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Purple Dragons are one of the original species of Dragon Cave. They were previously one of the few female-only breeds, but this changed during a major update on March 26, 2010, where males (along with new male sprites) were introduced, allowing Purple dragons to be influenced for the first time.

As of June 10, 2011, Purple dragons have the Breed Specific Action Fertility, which increases the chances of a successful breeding attempt, though it does not influence what the species of the egg will be. Fertility has a cooldown of two weeks and cannot be stacked for additional chances. The effect stays with a dragon until it is used. Following an update on August 14, 2016, Fertility is now able to significantly reduce the chance of refusals during breeding.

Since the Happy 6th Birthday release, it is possible to breed Purple dragons with Spitfire Dragons to produce Ultraviolet Dragons.

Official descriptions[]

Egg[]

Wow, purple isn't a color of egg you expected to see.

Hatchling[]

Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It’s extremely curious and seems to enjoy exploring the area around it.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It’s extremely curious and seems to enjoy exploring the area around it.

And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing.

Adult[]

It was previously believed that purple dragons were exclusively female, but this is not the case. Recent environmental shifts have revealed the existence of both genders of this breed. Female behavior is well known; they are primarily herbivores but will eat meat during mating season. On the other hand, very little is known about the behavior and habits of male purple dragons.

Sprite artists[]

Sprites[]

Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Female Purple egg Purple hatchling Purple mature hatchling female Purple adult female
Male Purple mature hatchling male Purple adult male

Egg sequence[]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Purple egg Purple crack 1 Purple crack 2 Purple crack 3 Purple crack 4 Purple crack 5 Purple dead egg

Retired sprites[]

Temporary event sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Holiday 2011
Female
Purple hatchling Holiday 2011 Purple mature hatchling female Holiday 2011 Purple adult female Holiday 2011
Holiday 2011
Male
Purple mature hatchling male Holiday 2011
Halloween 2012
Male
Purple adult male Halloween 2012
April Fools' Day 2018
Female
Purple adult female AF 2018
April Fools' Day 2018
Male
Purple adult male AF 2018
April Fools' Day 2020
Female
Purple adult female AF 2020
April Fools' Day 2020
Male
Purple adult male AF 2020
April Fools' Day 2022
Female
Purple adult female AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Male
Purple adult male AF 2022
Retired sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Original sprites Purple egg original Purple hatchling original Purple mature hatchling original Purple adult original
Retired female Purple adult female retired
Retired male Purple adult male retired
Retired egg sequence Purple egg retired Purple crack 1 retired Purple crack 2 retired Purple crack 3 retired Purple crack 4 retired Purple crack 5 retired
Retired dead egg Purple dead egg retired

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Once their wings have grown, males appear to have an extra growth on their face and stockier builds. This difference is subtle at first, but becomes more apparent with age.
  • The amount of green on the tail and head appendages seems to vary from individual to invidual. Some barely have any green at all while others are only half yellow.
  • The purple dragon has no scales on the underside of the wing, but the outer side is coated with very fine purple scales.
  • The tail is almost whip like. Could it be used to hunt prey?
  • Females and males look completely the same as hatchlings. It is difficult to tell them apart until they mature.
  • The scales of the dragons are a more vibrant, polished purple during mating season. Especially the scales of the males who have only just reached sexual maturity.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Gender doesn’t seem to have an effect on hatchling behavior.
  • They chase their tails a lot before maturity, but since their tails are prehensile, they end up running in circles with their tails in their mouths most of the time.
  • Hatchlings that have grown their wings and whiskers are fond of play hunting.
  • Hatchlings tend to get anxious when separated from an adult.
  • Hatchlings do not gain any green coloration until they reach sexual maturity.
  • Young dragons love to be rubbed right at the base of their head appendages.
  • Clawing at the tree bark and scraping at the rocks is a group activity for purple hatchlings to keep their nails in check.

Adult Behavior

  • It seems that dragons choose new mates every breeding season.
  • The length of the male’s whiskers varies immensely. This has some sort of influence on which males are chosen by the females to breed.
  • Whiskers of medium length appear to get the most attention from females. Short whiskers or overly long whiskers don’t seem to be as popular during the breeding season.
  • A male only stays with his mate until her egg hatches, then he leaves and she joins the other nursing females.
  • Female adults are very attentive to young hatchlings, especially if they have an egg or hatchling of their own.
  • Since there is such a large population of purple dragons, and they are so well-distributed, there is little inbreeding among wild populations.

Habitat

  • Tend to prefer areas with more greenery.
  • Breeding season tends to occur in areas that are shaded from constant sun.

Diet

  • While females prefer vegetation, males prefer meat, which is why the female tends to eat meat during mating season: it is given as a gift from her mate.
  • Love to have fresh fruit as a snack.

Trivia[]

  • The purple dragon egg's description is one of few where it reveals the color of the egg, even when displayed as the "Mystery Egg" in the cave.
  • The original adult sprite is a recolor of a sprite from the now defunct adoptables site, pickle-green.com.
  • It is unknown when the change was made, but this dragon's previous hatchling description was as follows:
"Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. You think it's a girl, although you're not sure how to check."
  • Before the male of the species was introduced, the adult description of the Purple dragon was as follows:
"Purple dragons are one of the few all-female breeds of dragons. Their bright colors make them easy to spot during mating season. They are primarily herbivores, but eat meat during mating season when it is brought to them by a mate. Mating seasons occur once every 200 years and can last up to 2 years."
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