Butterfly fish

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Not to be confused with the sea butterfly.

Butterfly Fish NH Icon.png Butterfly fish  
Artwork of butterfly fish
Real-world info
Name: Chaetodon auripes
(Oriental butterflyfish)

Family: Chaetodontidae (butterflyfishes)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Pez mariposa
 Pesce farfalla
 Pez mariposa

The butterfly fish (formatted as the butterflyfish in City Folk) is a fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: City Folk. It appears as a small shadow in the sea all day from mid spring to early fall.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


Butterfly fish
"I caught a butterfly fish! I didn't even have to use a net!"

Description These are said to use their bright colors to communicate with their peers.
Time of year Apr – Sep
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Shadow size Small
Fish size About 7.2 in.
Selling price  1,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

The alternative catch quote can be seen when this fish is caught for the first time


Butterfly fish
"I caught a butterfly fish! As mayor, welcome to my pockets!"

Alternate catch quote: "I caught a butterfly fish! Keep flying, fishy!"

Time of year Apr – Sep
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day All day
Peak times May – June
Location Sea
Tortimer Island
Shadow size Small
Fish size 18 cm
Selling price  1,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Butterfly fish

Event availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Small
Fish size 15.0 cm - 21.0 cm
Rarity ★★
Catch rate Cannot be caught at this time
Selling price  500 Bells
Request reward  1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Butterfly fish
"I caught a butterfly fish! Did it change from a caterpillar fish?"

Time of year North: Apr – Sep
South: Oct – Mar
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Shadow size Small
Rarity Uncommon
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 1,000 Bells
 C.J. 1,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donating the butterfly fish to the museum, Blathers will say;

"This is a butterfly fish, but the truth is that there are over 100 varieties of this creature... They live in the oceans of the far south, and each variety has its own distinctive coloration. These fish are most often seen socializing in groups among stalks of coral. Rather chatty, wot?"

It can be found in the back tank with the other sea fish.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the information board in front of the tank that houses the butterfly fish says:

"Butterfly fish are considered very cute pets, popular because of their beautiful nature. They glide through the warm seas by flapping their yellow bodies as if they were butterflies. Their diets are surprisingly hardy, as they gobble coral and poisonous anemones using narrow mouths. Butterfly-fish couples have been known to live together for 10 years or more. Often they can be seen swimming around in pairs. You'll likely never find a better underwater romance."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"Ah, the butterfly fish is just charming with its beautiful colors and elegant movements. I refer to it as a butterfly fish, but it's actually a grouping in which there are over 100 types! These beautiful aquatic friends swim in schools amid coral, fluttering back and forth with the tides. The sheer awe one must experience when witnessing such a sight. It must be a dream! So much better than actual butterflies..."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a butterfly fish, Chip will say the following dialogue.

In City Folk[edit]

"Check it out. I like my butterflyfish seared with a macadamia-nut butter. Nyuuuk nyuk nyuk nyuk!"

In New Leaf[edit]

"Now with a butterfly fish, you want to salt and then grill that guy right up. I'm not that picky, of course, so I'm just gonna scarf it raw! YUM!"


Real-world information[edit]

The real life butterfly fish.

This butterfly fish is the oriental butterflyfish (Chaetodon auripes). There are many species of butterfly fish, some of which bear a resemblance to the barred knifejaw. More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese チョウチョウウオ
chouchou uo
(Oriental) butterflyfish

Korean 나비고기
(Oriental) butterflyfish

Simplified Chinese 耳带蝴蝶鱼
ěrdài húdiéyú
Oriental butterflyfish (lit. "Ear-stripe butterflyfish")

Traditional Chinese 耳帶蝴蝶魚

Russian Рыба-бабочка
Chaetodon (genus of butterflyfish)

Dutch Koraalvlinder Coral butterfly

German Falterfisch Butterfly fish

European Spanish Pez mariposa

European French Poisson-papillon

Italian Pesce farfalla