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I'm in the middle of the desert, clinging onto live with only half a heart, desperate for anything that can recover my life, and naturally, I don't have any bottles with me.

In what ways can I recover my hearts, or am I required to scavenge the desert for any hearts?

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Would it be more efficient to die? :P – Matthew Read Dec 17 '11 at 20:29
@MatthewRead: If you don't have fairies with you, I'd say so! ;) – Jeff Mercado Dec 17 '11 at 20:30
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Without a bottle, the only other way to gain hearts is to find a chair to sit in. If you sit there long enough, you can recover all your missing hearts.

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Sleeping is also an option but you won't find any beds in the desert. – Jeff Mercado Dec 17 '11 at 19:30
I didn't know that sleeping/resting gives you health. That's great! – Ash Dec 17 '11 at 19:59
and I didn't know sitting in a chair restores your health, Great! – alexanderpas Dec 17 '11 at 21:01

I can't remember when you get the ability, but you can also douse for hearts after a certain point.

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In many locations you can find heart flowers or distant pots/ grass you can use your BEETLE for if you can't go over there yourself (yet). Your Beetle can cut grass and break jars and then you can pick up the hearts and it brings them back to you.

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