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Not to be confused with Uncle Rupee.

Rupees,[3][4][name references needed] also known as Rubies,[5][6][7] are items in The Legend of Zelda series. They are the unit of Currency within most games, in circulation in the lands of Hyrule, the Dark World, Koholint Island, Termina, Labrynna, Holodrum, the Great Sea, the World of the Ocean King, New Hyrule, Skyloft, Lorule and Hytopia.[3] They resemble hexagonal gemstones, come in many colors and sizes, and are most often stored within a Wallet.

Location and Uses

Rupees are most commonly acquired by defeating enemies, cutting tall grass or bushes, throwing Rocks, smashing Pots, rolling or dashing into Trees, winning mini-games or found inside Treasure Chests. They can also rarely be found simply lying around in the Overworld and in Dungeons and are sometimes given to Link as rewards for completing certain sidequests. In many games, it is possible for Link to sell certain Items, such as Treasures and Bugs, in order to obtain Rupees quickly and easily. In some games, it is also possible to gamble for Rupees as well.

The amount of Rupees that Link can carry at once differs from game to game. In many games, Rupees are stored inside Wallets, in which Link can increase his carrying capacity by obtaining Wallet upgrades.

Rupees are primarily used to purchase Items in Shops, play certain mini-games or progress through the game, usually by paying an important character a fee. The value of a Rupee is often denoted by its color, but the value of each color is inconsistent throughout the series. Generally, the greater the value of a Rupee, the harder it is to obtain, usually requiring more difficult tasks to do so. In Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, Four Swords, The Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, and Spirit Tracks, both size and color denote value. In Link's Awakening, the value of a Rupee is specified through text rather than color because of the Game Boy's limited color palette.

The Legend of Zelda

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Rubies
Rubies are the money used in this kingdom. They sometimes appear when Link disposes of the enemy. If Link collects enough of them, he can buy treasure from the merchant. Blue rubies are worth five times more than yellow ones. In all, Link can own up to 255 yellow rubies, and he may use them in any way he likes.

In The Legend of Zelda, Rupees were originally called Rupies[8] (singular: Rupy),[9] while they were called Rubies in the game manual.[10] They are referred to as Rupees in the Game Boy Advance release.[11] Only two varieties exist in The Legend of Zelda. The Rupee that flashes yellow and blue is worth 1, while the blue Rupee is worth 5.[12] Link can hold up to 255 Rupees.[13]

Normally, they can only be found by killing enemies or stumbling across hidden rooms in Dungeons,[14] where a large formation of yellow Rupees can be found. Defeating all enemies in a room will sometimes reward Rupees. However, in addition to this, Moblins hidden in Caves around Hyrule will gift Link Rupees when visited, uttering the iconic phrase "It's a secret to everybody."[15] Alternatively, Old Men can be found in hidden Caves, who will force Link to pay Rupees to repair the entrance that he damaged to get inside.[16] Link can also gamble his Rupees by playing Money Making Game,[17] where he can choose to spend 10 Rupees on one of three slots to either gain or lose Rupees.

Rupees are used to buy items from Merchants and Life Potions from Old Women.[18] There are two Old Women who give Link advice for navigating areas in exchange for 30 Rupees.[19] One Old Woman is found near the Lost Woods and tells Link how to navigate through the Lost Woods.[20] The other Old Woman is found in the waterfall near the Lost Hills and tells Link to go up the Lost Hills to find Level 5.[21] Old Men inside certain Dungeons will sell Link Bomb capacity upgrades for 100 Rupees.[22] In the Second Quest, Old Men appear in Level 4 and Level 7 who will only let Link pass if he pays them either 50 Rupees or one Heart Container.[citation needed] Rupees are also needed to use the Bow, with one Rupee being deducted for every Arrow that Link shoots.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Rupee
1

5 Rupees
5

A Link to the Past

The three colors of Rupees from A Link to the Past

After their absence in The Adventure of Link, Rupees reappear in A Link to the Past, in which they are colored Green, Blue, or Red. These colors have since been used in every other game in the series, having the exact same value in every canonical appearance. There are also three other kinds of Rupee that can only be found in Treasure Chests, which are all green and have their value denoted by a small number. Large formations of Blue Rupees can also be found hidden in certain Caves and Dungeons, such as the basement floor of the Palace of Darkness and Chris Houlihan's room, which brightly glisten.

A Link to the Past introduced the concept of being able to find Rupees by cutting grass and bushes, destroying Rocks and Pots, opening Treasure Chests, and dashing into Trees. The Shovel can also be used to dig for Rupees, most notably at the Treasure Field. It also introduced the ability to sell Items to gain Rupees; Link is able to sell Golden Bees to the Street Merchant for 100 Rupees each,[23] as well as Fish for 21 Rupees in addition to Bombs and Arrows.[24] As a small easter egg, paintings resembling Mario can be found in certain buildings in Kakariko Village, and will occasionally produce Rupees when pulled. Link is able to spend his Rupees at various Shops and mini-games located throughout both Hyrule and the Dark World, earning him many Items such as Shields and Potions. There are also three Fortune Tellers, one located north of Kakariko Village, one north of the Village of Outcasts, and one in northwest Lake Hylia, who Link can pay between 10 and 30 Rupees to learn how to progress in his quest. Most importantly, Rupees used to open the Palace of Darkness, as Link needs to pay Kiki the monkey ten Rupees to follow him to the Dungeon, and another 100 to open its door. Rupees are perhaps used most extensively to donate to the Pond of Happiness, where Venus will upgrade Link's Bomb or Arrow carrying capacity by five for every 100 Rupees he throws in.

In the Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past, Rupee Rocks will sometimes randomly appear in place of other stones. These Rocks can be struck with the Sword repeatedly to drop Rupees for as long as it sparkles.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20
50
100
300

Link's Awakening

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Rupee (Koholint's Currency)
This shows the number of rupees that you currently have. You can carry up to 999 rupees.

In Link's Awakening, due to the Game Boy's limited color palette, Rupees found by defeating enemies, cutting grass, and digging with the Shovel are worth only one Rupee. Higher values of Rupees, namely those found in Treasure Chests, are instead denoted by text rather than color. The Trendy Game Shop in Mabe Village provides Rupees worth thirty as prizes on the moving conveyor belt. If Link has at least twenty Secret Seashells and exchanges them for the Level 2 Sword, then any chests that would have contained extra Secret Seashells will contain twenty Rupees instead.

Rupees in Link's Awakening can either be spent at the Town Tool Shop or at various mini-games around Koholint Island. Collecting Rupees becomes a necessary endeavor in this game, as the Deluxe Shovel and Bow must be purchased in order to progress through the game, the latter of which is required to solve a puzzle in Turtle Rock. Furthermore, Link must pay Mamu 300 Rupees if he wishes to learn the Frog's Song of Soul, revive the Flying Rooster, and access Turtle Rock.[25]

In Link's Awakening DX, all Rupees are colored blue, with the exception of the Rupee prizes in the Trendy Game Shop, which are colored red. In the Color Dungeon only, a large formation of green Rupees can be found in a secret room, similarly to the hidden Rupees of A Link to the Past. These Rupees are worth five each.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value
Blue Rupee 1
Green Rupee 5
Red Rupee 30

Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch changes Rupees to follow the values used by more recent titles in the series and introduces Purple, Silver and Gold Rupees to the game.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value
Green Rupee 1
Blue Rupee 5
Red Rupee 20
Purple Rupee 50
Silver Rupee 100
Gold Rupee 300

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, seven different varieties of Rupee exist, though the Blue and Silver Rupees are both worth five Rupees, while the Huge and Orange Rupee are both worth 200. Silver Rupees are unique as they serve as a puzzle element; a set of Silver Rupees must be collected (occasionally within a time limit) in order to open a locked door or make a Treasure Chest appear. These Rupee puzzles can be found in Dodongo's Cavern (Master Quest only), the Ice Cavern, the Bottom of the Well, the Shadow Temple, the Gerudo Training Ground, the Spirit Temple, and some routes of Ganon's Castle.

