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This article is about the item that increases Link's health. For the health meter, see Life Gauge.
Heart Container
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Heart Container from Breath of the Wild
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, also known as a Bowl of Hearts in The Adventure of Link,[1] are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series. They increase Link's Life Gauge, 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 assembles a Heart Container and increases Link's maximum health.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Location and Uses

MM3D Heart Container Icon.png

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,[11] with each Heart Container adding one whole heart to the amount of hearts Link has.[12] A Heart Container is awarded after every major boss in most games.[13] 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 Pieces of Heart to be sources of love, as seen with Madame Fanadi when she asks Link for what type of prediction he wants to see.

In Breath of the Wild, Link receives a Heart Container after defeating each of the four bosses found in the Divine Beasts. Link can also earn Heart Containers by choosing them over a Stamina Vessel after trading in four Spirit Orbs to a Goddess Statue anywhere in Hyrule. Spirit Orbs are rewarded to Link at the end of every Ancient Shrine. Link can obtain up to 23 Heart Containers from Goddess Statues, allowing him to have a maximum of 30 hearts. If Link instead uses his Spirit Orbs to achieve three full Stamina Wheels from the Goddess Statue, he will only have enough Spirit Orbs left to obtain a total of 27 hearts.

By visiting the Horned Statue in Hateno Village, Link can exchange his Heart Containers for Stamina Vessels and vice versa. This is achieved by selling either a Heart Container or a Stamina Vessel to the Horned Statue in exchange for 100 Rupees. The Horned Statue then allows Link can then buy one of either item at a higher price of 120 Rupees. This allows Link to change how he spent his Spirit Orbs at the total cost of 20 Rupees for each conversion.

Heart Containers Summary

Starting Life Gauge 3 4 3 3 3 3 3Triforce piece.png 3 3 3 3 3 6 3 3
Obtained from Bosses 8 - 10 8 8 4 8 6 5 8 7 5 6 10 4
Found in the Overworld 5 4Triforce piece.png 1 - - - 1Triforce piece.png - 1 - 6 8 2Triforce piece.png - 23Triforce piece.png
Formed by Pieces of Heart - - 6 3 9 13 3 11 11 9 - - 6 7 -
Maximum Life Gauge 16 8 20 14 20 20 14Triforce piece.png 20 20 20 16 16 20 20 30

Other Appearances

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.[14] 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

Super Smash Bros. Melee
# Trophy Description How to Unlock
87 SSBM Heart Container Trophy Model.png
Heart Container
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
# Trophy Description How to Unlock
190 SSBB Heart Container Trophy Model.png
Heart Container
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
# Trophy Description How to Unlock
SSBU Heart Container Trophy.png
Heart Container
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


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland EnglishUK Heart Container
Japan Japanese 命の器 (Inochi no Utsuwa)
ハートの器 (Hāto no Utsuwa)
Life Container
Heart Container
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Contenedor de Corazón Heart Container
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Contenedor de Corazón Heart Container
French Republic FrenchEU Réceptacle de Cœur Receptacle of Heart
Federal Republic of Germany German Herzcontainer Heart Container
Italian Republic Italian Portacuore
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 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. "You collected four Pieces of Heart. Now, you have a complete Heart Container!" — N/A (Link's Awakening)
  3. "You got a Piece of Heart! Collect four pieces total to get another Heart Container. More containers mean more life energy!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "You got a Piece of Heart! Collect four Pieces of Heart to assemble a new Heart Container." — N/A (Majora's Mask)
  5. "You got a Piece of Heart! Collect four in all to get an extra Heart Container!" — N/A (Oracle series)
  6. "You got a Piece of Heart! Collect four to form one Heart Container. More Heart Containers mean more life energy! How exciting!" — N/A (The Wind Waker)
  7. "You got a Piece of Heart! Collect 5 pieces to form a new Heart Container and increase your life energy!" — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  8. "You got a Piece of Heart! Collect four to make a new Heart Container for even more life energy!" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  9. "You got a Piece of Heart! This completes the Heart Container. Your heart capacity will increase by one!" — N/A (Skyward Sword)
  10. "Collect four pieces of heart to gain another heart container." — N/A (A Link Between Worlds)
  11. "You can find additional heart containers on your quest." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 8)
  12. "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)
  13. "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)
  14. "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)