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Zelda: Breath of the Wild - How to Get Hearts and Stamina

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild handles gaining more hearts a bit differently than other titles. Instead of Pieces of Heart and Heart Containers increasing the total amount of Link’s health, you’ll need to seek out Spirit Orbs. These Spirit Orbs also can be used to increase your stamina gauge, which is used for climbing and gliding. Below you can find how and where to get Spirit Orbs and how to use them to gain more hearts and stamina.

Where to Get More Spirit Orbs

Getting Spirit Orbs in Zelda: BOTW is easier said than done. All you have to do to get a Spirit Orb is complete one of the more than one hundred shrines in the game. However, you’ll have to seek out and find these shrines yourself. Your Sheikah Slate will get updated so that when you’re near a shrine, a meter will fill near your mini-map showing you if you’re headed in the right direction to find it. Other than the meter, the only way to find a shrine is to use your eyes. Climb up on high places like Sheikah Towers and look for the glowing red that indicates a shrine you’ve yet to complete. Once you find a shrine, you can use your scope to mark it and start the journey towards it.

How to use Spirit Orbs

By the time you get to the end of the first area, the Great Plateau, you’ll have your first four Spirit Orbs. The main quest requires you to go to the Temple of Time. There you can pray in front of the goddess statues and choose to either gain another heart or increase your stamina gauge. I recommend you increase your stamina gauge with your first four Spirit Orbs, then each time you earn four more Spirit Orbs after that, spend them on gaining a new heart. You don’t always have to come back to the Temple of Time to spend your Spirit Orbs either. Each town has a smaller version of the goddess statues you see in the Temple of Time that you can use to exchange Breath of the Wild Spirit Orbs for more stamina or health.

Now that you’re gaining health and stamina make sure you’re prepared for the cold and hot weather you’re encounter during your journey through Hyrule. Check out our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide hub for more info on how to be successful on your adventure.