Like in A Link to the Past, Link may sell certain Bottled Items such as Fish and Blue Fire to the Buyer who lives in the Market when Link is a child, or Kakariko Village when Link is an adult.[26] Poe Souls and Big Poe Souls, however, can be sold to the Poe Collector, who appears near the entrance to the Market in the future. As part of the Mask Trading Sequence, Link may also sell Masks to various characters, the most notable being the Running Man, who will completely fill up Link's current Wallet, regardless of how large it is, for the Bunny Hood.[27][28] If Link kills all 100 Gold Skulltulas and returns to the Cursed Rich Man in the House of Skulltula, he will be rewarded with a Huge Rupee and may return to the Cursed Rich Man multiple times in order to receive the reward again, effectively giving him an unlimited supply of Rupees. In addition, if Link enters the Lost Woods as an adult and manages to defeat one of the Skull Kids there, he will receive an Orange Rupee, which can also be obtained multiple times. As an easter egg, if Link shoots at one of the windows in the Castle Courtyard with the Slingshot, it will produce a Red Rupee, though this may only happen once. Link can spend his Rupees in the numerous Shops and mini-games found in both Hyrule's present and future periods, but can also use them to buy items and upgrades from Business Scrubs. Furthermore, a total of 550 Rupees is required to buy all ten Magic Beans from the Bean Seller, which opens up many shortcuts and secrets throughout the Overworld, including Pieces of Heart.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20

Purple Rupee
50

Gold Rupee
200

Silver Rupee
5

Majora's Mask

Rupees in Majora's Mask remain largely the same as in Ocarina of Time, the only difference being that Silver Rupees are now worth 100 rather than 5, and are not used as puzzle elements. Whenever Link plays the Song of Time to reset the three-day cycle and return to the Dawn of the First Day, any Rupees in his Wallet will be lost, along with any ammunition Items. To counteract this, Link can deposit his Rupees at the Clock Town Bank in West Clock Town (South Clock Town in Majora's Mask 3D), which allows Link to store up to 5,499 Rupees. As Link saves up more Rupees, he will be rewarded with different prizes, the most valuable being a Piece of Heart. The upside to resetting the three-day cycle, however, means that most Rupees can be obtained multiple times whenever Link resets the cycle, most notably those found in Treasure Chests. Of these, some of the most notable are the three Silver Rupees that can be found in Treasure Chests in East Clock Town, the Bombers' Hideout, and the Stock Pot Inn, as well as the Purple Rupee, found in a Treasure Chest on the tower opposite of the Clock Tower in South Clock Town on the Final Day. Also, three Red Rupees can repeatedly be found in the Laundry Pool, but they can only be accessed on the Night of the Second Day, being out of reach at any other time.

Link can sell his Bottled Items to the Curiosity Shop in West Clock Town. Unlike the Buyer from Ocarina of Time, the Man from Curiosity Shop will buy any of Link's Bottled Items—excluding major, plot-related Items such as the Deku Princess and Seahorse—and will pay the most for Big Poe Souls, Chateau Romani, and Gold Dust, which each sell for 200 Rupees. If Link dons the Postman's Hat, he may receive either a Green or a Blue Rupee whenever he interacts with a Mailbox. Like in Ocarina of Time, the Huge Rupee in Majora's Mask is given to Link after he completes the Trading Quest. After giving the Ocean Title Deed to the Business Scrub in Ikana Canyon, Link will be rewarded with the Huge Rupee, and he may go back in time and repeat the entire Trading Sequence again to receive the prize as many times as he desires. The Takkuri near the entrance to the Milk Road in Termina Field will drop an Orange Rupee when defeated. Interestingly, Red Bubbles will always drop Purple Rupees when shot by a Light Arrow.

Termina, like Hyrule, features Shops, mini-games, and Business Scrubs that Link can spend his Rupees on. Of the 20 non-transformation Masks that appear in the game, only one, the All-Night Mask, must be purchased. It will be on sale for 500 Rupees in the Curiosity Shop on the Night of the Final Day if Link saves the Old Lady from Bomb Shop from Sakon in North Clock Town on the Night of the First Day.[29][30][31]

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20

Purple Rupee
50

Silver Rupee
100

Gold Rupee
200

Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, Rupees are the currency used in both Labrynna and Holodrum, respectively. The land of Subrosia in Oracle of Seasons uses Ore Chunks as its currency instead, as Rupees do not appear there at all. Rupees in Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages are denoted by their color as well as size, with larger Rupees equating to higher values. Like Link's Awakening, the value of Rupees found in Treasure Chests is also denoted by text as well. While Rupees are most commonly found through conventional means, Rupees may also sometimes be randomly found inside Gasha Nuts. Maple will often drop and scatter her Rupees, along with Link's, if the two collide with each other. In certain Dungeons, it is possible to find large formations of Green Rupees in hidden rooms, similarly to those in A Link to the Past. These unique Green Rupees are worth ten each. Very large Rupees can potentially be dug up with the Shovel.[32] In Oracle of Seasons, as a throwback to the Moblins and Old Men of The Legend of Zelda, Link may sometimes find hidden staircases on the Overworld that lead to underground homes of Old Men, who will either gift Link some Rupees or force him to pay back for destroying their doors. Similar Old Men also appear in Oracle of Ages in a single Cave at the Rolling Ridge Base. The Old Man in the past will generously gift Link Rupees, while the Old Man in the present will make him pay it back. The value of Rupees is doubled when Link is equipped with the Red Joy Ring or the Gold Joy Ring.

Rupees in the Oracle games are mainly used to purchase Items, such as from the Lynna Item Shop or Horon Village Shop, as well as play a variety of mini-games in their respective lands. Rupees are also used to appraise Magic Rings at Vasu Jewelers for 20 Rupees each; Vasu will buy duplicate rings for 30 Rupees.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Small Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Small Red Rupee
10

Red Rupee
5

Green Rupee
1, 5, 10, or 20

Yellow Rupee
1, 5, or 20

Big Blue Rupee
20 or 30

Huge Blue Rupee
100

Big Red Rupee
200

Four Swords

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Rupees
There are three different colors of Rupee and two different sizes. The value of a Rupee depends on its size and color.

Rupees play a much larger role in Four Swords, where the main objective of the first three stages is to collect as many Rupees as possible in order to receive a Key from each of the Great Fairies. These Keys are necessary to enter Vaati's Palace. A total of 1,000 is needed for the Silver Key, 3,000 for the Golden Key, and 5,000 for the Hero's Key. After a stage is completed, the Links are each scored on the number of Rupees they have collected each. The Link who collects the most Rupees in a stage is rewarded a Medal of Courage. Like Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, the value of Rupees is denoted by their color and size.

Rupees are found through most conventional means, such as by defeating enemies, cutting grass or other obstacles, and opening Treasure Chests. Some rooms of an area will also spawn multiple Rupees for a period of time. When all four Links are at full health, the stage goes into Rupee Fever, where the value of Rupees are doubled for as long as the Links maintain their full health. When the Links arrive at the warp zone at the end of each section of a stage, they are also awarded bonus Rupees based on how much time they took to complete that area. Four Rupee Shards can also be found hidden in every Stage. When one Link manages to collect all four, he is rewarded with a total of 500 Rupees.

However, it is also possible to lose Rupees, as well. Being attacked by an enemy will result in a Link dropping a few of his Rupees. Dropped Rupees will shortly disappear if they are not picked up in time. It is possible for one Link to steal another's Rupees by collecting them as enemy attacks drop them. Rupee Wraiths will also follow and attach themselves to a Link to drain their Rupees, though this enemy can also be passed onto another Link. A new type of Rupee, called Rupoors, may also sometimes appear, which picking up will cause the Link to drop up to 80 of his Rupees. Lastly, Rupees are also lost when one of the Links is defeated, where a penalty must be paid for revival. At first, the amount is 50, but increases by another 50 Rupees each time a Link falls. The maximum cost of a revival is 500 Rupees. If a Link is defeated and he does not have enough Rupees to revive, the game ends.

