I am at the Forest temple in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and just got the flying bug remote control thingadongdong. There's a lot of stuff at Beedle's Airshop I want to but but it's friggin' expensive! What the most effective way to earn rupees at this point in the game?

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At the point you're at, you don't actually need all the shiny stuff right away. The Bug Net and the Extra Wallets are probably what you need the most right now, especially if you want to buy the shinier things early.

That said, this early on, there are few ways to get Rupees effectively:

  • You can try to find all the Goddess Cubes you can and open them; they can contain Rupees, but often contain other things.

  • You can catch as many bugs as you can with the Bug Net (Deku Hornets come in especially large numbers) and go see Stritch in his room at the Academy at night. He will buy some bugs off your hands, but only buys four specific kinds of bugs a night.

  • It is doubtful you have a lot of treasure by now, but if you're willing to part with them (keep in mind they are used to upgrade your equipment at Gonzo's), Rupin will buy treasure from his house at night on a mechanic like Stritch's. His house is located on the other side of the river, near the graveyard.

  • There is also the classic "break everything you can" strategy. Break all the pots and skulls you find. Cut all the grass and flowers you can. Roll into every tree.

  • Great, thanks Kareen! What I really want is the bug medallion, I have 2 extra wallets but getting to 1,000 rupees is proving difficult.
    – Josh
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 18:18
  • Thanks for the tips about Stritch and Gonzo! I had like 48 Deku Hornets and 28 Amber Relics, plus a lot more bugs. Selling those allowed me to buy the item I wanted!
    – Josh
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 15:40

One other thing that you can do for some (relatively) quick rupees early in the game is sky-dive down to the Pumpkin Landing (the island with the Lumpy Pumpkin on it) from a high altitude.

On your map, set your beacon on Pumpkin Landing and then fly towards the column of light that your beacon gives off. All the while, fly higher and higher. Once you start to get close to the Lumpy Pumpkin keep checking your position on the map (it helps to zoom in), and when you're over top of the Lumpy Pumpkin dive off of your bird. On the way down you'll see these multicolored flying squirrels, if you can touch all of them before you land/use the sailcloth then you'll get 20 rupees.

You can sky-dive successfully if you're just at the top of the column of light that your beacon gives off, but it's easier if you're as high as you can go when you dive off of your bird.

  • Thanks. And then once there, you can fill up a bottle with Pumpkin Soup and bring it to the Knight Commander for an extra 10 rupee profit.
    – Josh
    Commented Jun 11, 2012 at 19:32

At that specific moment in the game, the best thing you can do is to use the Beetle (your flying bug remote) in the large dome room surrounding the room that you got the Beetle in.

There are several boxes hanging from the ceiling, use the bug remote to cut them down, most have a red rupee (20 rupees) in them.

Also look around the top edge of the room, there are lots of little crevices all around the edge of that room that contain rupees as well.


there is a bamboo island I forget where it is, but every time you chop between 15 and 20 times through the bamboo, u get 30. I forget what it costs to play, 10-20 rupies

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