standard looking beetle with an orange and green coloring on its back. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know to catch a Rainbow Stag in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to Catch a Rainbow Stag in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

As you’re probably aware, a plethora of new bugs become available every month in New Horizons. If you’re playing in the Northern Hemisphere, then the Rainbow Stag is available from June – September starting at 7 PM and lasting until 8 AM. For those playing in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll be able to capture the insect from December – March during the same time.

Unlike other games in the simulator genre, Animal Crossing: New Horizons occurs in real-time, meaning whatever hour it is in real life, that’s what hour it is in the game. So, if you’re planning to catch a Rainbow Stag, you’re going to need to be prepared to stay up late (or get up early), as they won’t come out until at least 7 PM. 

When you’ve reached the designated hours, you’ll find the Rainbow Stag sitting on trees. If you want to catch one, you’ll need to slowly and silently creep up on it, with your net in hand. If run up to it or swing and miss, the Rainbow Stag will fly away and you’ll have to find another one. Thankfully, they aren’t too rare, so if you miss it’ll be okay! Once you’ve captured one, you can donate it to the museum or sell it for 6,000 Bells, which is a pretty fair price.

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To recap, we’ve included all the information you’ll need to know about the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rainbow Stag in the table below.


Rainbow Stag

Northern Hemisphere:

June – September

Southern Hemisphere: 

December – March


7 PM to 8 AM


On Trees


6,000 Bells

While you’re waiting for the Rainbow Stag to appear, there are plenty of other creatures that you can hunt down, like the Great White Shark, Emperor Butterfly, or the Dung Beetle. Further, during the month of June, you can also participate in the limited time wedding event to get some exclusive wedding-themed furniture for your island.

If you’re still not sure how to pass the time, you can also visit your a friend’s island or explore around your own island some more. After all, there are plenty of items to be crafted. 

There is a lot to do in New Horizons and at some point, you may find yourself confused or needing help, so be sure to check out some of the guides below!

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