In Four Swords Anniversary Edition, collecting a grand total of 30,000 Rupees or five Medals of Courage unlocks the Hero's Trial.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20

Big Green Rupee
50

Big Blue Rupee
100

Big Red Rupee
200

Rupoor
N/A

Rupee Shard
N/A

The Wind Waker

The Wind Waker's Rupee system is similar to Ocarina of Time's and Majora's Mask's, but differs as Orange Rupees are now worth 100, Silver Rupees are worth 200, and it introduces Yellow Rupees, which are worth ten. Spoils can be sold to Beedle at his Shop Ship for a small price. Once Link obtains the Grappling Hook, he will be able to salvage for Rupees while at sea by dropping the hook into spots where Rings of Light form, which will produce a Treasure Chest containing any amount of Rupees, usually 50. Some Rings of Light will only appear once Link has obtained its appropriate Treasure Chart, which may reward in 100 or 200 Rupees. For discovering all five Tingle Statues, Ankle will reward Link with 500 Rupees, which is represented on-screen by an Orange Rupee. Link can also earn Rupees by participating in the Mail Center Minigame in the Dragon Roost Cavern, where he will be paid up to three Rupees for each Letter correctly sorted, depending on his "salary".[33]

Rupees are used extensively in The Wind Waker to purchase a variety of goods from various Shops, as well as participate in Minigames. Rupees become extremely important as they are necessary to purchase the Sail from Zunari, which is required to leave Windfall Island. Link will also need to pay Tingle 398 Rupees to decipher each Triforce Chart in order to find the Rings of Light where the Triforce Shards are found. Link can purchase other various Items, such as Bait and ammunition, from Beedle's Shop Ship. Rupees are used extensively at the Auction House in Windfall Island, where Link may compete against the island residents to bid for various Items. Rupees can also be spent through the Tingle Tuner for Tingle's various wares and services.

In The Wind Waker HD, the Magic Armor consumes Link's Rupees when he is hit by an attack, as opposed to draining his Magic originally.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Yellow Rupee
10

Red Rupee
20

Purple Rupee
50

Orange Rupee
100

Silver Rupee
200

The Minish Cap

The Rupee system in The Minish Cap is the same as the one in Four Swords, with the exception of Rupoors and Rupee Shards, which do not appear. Some Kinstone Fusions may result in a Treasure Chest appearing somewhere that contains a certain amount of Rupees, while other fusions may produce a Golden Monster, powerful enemies that drop a high sum of Rupees when defeated. These types of Kinstone Fusions can usually be identified when the prospecting participant dreams of a Rupee symbol. Yellow Picolyte can be purchased from Beedle in Hyrule Town square, which will increase the odds of Rupees appearing for as long as it is active.

Rupees in The Minish Cap are mainly used to purchase Items, such as goods from Stockwell's Shop, Potions from Syrup the Witch's Hut, and Lon Lon Milk from Malon when she is in town, as well as to participate in certain mini-games. In Hyrule Town, Link can also gamble for Rupees at the Chest Mini-Game Shop.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20

Big Green Rupee
50

Big Blue Rupee
100

Big Red Rupee
200

Twilight Princess

File:TP Rupees Artwork.png
Blue, Yellow, and Red Rupees from Twilight Princess

The Rupee system in Twilight Princess is the same as the one in The Wind Waker. Link can continuously earn Rupees by finding Golden Bugs and giving them to Agitha in Hyrule Castle Town, who will reward him 50 Rupees for one bug, and 100 Rupees each time he completes a pair. Agitha will also give Link the Big Wallet after giving her the first bug, and the Giant Wallet once he has handed in all 24 bugs. Once Link has collected all 60 Poe Souls and lifted Jovani's curse, his pet cat Gengle can be found at his house, who will reward Link 200 Rupees every time he visits. Hena will reward Link ten Rupees for every Rollgoal level he completes, and will completely fill his Wallet to its maximum capacity after completing the 64th level. In Twilight Princess HD, each time Link completes one section of the Cave of Shadows as a wolf, he will find a Treasure Chest containing a small number of Rupees at its end before having to leave. The final floor of the Cave of Shadows contains a Silver Rupee, as well as a hidden Orange Rupee that can be found by digging at the head of the Wolf Link statue.

As in previous games, Rupees are used to buy goods from Shops and participate in mini-games. Rupees are used much more extensively in the sidequest to open a Malo Mart branch in Hyrule Castle Town, which first involves donating 1,000 Rupees to Gor Ebizo in Kakariko Village's Malo Mart to repair the bridge leading to Castle Town, then another 200 Rupees to buy out Chudley's Fine Goods and Fancy Trinkets Emporium and replace it with Malo Mart. Once the Castle Town branch has been opened, Link will be able to purchase the more affordable Magic Armor, which uses Rupees to function. This armor protects Link from all damage, at the cost of draining his Rupees by the second and draining him of twelve Rupees each time he sustains damage. If Link runs out of Rupees, the armor loses its power and becomes heavy. Rupees are also used extensively to donate to Charlo in the West Road of Hyrule Castle Town, who will give Link a Piece of Heart after giving him a total of 1,000 Rupees.

Twilight Princess introduced, for the first and only time, a feature where Link puts Rupees back into a Treasure Chest if his Wallet capacity is exceeded. This feature was removed in Twilight Princess HD, where Link will still keep the Rupees even if his Wallet is full.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Yellow Rupee
10

Red Rupee
20

Purple Rupee
50

Orange Rupee
100

Silver Rupee
200

Phantom Hourglass

Phantom Hourglass uses color and size to denote value. Treasures can be sold for a small sum of Rupees to the Treasure Teller on Mercay Island. The Teller of Treasures will also buy Ship Parts from Link as well. While Rupees can be found through most conventional means while on foot and in Dungeons, Rupees can also be earned while sailing in the World of the Ocean King. When Link receives the Cannon part for the Linebeck's ship, he will be able to shoot down enemies and obstacles such as Rocks to reveal Hearts for the vehicle and sometimes Rupees. Rupees in bubbles can also be collected while using the Salvage Arm to haul up Treasure Chests, although the chests themselves do not contain Rupees.

Phantom Hourglass also features Rupoors, which deduct a certain amount of Rupees from Link's Wallet when they are picked up.

As with other games, Rupees in Phantom Hourglass are primarily used to purchase Items from various Shops in their respective worlds.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20

Big Green Rupee
100

Big Red Rupee
200

Big Gold Rupee
300

10 Rupoor
-10

50 Rupoor
-50

Spirit Tracks

Spirit Tracks uses color and size to denote value. Treasures can be sold for a small sum of Rupees to Linebeck III's Trading Company. While Rupees can be found through most conventional means while on foot and in Dungeons, Rupees can also be earned while traveling by train in Hyrule. When Link receives the Cannon part for the train, he will be able to shoot down enemies and obstacles such as Rocks to reveal Hearts for the vehicle and sometimes Rupees.

As with other games, Rupees in Spirit Tracks are primarily used to purchase Items from various Shops in their respective worlds.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20

Big Green Rupee
100

Big Red Rupee
200

Big Gold Rupee
300

Skyward Sword

The Rupee system in Skyward Sword uses a simplified system with only five main colors. It reintroduces the Silver Rupee worth 100, as well as the Gold Rupee from Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, now worth 300.

Link can earn Rupees in a variety of ways. Treasures collected can be sold to Rupin in his house in Skyloft at night in exchange for Rupees. In addition, Strich will buy Bugs that Link has caught and will give him Rupees for them at night. Link can also obtain Rupees by drawing a hexagon shape on a Goddess Wall.[34][35] Rupees may sometimes be unearthed by digging in marked mounds using the Digging Mitts, and shooting different colors of Rupee Ore with the Slingshot or Bow will cause the corresponding color of Rupee to pop out of it.

Rupees are used extensively in Skyward Sword to purchase Items and upgrades at the Skyloft Bazaar or Beedle's Air Shop, some of which may prove necessary on Link's quest. These include upgrades to his Adventure Pouch, as well as new, stronger equipment at the Gear Shop, and upgrades to pre-existing equipment at the Scrap Shop, with the latter also requiring certain Treasures for each upgrade. Rupees can also be used to purchase Potions at the Potion Shop, as well as upgrade them at the cost of Rupees and specific Bugs.

