Great Purple Emperor
- "Yes! I caught a great purple emperor butterfly! This butterfly supposedly comes from a far-off island!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
- "I caught a great purple emperor! Its purple reign is over now!" —Animal Crossing: New Horizons
|Great Purple Emperor|
|Scientific name||Sasakia charonda|
|Time of year||June to August (PG, DnMe+)|
May to August (New Horizons (Northern Hemisphere))
November to February (New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere))
|Time of day||8AM to 5PM (PG, DnMe+)|
4 AM to 7PM (New Horizons)
|Selling price||2,000 Bells (PG, DnMe+)|
3,000 Bells (New Horizons)
The Great Purple Emperor (オオムラサキ, Oomurasaki) (known as the Purple Butterfly before Animal Crossing: New Horizons) is a rare butterfly. It sells for 2,000 Bells (3,000 Bells in New Horizons), and is easily noticeable. After being absent from the Animal Crossing series following the release of Doubutsu no Mori e+, the Purple Butterfly reappeared in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, where it was available for a limited time as part of the 'All Aflutter Butterfly Goals' event, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
In Pocket Camp
In New Horizons
Donating to the museum
As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the Great Purple Emperor can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will also tell the player some information about the donation. Regarding the Purple Butterfly:
In Animal Crossing
"There's an old saying among some of my contemporaries: "Butterflies are beautiful, yet moths are monstrous." Well, if you were to ask me, I'd say they were all the same! By which I mean disgusting! Truly hoo-rrific, wot wot!"
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons
"The great purple emperor lives high in the treetops and is renowned for its pretty purple-hued wings. Its impressive bird-like wingspan and elusive nature have made it a favorite among butterfly aficionados. But truth be told, the so-called great purple emperor has some not-so-great personal peculiarities. For one...it has two horrid HORNS upon its head when it is in its caterpillar form. For two...it has been known to dine on feces and animal carcasses! Hoo! That's why I call it the Emperor of EWWW!"
When donated, the great purple emperor can be found flying between the trees in the main room of the bug exhibit, being one of the few butterflies not found in the butterfly room.
In Real Life
Sasakia charonda, also known as the Japanese emperor or giant purple emperor, is a species of butterfly native to eastern Asia (including all of Japan, the Korean peninsula, mainland China, northern Taiwan, and northern Vietnam). It is the national butterfly of Japan.
More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.
Sprites and models
- The capture phrase for the Great Purple Emperor in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a likely reference to Prince's Purple Rain.
Names in other languages
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