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Piece of Heart
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Forming a Heart Container

Pieces of Heart are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][3] They are collected to form a full Heart Container, extending Link's maximum health by one Heart.

Location and Uses

Pieces of Heart were first seen in A Link to the Past, and have since appeared in almost every other title following it. Pieces of Heart are scattered throughout the world. They can be found in Treasure Chests,[4] won in mini-games,[5] purchased[6], or given to Link after completing a Side Quest. In many games, a Heart Container can form by collecting four Pieces of Heart.[7] 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 currently holds the record for having the highest number in the series (52, this for featuring only four Heart Containers).

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. Fortune tellers who give hints leading to the location of Pieces of Heart refer to them as something having to do with love.

Although now a series staple, a number of games do not feature Pieces of Heart. Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures and Tri Force Heroes do not have collectible Pieces of Heart, as Heart Containers are not permanent upgrades in those games. Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, despite having permanent Heart Containers, also do not have Pieces of Heart. In Breath of the Wild, Pieces of Heart are replaced by Spirit Orbs, and are obtained at the end of every Shrine. 4 Spirit Orbs can be traded in for a Heart Container at a Goddess Statue.

A Link to the Past



Link's Awakening



In Link's Awakening, four Pieces of Heart are required to form a new Heart Container.

A Piece of Heart can be found in a puddle of Water in the Well.

Ocarina of Time



Majora's Mask



In Majora's Mask 3D, the Sheikah Stone can show Link 23 different Hint Photos revealing the location of a Piece of Heart that is not received as a reward for completing an action during an Event.

Oracle of Seasons



Oracle of Ages



The Wind Waker



The Sea and Island Hearts Charts reveal the location in both the sea and on islands.[8][9]

The Minish Cap



Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess breaks the tradition by requiring five Pieces of Heart in order to form a Heart Container as opposed to the usual four. In spite of this, Link's smallest unit of current health is still in fourths. Heart Pieces in this games are found as they usually are. Link has to solve puzzles or fight enemies to obtain them. In some puzzles, they require Link to use the Gale Boomerang and blow out torches, or use the Lamp to light them. Others include pushing blocks of ice, Fishing, and sometimes using Items to complete Mini-Dungeons. Madame Fanadi can show Link a vision of the location of a Piece of Heart if Link pays for a fortune about Love.

Skyward Sword



In Skyward Sword, Pieces of Heart appear as they always do, and require 4 to complete a Heart Container.

A Link Between Worlds



Pieces of Heart Summary

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

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a Piece of Heart appear as a Sticker.

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
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Piece of Heart
Twilight Princess Heart Container Effect +50 This sticker is only usable by Link, Zelda, Ganondorf and Toon Link

Hyrule Warriors

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Pieces of Hearts can be found in Scenarios in Legend Mode and in Battles in Adventure Mode in Hyrule Warriors. Each Piece of Heart can only be obtained by a specific Warrior and will form a full Heart Container when that Warrior has collected four Pieces of Heart. Pieces of Heart can typically be found in a Treasure Chest that appears when Allied Forces capture certain Keeps. The Treasure Chest containing a Piece of Heart can only be opened by the Warrior that can obtain the Piece. If none of the Commandable Warriors are the correct Warrior, a different Treasure Chest containing Rupees or a Dropped Weapon will appear instead. Every Scenario except for the five in Cia's Tale has a hidden Piece of Heart in Hyrule Warriors while all Scenarios in Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition have a hidden Piece of Heart.

Nomenclature

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LanguageNameMeaning
JapanJapaneseハートのかけら (Hāto no Kakera) (LANS)Heart Fragment
NetherlandsDutchHartstukje (LANS) 
French RepublicFrenchEUFragment de cœur (LANS) 
Federal Republic of GermanyGermanHerzteil (LANS)Heart Piece
Italian RepublicItalianFrammento di cuore (LANS) 
Russian FederationRussianЧастицу сердца (Chastitsu serdtsa) (LANS)Heart particle
Kingdom of SpainSpanishEUPieza de corazón (LANS) 
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References

  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 134(ALttP | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | TWW | TMC | TP | SS | ALBW)
  2. "You got a Piece of Heart! What a rare find!" — N/A (Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch))
  3. "Pieces of Heart
    Collect four Pieces of Heart to gain a new Heart Container, increasing your maximum health!
    " — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule)
  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. "This Peice of Heart is only 950 Rupees! Buy it! Buy it! Buy buy buy!" — Beedle (The Wind Waker)
  7. "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)
  8. "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)
  9. "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)