In addition to the five colors of Rupees, Rupoors make a reappearance and will rob Link of 10 Rupees when collected. These can be found in underground tunnels or dug up during the Thrill Digger mini-game. Black-colored Rupee Ores will also drop Rupoors when shot with the Slingshot or Bow.

Equipping the Rupee Medal causes Rupees to appear more frequently. The Cursed Medal produces a similar effect, but prevents Link from opening his Adventure Pouch.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20

Silver Rupee
100

Gold Rupee
300

Rupoor
-10

A Link Between Worlds

The Rupee system in A Link Between Worlds is similar to the one in Skyward Sword, but with the absence of Rupoors and the inclusion of Purple Rupees. Silver and Gold Rupees appear larger than the other varieties, with an extra layer of translucent sheen. Rupees are used as the currency of both Hyrule and Lorule. The game notably features the lack of a Wallet upgrade and allows Link to carry up to a maximum of 9,999 Rupees. This feature facilitates the rental of equipment from Ravio's Shop, where Rupees are used most extensively in the game. Link may rent Ravio's equipment at a cheap cost for an indefinite period or may purchase the equipment to own at a higher price. If Link falls in battle while renting any Items, Ravio's bird-like pet Sheerow will appear to take the Item back to his Shop, forcing Link to return to rent the Item again.

In Death Mountain, Rupee Boulders containing chunks of Green Rupees can be found. These Boulders can be smashed with the Hammer to make the Green Rupees fly out. Similarly, when the Gemesaur King's mask is smashed with the Hammer, some Rupees will fall out as well. Some areas also feature Rupee Rocks which, for a brief period of time, will dispense Rupees as Link strikes them with his Sword. In homage to the Moblins of The Legend of Zelda, there is also a friendly Hinox found in a Cave in eastern Lorule who will bribe Link with Rupees to leave him alone. Link can demand more Rupees from him before accepting his price, although asking for too much may cause the Hinox to become enraged and attack.

Aside from Ravio's Shop, Rupees are also used to purchase Items from Shops and participate in Mini-Games. The Fortune's Choice Mini-Game, similar to the Treasure Chest Game in A Link to the Past, allows Link to choose from a selection of Treasure Chests for a chance to win Rupees.

Rupees are tracked beyond Link's wallet capacity

As long as Link possesses fewer than 9,999 Rupees, any that he collects will also be added to a hidden "Total Rupees found" counter, which tracks up to a maximum of 99,999 Rupees. This total will be displayed following the game's ending and credits roll.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20

Purple Rupee
50

Silver Rupee
100

Gold Rupee
300

Tri Force Heroes

The Rupee system in Tri Force Heroes is the same as the one in A Link Between Worlds, with the minor adjustment of Purple Rupees being enlarged to match the Silver and Gold varieties. Rupees are found throughout Levels of the Drablands, and to a lesser extent, the town of Hytopia, where they are used as its currency. Like A Link Between Worlds, there are no Wallet upgrades, though Link can carry up to 99,999 in total, and up to 9,999 while in the Drablands. Rupees can be found through most conventional means, including in plain sight and inside Chests. When a Boss is defeated, it will explode into many Rupees for the Links to collect.

At the end of every Level, the three Links have the amount of Rupees collected during the Level added to their respective totals. In addition, the amount of remaining Fairies the Links have is tallied and turned into bonus Rupees, multiplied by 30 for each Fairy. The Link will also receive a small number of "Sympathy Rupees" if one Link disconnects during a Level, multiplying 20 by the Stage number the Links were in. Each of the three Links receives the total amount of Rupees collected by the trio, as opposed to the Rupees being divided among them.

Rupees see very little use in Tri Force Heroes, where they are primarily used to pay Madame Couture to tailor new Outfits, as well as purchase Materials from the Street Merchant and to change the prize of the Daily Riches game. Link can also sell un_ Materials to the Street Merchant for a small price.

If Link wears the Rupee Regalia, or if all gathered Links wear the Tri Suit, the odds of Rupees and their rarer values being dropped increases. It also causes dropped Rupees of a single value to always appear in pairs, effectively doubling the value of each drop. This does not occur to Rupees sitting in plain sight or those found in Treasure Chests.

Tri Force Heroes contains the only instance of degradable Rupees in the entire series. Several Blue Rupees on fire are found atop a platform near the beginning of Den of Flames, which turn into Green Rupees if not collected within fifteen seconds of starting the Level.

After Link clears all Levels and their Drablands Challenges in every Area, King Tuft will reward him with a Gold Rupee.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20

Purple Rupee
50

Silver Rupee
100

Gold Rupee
300

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, Rupees do not appear when cutting grass or defeating most monsters; instead, they are obtained by selling Items and can be found under Rocks, inside Barrels, in crates, and in Treasure Chests. They are also dropped by Yiga Clan members and Treasure Octorok when defeated, and by Blupees when shot with an arrow.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value Description

Green Rupee
1 A single rupee. Its soft green glow puts a smile on your face.

Blue Rupee
5 Five rupees. Its shiny blue facets make you weak in the knees.

Red Rupee
20 20 rupees. Its red luster tickles your heartstrings.

Purple Rupee
50 50 rupees. Its violet glow fills your heart with generosity.

Silver Rupee
100 100 Rupees. Its dazzling silver light reflects your beaming smile.

Gold Rupee
300 300 Rupees! Its radiant golden shine illuminates your soul.

Tears of the Kingdom



Rupees appear in Tears of the Kingdom. Low-value Rupees can occasionally be found underneath Rocks and Stones, while higher-value Rupees are commonly found in Treasure Chests. Characters throughout the world may also repay Link's good deeds with a moderate amount of Rupees.

Treasure Octoroks and Yiga Footsoldiers may drop Rupees upon defeat, and Blupees will drop them when hit. The Mystic Headpiece, Robe, and Trousers all possess the Rupee Padding effect and can be worn to protect Link from damage at the cost of his Rupees.

Rupee
Value
1
Description

A single rupee. Its soft green glow puts a smile on your face.

Rupee
Value
5
Description

Five rupees. Its shiny blue facets make you weak in the knees.

Rupee
Value
20
Description

20 rupees. Its red luster tickles your heartstrings.

Rupee
Value
50
Description

50 rupees. Its violet glow fills your heart with generosity.

Rupee
Value
100
Description

100 rupees. Its dazzling silver light reflects your beaming smile.

Rupee
Value
300
Description

300 rupees! Its radiant golden shine illuminates your soul.

Types of Rupee
RupeeValueDescription
1

A single rupee. Its soft green glow puts a smile on your face.

5

Five rupees. Its shiny blue facets make you weak in the knees.

20

20 rupees. Its red luster tickles your heartstrings.

50

50 rupees. Its violet glow fills your heart with generosity.

100

100 rupees. Its dazzling silver light reflects your beaming smile.

300

300 rupees! Its radiant golden shine illuminates your soul.

Other Appearances

The Faces of Evil

In The Faces of Evil, Rubies are used as the currency of Koridai. They can be found only by defeating enemies and must be picked up by crouching down and striking them with the Sword. Rubies are used to purchase a small selection of items such as Lantern Oil, Rope, and Bombs from Morshu's shop in the Goronu area.[36] Certain items also require Rubies to function, and will use a set amount each time they are used.[37] Link can carry up to 999 Rubies.

Types of Ruby
Rupee Value

Red Ruby
1

Green Ruby
5

Blue Ruby
10

The Wand of Gamelon

Identically to The Faces of Evil, Rubies are used as the currency of Gamelon. They have the same value as in The Faces of Evil, and can only be found by defeating enemies. As well as being used to buy a selection of items from the Merchant's general store in Sakado, they are also used by certain items to function. Zelda can carry up to 999 Rubies.

Types of Ruby
Rupee Value

Red Ruby
1

Green Ruby
5

Blue Ruby
10

Zelda's Adventure

In Zelda's Adventure, Rupees come in only two values, similarly to The Legend of Zelda. They are found only by defeating enemies. Unlike other games, Rupees are kept in the Item inventory. In order to make a purchase, Rupees must first be selected from the inventory.[38] Rupees are mainly used to purchase Spells, as they are valued for containing magical energy.[39] Similarly to certain items in The Faces of Evil and The Wand of Gamelon, Spells also require a certain amount of Rupees to use. If Zelda gives the Blacksmith in Great Wimbich a Coal to turn into a Diamond, the Diamond will fill Zelda's capacity to the maximum of 999 Rupees.

