The Heart Container (ハートのうつわ hāto no utsuwa?) is a recovery item that appears in all five Super Smash Bros. games. This item reduces damage of the character who picks it up.


The Heart Container will always appear in the air and fall toward the ground, presumably to make obtaining the item a challenge for fighters.

In the original Super Smash Bros., the Heart Container will heal all the damage of the user, regardless if they are hit while healing. In later games, the Heart Container will only heal 100% damage, and retain any damage inflicted while recovering damage (being hit by an attack dealing 10% while healing will result in the user starting with 10%).

The Heart Container also appears as the sole method of healing damage in All-Star Mode (and Boss Battle mode in Brawl), with three given in Melee and Brawl (six if playing with another player in Brawl), and one initially and two after unlocking all characters in SSBWU/3DS (though the lack of more Heart Containers is compensated with the addition of a Maxim Tomato and Fairy Bottle). A single Heart Container will also be given to the player when Master Fortress is encountered in the Wii U version only.

Trophy Info

Super Smash Bros. Melee


The Heart Container trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

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.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl


The Heart Container Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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.

  • Nintendo Entertainment Syste - The Legend of Zelda
  • Wii - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

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!

  • Game Boy - The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages (05/2001)
  • Wii - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (11/2006)


The Heart Container is an item that has appeared in all The Legend of Zelda titles since the original Legend of Zelda. This item allows Link to increase his heart capacity by one, essentially increasing his health. Heart containers would also replenish Link's health from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening onward.

The Heart Container's design in Super Smash Bros. and Melee is based off its appearance in Ocarina of Time, its design in Brawl is based off its appearance in Twilight Princess, and its design in SSBWU/3DS is based off its appearance in Skyward Sword.


  • The Heart Container and the Maxim Tomato are the only healing items in the original Super Smash Bros.
  • A Heart Container appears in Mario's Classic Mode Congratulations screen in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U between himself and Peach, referencing to their relationship in the Mario series.
  • Due to not being classified as Food, the Heart Container is unaffected by any equipment that increases healing effects. This also applies to the Fairy Bottle.
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