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Not to be confused with Ruby or Rubee.
Artwork of a Rupee from Mario Kart 8
First appearance The Legend of Zelda (1986, The Legend of Zelda series)
Super Mario-kun Volume 4 (1992, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (2023, The Legend of Zelda series)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017, Super Mario franchise)

Rupees are small gems used as currency throughout The Legend of Zelda series, especially in the Hyrule region. They make their debut appearance in The Legend of Zelda. They are equivalent to the coins in the Super Mario franchise.


Super Mario-kun[edit]

Mario revealing Rupees and Hearts from Super Mario-kun. Page 53, volume 4.
Mario revealing Hearts and Rupees in Super Mario-kun

Rupees appear in Volume 4 of the Super Mario-kun manga. After being sent to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Mario finds some Rupees while chopping bushes to find a Warp Zone back to Super Mario World.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Bazaar mentions that Link arrived at his General Store and exchanged 500 Rupees for information. This dialogue is not included in the Game Boy Advance version.

Wario Land II[edit]

In Wario Land II, one of the hidden treasures that Wario collects appears to be a Rupee, specifically a purple one in the Game Boy Color version.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, a currency called Rubees appear, which resemble and may be named after Rupees.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy features the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy, in which a hidden formation of Star Bits in the shape of a Rupee can be seen.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Rupees appear in the Hyrule Circuit course featured in the first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack, The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8, which returns in the base game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. They replace coins from other courses, being both scattered throughout the course and obtainable from Item Boxes. They function identically to coins, giving a greater speed boost to players the more of them they have, but they play a different sound effect when collected. They are the only coin replacements that are not shaped and colored like coins themselves.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Rupia Rupee

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