Although while Rupees are correctly referred to as such in the game manual, characters refer to them as "Rubies".[40]

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Blue Rupee
5

Yellow Rupee
10

BS The Legend of Zelda



Ancient Stone Tablets

In Ancient Stone Tablets, Rupees retain the same values as in A Link to the Past. They can be used to buy Potions and ammunition from shops, to play minigames, or to temporarily rent the Shovel or an upgraded Sword. Rupees can also be used to buy Bomb and Arrow upgrades from Thieves hidden inside each Dungeon. At the end of each week, a score is given, with each Rupee collected adding to the total after being multiplied by 10.

Rupees can be easily found all around Hyrule. They can be obtained by defeating enemies, cutting bushes, digging with the Shovel, or found inside Treasure Chests hidden inside buildings, Caves, and secret areas. Every Dungeon features several hidden rooms found behind bombable walls, with each one containing several Treasure Chests with Rupees of high value. Each week, a Mole can also be found around Hyrule at certain times. If found, it leads the Hero of Light to a secret treasure trove containing six Treasure Chests, with the number of Rupees inside them increasing for each successive week. Rupees can also be obtained by playing any of the minigames found in the Overworld.

Types of Rupee
Rupee Value

Green Rupee
1

Blue Rupee
5

Red Rupee
20
50
100
300

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

In Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, Rupees play an extensive and important role to the game and are featured heavily in the game's story. Tingle is instructed by Uncle Rupee to collect as many Rupees as possible and throw them into the Western Pool near his house to cause a tower to grow, allowing him entrance to the paradise Rupeeland. In-game, Rupees act as Tingle's health in addition to being used as currency. Nearly everything in the game requires Rupees, including talking to people. The tower that Tingle is instructed to build will also grant him entry to other areas of the game as he gradually makes his way to Rupeeland.

Rupees can be found by defeating monsters, opening chests, or given as rewards for services to people. In the instances where Tingle is rewarded, he must choose the number of Rupees he expects to receive from the person. If the amount he chooses is too high, the character will become outraged and give him nothing. Tingle must also choose how much he will pay people for information or services. There is no set price on any Item, and Tingle must guess how much the other character will want for it. This is done with a sort of cash register type of interface on the touch screen.

Not all Rupees in the game have set values. They are generally the same, but some can vary slightly.[clarification needed]

Types of Rupee
Name Value
Green Rupee 1
Blue Rupee 5
Yellow Rupee 10
Red Rupee ~20[*]
Purple Rupee ~50[*]
Orange Rupee ~100[*]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Values may vary.[clarification needed]

Super Rupees and the Master Rupee

During his quest to reach Rupeeland, Tingle must also obtain the five Super Rupees hidden throughout the three continents, and eventually the Master Rupee hidden in the Auros Ruins. The Super Rupees have no value but are said to contain mystical powers. The five Super Rupees are the Metal Rupee, the Aqua Rupee, the Leaf Rupee, the Earth Rupee, and the Magma Rupee.

Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, Rupees increase Link's overall score during a level. By breaking certain Pots, Skulls, and other destructible objects, an Orange Rupee will be released. These Rupees are initially worth 1,000 points, but their point value will decrease the longer they stay on-screen. Link must shoot at them quickly to gain the highest amount of points.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

A Green Rupee appears as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by

Green Rupee
Twilight Princess [Body, Spin] - Attack +5 All

Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love



StreetPass Mii Plaza

A Mii wearing the Rupee Hat

One of the Mii outfits that can be purchased with Plaza Tickets is the Rupee Hat, which despite its name, is merely a Green Rupee that floats above the Mii's forehead. Like with all outfits, the Mii will wear the Rupee Hat into other players' Plazas when met via StreetPass.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Player can find 100 Rupees by opening another Villager's storage unit, but is unable to use them as Bells are the prevailing currency in their Town.[citation needed]

In Welcome amiibo, Rupees appear as Furniture. When walked over, they disappear and a Rupee chime sounds before reappearing moments later. The Player can find Rupees in both Ganon's and Medli's RVs. Rupees can be purchased from inside their RVs for three MEOW Coupons.

Rupees also appear as the treasure found inside Hyrulean Treasures.

Mario Kart 8

Single Green Rupees replace Coins on the Hyrule Circuit track in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe They function identically to regular Coins, increasing a Kart's base speed by 1% per Rupee up to a cumulative total of 10% when 10 Rupees are obtained. Whenever a Rupee is added to a racer's count, it will make the standard Rupee jingle in place of the Coin sound.

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, Rupees are obtained by defeating Enemies, opening Chests, breaking tan colored Jars, selling Weapons[41] and completing battles. Finishing a battle gives bonus Rupees based on the performance, time and difficulty settings, with more Rupees being rewarded the better the Warrior performed and the higher the difficulty setting. Rupees are used in the Bazaar to craft new Badges in the Badge Market[42], increase the level of a Warrior in the Training Dojo[43], buy Potions and Mixtures in the Apothecary, and modify Weapons in the Smithy (Hyrule Warriors).[44][45]

Unlike other Zelda games, Rupees are automatically collected once they appear, making their physical appearance during gameplay cosmetic and an indicator of the amount earned. The Rupee colors that normally appear are Green, Blue, and Red. Silver and Gold Rupees can also appear if a Rupee Fairy is obtained.

An 8-bit version of the Rupee from The Legend of Zelda, called the 8-Bit Rupee, also appears as the Lv.★ form of Agitha's Parasol. This Weapon is added through the Twilight Princess DLC Pack in Hyrule Warriors.

In Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, Tingle's last combo can randomly switch from exploding Bombs to exploding Rupees when they all are thrown on the ground, they explode enemies into the Bigger bomb that Tingle will hold at the end of his combo.

Bayonetta



Bayonetta 2



Cadence of Hyrule



In Cadence of Hyrule, Rupees are found throughout Hyrule. They can be found after chopping bushes, defeating enemies, and in Treasure Chests.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity



In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Rupees act as a currency. They can be used to upgrade characters, fuse weapons, or buy from Merchants and Shops. During battle, Rupees can be found inside boxes or Treasure Chests. Rupees come in three colors, green, blue, and red. Green Rupees are worth one Rupee, blue Rupees are worth five Rupees each, and red rupees are worth 20 rupees each.

Rupee
Green Rupee
Value
  • 1
Description

A single rupee. Its soft green glow puts a smile on your face.

Rupee
Blue Rupee
Value
  • 5
Description

Five rupees. Its shiny blue facets make you weak in the knees.

Rupee
Red Rupee
Value
  • 20
Description

20 rupees. Its red luster tickles your heartstrings.

Rupee
Purple Rupee
Value
  • 50
Description

50 rupees. Its violet glow fills your heart with generosity.

Rupee
Silver Rupee
Value
  • 100
Description

100 rupees. Its dazzling silver light reflects your beaming smile.

Rupee
Gold Rupee
Value
  • 300
Description

300 rupees! Its radiant golden shine illuminates your soul.

RupeeValueDescription
Green Rupee
  • 1

A single rupee. Its soft green glow puts a smile on your face.

Blue Rupee
  • 5

Five rupees. Its shiny blue facets make you weak in the knees.

Red Rupee
  • 20

20 rupees. Its red luster tickles your heartstrings.

Purple Rupee
  • 50

50 rupees. Its violet glow fills your heart with generosity.

Silver Rupee
  • 100

100 rupees. Its dazzling silver light reflects your beaming smile.

Gold Rupee
  • 300

300 rupees! Its radiant golden shine illuminates your soul.

