Ruto's Letter

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Ruto's Letter
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Link obtaining the bottle that contains the letter
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
Use(s) Get inside Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly
Comparable Item(s) Zelda's Letter

Ruto's Letter is an item in Ocarina of Time.



The letter was written by Princess Ruto requesting help after she became swallowed by Lord Jabu-Jabu. The letter, which was stuck inside an empty bottle, eventually made its way to Lake Hylia. During Link's adventure, he finds Ruto's Letter in Lake Hylia near the underwater entrance to Zora's Domain. Link can remove the letter from inside the bottle and read it, which states as follows:

"Help me.
I am waiting for you inside
Lord Jabu Jabu's belly.
PS: Don't tell my father!"


Upon handing over the letter to the King Zora, he will allow Link to access to Lord Jabu Jabu's abode in Zora's Fountain and asks him to look for Princess Ruto.[1] As a bonus, the King grants the young hero the empty bottle that contained the letter.[2]


Theory Warning hide

When Link encounters Ruto inside Lord Jabu-Jabu, she claims that she never wrote the letter.[3] This may be her just denying that she asked for help or the letter might have been a forgery created by Ganondorf to cause more mayhem for the Zoras. It might also have been an attempt to lure Link inside the ill deity to collect the Spiritual Stone or to kill him. This theory would appear to be supported by the fact that the bottle, having floated down the river into the lake,[4] would have come from Gerudo Valley, home of Ganondorf, located upstream of the river and Lake Hylia.


  1. "The evidence seems clear. Of course, you'll go find Ruto. You can pass through here to the altar of Lord Jabu-Jabu." — King Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "I'll keep this letter. You keep the bottle it was in. Take it respectfully!" — King Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "Are you saying my father asked you to come here to save me? I'd never ask anyone to do such a thing! "Letter in a Bottle?" I have no idea what you're talking about! My father is worried about me? I don't care!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "Have you seen anything strange in the lake? The river carries many things into this lake!" — Zora (Ocarina of Time)

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