- 1 300-Rupee chests
- 2 The Chris Houlihan Room
- 3 The Rupee farm
Beating the game, especially with all of the upgrades and required items, takes a good bit of bank. Quest-related expenditures and items will cost you a total of 750 Rupees: 500 for the Flippers, 100 for the first Bottle, 110 to Kiki the Monkey, 10 to the Swordsmiths, and 30 for the Super Bomb. Maxing out your Bombs and Arrows will require 1,400 atop that, and buying four Blue Potions will be an additional 640 Rupees. This gives you a grand total of 2,790 Rupees! And that’s assuming that everything goes well and you don’t have to re-buy a Shield thanks to a Pikit or having to use one of the Blue Potions in a pinch.
However, there are a handful of chests in the game that will get you a good way to amassing enough Rupees to count yourself among Hyrule’s rich.
Finding the 300-Rupee chests scattered across Hyrule
Hyrule Castle Sewers First Chapter Available: Chapter 2
Items Required: Bombs or Pegasus Boots
The first time you enter Hyrule Castle’s sewers, you won’t be able to reach this room since you won’t have Bombs or the Pegasus Boots. Either enter the dungeon again or, if you have the Power Glove, use this secret entrance in the Cemetery to take you right to the room containing the Rupees.
West of Lake Hylia First Chapter Available: Chapter 3
Items Required: Bombs, Bow
Between the edge of Lake Hylia and the marshlands of the Great Swamp is a rather suspicious looking rock that looks ripe for the blowing up. Enter in, and you’ll have to face down four Mini-moldorm. However, three are corralled to the far ends of the room; Arrows should work wonders upon them. Defeat them all to claim your 300-Rupee treasure.
Plains of Ruin First Chapter Available: Chapter 7
Items Required: Magic Hammer, Bombs
You’ll find a rather suspicious crack in the cliff in the northeast corner of the Plains of Ruin, the Dark World analog of the Great Swamp. Set a bomb to blow open the cave, and you’ll find a creature inside willing to trade you Rupees for your silence.
Village of Outcasts House First Chapter Available: Chapter 7
Items Required: Magic Hammer
On the east side of the Village of Outcasts, you will find one of the few completely intact dwellings. There’s not much required to grab the loot; walk on inside and steal the dough from the treasure chest within. The only reason you need the Magic Hammer is that, without it, you won’t be able to reach the village.
Village of Outcasts Chicken Coop First Chapter Available: Chapter 7
Items Required: Magic Hammer, Bombs
In the south part of the Village of Outcasts, in the place that mirrors the place the little boy who informed you of Sahasrahla’s whereabouts would stand, is a small wooden building without any entrances. However, it does have a suspicious crack in it. Bomb it down, and inside you’ll find someone’s secret treasure trove of 300 Rupees.
2The Chris Houlihan Room
First Chapter Available: Chapter 3
Items Required: Pegasus Boots, Bombs
The Chris Houlihan Room is one of the legendary rooms in A Link to the Past that should have never been discovered. It is named as such because Nintendo’s official magazine Nintendo Power ran a contest for its subscribers for a chance for someone’s name to be included in an upcoming game on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Ultimately, that would be delayed to A Link to the Past for the SNES; however, unbeknownst to everyone was that this secret reference would be tucked away into a hidden corner of the game that was never meant to be discovered. In fact, you cannot reach this room unless you purposely glitch the game.
The Chris Houlihan Room contains 45 blue Rupees for a total of 225 Rupees. Not bad for a few short moments of work!
This room is top secret! (SNES Version only)
While this room technically exists in the Four Swords/A Link to the Past port of this game, the glitch that causes this room to be discoverable has been fixed. As a result, it is impossible to enter this room without overtly cheating.
There are five known methodologies to glitch the game into accessing the room, but far and above this one is the easiest and requires the fewest steps to perform.
Glitching into the Chris Houlihan room
Step Two Once you enter the cave, take a few steps into it. Then, you must use the Pegasus Boots to dash out of the cave. If you do this correctly, you will see the screen jump down a few pixels as Link leaves.
Step Three Dash into oddly-colored tree that normally would be the entrance for Piece of Heart #12. This will of course cause the tree to come tumbling down.
Step Four Walk to the south of the tree and get close to the hole. Face southward, and then plant a Bomb at your feet. Whatever you do, don’t move.
Step Five The Bomb blast will propel your backward into the pit. When you fall, however, you won’t fall into the normal cave. Instead, you’ll enter the Chris Houlihan Room.
3The rupee farm
First Chapter Available: Chapter 4
Items Required: Power Glove
While the above secrets and the occasional hoards of Rupees found in dungeons will give you most of the cash on hand to fund your adventure, you might find yourself in need of a pinch here and there. And if you blow your entire life savings and emergency fund on those item upgrades, you may find yourself in a pickle later on when you absolutely need that Potion stat!
Thankfully, there is one spot in Hyrule that’s better than any 300-Rupee chest. While the technique is certainly a bit cheesy and, dare I say it, slightly boring, it does rake in the cash, on average, much faster than killing enemies for fun and profit. So if you want to abuse the system and make your way to 999 Rupees without delay, this technique is for you.
Earning infinite rupees, the cheesy way
Step One From the Great Swamp, head west until you reach the Desert of Mystery’s outskirts. A few enemies will be in the way, so dispatch them first.
Step Two In between the two long plateaus, you’ll find two large stones on the ground. Underneath the southernmost one is a secret stair heading down.
Step Three Therein, you’ll find a man guarding 10 clay pots, each containing five Rupees. Well, we didn’t say he was guarding them particularly well. Clean up while he watches you steal his life savings.
Step Four Exit the cave, and then immediately re-enter it. If you were worried you stole everything the man had, you’d be wrong. Those 10 clay pots have returned, and each one still contains five Rupees. That’s 50 Rupees every trip. Keep repeating this step until you have what you need.