Summaries

Rupee Values

Game 1 5 10 20 30 50 100 200 300 Mechanic Negative
The Legend of Zelda Yellow Blue
A Link to the Past Green Blue Red Green Green Green
Link's Awakening DX Blue Green Red
Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch Green Blue Red Purple Silver Gold
Ocarina of Time Green Blue Red Purple Gold Silver[a]
Majora's Mask Green Blue Red Purple Silver Gold
Oracle of Seasons Green
or
Yellow
Blue
or
Red
or
Yellow
Green
or
Red
Big Blue
or
Green
or
Yellow
Big Blue Big Red Huge Blue Big Red
Oracle of Ages Green
or
Yellow
Blue
or
Red
or
Yellow
Green
or
Red
Big Blue
or
Green
or
Yellow
Big Blue Big Red Huge Blue Big Red
Four Swords Green Blue Red Big Green Big Blue Big Red Shard[b] Rupoor
The Wind Waker Green Blue Yellow Red Purple Orange Silver
Four Swords Adventures[c] Green Blue Yellow Red Purple Big Green
The Minish Cap Green Blue Red Big Green Big Blue Big Red
Twilight Princess Green Blue Yellow Red Purple Orange Silver
Phantom Hourglass Green Blue Red Big Green Big Red Big Gold Rupoor
Spirit Tracks Green Blue Red Big Green Big Red Big Gold
Skyward Sword Green Blue Red Silver Gold Rupoor
A Link Between Worlds Green Blue Red Purple Silver Gold
Tri Force Heroes Green Blue Red Purple Silver
Breath of the Wild Green Blue Red Purple Silver Gold
Tears of the Kingdom Green Blue Red Purple Silver Gold
  1. Also worth 5 Rupees.
  2. While worthless on their own, four Rupee Shard together are worth 500 Rupees.
  3. In Navi Trackers only.

Other Games

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Game 1 5 10 20 50 100 300
The Faces of Evil Red Green Blue
The Wand of Gamelon Red Green Blue
Zelda's Adventure Blue Yellow
BS The Legend of Zelda
Ancient Stone Tablets Green Blue Red Green Green Green
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
Link's Crossbow Training
Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love
Mario Kart 8 Green
Hyrule Warriors
Cadence of Hyrule
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Green Blue Red Purple Silver Gold

Rupee Capacities

The following table lists how many Rupees Link can hold at any given time. In some games, this capacity can be increased through Wallets upgrades. Each game's most expensive item is also listed. Certain shops carry items that are unaffordable for Link even when carrying the maximum amount of Rupees. Typically, a series of events leads these shops to lower their prices into a range that Link can afford.

Summary
Smallest initial capacity
  1. Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask at 99 Rupees
  2. The Minish Cap at 100 Rupees
Smallest maximum capacity
  1. The Legend of Zelda at 255 Rupees
  2. Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask at 500 Rupees
Largest maximum capacity
  1. Four Swords Anniversary Edition at 9,999,999 Rupees
  2. Breath of the Wild at 999,999 Rupees
Most expensive items (unaffordable) [verification needed]
  1. The Magic Armor in Twilight Princess HD, priced at 400,000 Rupees
Most expensive purchases (affordable) [verification needed]
  1. The fourth and final Fairy Fountain in Breath of the Wild, costing 10,000 Rupees to unlock
  2. The Golden Bee in A Link Between Worlds priced at 9,999 Rupees[i]

In any given game, the most expensive item is most often a Piece of Heart of Heart Container.

The All-Night Mask is the only item which necessarily costs the maximum amount of Rupees Link can carry. The Item Seller in Lorule charges the maximum amount for Golden Bees, but they can also be bought from the Mysterious Man at a much lower price.
Game
Initial Capacity
Maximum Capacity
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
250 for the Blue Ring
Game
Initial Capacity
[a]
Maximum Capacity
[a]
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
Game
Initial Capacity
999
Maximum Capacity
999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
500 for the Zora's Flippers
Game
Initial Capacity
999
Maximum Capacity
999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
980 for the Bow
Game
Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch
Initial Capacity
9,999
Maximum Capacity
9,999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
1,280 for the Chamber Stone
Game
Initial Capacity
99
Maximum Capacity
500
Wallet Capacities
  1. 99
  2. 200
  3. 500
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
300 for Blue Fire
300 for the Zora Tunic
Game
Initial Capacity
99
Maximum Capacity
500[b]
Wallet Capacities
  1. 99
  2. 200
  3. 500
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
500 for the All-Night Mask
1,000 for the Biggest Bomb Bag[ii]
Game
Initial Capacity
999[c]
Maximum Capacity
999[c]
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
500 for a Gasha Seed
Game
Initial Capacity
999
Maximum Capacity
999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
500 for a Gasha Seed
500 for a Piece of Heart
Game
Initial Capacity
99,999
Maximum Capacity
99,999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
Game
Initial Capacity
9,999,999
Maximum Capacity
9,999,999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
Game
Initial Capacity
200
Maximum Capacity
5,000
Wallet Capacities
  1. 200
  2. 1,000
  3. 5,000
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
950 for a Piece of Heart
30,000 for 30 Bombs[iii]
Game
Initial Capacity
500
Maximum Capacity
5,000
Wallet Capacities
  1. 500
  2. 1,000
  3. 5,000
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
950 for a Piece of Heart
30,000 for 30 Bombs[iii]
Game
Initial Capacity
[d]
Maximum Capacity
[d]
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
Game
Initial Capacity
100
Maximum Capacity
999
Wallet Capacities
  1. 100
  2. 300
  3. 500
  4. 999
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
600 for a Big Bomb Bag
600 for a Large Quiver
Game
Initial Capacity
300
Maximum Capacity
1,000
Wallet Capacities
  1. 300
  2. 600
  3. 1,000
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
598 for the Magic Armor[iv]
100,000 for the Magic Armor[v]
Game
Initial Capacity
500
Maximum Capacity
9,999
Wallet Capacities
  1. 500
  2. 1,000
  3. 2,000
  4. 9,999
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
598 for the Magic Armor[iv]
400,000 for the Magic Armor[v]
Game
Initial Capacity
9,999
Maximum Capacity
9,999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
1,500 for a Heart Container
Game
Initial Capacity
9,999
Maximum Capacity
9,999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
Game
Initial Capacity
300
Maximum Capacity
9,900[e]
Wallet Capacities
  1. 300
  2. 500
  3. 1,000
  4. 5,000
  5. 9,000
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
Game
Initial Capacity
9,999
Maximum Capacity
9,999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
9,999 for a Golden Bee[i]
Game
Initial Capacity
99,999
Maximum Capacity
99,999[f]
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
3,000 for Linebeck's Uniform[g]
Game
Initial Capacity
999,999
Maximum Capacity
999,999
Wallet Capacities
Most Expensive Items/PurchasesAffordable
10,000 to unlock the fourth Fairy Fountain
GameInitial CapacityMaximum CapacityWallet CapacitiesMost Expensive Items/Purchases
Affordable
250 for the Blue Ring
[a]
[a]
999
999
500 for the Zora's Flippers
999
999
980 for the Bow
Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch
9,999
9,999
1,280 for the Chamber Stone
99
500
  1. 99
  2. 200
  3. 500
300 for Blue Fire
300 for the Zora Tunic
99
500[b]
  1. 99
  2. 200
  3. 500
500 for the All-Night Mask
1,000 for the Biggest Bomb Bag[ii]
999[c]
999[c]
500 for a Gasha Seed
999
999
500 for a Gasha Seed
500 for a Piece of Heart
99,999
99,999
9,999,999
9,999,999
200
5,000
  1. 200
  2. 1,000
  3. 5,000
950 for a Piece of Heart
30,000 for 30 Bombs[iii]
500
5,000
  1. 500
  2. 1,000
  3. 5,000
950 for a Piece of Heart
30,000 for 30 Bombs[iii]
[d]
[d]
100
999
  1. 100
  2. 300
  3. 500
  4. 999
600 for a Big Bomb Bag
600 for a Large Quiver
300
1,000
  1. 300
  2. 600
  3. 1,000
598 for the Magic Armor[iv]
100,000 for the Magic Armor[v]
500
9,999
  1. 500
  2. 1,000
  3. 2,000
  4. 9,999
598 for the Magic Armor[iv]
400,000 for the Magic Armor[v]
9,999
9,999
1,500 for a Heart Container
9,999
9,999
300
9,900[e]
  1. 300
  2. 500
  3. 1,000
  4. 5,000
  5. 9,000
9,999
9,999
9,999 for a Golden Bee[i]
99,999
99,999[f]
3,000 for Linebeck's Uniform[g]
999,999
999,999
10,000 to unlock the fourth Fairy Fountain
  1. 1.0 1.1 The Adventure of Link does not feature Rupees nor any other form of currency.
  2. In Majora's Mask, Link can store up to 5,499 Rupees in the Clock Town Bank.
  3. 3.0 3.1 In Oracle of Seasons, Link can also hold a maximum of 999 Ore Chunks.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Four Swords Adventures has Force Gems as currency instead of Rupees.[verification needed] The Links can carry up to 9,999 Rupees per Level.
  5. In Skyward Sword, Link can store up to 9,000 Rupees in the Tycoon Wallet, plus 300 in each of three Extra Wallets.
  6. In Tri Force Heroes, the Links can accumulate up to 99,999 Rupees in total, but only up to 9,999 within a Level.
  7. Taking into account the Materials required, Linebeck's uniform costs 7,000 Rupees in total if the Materials are bought from the Street Merchant. By the same token, the Tri Suit costs 10,300 Rupees if the Materials are purchased, but only 300 if the Materials are obtained by other means.
  1. 1.0 1.1 As sold by the Item Seller in Lorule. The Golden Bee can be purchased from the Mysterious Man for 888 Rupees.
  2. The Business Scrub in Goron Village prices the Biggest Bomb Bag at 1,000 Rupees, but offers to sell it for 200 Rupees if Link trades in his Big Bomb Bag.[46]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bomb-Master Cannon has a monopoly on Bombs. When he attempts to price gouge Tetra's Pirate Crew, they tie him up and raid his stock.[47][48] Bomb-Master Cannon then changes his ways and starts to offer Bombs at a reasonable price.[49]
  4. 4.0 4.1 In total, 1,598 Rupees are required to obtain the Magic Armor. The Malo Mart requires 1,000 Rupees in donations to open the Malo Mart Castle Branch where the Magic Armor can be purcased.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Link cannot afford any of the items at Chudley's Fine Goods and Fancy Trinkets Emporium until Malo Mart buys out the store and turns it into the Malo Mart Castle Branch.
  6. Link obtains the Heart Container by earning 500 points at Beedle's Air Shop. To do so, he must spend a total of 5,000 Rupees at the shop. Aside from this, the most expensive item is the Heart Container sold at the Anouki General Store, which costs 2,000 Rupees.
  7. The Piece of Heart can be purchased for only 800 Rupees by giving the Horned Colossus Beetle to Beedle and using his one-time offer of a 50% discount.

