Rupees are the main unit of currency in The Legend of Zelda universe. They are used in Hyrule, Koholint Island, Termina, Labrynna, Holodrum, the Great Sea, the World of the Ocean King, New Hyrule, Skyloft, Lorule, and Hytopia.
Locations and Uses
Rupees can be found virtually anywhere. They are most commonly found in treasure chests and by breaking pots, cutting grass, or defeating enemies. They are sometimes given by people for helping them out. They can be used to buy items, foods and other goods in shops and other places.
Due to their use by Great Fairies in some of the games (like Breath of the Wild), it is assumed that Rupees may have magical properties aside from their monetary use, though these are seldom explored in said games. Despite their monetary use, Rupees are not minted coins, but rather, gems.
With the exceptions of The Adventure of Link and Four Swords Adventures, Rupees appear in every 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|
|BS The Legend of Zelda||5||1|
|Ocarina of Time||1||5||20||50||5[Note 1]||200|
|Link's Awakening DX||5[Note 2]||1||30|
|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|
|Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch)||1||5||20||50||100||300|
|Tears of the Kingdom[Note 5]||1||5||20||50||100||300|
- Found in certain rooms for puzzles.
- Only found in the Color Dungeon.
- 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.
- It has been mentioned by fans that in some of the game installments, due to their vague economic and monetary definition, and mainly their magical inflation (as they literally sprout out of the ground), Rupees are not a sustainable form of currency.
Orange Rupee official artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Orange Rupee artwork from Million Publications The Legend of Zelda Strategy Guide
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 model from The Wind Waker
Green Rupee icon from Twilight Princess
Silver Rupee icon 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 artwork from Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland