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Sell Extra Resources
Gather as much stuff as possible. Food, bugs, monster parts--you have a lot of space for resources, so even if you think you might have enough Bokoblin Horns, pick them up anyway. You can sell your extras for a handful of Rupees. However, consider the fact that you might need an item later before you sell it. A good rule of thumb is to always have one left of everything just in case, and absolutely don’t sell Guardian parts, which you will need later.

Mine For Ore
One of the best ways to get rich quickly is to collect ore and gemstones, like Amber or even Diamond. If you find a sparkly black rock, it contains some sort of ore. You can blow it up with a bomb, but that might make the valuable stones inside go flying out of reach, so the safer method is to hit the rock with a sledgehammer or other very sturdy weapon. Sell gemstones to any merchant for a large sum of Rupees.

Make Extra Food
A fine meal can fetch a pretty nice price. If you have a dish you don’t really need--maybe you made one that restores more hearts than you even have available--sell it. You’ll often get more Rupees than if you had sold the ingredients on their own. See our full cooking guide for tips on what you can make.

Attack The Spirit Rabbit
While traveling in the forests of Breath of the Wild, you might encounter a glowing blue rabbit. It’ll run away if you get too close, but if you crouch and get close enough to hit it with an arrow, it will drop a random amount of Rupees. Plus, it won’t die--just keep hitting it with arrows until it disappears.

Accept Side Quests
If an NPC has a red exclamation point icon when they talk to you, they have a side quest to offer! They vary from gathering items to completing tasks and more, and you can often earn 20 to 100 Rupees pretty easily. If you’re early in the game, try talking to the shopkeeper at the archery store in Kakariko Village.

Find Treasure Chests
The most obvious way to get rich is to look for treasure chests. They can be found all over--try blowing up rock walls that look weak and moving stones with Magnesis if you’re having trouble finding them. They often contain something valuable, from gemstones to actual Rupees. Harder-to-find treasure chests generally have more valuable loot inside.

Farm Amiibo
When in doubt, try a Zelda-themed amiibo. You can enable amiibo use in the game’s options, which will add the ability to your runes. Tapping an amiibo on the right Joy-Con’s NFC reader will drop items depending on the amiibo, so you might get something good to sell--or even just some Rupees. Ganon in particular drops actual Rupees; see our full amiibo unlock guide for more details.

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Sparkling Leaves
If you see floating green leaves that sparkle a bit, go up to them and examine to reveal a Korok. The leaves will sometimes be moving around a small area, while other times they’ll be in a stationary position, like on a building’s roof.

Regular Hiding Spot
Some Koroks are hidden out in nature, like under rocks. These hiding spots will stick out in some way--the rock will be alone at the top of a mountain, for example, and all you need to do is pick it up to reveal the Korok. Other simple hiding spots include: a conspicuous block of ice you need to melt, under a heavy slab of rock that can be lifted with an Octo Balloon, behind destructible rock walls, inside breakable pots, or beneath layers of leaves that can be bombed away.

Boulders
If you see a boulder, look around for a similarly sized hole. Move the boulder (via rolling it, Stasis, or Magnesis) into the hole to find the Korok. There’s also a ball-in-a-cup version with a magnetic boulders and tree stumps, and keep an eye out for boulders that can be arranged into patterns.

Flowers
If you approach a flower and it disappears only to move to another location, follow the flower--when you reach the end of its trail, a Korok will appear. Keep an eye out for slight variations on the number or groupings of flowers.

Circles
Objects arranged in circles are hiding Koroks. If you find a circle of rocks sticking out of the water, find a nearby rock and throw it into the circle basketball-style to reveal the Korok. Along the same lines, if you see a circle of water lilies in a pond, dive in the center to reveal the Korok.

Rock Pattern
You will sometimes come across a pattern made from rocks, like a circle or spiral, with one or more rocks missing. Find the missing rock or rocks and place them in the correct position to finish the pattern and reveal the Korok. Generally, the missing rock or rocks are in the direction of the gap in the pattern.

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Sometimes trees will be too neatly arranged; in this case, look for patterns in the fruit growing on the trees. For example, if all but one of the trees has the same arrangement of fruit, pick the extra fruit off the last tree to complete the pattern and unlock the Korok.

Cube Pattern
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Archery
If you happen to see a balloon, pop it with an arrow to find a Korok. A lot of times, you’ll first see an orange-ish pinwheel; stand next to it to start the archery challenge. You need to hit all the targets to get the Korok seed. Targets can also include barrels and apples.

Race
Tree stumps marked with a leaf symbol are the starting point for a race. Step on the stump to start; many times, you’ll have to reach a specific point within a time limit. Occasionally, you’ll have to jump over obstacles with a horse to find the Korok.

Note: Finding Hestu
You’ll first encounter Hestu on the road to Kakariko Village from Dueling Peaks Stable. He’ll tell you that some Bokoblins stole his maracas, so kill the Bokoblins and retrieve the maracas from the treasure chest to give Hestu his inventory-expansion powers back. After that, he’ll let you trade Korok seeds for new weapon, bow, and shield inventory slots exponentially (as in, it’ll cost one Korok seed for the first weapons expansion, two for the second, and so on for each of the three categories).
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