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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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Main appearance(s)
Other appearance(s)
4 Spirit Orbs(BotW)
Increasing Link's total life

Heart Containers,(TLoZ | ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | FSA | TMC | TP | PH | ST | SS | ALBW)[1][2] also known as Bowls of Hearts,(TAoL)[1] Heart-Shaped Stones,(TMC)[3] Life Hearts,(TFoE | TWoG)[4][5] and Crystal Hearts,(ZA)[6] 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.[1]

Location and Uses

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,[7] with each Heart Container adding one whole heart to the amount of hearts Link has.[8] A Heart Container is awarded after every major boss in most games.[8] Most games finish with Link having gained a total of 20 hearts. It is possible to finish some games without collecting any Heart Containers.

The Legend of Zelda

The Adventure of Link

A Link to the Past

Link's Awakening

Ocarina of Time

Majora's Mask

Oracle of Ages

Oracle of Seasons

The Minish Cap

Link can have a total of 20 Heart Containers in The Minish Cap. He starts with three and can gain a total of 11 more through Pieces of Heart; four Pieces of Heart equal one Heart Container.

The remaining six are all obtained as full Heart Containers; Link gains one after defeating each of the five Bosses (Big Green Chuchu, Gleerok, Mazaal, Big Octorok, and the Gyorg Pair), and one is given to him by Librari. After Link acquires the Wind Element and infuses it into the White Sword, turning it into the Four Sword, the Royal Hyrule Library is closed, and Librari moves to a small Minish-sized House in the center of Lake Hylia. The House can only be accessed after Link Fuses Kinstone Pieces with a Forest Picori in the far eastern portion of Minish Village, opening a small crack near the Wind Crest at Lake Hylia. When Link enters this crack and goes through the tunnel, he emerges in front of Librari's House; speaking to Librari inside will net him the final full Heart Container.

Phantom Hourglass

Spirit Tracks

A Link Between Worlds

Four Swords

Four Swords Adventures

Tri Force Heroes

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, four Pieces of Heart will create a Heart Container for Link. Link will also be rewarded with a Heart Container after defeating a Boss. Link is able to obtain a total of 17 Heart Containers, which brings his Life Energy to 20 hearts.

Skyward Sword

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Heart Containers can be obtained by defeating bosses and collecting 5 Pieces of Hearts. Heart Containers can apparently form when people display deep affection for each other, as seen 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 what type of prediction he wants to see.

Breath of the Wild

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. In The Champions' Ballad DLC pack, Link can obtain four extra Spirit Orbs that he can exchange for another Heart Container.

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

The Faces of Evil

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Link begins with three Life Hearts in The Faces of Evil, gradually earning more as he completes tasks and defeats certain bosses. Life Hearts are obtained from the Fairies in Spearfish Falls, after defeating Goronu the first time, and from the Blacksmith's Daughter in Shipwreck Cliff.

The Wand of Gamelon

Zelda begins with three Life Hearts and earns more during her quest throughout The Wand of Gamelon. They are obtained from the Fairies in the Fairy Pool, after defeating the Iron Knuckle in Tykogi Tower, and after defeating Hektan in Dodomai Palace.

Zelda's Adventure

Zelda initially starts out with three Crystal Hearts in Zelda's Adventure, and earns more as she defeats the Shrine Keepers of Tolemac. Four Crystal Hearts can also be found hidden throughout the land.

Super Smash Bros.

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

Heart Containers are healing items in Super Smash Bros.. When picked up, they reduce all damage to 0%. While they are healing, Fighters cannot be damaged by opponents. These Heart Containers derive their appearance from the Heart Containers in Ocarina of Time.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Heart Containers reappear as healing items in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Unlike their previous appearance in Super Smash Bros., Heart Containers only reduce 100% of damage to the Fighters who pick them up. Heart Containers also appear as Trophies. Like in Super Smash Bros., these Heart Containers derive their design from Ocarina of Time.

