In Zelda games the maximum is normally 20, however due to the Life Medals I'm uncertain if this holds true. Futhermore, if the maximum is 20, is that with or without Life Medals?

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There are 20

This includes:

  • 6 that you start with
  • 6 from the Pieces of Heart (there are 24, and you need 4 to make a full heart container)
  • 2 from the Life Medals
  • 6 from the bosses in the game. (Demon Lord Ghirahim, Pyroclastic Fiend Scaldera, Thousand-Year Arachnid Moldarach, Ancient Automaton Koloktos, Abysmal Leviathan Tentalus, and the second fight with Demon Lord Ghirahim all reward you with a heart container after you defeat them.)

(Source: Heart Container Guide, and Bosses)

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    That adds up to 22.
    – Kareen
    Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 1:38
  • Huh, so it does. Somewhere either my math is wrong (more than likely) or my source info is wrong.
    – user11502
    Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 1:41
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    @AshleyNunn It's possible that you simply can't go beyond 20 heart containers, and life medals are unable to boost you above 20.
    – Wipqozn
    Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 11:27
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    There are only six Heart Containers gotten from bosses — one from each of the main dungeons. Neither of your source links mentions the idea that eight bosses give Heart Containers; I think you just assumed that there would be 20 regular Heart Containers, just like all the other console Zelda games. Commented Dec 17, 2011 at 21:32
  • Yeah, I just made a mistake there. I have updated my answer to show where the boss heart containers come from.
    – user11502
    Commented Dec 17, 2011 at 22:39

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