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My basic approach to hard battles etc. is to stock up on meals that add extra heart containers (and to close my eyes at the scary parts).

Up until recently, I've had a solid back stock of Durians, Hearty Truffles, and other things that add yellow hearts when you eat meals cooked with them. But I'm pretty much out now, and need a location or two that I can reliably find some more.

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Unfortunately, finding reliable locations for specific foods is somewhat of a challenge. However, there are some general areas that seems to have a few good harvests.

Durians are the easiest to come by, in my opinion. If you go Faron Woods (the jungle-style part of the world, in the southern part of Hyrule near the Spring of Courage), many of the trees will have 2 or 3 durians hanging from their branches. There's at least one grove of about 6 trees, which will get you a whole bunch of durians. Here's the best way to find the specific spot:

  1. Fast travel to Faron tower.
  2. Look around from the tower for two Lizalfos having some kind of argument, or doing an unusually hostile dance.
  3. Glide to where they are, kill them, and start gathering.

Hearty radishes are found randomly in "normal" biome areas of the map (non-snowy, non-desert, and non-volcano), so there's no place to harvest them specifically. That said, every blood moon I warp to Skull Lake in Akkala and head due east to fight the nearby Hinox and Lynel. Around that area are two hearty radishes that seem to respawn fairly reliably.

Truffles seem to be just as randomly generated as heary radishes. Since they spawn mostly at the base of trees, going to a heavily forested area should yield a few more of these. There's also a pair of NPCs near Hetano village who are searching for truffles - I haven't looked for anything nearby, but there's probably some around that area as well.

You can also buy food items. At the Korok mushroom store (in the Deku Tree), the clerk will usually have at least one truffle for sale, usually 2 or 3. At Gerudo Village you will find a fruit vendor who sells 3 durians. And Beedle sells hearty lizards at at least one of this stable locations, though I can't remember which one exactly.

And don't forget, you can also take a picture of any of these items with your Sheikah Slate+ and track them with the radar. It's a little tedious, but it does work very well.


As a final, tangentially related note, if you've got a high amount of base health, these "hearty" ingredients can be extremely efficient for making full health food. Because you need to be at full health to have temporary hearts, using even a single ingredient in a recipe will completely heal you. This means if you find 10 truffles/radishes/durians/hearty lizards/bass, you can make 10 full heal potions.

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    I can second that last bit of advice, one I realised that I stopped bothering cooking regularly healing food. It's not worth it when a single Hearty ingredient is a full heal (plus some extra temp hearts) – adaliabooks May 5 '17 at 17:23
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    I have easily and repeatedly farmed Durians from the ledge just north of Faron Tower. Usually get a dozen or more. My go-to recipe was a Durian + Apple, which gave Full Restore + 4. – Gwellin May 5 '17 at 19:02
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    @Gwellin A single durian gives +4 temp hearts on its own, and the apple only adds additional health restored... but since temp hearts already fully heal, you can just cook the single durian (save the apple) and still get the full heal :) – Mage Xy May 5 '17 at 19:04
  • @MageXy I didn't say it was the smartest recipe, just the one I did because apples were plentiful and I never tried a durian alone. :P – Gwellin May 5 '17 at 19:06
  • @adaliabooks Seared or roasted ingredients do have one advantage over Hearty meals; they stack. The meals tab of your inventory only expands up to 3 pages, so if you have lots of meals that give you temporary stamina (which also acts as a full stamina restore, by the way), attack power, and speed, using meat or apples is an inventory-efficient way to heal small amounts of damage. – chif-ii Jun 12 '17 at 17:34
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Now that some time has passed from the release of the game, there are a couple groups who have datamined the game to find out exact spawns of any and all objects in Hyrule. One such group has created an interactive map where you can search for the item you are looking for and it will tell you where it will spawn.

The below map shows item spawns for Hearty Radishes (Magenta, and a single Blue Dot), Big Hearty Radishes (Yellow), and Hearty Truffles (Orange).
Full map
Full Map
Detailed view of Faron Detailed view of Faron
Detailed view of around Satori Mountain and Dalite Forest
Satori Mountain and Dalite Forest

This map only shows some of the yellow Heart items to keep things simple, but if you would like to see spawn locations for the Hearty fish/lizards/shells etc. you can head over to the site and play around with it yourself.

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you can put hearty things in the sheikah sensor

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