Trophy Information

# Trophy First Game / Move Description How to unlock
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Heart Container
The Legend of Zelda
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 Containers reappear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, serving a similar role as their previous iteration in Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, unlike their previous appearance, Fighters can now be damaged while being healed by Heart Containers. A Heart Container Trophy also appears. Heart Containers now resemble those in Twilight Princess.

Trophy Information

# Trophy Significant Games Description How to unlock
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Heart Container
The Legend of Zelda

Twilight Princess
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

Hyrule Warriors

Heart Containers are obtainable through Treasure Chests in Hyrule Warriors. When obtained, they add an additional Heart to a Warrior's health. They can also be obtained by completing the proper conditions in Adventure Mode Battles.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Heart Containers reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U with no functional change from their previous iteration. As before, a Heart Container Trophy is present. These Heart Containers now borrow their design from those in Skyward Sword.

Trophy Information

# Trophy Appears in Description How to unlock
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Twilight Princess
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
Heart Container

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Heart Containers reappear again in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, behaving identically to their previous appearance. Like in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, Heart Containers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate share their design with those from Skyward Sword.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseイノチノウツワ (Inochi no Utsuwa) (TLoZ)[9]
ハートの水筒 (Hāto no Suitō) (TLoZ)[10]
イノチ ノ ウツワ (Inochi no Utsuwa) (TLoZ)
ハートの器 (Hāto no Utsuwa) (OoT)[11]
Life Vessel
Heart Flask
Life Vessel
Same as English.
NetherlandsDutchHart-container (TLoZ)[12]Heart container
CanadaFrenchCARéceptacle de cœur (ST)[13] 
FranceFrenchEUCoffret de coeur (TLoZ)[14]
Réceptacle de cœur (ST)[15]
Heart box
GermanyGermanHerzcontainer (ST)[16] 
ItalyItalianPortacuore (ST)[17] 
RussiaRussianКапсулу сердца (Kapsulu serdtsa) (BotW)
N/A (TLoZ | TLoZ | TLoZ | ST)
N/A (TLoZ | TLoZ | TLoZ | ST)
N/A (TLoZ | TLoZ | TLoZ | ST)
N/A (TLoZ | TLoZ | TLoZ | ST)
Heart capsule
SpainSpanishEUContenedor de corazón (ST)[18] 
Latin AmericaSpanishLAContenedor de corazón (ST)[19] 
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 127 (TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | FSA | TMC | TP | PH | ST | SS | ALBW)
  2. "Pieces of Heart
    Collect four Pieces of Heart to gain a new Heart Container, increasing your maximum health!
    " — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule)
  3. "First we have...this lovely heart-shaped stone!" — Pina (The Minish Cap)
  4. "Your health is measured in Life Hearts. The number of Life Hearts you currently have is shown in the upper left corner of the screen when you are walking around the island. Although you begin the game with only three hearts, there are ways to get more." (The Faces of Evil manual, pg. 7)
  5. "Your health is measured in Life Hearts. The number of Life Hearts you currently have is shown in the upper left corner of the screen when you are walking around the island. Although you begin the game with only three hearts, there are ways to get more." (The Wand of Gamelon manual, pg. 8)
  6. "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)
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass — Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 8
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker — Prima's Official Strategy Guide (Prima Games) pg. 15
  9. Encyclopedia (TOKYOPOP) pg. 129 (TLoZ)
  10. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 21
  11. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 151
  12. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 22
  13. "Vous avez obtenu un réceptacle de cœur!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  14. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 22
  15. "Vous obtenez un réceptacle de cœur! Vous gagnez un cœur supplémentaire!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  16. "Du hast einen Herzcontainer erhalten!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  17. "Hai ottenuto un Portacuore!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  18. "¡Has conseguido un contenedor de corazón!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  19. "¡Has conseguido un contenedor de corazón!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)