- 1 Inside the Mabe Village well
- 2 The Koholint loach
- 3 The pit at the forest’s edge
- 4 The log tunnel near the mushroom
- 5 The sealed Ukuku Prairie cave
- 6 The secret buried in the desert
- 7 Beneath the graveyard
- 8 The flooded cave along the river
- 9 Kanalet Castle moat
- 10 Animal Village alley
- 11 The cavern beneath the Wind Fish’s egg
- 12 Turtle Rock’s interstitial
1 Inside the Mabe Village well
After you obtain your sword from the island’s shoreline and return to the village, you will pass by this well positioned right at the bottom of a cliff just north of the library. This well holds a secret Piece of Heart at the bottom, but gaining access requires a huge leap of faith.
Use your sword to mow down the wild grass that has taken root at the top of the hill. Then fearlessly jump off the cliff through the small gap into the well. You’ll fall all the way to the bottom, and you can snag the Piece of Heart that’s waiting for you there.
2 The Koholint loach
Requirements: 10-35 Rupees
Just north of Madam MeowMeow’s house is a small lake at the forest’s border. A fisherman there will offer you the chance to fish using his equipment for just 10 Rupees a pop. Unbeknownst to the fisherman is that one of the fish has a Piece of Heart attached to it, which is what you’re really hear for. Though you can make a small profit from the encounter if you’re accurate enough.
It’s best to go in with 20 or maybe 30 Rupees just in case you pull a few duds out in the process. For every big fish you catch, your 10-Rupee investment will be rewarded with 20 Rupees payment; for every small fish, you’ll only gain five Rupees back.
A tried and true process is to send the lure flying as far as you can, but make sure you time it so that the upper-leftmost fish will be swimming back towards you as the lure sinks on the far left. You’ll naturally first catch the attention of the big fish in the bottom-left corner. You can draw it along for a bit, but be sure to be quick on reeling it in once the hook catches since he’ll be very close to escaping that close to the left edge of the screen. If you manage to score him, you’ll have plenty of Rupees to catch the fish you really want, the one in the little gap far on the right.
After the first fish, you can try to drag the lure slowly back towards the other big fish, but it’ll be near impossible to not catch the interest of the bottom of the three small fish, so you’ll likely reel it in. However, that fish being gone makes it extremely easy to catch the last big fish. Just get that lure in front of it by being careful, and eventually it will bite. Quickly be on the button to pull it in, and 20 more Rupees and a Piece of Heart will be yours.
3 The pit at the forest’s edge
Requirements: Roc’s Feather
You literally cannot miss this Piece of Heart as you could only avoid getting it only by jumping over it. However, you’ll see this Piece of Heart well before you can actually obtain it.
As you’re heading to the Moblin Hideout in pursuit of BowWow, you’ll come across a small landmass in the shape of a plus sign surrounded by a pit also in the shape of a plus sign. With the Roc’s Feather from Tail Cave, simply hop over the gap to the central island to pick it up. Then you can go rescue BowWow from the Moblins.
4 The log tunnel near the mushroom
Requirements: Power Bracelet
Again, this Piece of Heart will be seen well before it can be earned. In the Mysterious Woods, there is a log tunnel that leads from the central part of the Woods to the western border where a Mushroom grows that the Witch uses for Magic Powder. In the room closest to the Mushroom end of that log tunnel, there is a room with a Piece of Heart.
From the center part of the Mysterious Woods, enter the log tunnel. There will be Keese a plenty here, but they’re not really a bother. Continue north. Bypass all of the green Zol that pop out of the ground in this room and continue west.
While it looks like one can simply shift a bunch of blocks around to get the Piece of Heart, it can’t be done. Instead, the key component here are those two skulls that are jamming up the works. If you have the Power Bracelet from Bottle Grotto, you can simply lift up those two skulls and throw them out of the way. Doing so will easily clear your path to the Piece of Heart.
5 The sealed Ukuku Prairie cave
Requirements: Bombs, Pegasus Boots
One screen west from the tree where you received the Honeycomb (or three screens north and one screen east from Key Cavern), you will see a crumbled wall at the base of the cliffside. As with all such signs, that’s the indication for a Bomb.
Snagging the piece of heart from the ukuku cavern
6 The secret buried in the desert
Requirements: Bombs, Marin
Once Marin wakes up the walrus with her rendition of the Ballad of the Wind Fish, you’ll have access to Yarna Desert. The best time to get this Piece of Heart is when you’re coming for the Angler’s Key as you’ll pass right by it. Head to the north corner of the desert in order to fight the Lanmola you find there. Once you get the Angler’s Key from the Lanmola, feel free to stand in the center of the whirlpool of sand to succumb to the quicksand. Don’t worry; it’s perfectly safe.
