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Heart Container
Heart Container from Twilight Princess
Game(s) All except for Tri Force Heroes
Other media Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Hyrule Warriors
Link: The Faces of Evil
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Zelda's Adventure
Use(s) Increasing Link's total life

Heart Containers, called Bowl of Hearts in the Official Nintendo Player's Guide for The Adventure of Link,[1] are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series. They increase Link's maximum health, which is represented by a set of Hearts, excluding The Adventure of Link, where his health is symbolized by a life bar. Collecting enough Pieces of Heart assemble a Heart Container, increasing Link's maximum health.

Location and Uses

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Link obtaining a Heart Container in Twilight Princess

As Link progresses through the games, he will require more and more health in order to survive the greater challenges. This additional health is acquired in the form of Heart Containers, with each Heart Container adding one whole heart to the amount of hearts Link has.[2] A Heart Container is awarded after every major boss in most games.[3] Most games finish with Link having gained a total of 20 hearts. It is possible to finish some games without collecting any Heart Containers.

Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures break from the series standard since Heart Containers are not permanent upgrades. In these titles, stages contain Heart Container upgrades, but the Links begin the next stage without them. Tri Force Heroes also breaks from the series standard as there are no obtainable Heart Containers. Instead, the Links can temporarily increase their total number of hearts by entering a Level while wearing the Jack of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, or Lady's Ensemble Outfits. Both the Jack of Hearts and Lady's Ensemble increase the Links' shared Hearts by one, whereas the Queen of Hearts Outfit increases their Hearts by three.

Heart Containers can apparently form when people display deep affection for each other, as seen in Twilight Princess where Yeto and Yeta create Hearts and a Heart Container in their embrace. Twilight Princess also considers Heart Pieces to be sources of love, as seen with Madame Fanadi when she asks Link for what type of prediction he wants to see.

Heart Containers Summary

Note that in The Adventure of Link, Link's health is illustrated by blocks instead of Hearts, and that in Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures, Heart Containers are not permanent upgrades.

Starts with 3 4 3 3 3 3 3Triforce piece.png 6 3 4 3 3 3 3 6 3
Obtained from Bosses 8 10 8 8 4 8 6 5 8 7 5 6 10
Found in the Overworld 5 4 1 Triforce piece.png 1 6 8 2Triforce piece.png
Formed by Pieces of Heart 6 3 9 13 3 11 11 9 6 7
Total 16 8 20 14 20 20 14Triforce piece.png 20 20 20 16 16 20 20

Non-Canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Philips CD-i Games

Life Heart Icon CD-i.png

In Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, Heart Containers are called Life Hearts. Link and Zelda both start out with three, and gradually earn more as they complete errands and defeat certain bosses. In The Faces of Evil, more Life Hearts can be obtained from the Fairies in Spearfish Falls, by defeating Goronu, and by rescuing the Blacksmith's Daughter in Shipwreck Cliff. In The Wand of Gamelon, Life Hearts can be obtained by the Fairies in the Fairy Pool, by defeating the Iron Knuckle in Tykogi Tower, and by defeating Hektan in Dodomai Palace.

In Zelda's Adventure, Heart Containers appear as heart-shaped jewels called Crystal Hearts.[4] Zelda initially starts out with three, and earns more as she defeats the Shrine Keepers of Tolemac. Four Crystal Hearts can also be found hidden throughout the land, and will increase Zelda's heart meter by one when she finds one.

Super Smash Bros. Series

See SmashWiki's article on Heart Container for more information.
SSB4 Heart Container Icon.png

In every game within the Super Smash Bros. series, the Heart Container appears as a healing item. In Super Smash Bros., it reduces all damage to 0%. In every subsequent game, however, it reduces only 100% of damage. In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, the player that grabbed the Heart Container cannot receive any damage from opponents while the item is restoring health. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, any damage that is taken will be subtracted from the 100%.

Heart Containers also appear as Trophies.

Trophy Information

Game Image Description How to Unlock
Super Smash Bros. Melee Heart Container Trophy.png Heart Containers drift toward the ground slowly and replenish 100 percentage points of health. In The Legend of Zelda, these items beefed up Link's life meter; in most cases, Link found them in the possession of bosses or hidden in secret areas. Heart Containers are often scattered across the land in several fragments. Play 100 VS Matches
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Heart Container Trophy (SSBB).png The best recovery item! Grab this and heal 100 percentage points of damage. It falls slowly, so it's best to grab it in midair. Damage recovery won't happen instantly, though, so try not to get launched while your damage is counting down. In the Legend of Zelda series, Heart Containers raise the player's maximum health. Bosses always have one in their possession. Random
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U SSBU Heart Container Trophy.png An important item in the Legend of Zelda series, this item would appear when you beat a boss and increase your life by one when collected. In Smash Bros., grabbing this will heal 100 points of damage. Grab it as it gently floats to the ground! Random


Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 命の器 (Inochi no Utsuwa)
ハートの器 (Hāto no Utsuwa)
Life Container
Heart Container
Spanish Spain Contenedor de Corazón Heart Container
Latin America Contenedor de Corazón Heart Container
French France Réceptacle de Cœur Receptacle of Heart
German Germany Herzcontainer Heart Container
Italian Italy Portacuore
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 心之容器 (Xīn zhi Róngqì) Heart Container



  1. "This is a Bowl of Hearts which increases Link's Hit-Points." (The Adventure of Link Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 44)
  2. "Pick up the Heart Container to add it to Link's Life Gauge, which allows Link to absorb more damage." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. (Prima Games), pg. 15)
  3. "Link receives a Heart Container in most dungeons after defeating the dungeon's boss." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 15)
  4. "Also, a legend tells of four red crystal hearts hidden somewhere in the land of Tolemac. Each time Zelda finds and grabs one, her Life Meter increases by one heart." (Zelda's Adventure manual, pg. 3)