Original Spyro series
Every time a fodder is flamed or charged, it will release a yellow butterfly. When Sparx eats it, Spyro regains one health increment (Sparx will turn from green to blue or from blue to gold. (a few games also have a red color, which is a stage lower than green) If Sparx has vanished, he will return in place of the butterfly. Eating a butterfly while at full health has no effect. In both Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage and Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon, every 10 fodder that Spyro flames or charges will release a shiny blue extra life butterfly, which will completely restore Spyro's health and give him an extra life. These butterflies can also be found inside butterfly jars and are rewarded for earning Skill Points.
The Legend of Spyro series
Wild butterflies appear in Skylanders as one of the many creatures who reside in the realm. When an enemy is hit by one of the fireballs blasted by Sparx the Dragonfly, they will turn into a butterfly upon their defeat, allowing the Skylander to eat them to regain their health.
- Sparx eating butterflies in The Eternal Night references the Classic Sparx eating butterflies to regain Spyro's health.