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In Ocarina of Time, Heart Containers represent Link's health and life energy. The maximum number of Heart Containers that Link can have is twenty: he begins with three, and collects eight more after completing each of the eight dungeons in the game. The remaining nine are earned by collecting the 36 Heart Pieces hidden throughout the game. For each four Heart Pieces Link collects, another Heart Container will be added to his health.

The 36 Heart Pieces can be found in the following locations:

The Lost Woods[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
#1 Lost Woods Child
Play the Skull Kid Saria's song.

While standing on the small tree trunk located to the left of the Kokiri Forest entrance (on the right of the Kokiri Forest entrance in the Master Quest version), pull out your ocarina and play Saria's Song (the song can be obtained by speaking to Saria at the end of Sacred Forest Meadow maze; see The Lost Woods section of the walkthrough for further details on how to get the song) for the Skull Kid standing on the tall tree trunk to the left and he will give you a Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png in return as a symbol of his friendship.

#2 Lost Woods Child
Skull Kid memory game.

Go to the right of the Kokiri Forest entrance (located on the left of the Kokiri Forest entrance in the Master Quest version), and climb down the ladder that is in front of you to find a tree with a target hanging from it. Walk to the right of the tree (the left in the Master Quest version) to see a funny looking log. Climb the small stump and two Skull Kids will appear. Pull out your ocarina and they will ask you to follow along with them to their song. Win the Skull Kids' memory game three times and you will earn a Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png as their way of proving your mastery of their memory game. See the minigame section for further details on how to better play the game.

Lon Lon Ranch[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
#3 Lon Lon Ranch Child
Lon Lon Ranch Tower

Once you enter Lon Lon Ranch (located in the middle of Hyrule field), pass through both the house and the barn to the field with horses (horses only come out during the day, and can be found in the barn, located next to the house; at night there are crows in the sky that can attack you, like the way Keese LoZ OoT enemy Keese.png attack you). On the back end of the ranch you can see a tower on the right of Lon Lon Ranch (on the left for the Master Quest version), go towards the tower, and open the door found conveniently in front of the tower. Once inside the tower, begin by pulling the blocks facing the wall located on the left of the tower (on the right of the tower in Master Quest version) to reveal a small hole in the wall in the corner, crawl into the hole and move to the end of the hole to find a secret room, in the room is a Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png in a pile of hay.

Hyrule Field[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
#4 Hyrule Field Either
Lake Hylia Secret Hole

At the entrance to Lake Hylia in Hyrule field at the bottom/south end of the map, there is a fenced off squared area. Climb inside the fenced area and throw or set a bomb in the center of the fenced area, on the ground, to reveal a hole. Inside the hole is a Business Scrub that will sell you a Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png for ten Rupees.

#5 Hyrule Field Adult
Hidden Deep Pool

In Hyrule field, find a lonely tree near the small river located on the left of the Hyrule castle (on the right in Master Quest version). Place a Bomb OoT Items Bomb.png or use your Megaton Hammer OoT Items Megaton Hammer.png next to the tree to reveal a hole into the ground. Go into the hole and you will see a deep pool of water. The Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png is at the bottom of the pool, but to reach it you will need either the Iron Boots OoT Items Iron Boots.png or Golden Scale OoT Items Golden Scale.png.

Hyrule Town Market[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
#6 Hyrule Town Market Child
Back Alley
The Town Market

In the Hyrule Town Market (at night) there is a lady that lives in a house in the back alley (located on the left of the building with the picture of a Bombchu OoT Items Bombchu.png above the building's door (on the right in the Master Quest version) who has lost her white dog. The white dog is located in the corner of the Town Market, next to a stand near the bazaar (note that there are other dogs that if you go near them then the white dog will not follow you. To get rid of the dog that is following you, show the dog to the lady in the back alley and the dog will stop following you. You can get passed the other dogs by hugging the walls all the way to the white dog on the other end of the Town Market). Touch the white dog near the bazaar and the white dog will follow you, then return to the lady in the house in the back alley and talk to her for a Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png.

