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Heart Container
HeartContainer.png
A Heart Container as seen in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
Game(s) Every Zelda game
Other media Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Sonic Lost World
Hyrule Warriors
Cost(s) Varies
Use(s) Increases Link's total life
Link's health is symbolized throughout the The Legend of Zelda series as a set of Hearts, excluding The Adventure of Link wherein his health is symbolized by a life bar. Depending on the game, Link must collect either Pieces of Heart or full Heart Containers to increase his maximum health.

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Description

Link receiving 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 (again, excluding The Adventure of Link wherein the Heart Container adds an extra block to Link's life bar).[1] A Heart Container is awarded after every major boss in most games.[2] Most games finish with Link having gained a total of 20 hearts. Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures break from the series standard since Heart Containers are not permanent upgrades. Most stages in this title contain Heart Container upgrades, but Link begins the next stage without the benefit. It is possible to finish some games without getting the Heart Containers received from bosses.

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 Heart Containers in their embrace. As a matter of fact, 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.

Game LoZ AoL ALttP LA OoT MM OoS/OoA FS TWW FSA TMC TP PH ST SS ALBW
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

Piece of Heart

Piece of Heart
HeartPiece.png
A Piece of Heart, as seen in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
Twilight Princess
Skyward Sword
A Link Between Worlds
Other media Super Smash Bros. BrawlTriforce piece.png
Cost(s) Varies
Use(s) Forms a portion of a Heart Container

Description

In many games, a Heart Container can be built manually by collecting four Pieces of Heart,[3] which were introduced in A Link to the Past, and have since then have appeared in every other title following it, excluding Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, in which only full Heart Containers could be found, and Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures, in which Heart Containers are not permanent upgrades. These are scattered throughout the world, and can be found in treasure chests,[4] won in mini-games,[5] 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. Interestingly, 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).

A Piece of Heart in Majora's Mask

Twilight Princess breaks the tradition by requiring five Pieces of Heart in order to create a Heart Container instead of the normal four. This is likely due to the high number of Heart Containers present in the game, and so more Pieces of Heart were required to keep the number of them higher than in Ocarina of Time (which had the same number of Heart Containers, but only 36 Pieces of Heart because of the old four-piece system) and narrowly The Wind Waker (44), having therefore 45 in total. Although in Twilight Princess heart pieces are collected in fifths, Link still loses health in minimums of 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 the Life Medals, which take up a spot in Link's Adventure Pouch if he wishes to use them.

It's also worth noting that The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword are the only games in the series to have in-game "guides" showing the player where the Pieces of Heart are. The Wind Waker has a Special Chart[6][7] that reveals where the Pieces are; in Twilight Princess, Madame Fanadi the fortune teller can guide Link to them; and in Skyward Sword, a fortune-telling character similar to Fanadi, Sparrot, 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 Upper Zora's River 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, a glaring oversight, as it is likely the first thing that catches the attention of players upon entering the restaurant. It is also worth mentioning that the Fortune Tellers who give hints leading to the Heart Piece Locations refer to them as something having to do with love.

Number of Pieces of Heart per game

ALttP LA OoT MM OoS OoA TWW TMC TP SS ALBW
24 12 36 52 12 12 44 44 45 24 28

Non-Canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Super Smash Bros. Series

Heart Container in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
See SmashWiki's article on Heart Container for more information.

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 and Pieces of Heart also appear as Trophies and Stickers.

Trophy Information

Name Image Description How to Unlock
Heart Container 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
Heart Container 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

Sticker Information

Sonic obtaining a Heart Container
Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
Piece of Heart Piece of Heart Sticker.png Twilight Princess Heart Container Effect +50 This sticker is usable by Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Toon Link

Sonic Lost World

Heart Containers appear in The Legend of Zelda Zone for Sonic Lost World. They can be obtained by opening Treasure Chests. Heart Containers increase Sonic's life by one.

Guides

The Legend of Zelda

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ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

The Adventure of Link

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ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

A Link to the Past

Heart Piece Sprite LttP.gif
Piece of Heart Location Guide at StrategyWiki Favicon.png StrategyWiki
Heart Piece Sprite LttP.gif
ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

Link's Awakening

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ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

Ocarina of Time

HeartPiece.png
Piece of Heart Location Guide at StrategyWiki Favicon.png StrategyWiki
HeartPiece.png
ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

Majora's Mask

HeartPiece.png
Piece of Heart Location Guide at StrategyWiki Favicon.png StrategyWiki
HeartPiece.png
ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide
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ZeldaEternity.com's Guide

Oracle of Ages

Piece of Heart OoX.png
ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

Oracle of Seasons

Piece of Heart OoX.png
ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

The Wind Waker

Piece of Heart TWW.png
ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

The Minish Cap

Heart Piece MC.gif
ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

Twilight Princess

Heartpiece.png
Piece of Heart Location Guide at StrategyWiki Favicon.png StrategyWiki
Heartpiece.png
ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

Phantom Hourglass

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Piece of Heart Location Guide at StrategyWiki Favicon.png StrategyWiki
Heart Container ST.png
ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

Spirit Tracks

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ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

Skyward Sword

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ZeldaDungeon.net's Guide

Galleries

Heart Container

Piece of Heart

References

  1. "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)
  2. "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)
  3. "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)
  4. "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)
  5. "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)
  6. "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)
  7. "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)



Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name
Heart Container Piece of Heart
Japanese Japan 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 Spain Cont. de Corazones Pieza de Corazón
Latin America Contenedor de Corazón Pieza de corazón
French French-speaking countries Réceptacle de Cœur Quart de Cœur / Fragment de CœurTriforce piece.png
German Germany Herzcontainer Herzteil
Italian Italy Portacuore Frammento di Cuore
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 心之容器 (Xīn zhi Róngqì) 心之碎片 (Xīn zhi Suìpiàn)