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I have been hard at work uncovering the changes The Wind Waker HD, and noticed several days ago that the Hero’s Charm was missing. For years, I have had a habit of using the Grappling Hook to collect Joy Pendants from Bokoblins, and I quickly accumulate enough Joy Pendants to obtain rewards from Miss Marie.

Oddly, Miss Marie did not give me the Hero’s Charm as expected. I decided to keep giving her more Joy Pendants to see if the requirements had changed. However, I reached the maximum 99 Joy Pendants and did not receive the Hero’s Charm.

For some time, I assumed the Hero’s Charm had been removed from the game, but then decided to search in new places. I spent hours (seriously, hours) sailing around looking for new treasure charts (there are some new treasure charts in the game) and exploring each island, but I had no luck finding the Hero’s Charm.

Today, I decided to take a break from my search and finish collecting the Triforce of Courage. I saved the Savage Labyrinth for last, and, after collecting the Triforce shard, I decided to continue to the bottom of the Savage Labyrinth to collect the Piece of Heart (no need to do to the entire labyrinth a second time).

To my surprise, I was not rewarded with a Piece of Heart. Instead, I found the Hero’s Charm.

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It does seem very strange that you would be rewarded with the Hero’s Charm after completing a 50-floor labyrinth filled with almost every enemy in the game. The Hero’s Charm only use is to allow you to see the health bars of enemies, but now, once you obtain it, you will already be extremely familiar with fighting every enemy in the game.

Other than the odd location, the Hero’s Charm seems to work the same as before. It appears on the Quest Item screen and can be activated by tapping on the icon.

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Moving the Hero’s Charm to the Savage Labyrinth means that there is a Piece of Heart in a new location as well. Examining the in-game maps, it becomes clear that the Piece of Heart is now found using a treasure chart. The new treasure chart is located on Pawprint Isle and replaces the silver rupee that was previously found there. The treasure chart can be obtained as soon as you have the Grappling Hook.

There are dozens of small changes in The Wind Waker HD, but this is one of the bigger changes. None of the other sidequests have been changed in this way (except perhaps the Tingle Statues, which are still a complete mystery and may have been removed).

I have nearly completed The Wind Waker HD, and we will have a full review in the next week!

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  • Olly

    I guess that is a nice change actually, as I found that a Piece of heart at the end of the entire thing was not enough. It is a nice item in case you are about to take down an enemy and know the best time to take it down in style with a jump attack.

  • jin

    I can understand the reasoning. After fighting all those enemies you are now a master at combat and can see the life forces of your enemies. Makes sense!

    • craZ

      Way to bring it into Link's perspective, jin!

  • There should be five new Treasure Charts replacing the missing Triforce Charts. Treasure Chart #45 is given by Miss Marie now instead of the Hero's Charm. Don't know about the other four yet.

    And according to VentureBeat the Tingle Statues are said to be still in the game. I thought they might be gotten by the five new Treasure Charts, but this doesn't seem to be the case.

    • Matt

      yes they are… you have to bomb the original locations.

  • It is a nice item in case you are about to take down an enemy and know the best time to take it down in style with a jump attack.

    • DarkLink1996

      What was the point of copying Olly?

  • RPH1

    I guess this means folks will have to buy a new guide book.

    I played the Savage Labyrinth so many times. I would go in there to keep my hands busy while listening to college baseball, or to challenge my skills, or just kill time. I guess that's why I didn't mind paying Tingle. I always had a full wallet.

  • That is a nice change indeed and Nintendo is giving me every reason to preorder my copy of the retail copy of Wind Waker HD. I know for sure that I am planning to pre order to this as soon as I can.

  • I know for sure that I am planning to pre order to this as soon as I can.

  • I would go in there to keep my hands busy while listening to college baseball, or to challenge my skills, or just kill time.

  • Aryk

    The Tingle Statues are still in the game. In fact they literally have not moved. Physically or otherwise. They used to be found using Tingle Bombs in certain areas of each of the five dungeons. I have them all, but I won't spoil exactly how to find them. Just think: Tingle bombs are no longer available. What would be a good substitute?

  • Jbomb81

    I never did the gba2gamecube Tingle Tuner…..can someone explain the statues to me plz.

  • Spark

    The Tingle Statues are in the exact same places as before – just place a regular bomb to uncover them.

  • Ben Newcomb

    I was worried, as well, when Ms. Marie wouldn’t give me the Hero’s Charm and just found it myself. I was hoping to find my final heart piece here…
    On another note, the Tingle statues are still in, but very difficult to find. They are accessible via regular bombs since the Tingle Tuner is out.

    • ♣♥♠♦DA SMASH BRO!♦♠♥♣

      well how do you get that charm

      • taj1994

        It says right in the article…