Other Games

Game
Capacity
9,999,999
Game
Capacity
9,999
Game
Capacity
65,535[note 2]
Game
Capacity
99,999[note 2]

Rupee Thieves

In certain games of The Legend of Zelda series, there exist enemies that will steal or cause Link to lose Rupees when attacked. When Link comes in contact with one, they will either cause his Rupees to fly out of his Wallet and onto the ground, allowing Link to quickly pick them up again, or drain or steal his Rupees straight from his Wallet.

Known Rupee thieves include:

Rewards

Link will be rewarded simply for collecting a high number of Rupees in the following games:

  • In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, Vasu will give Link the Rupee Ring after collecting a grand total of 10,000 Rupees.
  • The Banker in Majora's Mask gives Link the Large Wallet after depositing 200 Rupees, a Blue Rupee after depositing 1,000 Rupees and a Piece of Heart after 5,000 have been deposited.
  • Four Swords rewards the Link with the most Rupees a Medal of Courage. In Four Swords Anniversary Edition, collecting a grand total of 30,000 Rupees or five Medals of Courage unlocks the Hero's Trial.

Trivia

  • According to Shigeru Miyamoto, Rupees are based on ruby gems rather than the actual Indian Rupee.[50]
  • The Yellow Rupee sprites in The Legend of Zelda first appear as Gold Bars in the 1985 Nintendo game Clu Clu Land.
  • The large formations of Blue Rupees found in hidden Caves and rooms in A Link to the Past have a smaller hitbox than Rupees found from killing enemies and lifting Pots or Skulls. This is because these Rupees are not sprites, but rather object layer tiles as the game cannot handle many sprites on screen. As a result, Link cannot pick these Rupees up with Items like the Hookshot or the Boomerang, as they will simply go right through them. Link can even walk in between the Rupees even if they are very close to another.[51] Green Rupees found in the Color Dungeon of Link's Awakening DX behave similarly.
  • In Twilight Princess, a wanted poster in the Hidden Village offers 1,000,000,000,000,000 (1 quadrillion) of something, likely Rupees, as a bounty.[52]
  • In Breath of the Wild, Materials can still be sold if Link is at 999,999 Rupees, but the Rupee count will remain the same.

Nomenclature

Rupee is likely derived from or a corruption of ruby, a valuable gemstone. As a result, Rupees were frequently misnamed early in the series, such as the name "Rupy" in the original The Legend of Zelda. In the German versions of the Zelda games, a Rupee is called a Rubin, which is German for ruby.

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
ルピー (Rupī) (TLoZ | ALttP | LANS | ALBW)[64][65][66]Rupee
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
ChineseTR
盧比 (Lúbǐ) (LANS) 
The People's Republic of China
ChineseSI
卢比 (Lúbǐ) (TLoZ | BotW)[69][70]Same as English.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch
  • Rubie (TLoZ)[67]
  • Rupee (LANS)
  •  
  •  
The French Republic
FrenchEU
  •  
  •  
Canada
FrenchCA
Rubis (ALBW | LCT)[77][78]Same as English.
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
Rubin (LA | LANS | ALBW | HWDE)[73][74][75]Ruby
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Same as English.
  • Ruby
The Republic of Korea
Korean
  • 루피 (Lupi) (LANS)
  • 루피 (Rupi) (ALBW)[76]
  •  
  •  
The Russian Federation
Russian
Рупия (Rupiya) (LANS) 
Latin America
SpanishLA
Rupia (ALBW | LCT)[71][72]Same as English.
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
Rupia (LANS | ALBW)[79] 
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Other Names

These names, though from official English sources, are not considered Canon by Zelda Wiki as they contradict a name or names from a higher-priority source.
Name
Ruby[80]
Applies to
Source
Superseded by
NameApplies toSourceSuperseded by
Ruby[80]

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See Also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Nintendo Entertainment System was an 8-bit console. 255 is the largest number that a single unsigned 8-bit integer can represent.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Super Famicom was a 16-bit console. 65,535 is the largest number that a single unsigned 16-bit integer can represent. Despite this, Ancient Stone Tablets allowed for a limit of 99,999 Rupees by simply reserving an extra byte to denote amounts above 65,535.