#7 Hyrule Town Market Child
Treasure Chest game

While in Hyrule Town Market (at night) go into the door on right of the building, located the right of the Drawbridge entrance (on the left in the Master Quest version). Once inside the building you will see a tattooed muscleman leaning over a counter. Talk to him and he will let you play the Treasure Chest game for ten Rupees, as well as giving you a key that you can then use to unlock the door next to the tattooed muscleman. One of the possible prizes is a Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png. See the minigame section for details on prizes and how to play this game.

#8 Hyrule Town Market Child
Bombchu Bowling Game

While in Hyrule Town Market (at night) enter the building with the picture of a Bombchu OoT Items Bombchu.png on the front of the door of the building, enter the door and you will see a lady sleeping on the counter, talk to her and she will let you play a game of Bombchu Bowling for 30 Rupees. One of the possible prizes is a Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png. See the minigame section for further details on prizes and how to play this game.

Kakariko Village[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
#9 Kakariko Village Either
House of the Skulltulas

You will need to collect 50 Gold Skulltula Tokens. After you collect the 50 Gold Skulltula Token, head to Kakariko Village (located on the top right side from Hyrule Town Market; left side in the Master Quest version) you will need to go to to the first house on the opposite hill from the Death Mountain Trail's entrance gate (located on the right side when entering from the Hyrule field entrance or the left side in the Master Quest version). Enter the house and you will see a bunch of dusty items and furniture covered in cobwebs proceed forward were you will see all five of the fathers children released of the curse, each one of them will give you a item that will help you on your quest. One of them will be a Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png. See Gold Skulltulas section for the location of all one hundred Spiders of the Curse.

#10 Kakariko Village Either
Inside the windmill, aim your boomerang like so.
As a child

While in Kakariko Village, go to the windmill (located in the back of the village) and climb up the stairs. Open the door on the windmill, then use your Boomerang OoT Items Boomerang.png and aim it at an angle towards the Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png (located on the right of the windmill(located on the left edge of the windmill entrance or the right edge in the Master Quest version) and you should get it after a couple of tries.

Graveyard Time
As an adult

From the windmill, climb down the stairs and run to the right (on the left in the Master Quest version) until you get to the cave like hole next to the windmill, go through the hole in the wall and then you will find yourself in a graveyard. From the graveyard entrance, run up the graveyard and turn left (right in the Master Quest version). Pass through the split fence were the path leads and pull the back of the tombstone that has flowers growing in the front of it. A hole will appear in the front of the tombstone you just moved. Enter the hole and then you will appear in a room with four pillars circled around you. Dampé will be there, talk to him and he will prompt you to race or follow him down these dark catacombs. Follow him all the way to the end of the cave were he rewards you a giant chest (which holds the Hookshot OoT Items Hookshot.png) after you acquire the Hookshot, continue on until you find a big blue block with a sun symbol on it. Take out the Ocarina of Time OoT Items Ocarina of Time.png and play the Song of Time (you learn the Song of Time when you get the Ocarina of Time). The block will disappear to reveal a flight of stairs, climb up the stairs and you will emerge in the windmill where you will see the Piece of Heart OoT Items Piece of Heart.png. Jump on the rotating edges to get to the Piece of Heart. See the minigame section for tips on how to beat Dampé's race.

