Rupees are the unit of currency within most of The Legend of Zelda universe. It is used in: Hyrule, Koholint Island, Termina, Labrynna, Holodrum, the Great Sea, the World of the Ocean King, New Hyrule, and Skyloft.
Locations and Uses
Rupees can be found virtually anywhere. The most common ways Link can find Rupees is by breaking jars, cutting grass, and/or defeating various enemies.
Due to their use by Great Fairies in some of the games (like Breath of the Wild), it's assumed that Rupees may have magical properties aside from their monetary use, though these are seldom explored in said games.
After breaking a jar, something usually pops out of it. The most common item that appears is a Rupee. Other items that can be collected include Magic Jars, Recovery Hearts, Bombs, or Arrows. It is often completely random of what appears and does not appear with a few exceptions. Example: In Ocarina of Time, the Ghost Shop has a jar that only drops a Red Rupee.
Cutting grass usually results in an item to appear. Rupees are the most common item to appear after cutting grass. Magic Jars, Recovery Hearts, bombs, and arrows can also be collected through this process.
Upon defeating an enemy, they occasionally drop an item. This item could be almost anything. Rupees, Magic Jars, Recovery Hearts, and even treasure are some of the most common items.
With the exceptions of The Adventure of Link and Four Swords Adventures, Rupees appear in every The Legend of Zelda game to date. Rupees' values are generally denoted by their color, but also can vary by size as well.
|The Legend of Zelda||5||1|
|A Link to the Past||1||5||20|
|Link's Awakening||5[Note 1]||1||30|
|BS The Legend of Zelda||5||1|
|Ocarina of Time||1||5||20||50||5[Note 2]||200|
|Oracle Series||1, 5, 10, or 20
|20 or 30
|1, 5, or 20|
|Rupoor (Black)[Note 3]|
Rupee Shards[Note 4]
|The Wind Waker||1||5||20||50||100||200||Yellow Rupee — 10 Rupees|
|The Minish Cap||1
|Twilight Princess||1||5||20||50||100||200||Yellow Rupee — 10 Rupees|
|300 (Big)||Small Rupoor — -10 Rupees|
Big Rupoor — -50 Rupees
|Skyward Sword||1||5||20||100||300||Rupoor — -10 Rupees|
|A Link Between Worlds||1||5||20||50||100||300|
|Breath of the Wild[Note 5]||1||5||20||50||100||300|
- Only found in the Color Dungeon.
- Found in certain rooms for puzzles.
- Removes a random amount of Rupees from the team's wallet.
- Worthless by themselves; four Rupee Shards make a gem worth 500 Rupees.
- No in-game limits to the amount of Rupees Link can gain
- Rupees are the currency in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Maldives.
- In the original The Legend of Zelda, 'Rupee' was spelled Rupy and Rupies for plural.
Orange Rupee Official Artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Orange Rupee Million Publications Artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Blue Rupee Million Publications Strategy Guide artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Green Rupee Sprite from A Link to the Past
Rupee Sprite from Link's Awakening DX
Orange Rupee Sprite from BS The Legend of Zelda
Yellow Rupee from The Wind Waker
Green Rupee from Twilight Princess
Silver Rupee from Twilight Princess HD
Rupee Miiverse Stamp from Twilight Princess HD
Green Rupee from Spirit Tracks
Rupee Artwork from Skyward Sword
Green Rupee from Breath of the Wild
Orange Rupee from Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland