In Zelda: Breath of the Wild Rupees are one of the more useful commodities in the game, opening doors to some of the more valuable items and activities in the game.
Rupees can buy cooking ingredients from vendors, get access to special clothing and armour - which can cost in the hundreds to thousands each, such as fire resistant Flamebreaker armour to survive Death Mountain - activate side-quests and Great Fairies, register tame horses and much more.
In short, it helps to always have some cash on you, and later in the game an awful lot to get after some of the more elusive items.
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How to get Rupees in Zelda: Breath of the Wild
First, a couple of notes - unlike other Zelda games, there's no need to get wallet upgrades to store thousands of Rupees. Also, it doesn't matter where you sell them - all roadside travellers and village shop keeps will give you the same amount of money where you go, so
There are many sources of Rupees in the game, but some of the most reliable and noteworthy - concluding with a few easy farming methods - include:
Raiding camps and killing enemies - Throughout the game you'll come across enemy-filled camps. Clear out these and you'll likely find some Rupees lying around, or as a reward in a chest. Better still, the item drops you get can be sold on, and even the more common creatures have parts that add up surprisingly quickly.
Take for example the Lizalfaos, which you'll find on the approach to Zora's Domain; their Horns go for 10 Rupees, their Talons 15, and Tails 28 Rupees. The towering Moblins sell for something similar, while even more common enemies have some valuable drops if luck is on your side - a Keeze Eyeball will go for 20 Rupees, while an Octorok Eyeball will trade for 25 Rupees.
Special enemies and monsters - Some enemies are worth keeping an eye on for their Rupee slipping properties. One is the X, a glowing bunny rabbit that'll roam through forests, such as one we found above K Village. Another are assassins that will pick a fight with link while you're exploring the wider world. These are powerful, fast foes, but if you vanquish them, you'll receive some Rupees for the trouble.
Ancient materials - Hyrule is packed full of destroyed, ruined Guardians, and you're able to search them for Ancient materials. You'll find a lot around Hateno Fort, which is east of the Duelling Peaks Stable, which you pass through on the way to Hateno Village. Defeating Guardians and Guardian Scouts will also drop Ancient materials too.
- Ancient Screw - 12 Rupees
- Ancient Spring - 15 Rupees
- Ancient Gear - 30 Rupees
- Ancient Shaft - 40 Rupees
- Ancient Core - 80 Rupees
- Giant Ancient Core - 200 Rupees
Remember the above can be traded for Ancient Armour at the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab and Slate upgrades at the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab, so it might be advised to keep some back.
Amiibo - Scan in your amiibo - whether Zelda themed or not - and you'll be given a variety of drops, from ingredients to crates, chests and even actual Rupees. You can scan any and all amiibo in once per day, and for anything you don't want, you can sell it for essentially free, regular income.
Mining Ores - When climbing mountains or exploring cabins, you'll find shiny, black rocks. These can be smashed with a sledgehammer or a heavy weapon (or a Bomb rune, though the contents will then fly everywhere) to reveal a variety of ores. Glowing blue ores contain Luminous Stones, too.
As with Ancient materials, while these can be traded for armour upgrades and so is worth keeping some by, ores are common enough that you can sell even a handful for a huge profit:
- Flint - 5 Rupees
- Amber - 30 Rupees
- Opal - 60 Rupees
- Luminous Stone - 70 Rupees
- Topaz - 180 Rupees
- Ruby - 210 Rupees
- Sapphire - 260 Rupees
- Diamond - 500 Rupees
Beating a Stone Talus - These are mini-bosses that, when defeated, drop some of the above ores. Our how to beat Stone Talus page explains how to take them down, and remember that they will return after a Blood Moon occurs, allowing you to return and face them again for even more spoils.
Want more help? Our Zelda: Breath of the Wild walkthrough and guide steps to completing the game's main quests - including Divine Beasts Vah Ruta, Vah Rudiana, Vah Medoh and Vah Naboris - as well as how to find the Master Sword, Hylian Shield and all Captured Memories locations and Great Fairy Fountain locations, while our ongoing Shrines location maps hub explains where to find and solve the game's many puzzle rooms. We also have advice on how to beat Guardians, where to get easy Rupees, tame horses, find how to get cold resistance, fire resistance and heat resistance, and learn the most effective means of cooking with ingredients for bonus effects. We also have a DLC 1 guide, including all Tingle, Majora's Mask, Phantom, Midna outfit locations.
Easy Rupee farming spots in Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Like any open-world adventure, there are farming spots if you want to get thousands of Rupees through reliable (but repetitive) methods.
There are a few doing the rounds, but one of our favourites is an early game betting shop in Lurelin Village that's on the coast pretty much south of Hatino Tower. It has you bet 100 Rupees with a possible 300 Rupee return, but by saving before you open a chest and reloading if you don't get the one you want, it means you will always profit.
Here is YouTube user BeardBear explaining how it works:
Another is by playing one of the mini-games - snowball bowling - in Pondo's Lodge in the far north west corner of the map.
Get some cold resistance and head just east of the region's tower to find it, and if you bowl in a specific way, you can get a strike reliably, netting you 300 Rupees for per 20 Rupee game. YouTube user ChrisGoesPewPew above explains how it works.