Great purple emperor

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Artwork of great purple emperor
Real-world info
Name: Sasakia charonda
Family: Nymphalidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Sasakia charonda
 Grand empereur pourpre
 Marip. emperador japonés
 Marip. emperador japonés
 Farfalla imperatore viola
 Сасакия харонда
 Paarse keizervlinder

The great purple emperor (known as the purple butterfly prior to New Horizons)[nb 1] is a bug in the Animal Crossing series. It first appeared in Doubutsu no Mori. After Doubutsu no Mori e+, the great purple emperor would remain absent from the series until Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, when it was available for a limited time as part of the All Aflutter Butterfly Goals event. It would later make an appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Unlike all other butterflies, it will occasionally stop flapping its wings and glide through the air.

In the games that the great purple emperor appears in, it is a rare bug that the player can encounter, and can be found flying near flowers. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it can be caught from late spring to the end of summer.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Great purple emperor
"Yes! I caught a great purple emperor butterfly! This butterfly supposedly comes from a far-off island!"

Time of year[nb 2] Jun – Aug
Time of day 8 AM – 5 PM
Location Flying around trees
Weather Any weather
Selling price  2,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Great purple emperor

Availability Currently available (since March 26, 2024)
  • 2020-02-18 – 2020-02-21 (All Aflutter Butterfly Goals)
  • 2020-03-27 – 2020-06-29
  • 2021-03-26 – 2021-06-29
  • 2022-03-24 – 2022-06-23
  • 2023-03-11 – 2023-03-14 (All Aflutter Butterfly Goals)
Location Sunburst Island PC Map Icon.png Sunburst Island
Size 105.1 mm – 114.9 mm
Rarity ★★★
Selling price  2,000 Bells
Version added Unknown
Villager gift data Tier: 3 (Uncommon+)


In New Horizons[edit]


Great purple emperor
"I caught a great purple emperor! Its purple reign is over now!"

Time of year North: May – Aug
South: Nov – Feb
Time of day 4 AM – 7 PM
Location Flying near flowers
Weather Any except rain
Spawn requirement Catch 50 total bugs
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 3,000 Bells
 Flick 4,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all 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.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"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 New Horizons[edit]

"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 has two horrid HORNS upon its head when it is in its caterpillar form. For 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.


Real-world information[edit]

A sasakia charonda

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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オオムラサキ
Great purple

Korean 왕오색나비
Emperor five-colored butterfly

Simplified Chinese 大紫蛱蝶
Great purple butterfly

Traditional Chinese 大紫蛺蝶

Russian Сасакия харонда
Sasakiya kharonda
Scientific name

Dutch Paarse keizervlinder Purple emperor butterfly

German Japan-Schillerfalter Japanese emperor butterfly

European Spanish Marip. emperador japonés Japanese emperor butterfly

European French Sasakia charonda Scientific name

Quebec French Grand empereur pourpre Great purple emperor

Italian Farfalla imperatore viola Purple emperor butterfly


  1. Japanese: オオムラサキ Hepburn: Oomurasaki
  2. All bugs and fish in the first-generation games can appear at a lower spawn rate up to five days before the start of their first month of availability.