#11 Kakariko Village Either
As an adult

In Kakariko Village, there is a man that is sitting on the roof of the blue vine-covered roof Potion Shop building that an old lady owns (Located on the left of the well near the windmill. To get to him, you can use the Longshot OoT Items Longshot.png (The Longshot is an upgrade of the Hookshot, is given to you in the water temple, and makes this Piece of Heart a lot easier to get as an Adult) to shoot from impa's roof (The house that the Cucco lady is usually standing next to in the day time), and then shoot from impa's house to the blue vine-covered roof that the man is sitting down on, talk to him and he will give you a Piece of Heart. If you don't have the hookshot upgrade you can use the regular Hookshot OoT Items Hookshot.png as well. First, open and go through the Potion Shop door (Located next to the Bazaar, near the Death Mountain Trail entrance) and go passed the left end of the counter that a man with he crossing his arms (on the right end of the counter in the Master Quest version) once outside you should find yourself in a fenced off area, and standing on a ledge. From the ledge stand on the end corner next to the ladder (Located . You should just be in range of the blue vine-covered roof, Hookshot to the bottom edge of the blue vine-covered roof, talk to the man and he will give you the Piece of Heart. Alternatively, from the ledge behind the Potion Shop next to the Bazaar, press and hold the Z targert trigger button/right trigger button and make a precision side jump at just the right angle on the edge of the platform you are on, and if done correctly Link will grab hold of the edge of the fence near the blue vine-covered roof house. Climb on top of the fence and walk on the top of the fence to the blue vine-covered roof, climb up on the roof and the talk to the man sitting on the roof and he will give you a Piece of Heart for your troubles (Note this is the hardiest method of getting this Piece of Heart, but makes it feel the most rewarding).

The Man that Lived on the Roof
As a child

In Kakariko Village, run to the watch tower (Located next to the Potion Shop, near the Death Mountain Trail gate entrance). Once you get to the watch tower, and climb up the ladder all the way up to the top of the tower. After reaching the top, press and hold the Z targert trigger button/right trigger button and jump sideways off of the right side of the watch tower and aim for the tall fence beside the blue vine-covered roof.(Note that this method is a lot easier the the last method, but it may take a few tries to climb the tall fence). Once you climb on the tall fence, walk across the fence tours blue vine-covered roof that the man is sitting down on, climb the rooftop, walk to the guy, and talk to him which he will then give you the Piece of Heart.

#12 Kakariko Graveyard Child
Dampé's Heart-Pounding Gravedigging Tour

While in Kakariko Graveyard (Located behind the windmill in Kakariko Village) you will a man that resembles Quasimoto, will be following the stone paved path while walking (Note he will only appear walking around in the Gaveyard at 6 through 9 P.M.). Go up to him, talk to him, he will tell you his name and ask you if you would like him to dig in the spot that he is standing on for ten Rupees. The the way to get the Piece of Heart is to wait for him to walk on a soft spot of dirt where there is no stones, talk to him and accept his offer, he will then dig the spot and you will be awarded either; a Rupee from a scale of one to twenty, or by shear luck, you will be give a Piece of Heart (See the minigame section for further details on how to better play this game).

#13 Kakariko Graveyard Either
A Redead Garding the Piece of Heart

While in Kakariko Graveyard (Located behind the windmill in Kakariko Village) in the back row of the tombstone graves, move the 2nd grave from the right of the middle path (On the left in the Master Quest version) to expose an hole in front of the gave you just moved, go into the hole. Inside the hole is a Redead, take out your Ocarina, and play the Sun's Song (Sun's Song can be obtained by playing Zelda's lullaby next to the biggest tombstone, in the back of the Graveyard) to reveal a chest in behind the Redead, containing a Piece of Heart. walk to the platform were the Re-dead is standing frozen and then you can either kill the Re-dead or steal the Piece of Heart and run for your life.

#14 Kakariko Graveyard Adult
The Piece of Heart in the Box
As a child

Buy some Magic Beans from the guy that sells them in Zora's River, after buying the beans go to Kakariko Graveyard and you will find a soft pile of soil near the ledge on the left (on the right in the Master Quest version). Go back to the Temple of Time (located near Hyrule Town Maket), put back the Master Sword in its pestilent. Return to the Kakariko Graveyard as an adult, and go back to were you planted the Magic Beans where you will find the now giant leaf like platform in its place, ride on the leaf platform all the way to the top of the edge and then jump off the platform to reveal a crate. Brake the crate and a Piece of Heart will appear in front of you, pick the Piece of Heart to add it to your collection.

As an adult

Alternatively If you're too lazy or impatient to go from child to Adult you can use your Longshot or Hookshot to get to that crate, by going and standing on the 2nd grave next to the edge, aim your Longshot/Hookshot that the crate, shoot at the crate, and break it to reveal the Piece of Heart.

