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Heart Container from Skyward Sword
|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
Sonic Lost World
Link: The Faces of Evil
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
|Use(s)||Increases Link's total life|
A Heart Container, called a Bowl of Hearts in the The Official Nintendo Player's Guide entry for The Adventure of Link, is an item that increases Link's maximum health. In The Legend of Zelda series, Link's health is represented by a set of Hearts, excluding The Adventure of Link, where his health is symbolized by a life bar. After collecting enough Pieces of Heart, they will be assembled into a Heart Container, increasing Link's maximum health.
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. A Heart Container is awarded after every major boss in most games. 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.
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Piece of Heart
|Piece of Heart|
Piece of Heart from Skyward Sword
|Game(s)|| A Link to the Past|
Ocarina of Time
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
A Link Between Worlds
|Other media||Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|Use(s)||Form a Heart Container|
In many games, a Heart Container can formed by collecting four Pieces of Heart. They were introduced in A Link to the Past, and have since then have appeared in every other title following it. The exceptions being Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, in which only full Heart Containers can be found, and Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures, in which Heart Containers are not permanent upgrades. Pieces of Heart are scattered throughout the world, and can be found in Treasure Chests, won in mini-games, or given as thanks for helping someone. Obtaining a Piece of Heart will immediately refill all of Link's health, regardless of whether or not that Piece of Heart is completing a Heart Container. The amount of Pieces of Heart depends primarily on how many Heart Containers are in the game; the Pieces of Heart, combined with the Heart Containers, typically add up to a total of 20 Hearts by the end of a game. The number of Heart Pieces in a game is inversely proportional to how many dungeons (therefore, bosses with Heart Containers) are available in that adventure. Because of this, Majora's Mask holds currently the record for having the highest number in the series (52, this for featuring only four Heart Containers).
Twilight Princess breaks the tradition by requiring five Pieces of Heart in order to form a Heart Container instead of the normal four. This is likely due to the high number of Heart Containers present in the game. Although in Twilight Princess Pieces of Heart are collected in fifths, Link's smallest unit of current health is still fourths.
In Skyward Sword, there are only 24 Pieces of Heart. This is due to the fact that Link starts off with three more hearts than usual, making it so that he begins with six, earns six from defeating bosses, and obtains six from Pieces of Heart, with the last two Heart Containers being potentially temporary items in the form of Life Medals, which take up a spot in Link's Adventure Pouch if he wishes to use them.
The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword are the only games in the series to have in-game guides showing where the Pieces of Heart are. The Wind Waker has the Sea and Island Hearts Charts that reveal their location in both sea and islands. Twilight Princess has the fortune teller Madame Fanadi who can guide Link to them by paying a fee. In Skyward Sword, Sparrot, a fortune-teller similar to Fanadi, will give Link hints on where to find Pieces of Heart.
It is unknown if any character other than Link understands the use and purpose of the Pieces of Heart, or if any character other than Link can use the Pieces of Heart, as very few characters ever have anything to say about them, even when handing them out as rewards. In Twilight Princess, if Link catches the Piece of Heart while fishing in the Fishing Hole, Hena will remark "Whose heart did you catch? You big sweetheart!" In Skyward Sword, Beedle will eventually sell Link a Piece of Heart starting at 1600 Rupees. If Link asks Beedle about the item so that he can buy it, Beedle will tell him that he does not actually know what it is, and that he found it somewhere nearby. In the Lumpy Pumpkin, one of the first Pieces of Heart available in the game is located on the chandelier hanging in the center of the place. If one speaks to Kina, she remarks that the Rupees on the chandelier may have caught Link's eye, and that he cannot get them, nor should he even think about trying. She makes no mention of the Piece of Heart on the chandelier, as it is likely the first thing that catches the attention of anyone upon entering the restaurant. Fortune Tellers who give hints leading to the location of Pieces of Heart refer to them as something having to do with love.
Pieces of Heart Summary
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Piece of Heart
- "This is a Bowl of Hearts which increases Link's Hit-Points." (The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 44)
- "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)
- "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)
- "TIP: For every four Pieces of Heart you find, you complete another Heart Container." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 15)
- "Find and open Treasure Chest #11 to pull a chest from the Great Sea near Crescent Moon Island. The chest contains Piece of Heart #4." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 146)
- "Enter the lighthouse building [on Windfall Island] and talk to Salvatore, the man behind the counter, to play the Squid-Hunt mini-game...If you're successful, you win Pieces of Heart #2." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 139)
- "Find and open Treasure Chart #32 to pull a chest from the Great Sea near the Boating Course. The chest contains the Sea Hearts chart [which contains all locations of Treasure Charts that lead to Pieces of Heart]." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 154)
- "Find and open Treasure Chart #19 to pull a chest from the Great Sea. The chest contains the Island of Hearts Chart [which include locations of all Pieces of Heart that aren't found in Treasure Charts]." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 157)
- "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)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Heart Container||Piece of Heart|
|Japanese|| 命の器 (Inochi no Utsuwa)
ハートの器 (Hāto no Utsuwa)
|ハートのかけら (Hāto no Kakera)|
|Spanish||Cont. de Corazones||Pieza de Corazón|
|Contenedor de Corazón||Pieza de corazón|
|French||Réceptacle de Cœur||Quart de Cœur / Fragment de Cœur|
|Italian||Portacuore||Frammento di Cuore|
|Chinese||心之容器 (Xīn zhi Róngqì)||心之碎片 (Xīn zhi Suìpiàn)|
|Majora's Mask Trade Sequence|
|Moon's Tear > Land Title Deed > Swamp Title Deed > Mountain Title Deed > Ocean Title Deed > 5x Piece of Heart + 200 Rupees|