|Piece of Heart|
Artwork of a Piece of Heart from A Link to the Past
|First appearance||A Link to the Past (1992)|
|Appearances||A Link to the Past|
Ocarina of Time
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
|Use||Increasing the number of Heart Containers|
- "You got a Piece of Heart! Collect four pieces total to get another Heart Container. More containers mean more life energy!"
- — In-game description
Pieces of Heart are recurring items in the Legend of Zelda series. They are fractions of a full Heart Container. By collecting four (or more rarely, five) Pieces of Heart, Link gains another Heart Container, thus increasing his health meter. The act of obtaining a Piece also completely refills his health meter.
There are a number of ways to obtain Pieces of Heart. Pieces of Heart are typically found throughout a game's Overworld and Hidden Holes; however, they have also appeared in other areas such as dungeons. Secondly, Pieces of Heart may be the reward for completing a puzzle, side quest or mini-game. Lastly, Pieces of Heart may be readily available in shops for a price. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is unique in that it provides a hint function for finding Pieces of Heart.
Physically, Pieces of Heart are very similar to Heart Containers — both of these items often resemble heart-shaped glass containers with a heart inside. In most games, Pieces of Heart encase smaller hearts than those in Heart Containers. In some recent installments of the series, such as The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Pieces of Heart have been replaced by Heart Containers.
Twenty-four Pieces of Heart appear throughout the Overworld, in the Light World, the Dark World and Dungeons. The Pieces of Heart may be found in Treasure Chests, given by other characters as rewards for completing side-quests, or found lying on the ground. When Link has found four Pieces of Heart, an additional Heart Container will be added to Link's life meter.
Pieces of Heart are found scattered throughout the overworld and in certain caves. Along with Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, it has the fewest number of obtainable Pieces of Hearts, having only 12.
Pieces of Heart can be found in each game's Overworld and may be acquired in much the same ways as in A Link to the Past. As before, four pieces are needed to construct a full Heart Container. Majora's Mask has the largest amount of Pieces of Heart in any game in the series (52), due to the fact that it only has four Dungeons. The Boomerang can be used to bring hard-to-reach Pieces of Heart to Link.
Pieces of Heart are found in various areas of the Overworld. Four pieces total are needed to create a new Heart Container. Along with Link's Awakening, they have the fewest amount of pieces obtainable, with only 12. These heart pieces are identical in appearance to the ones found in Link's Awakening.
Link often must search for Pieces of Heart with the aid of Treasure Charts in addition to using previous methods. While sailing on the Great Sea, Link can locate a spot marked on a Treasure Chart and use his Grappling Hook to draw a Treasure Chest from the water. The chests contain a variety of prizes, one of which is a Piece of Heart. Pieces of Heart may be found on land as well, and once again, four pieces will yield a Heart Container. There is also a Piece of Heart in the Forsaken Fortress.
Pieces of Heart are usually found in the Overworld, but some are also found in dungeons, such as the Deepwood Shrine, making it the second game to feature Pieces of Heart in dungeons. At least one Piece of Heart is present in every dungeon, the exceptions being the Temple of Droplets and Dark Hyrule Castle. Kinstone fusions typically yield a Piece of Heart as a prize.The Minish Cap is also the first game where the Pieces of Heart are displayed on pedestals, instead of being in chests or on the ground.
For the first and only time in the series, five Pieces of Heart, not four, are needed to complete a Heart Container. There are forty-five Pieces of Heart to be found, totaling nine extra Heart Containers. They may be found anywhere in the game world, including the Overworld and most dungeons. A fortune teller named Fanadi, who can be found in her shop in Hyrule Castle Town, will show Link the general location of a Piece of Heart if he asks her for advice about love.
Pieces of Heart are found primarily in chests unlocked by Goddess Cubes and by attaining high scores in several mini-games; only five may be found elsewhere, three in the overworld, and two in dungeons. Unlike in past games, Link cannot attain the maximum amount of Heart Containers by collecting all Pieces of Heart alone; in order to achieve a maximum of 20, Link has to get the two Life Medals and carry them in his Adventure Pouch.
| Ezlo · King Daltus · Link · Princess Zelda · Smith · Vaati|
—Full list of characters
|Big Green ChuChu · Gleerok · Mazaal · Big Octorok · Gyorg Pair · Vaati Reborn · Vaati Transfigured · Vaati's Wrath|
| Castor Wilds · Cloud Tops · Eastern Hills · Hyrule Town · Lake Hylia · Lon Lon Ranch · Minish Woods · Mount Crenel · Mt. Crenel's Base · North Hyrule Field · Royal Valley · South Hyrule Field · Trilby Highlands · Veil Falls · Western Wood · Wind Ruins|
|Deepwood Shrine · Cave of Flames · Fortress of Winds · Temple of Droplets · Royal Crypt · Palace of Winds · Dark Hyrule Castle|
|Smith's Sword · White Sword · Four Sword · Small Shield · Mirror Shield · Bombs · Boomerang · Bow · Cane of Pacci · Gust Jar|
|Bottle · Flame Lantern · Flippers · Grip Ring · Mole Mitts · Ocarina of Wind · Power Bracelets · Roc's Cape|
|Elements · Kinstones · Tiger Scrolls|
|Deku · Fairy · Goron · Human · Hylian · Minish · Wind Tribe|