#15 Kakariko Graveyard Adult
The Race of Time

You will need to beat Dampé in another race again (location of the race can be found by repeating the 10th Piece of Heart guide) and finish his challenge in under one minute (See the minigame section for further details on tips on how to better beat this race).

#16 Kakariko Village Either
As an adult

Go to the windmill at the back (north side) of Kakariko Village. Walk up the stairs of the windmill to the porch (located in front of the windmill). Then, climb the fence (located on the left side of the windmill's porch (on the right side in the Master Quest version), and with your Hookshot/Longshot, shoot at the roof of the Shooting Gallery Building (the side of the Building you would be looking at has a picture of a Bull Skull with 2 arrows crossing) on the left of the blue vine-covered roof that a man is sitting on. Next, shoot the Hookshot/Longshot at the top of Impa's roof (the house the Cucco lady stands at in the day time). Then, walk to your left side of Impa's roof (on the right side in the Master Quest version) and climb down the edge of the roof to land on the wooden awning. From the awning you will see a giant hole in the side of Impa's house, enter the hole, and when you appear inside of her house you will see Link trapped in a cage with a cow. The Piece of Heart is next to the cow.

An alternative method as an adult is to walk to Impa's house (located near the Shooting Gallery Building) and stand in front of the two crates out front of the House, as close to the edge as you can. Hookshot to the roof of the Skulltula House (the red-roofed house next to the Shooting Gallery Building). Then get as close to the left corner as you can get (almost falling off). You should just barely be able to hookshot to the roof of Impa's house. Go to the side where the Cucco pen is and drop down onto the shade, then enter the hole from there (while inside keep in mind you can get milk from that cow by playing Epona's Song).

As a child

There are three options:

A Caged Cow?
  1. The easiest method involves you riding the owl from the summit of Death Mountain to the rooftop of Impa's house in Kakariko Village. Go left and drop from the roof to a small platform above the Cucco pen, from which you can enter the house and claim the Heart Piece.
  2. Grab a Cucco and go to the construction yard. Throw the Cucco onto the unfinished walls of the yard in the following order: lower east, lower north, and finally upper east. Then jump from the upper east ledge and throw the Cucco at the last second before the platform. You should land on it and be able to enter.
  3. You can acquire the heart piece by getting a Cucco and throwing it up the brick wall where the working is walking on the beams. Once the Cucco is on top of the bricks, walk towards the beam to land on it and timing is key or the worker will cut you off. Once you get to the end of it, go towards the ledge above the Cuccos nest and collect the heart piece.

Death Mountain[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
17 Death Mountain Trail Either As a child, plant a magic bean in the soil just outside the entrance to Dodongo's Cavern. Ride the platform up above the entrance to the Heart Piece. Alternatively, backflip over the fence near the Bomb Flower to land on the ledge--you have to backflip into the corner toward the Heart piece. You could also equip the hover boots and hover off the ledge right of the bomb flower. You'll take damage but it will heal once you got the heart piece.
18 Goron City Child After opening Darunia's house, light the four torches around the pot at the bottom of Goron City. From the second level, throw a Bomb Flower into the top of the spinning pot to stop it. It will stop showing one of three faces, depending on what time you threw the bomb flower in. Alternatively you can wait until after you get bombs from dodongo's cavern and use them instead. If the pot stops on 'happy', a Heart Piece will fly out.
19 Death Mountain Crater Adult As a child, warp in using the Bolero of Fire and plant a magic bean in the nearby soil. Ride the platform as an adult until it reaches the Heart Piece in the smoke.
20 Death Mountain Crater Either Either ride the bean platform or climb down the wall to the Heart Piece.

