Top 3 Things you didn’t know about Rupees in The Legend of Zelda

Rupees are a staple of The Legend of Zelda Series, ever since they debuted in the first Legend of Zelda, they have become the constant currency in Hyrule, as well as many other places: the Dark World, Koholint Island, Termina, Labrynna, Holodrum, the Great Sea, the World of the Ocean King, New Hyrule, Skyloft, Lorule and Hytopia. This, you may know, but I have a few things that you may not know here!

Rupees have different values in different Games.

The most commonly thought values of Rupees are:

  • Green – One.
  • Blue – Five.
  • Red – Twenty.
  • Purple – Fifty.
  • Silver – One-Hundred.
  • Gold – Three-Hundred.

But this is simply because these are the values in the most popular Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In each game, it’s very common to have differing values! Here is a table showing all of the different Values:

rupees in the grass
GameGreenBlueYellowRedPurpleOrangeSilverBig GreenBig BlueBig OrangeBig RedBig Gold
TLoZ51
ALttP1520
LA5130
OoT1520505200200
MM152050100200200
OoX1, 5, 10, 205, 20, 301, 5, 205, 10100200
FS152050100200
TWW15102050100200
TMC152050100200
TP15102050100200
PH1520100200300
ST1520100200300
SS1520100300
ALBW152050100300
TFH152050100300
BotW152050100300
FPTRR15102050100
HWAoC15
Source for Data: Zelda Wiki

Breath of the Wild has a max rupee count, or does it?

Of course, you know that you can sell almost anything in BotW in exchange for rupees. However, there is a limit to how many you can possess. Not many people realise this as it is a very difficult limit to reach: 999,999! However, there is one very interesting thing that’s kind of a rip off, you can still sell things, but you won’t acquire more rupees! Once you reach 999,999 rupees, you won’t be able to collect anymore, so it makes you wonder where they go!

Getting this many rupees can be tough! There are a couple of things you can try however! we have a section on this in our Gathering Equipment & Weaponry in Breath of the Wild Guide! If you make elixers out of Lynel Parts and an insect, they’ll fetch a really high price!

They originate from Rubies not from Indian Rupees

rupee in loz

The gemstones were originally planned to be called rubies as they were planned to singularly be red gemstones which matched the colour of real world rubies. However, when Nintendo decided to have multiple coloured gems and eventually removed the red one from the original game, there was no reason for them to be called rubies, in fact, it was a completely unrelated and random name!

However, the creators of the game decided that they liked the name as it had a nice ring to it! They changed it to rupees as it was similar and fitted the style of the revolutionary game!


I hope you enjoyed this article! If you’d like to find some other things you may not know about, check out our other articles!

 

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