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Butterflies Game Mode
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"Collect colorful jeweled butterflies."
— Game menu description from Bejeweled 3

Butterflies is a secret game mode in Bejeweled 3 and it's mobile counterpart, Bejeweled Classic. The game mode involves attempting to save as many Butterfly Gems as possible before any of them reach the Spider Gem.

In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Bejeweled 3, the icon that represents Butterflies in the game menu is a red Butterfly Gem.

How to unlock

  • In the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS versions of the game, it is unlocked by reaching level 5 in Zen.
  • In the cellphone version (Java), it is unlocked by scoring more than 100,000 points in Lightning.

Like all the other game modes, this game mode is unlocked by default in Bejeweled Classic. The game mode originally did not appear in the launch version, but became available via an update that was released on February 29, 2012.


Butterflies Mode How to Play

An overview of the game mode's instructions.

Like in Zen, gameplay is slowed down slightly, with certain special gems emitting different visual effects and sound effects, accompanied with a unique soundtrack for the mode. Each game of Butterflies begins with a random gem at the bottom of the board transforming into a Butterfly Gem. When a match of gems is made, the Butterfly Gem will move up one space of the board and another Butterfly will appear. The objective of the game mode is to clear as many Butterfly Gems as possible before any of them go beyond the top of the board, where the Spider Gem waits for the butterfly. As each game of Butterflies progresses, the number of the Butterfly Gems that spawn at the bottom of the board increases, making it more difficult to prevent Butterfly Gems from exceeding the top of the board.

To the left of the board is a large decorative flower. When a Butterfly Gem is cleared from the board, it flies toward the center of the flower and then disappears. The flower also keeps track of how many Butterfly Gems have been cleared during a game, which is indicated by a counter shown on its center. The flower is absent in the Bejeweled Classic while in portrait mode; instead, there is a violet widget in the shape of a green Butterfly Gem that is positioned in the center beneath the board.

Butterflies Mode Game Over

A Game Over in which a Butterfly goes beyond the top of the board.

When a Butterfly Gem approaches the top of the board, the gem begins to tremble. When it reaches the top of the board, the gem not only continues to tremble but the top and bottom sides of the board will flash a bright red glow. If a Butterfly Gem exceeds the top of the board, the game ends in which the Spider Gem catches the Butterfly.

Upon completing a game of Butterflies, a Stats Screen will appear with various information about the finished game, such as the total number of Butterfly Gems cleared and the total duration of the game.


Similar to other game modes in Bejeweled 3, points in Butterflies mode are earned primarily by matching gems. The standard point values in Butterflies mode are five times the amount as they are in Classic mode and Zen mode. For example, the base value for creating a single match of three gems in Classic mode is 50 points, whereas the point value of the same action in Butterflies mode is always 250 points.

The base value for clearing a Butterfly Gem is 750 points. Each successive match that clears a Butterfly Gem adds 25 points to the base Butterfly clear value. For example, clearing the second Butterfly Gem in a game of Butterflies awards 775 points, clearing the third Butterfly awards 800 points, and so forth. Clearing multiple Butterfly Gems in a single move awards point combos that multiply the amount of points earned during that move by the number of Butterfly Gems cleared.


Icon Name Description
Bejeweled 3 Butterfly Monarch Butterfly Monarch Achieve specific high scores in Butterflies.
Bejeweled 3 Butterfly Bonanza Butterfly Bonanza Clear specific numbers of Butterfly Gems in a single move.


Icon Name Description Value
Butterfly Guardian Butterfly Guardian Clear 100 Butterfly Gems in a game of Butterflies. 10G (Xbox 360 version)
Silver Trophy (PlayStation 3 version)


  • If any special gems reach the bottom of the board, a Butterfly Gem may spawn on top of it; causing the gem to lose its abilities.
  • If a Hypercube reach the bottom of the board, Butterfly Gems will not spawn in the Special Gem's occupied square (but in the Nintendo DS version, it will spawn regardless of its color).
  • The spider at the top resembles a real-life spider, the Black Widow, a very lethal spider. Its body references a blue gem.
  • The Pink Widow, which features a similar design to the Black Widow, was appeared as the Rare Gem from Bejeweled Blitz, except it colored pink.
  • In the mobile version, when a Butterfly gets caught by the Spider, the Spider will taunt the player by appearing on the Game Over screen from above.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バタフライ
Spanish Mariposas Butterflies
French Papillons Butterflies
German Falter Butterflies
Italian Farfalle Butterflies
Portuguese Borboletas Butterflies
Chinese 蝴蝶


See also