Zora's River[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
21 Zora's River Either Pick up the Cucco at the Hyrule Field end and go to the small rise near the Water Tektites. Jump off it and float towards the platform with the Heart Piece. Alternatively, plant a magic bean in the soft soil next to the Bean Seller as a child. Return as an adult, ride the platform, and jump off at the right moment to obtain the Heart Piece. As an another alternative, you can just aim your boomerang and it will come to you.
22 Zora's River Either Pick up the Cucco at the Hyrule Field end and carry it all the way to the waterfall. You will occasionally have to throw it onto a platform in order to climb up, and be sure not to throw the Cucco in the water. Once you have reached the waterfall, float over to the Heart Piece on the separated platform. This also works with the hover boots you get in Shadow temple. Alternatively once you have the boomerang, aim at the heart container and it will come to you, which is the easier way to get it.
23 Zora's River Child Play the Song of Storms to the frogs on the log near the Water Tektites, and they'll give you a Heart Piece.
24 Zora's River Child Complete the bug-catching game with the musical frogs to earn a Heart Piece. See the minigame section for further details.
25 Zora's Domain Child Successfully light the torches near and behind the waterfall to make a chest appear which contains the Heart Piece. You can get a Deku Stick and run the flame from the throne room to the bottom of the stairs, then to just outside the shop, then to the torch in the water, and then behind the waterfall (without falling in the water). Alternatively, you can use Din's Fire behind the waterfall, then run a flame from behind the waterfall to the torch in the water, and then to outside the shop. Or do this in reverse order using Din's Fire on the torch outside the shop.

Lake Hylia[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
26 Lake Hylia Child Catch a nine-pound fish in the Fishing Pond as a child. See the minigame section for further details.
27 Lake Hylia Either Dive to the bottom of the pool in the laboratory, then talk to the professor for a Heart Piece. This requires the Golden Scale, and will not work if you try using the Iron Boots.
28 Lake Hylia Adult As a child, plant a magic bean in the soil outside the laboratory. Return as an adult and ride the platform up to the roof, and climb the observatory to find this Heart Piece. An alternative to this method would be to teach the scarecrow in the garden a song (as a child). This becomes the "Scarecrow's Song" (by making the song a simple repetition of two notes is best, nothing fancy or it will be hard to remember and play). As an adult, stand next to the laboratory and play the Scarecrow's Song to make a scarecrow appear on the roof. You can then use the hookshot or long shot on him to pull yourself onto the roof and climb the ladder to the Heart Piece.

Zora's Fountain[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
29 Zora's Fountain Adult On the farthest ice platform. You must jump onto several spinning ice platforms to reach it.
30 Zora's Fountain Adult Once you've found the Iron Boots, sink to the bottom of the lake to find a Heart Piece.
31 Ice Cavern Adult One of the side rooms has a blue fire fountain next to a block of red ice. Melt the ice for a heart piece. In Master Quest, this Heart Piece is located in the room holding the compass. There is a switch buried under the ice in the center of the room. Use a bomb to activate the switch, removing the block that was covering the Heart Piece.

Gerudo Valley[edit]

Heart Piece # Location Age Notes
32 Gerudo Valley Either As a child, plant a magic bean in the soil on the stone platform along the cliff (you may need a Cucco to reach it). Ride the platform as an adult and jump through the waterfall to this Heart Piece or put on your Iron Boots and walk under the water up the river to find a ladder, or as child, grab the Cucco and jump off the cliff and head to the waterfall. Slowly lower into the middle of the waterfall and glide into the alcove. As a child, you can also grab the Cucco and glide down to the ledge where the Gerudo is with her cow. Now walk to the edge closest to the waterfall and jump into the water. Swim toward to waterfall and you will eventually swim behind the waterfall. There is a ladder that goes straight up to the heart piece.
33 Gerudo Valley Either Along the cliff face is a crate containing a Heart Piece. Fall onto a ledge on the Hyrule Field side of the cliff, and use the Longshot to pull yourself to the crate. Alternatively as a child, you can grab the Cucco and glide towards the crate to reach it.
34 Gerudo Fortress Adult On the roof of the middle building is a chest containing a Heart Piece. Use the Longshot to reach it. Alternatively, you can summon Pierre using the Scarecrow's Song and reach the platform using the Hookshot.
35 Gerudo Fortress Adult The prize for scoring at least 1000 points in the Horseback Archery game is a Heart Piece. See the minigame section for further details.
36 Desert Colossus Adult As a child, warp here using the Requiem of Spirit and plant a magic bean in the soil here. Return as an adult and ride the platform to the nearby Heart Piece.