This will merely cause you to drop into a cave. Do be wary as there are three Pincers within the various holes of this room. Before exiting to the right, feel along the north wall with your sword for an unmarked weak point. Once you find it, place a Bomb right on it to blow it up. The Piece of Heart will be directly inside.
7 Beneath the graveyard
Requirements: Roc’s Feather, Bombs, Pegasus Boots
Head off to the Witch’s Hut, and when you get there head east into the Cemetery. Go south one screen so that you come to the screen of the Cemetery with exactly four gravestones in it. The gravestone in the bottom-right corner of the four will move if you push it up, revealing a staircase into the ground below.
Down in that pit, you’ll discover some large gaping holes leading to the abyss below, but there’ll also be a Piece of Heart on the screen as well. There are two methodologies to get that Piece of Heart, and both involve a little bit of trickery.
You can place a Bomb on the cracked boulder, blowing it up. And from that location, you can use the Pegasus Boots to do a very short dash that will, if you time the jump correctly then carry you over to the island on the far right. From there, it’s a simple hop over to the Piece of Heart.
The second method involves tweaking your jump. The boulder just down and left of the Piece of Heart can be moved one square right. From there, you should be able to use Roc’s Feather to jump to the far island on the right. Then again, simply hop to the Piece of Heart.
8 The flooded cave along the river
East of the entrance to Angler’s Tunnel, should you follow the river, you’ll find a cave leading into the cliff face at a T-junction in the river. Swim into that cave, and you’ll find… nothing special really. It’s just a flooded room that seems to have no other purpose.
Except you should be very suspicious of this room for that reason. There is something buried underneath all that water. Somewhere towards the center of the room, just off to the right, if you dive you’ll recover a sunken Piece of Heart. It will take a little bit to find, but keep swimming around until it pops up, even if that means diving in each tile of the room.
9 Kanalet Castle moat
Similar to the last Piece of Heart, there’s yet another sunken Piece of Heart elsewhere on the map. This time it’s near Kanalet Castle. You can access Kanalet Castle moat from two directions. You can either get in the water at Martha’s Bay and swim northward (though this is the longer way), or you can find a ladder down into the moat just south of the keyhole to Angler’s Tunnel.
You’ll need to swim all the way counterclockwise around the moat until you reach the lower-left corner of the moat, just west of the bridge that leads up to Kanalet Castle’s gate. You’ll find the Piece of Heart along the southern wall, right next to that long string of holes in the ground, should you dive under the waves.
10 Animal Village alley
Requirements: Hookshot, Bombs
If you leave Animal Village via the southwestern exit towards Yarna Desert but, before reaching the desert, access a small corridor northward that skirts by the eastern edge of the village, you will find a cave dug into the hillside.
Within the cave, however, you’ll be beset by a Hardhat Beetle and a few obstacles. However, there’s actually a small puzzle you’ll have to solve to get the Piece of Heart.
Spelunking for the Piece of Heart
11 The cavern beneath the Wind Fish’s egg
Requirements: Flippers, Hookshot, Bombs
Up in Tal Tal Mountains near the center of the map, you can find the Hen House. Proceed west from there, using the Hookshot to drag yourself across each of the gaps in the dilapidated bridge. Eventually you will find a single bush at the dead end, which you can mow down to find a secret passage.
Two Keese will be present as well as a Spiny Beetle hiding under the skull. Defeat the three enemies, the latter of which you will need to use the Power Bracelet to lift off the skull. Then you’ll need to place a Bomb in the little alcove on the south end of the room. This will open up a secret passage.
Be wary of the two Spiny Beetles hiding under the skulls in the next room, and there will also be Zols coming out from the ground as well. But proceed along, and you will find a Piece of Heart awaiting you at the end.
12 Turtle Rock’s interstitial
Requirements: Mirror Shield
Midway through Turtle Rock, three rooms west of the Dodongo Snakes, you will encounter a room containing two Ropes and a Vire. There will also staircase along the northern wall; that staircase actually heads outside of the dungeon and dumps you in the far northwestern corner of Koholint Island. A Mini-dodongo and a Raven are there awaiting you, but you’ll also find a Piece of Heart in plain sight. Defeat the two enemies to gain the last Piece of Heart.