Great Purple Emperor

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"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
Japanese オオムラサキ Korean 왕오색나비 Chinese 大紫蛱蝶
French sasakia charonda Italian farfalla imperatore viola Spanish marip. emperador japonés
German Japan-Schillerfalter Dutch paarse keizervlinder Russian сасакия харонда
Great Purple Emperor NH.png
Scientific name Sasakia charonda
Family Nymphalidae
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)
Location Flying
Size 50-65 mm
Rarity Rare
Selling price 2,000 Bells (PG, DnMe+)
3,000 Bells (New Horizons)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

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.

Catch details[edit]

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Great Purple Emperor

Event Availability All Aflutter Butterfly Goals
Location Sunburst Island
Size 105.1 mm - 114.9 mm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate 4.6296 %
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 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 (20%)

In New Horizons[edit]


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

Time of Year North: May – August
South: November – February
Time of Day 4 AM – 7 PM
Location Flying near flowers (except rain)
Rarity Rare
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3000 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

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[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 Animal Crossing: 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.

In Real Life[edit]

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.

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Sprites and models[edit]



Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オオムラサキ
"Great purple"

Korean 왕오색나비
"Emperor five-colored butterfly"

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
大紫蛱蝶 / 大紫蛺蝶
"Great purple butterfly"

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

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