Butterfly Fish

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Not to be confused with Sea Butterfly

Butterfly Fish
Butterfly Fish NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Chaetodon auripes
(Oriental butterflyfish)

Family: Chaetodontidae (butterflyfishes)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese チョウチョウウオ
Simplified Chinese 耳带蝴蝶鱼
French Poisson-papillon
Spanish Pez mariposa
Italian Pesce farfalla
Russian Рыба-бабочка

Korean 나비고기
Traditional Chinese 耳帶蝴蝶魚
Quebec French Poisson-papillon
Latin American Spanish Pez mariposa
German Falterfisch
Dutch Koraalvlinder

The Butterfly Fish (チョウチョウウオ, Chōchō̄-uo) is a small, yellow fish that appears in the sea during April to September. It is uncommon and can be found all day long. This fish will sell for 1,000 Bells, and must not be confused with the Sea Butterfly, which also sells for 1,000 Bells, but appears in winter. The Butterflyfish appears in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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.
Times April - September: All Day
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size About 7.2 inches (18 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


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 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1000 Bells
Tank 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 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 500 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 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
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1500 Bells
Tank 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 the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"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]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given a Butterfly Fish:

"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!"


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. Small Wikipedia logo.png More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

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

Korean 나비고기
(Oriental) butterflyfish

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
耳带蝴蝶鱼 / 耳帶蝴蝶魚
ěrdài húdiéyú
Oriental butterflyfish (lit. "Ear-stripe butterflyfish")

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