References

  1. "You'll earn Rupees and various other materials."Hyrule Warriors Direct , YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 94 (Series)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 136 (TLoZ | ALttP | LA | LADX | OoT | OoT3D | MM | MM3D | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | TWWHD | FSA | TMC | TP | TPHD | PH | ST | SS | ALBW | TFH)
  4. "Rupees are money, the things which make this world go round!" — Uncle Rupee (Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland)
  5. "How do you earn the rubies that Morshu wants?" (The Faces of Evil manual, pg. 4)
  6. "The merchant sells a pack of three bombs for 20 rubies." (The Wand of Gamelon manual, pg. 3)
  7. "I have a spell of Calm to sell, but it will cost you one hundred Rubies." — Lothar (Zelda's Adventure)
  8. "5 RUPIES" — N/A (The Legend of Zelda)
  9. "RUPY" — N/A (The Legend of Zelda)
  10. "Rubies are the money used in this kingdom" (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 21)
  11. Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 383(TLoZ)
  12. "Blue rubies are worth five times more than yellow ones." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 21)
  13. "In all, Link can own up to 255 yellow rubies, and he may use them in any way he likes." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 21)
  14. "They sometimes appear when Link disposes of the enemy." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 21)
  15. "IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYBODY." — Moblin (The Legend of Zelda)
  16. "PAY ME FOR THE DOOR REPAIR." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  17. "LET'S PLAY A MONEY-MAKING GAME." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  18. "If Link collects enough of them, he can buy treasure from the merchant." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 21)
  19. "PAY ME AND I'LL TALK" — Old Woman (The Legend of Zelda)
  20. "GO NORTH, WEST, SOUTH, WEST TO THE FOREST OF MAZE" — Old Woman (The Legend of Zelda)
  21. "GO UP,UP, THE MOUNTAIN AHEAD" — Old Woman (The Legend of Zelda)
  22. "I BET YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE MORE BOMBS." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
  23. "Wow! I've never seen such a rare bug! I'll buy it for 100 Rupees, OK? Done!" — Street Merchant (A Link to the Past)
  24. "Hey! They say eating fish makes you smart. You have to give me your fish for this stuff, OK? Of course!" — Street Merchant (A Link to the Past)
  25. "Ribbit! Ribbit! I'm Mamu, on vocals! But I don't need to tell you that, do I? Everybody knows me! Want to hang out and listen to us jam? For 300 Rupees, we'll let you listen to a previously unreleased cut! What do you do?" — Mamu (Link's Awakening DX)
  26. "Please sell me the contents of a bottle..." — Buyer (Ocarina of Time)
  27. "I bet with those long ears you can hear the voices... Oh, these are genuine rabbit ears from the animal of legend! I don't care how expensive it is! Please sell it to me!" — Running Man (Ocarina of Time)
  28. "It's a 50-Rupee mask, but he paid you a crazy amount of money for it--more money than you can count!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  29. "Tonight's bargain is the All-Night Mask for use at bedtime. I forgot when this was made, but it sure is a freaky mask...See? When you put it on, you can try and try to fall asleep, but you won't be able to. Pretty creepy, huh?" — Man from Curiosity Shop (Majora's Mask)
  30. "It seems the All-Night Mask was being sold at the Curiosity Shop..." — Gossip Stone (Majora's Mask)
  31. "All-Night Mask: 500 Rupees. You won't get sleepy if you wear this mask." — Man from Curiosity Shop (Majora's Mask)
  32. "I must dig holes to plant trees, but sometimes, I find huge Rupees!" — Bipsom (Oracle of Seasons)
  33. "The better you do, the higher your salary will become! That's economics." — Koboli (The Wind Waker)
  34. "Glimmering Hexagon... Ye who seeks great riches, draw this shape so that it may be known." — Gorko (Skyward Sword)
  35. "Apparently, if you draw a symbol of money on certain walls, you can make an easy fortune." — Gossip Stone (Skyward Sword)
  36. "Lamp Oil, Rope, Bombs? You want it!? It's yours, my friend... as long as you have enough Rubies." — Morshu (The Faces of Evil)
  37. "And you'll find some tools need Rubies before they'll work!" — Link (The Faces of Evil)
  38. "If you wish to buy an Item, stand close to it so the price flashes. Select the rupee from your inventory screen. If you have enough rupees to purchase the Item, click Button One and it appears in your inventory." (Zelda's Adventure manual, pg. 5)
  39. "It is common knowledge in Tolemac that rupees contain magical energy, hence their value as currency." (Zelda's Adventure manual, pg. 5)
  40. "I have a spell of Calm to sell, but it will cost you one hundred Rubies." — Lothar (Zelda's Adventure)
  41. "Sell Weapons:
    Sell a weapon for Rupees.
    " — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  42. "Creating badges requires both Rupees and specific materials, but the benefits they add to warriors can be immensely helpful in battle." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  43. "You can spend Rupees at the Training Dojo to help warriors level up." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  44. "By fusing weapons, you can transfer skills between weapons you own. To transfer a skill, you will need to spend an amount of Rupees based on the source weapon and the type of skill." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  45. "By removing a skill, you can change an unlocked skill into an empty skill slot. You can then fill that slot with other skills, so it's a good way to create a weapon forged with the skills best suited to your battle style. However, removing a skill requires a lot of Rupees." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  46. "Right now, I've got a special trade-in offer just for you. I'll give you my Biggest Bomb Bag, regularly priced at 1000 Rupees... In return, you'll give me your Big Bomb Bag and just 200 Rupees!" — Business Scrub (Majora's Mask)
  47. "Look, don't be mad at us! It's not our fault that we absolutely gotta have bombs to get the treasure we're after! How about you just think of it as payback for the nasty little monopoly you've been running here, yeah?" — Gonzo (The Wind Waker HD)
  48. "So I bet you're thinking it was foolhardy to ask pirates to pay such an outrageous price, huh? Yup. I bet you are." — Mako (The Wind Waker HD)
  49. "Now, I don't like to brag, but aren't these just the finest bombs you've ever seen in your entire life? Real fine, and real cheap!" — Bomb-Master Cannon (The Wind Waker)
  50. "By the way, does the name of the currency come from the Indian rupee?
    Miyamoto: I didn't really have India in mind when I named it. [...] Rather than the Indian rupee, they're more like ruby gems."
    The Legend of Zelda Developer Interview , Nintendo.com, retrieved July 18, 2019.
  51. MaddHatts, 5 Different Entrances to the Chris Houlihan Room , YouTube (Video), published February 15, 2010.
  52. "WANTED
    1,000,000,000,000,000
    " — Sign (Twilight Princess)
  53. The Legend of Zelda manual, Virtual Console version, Italian localization, pg. 6
  54. A Link to the Past manual, Virtual Console version, Italian localization, pg. 7
  55. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 136
  56. "Hai ottenuto una rupia verde!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  57. "Ecco 30 rupie! Bene." — N/A (Oracle of Seasons, Italian localization)
  58. "Ecco 30 rupie! Bene." — N/A (Oracle of Ages, Italian localization)
  59. "Se nel tuo cammino saprai ottenere abbastanza Rupie, le Fate Radiose riconosceranno il tuo coraggio..." — Great Fairy of Ice (Four Swords, Italian localization)
  60. "Hai ottenuto una Rupia Verde!" — N/A (The Wind Waker, Italian localization)
  61. "Hai ottenuto 1 rupia! Sempre meglio di niente!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  62. "A differenza di rupie e chiavi, i diamanti non vanno persi al Game Over." — Trill (Cadence of Hyrule, Italian localization)
  63. "Questi nemici forse trasportano rubini." (These enemies are maybe carrying rubies.) (The Legend of Zelda manual, Italian localization, pg. 1)
  64. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 20
  65. A Link to the Past manual, pg. 34 Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 30
  66. "1ルピーを手に入れた!
    コツコツ集めよう!
    " — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  67. 67.0 67.1 The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 21
  68. "Vous avez obtenu 1 rubis ! Ne vous en tenez pas là !" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  69. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 128
  70. "卢比" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  71. "¡Has obtenido una rupia verde! Tiene un valor de 1 rupia. ¡Sigue buscando más!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  72. "Algunas dianas hasta pueden contener bonificaciones – si ves un Rupia flotante, dispárale para ganarte puntos extras." (Link's Crossbow Training manual, pg. 30)
  73. "3 Herzen
    10 Rubine
    " — Town Tool Shopkeeper (Link's Awakening, German localization)
  74. "Du hast einen Rubin erhalted! Kleinvieh macht auch Mist!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  75. "Um eine Medaille herzustellen, benötigst du bestimmte Materialien sowie ausreichend Rubine." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  76. "루피
    이 세계의 화폐
    쇼핑이나 게임할 때 필요하다
    " — Gear (A Link Between Worlds)
  77. "Vous avez obtenu un rubis vert! Il vaut 1 rubis, alors ramassez-en beaucoup!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  78. "Certaines cibles pourraient même contenir des bonus pour vous – si vous voyez un rubis flottant, tirez dessus pour obtenir des points bonus." (Link's Crossbow Training manual, pg. 20)
  79. "¡Has conseguido una rupia verde! Tiene un valor de 1 rupia. ¡Cuantas más, mejor!" — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  80. Nintendo Fun Club News vol. 1 no. 3, Fall 1987, pg. 8