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Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s easiest way to gain hearts from food

The essential Hearty Durian guide

The king of fruits and hearts, the Hearty Durian
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild offers you a variety of ways to play. Previously, we talked about how having loads of stamina is one of the most entertaining ways to play the game. But what if you actually need plenty of health?

Stamina is great for exploring, but when it comes to those all-important boss fights, you’re going to need all the health you can get. This guide will show you the fastest way to get the one ingredient you’ll ever need for temporary hearts: the Hearty Durian.

The king of cooking ingredients
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In reality, the durian is known as the king of fruits, or rather, the world’s smelliest fruit. In Breath of the Wild, it’s the king of temporary hearts. A single cooked Hearty Durian will restore three hearts, but more importantly, it’ll give you +4 temporary hearts. Cooking five of these in a meal will naturally give you +20 temporary hearts, which will make most boss fights feel much more relaxed.

That’s a lot of temporary hearts
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Where to find Hearty Durians

In a game where commodities are hard to come by, the Hearty Durians have a reliable and initially bountiful spawn point. You can easily find the home of the durians near Faron Tower, which is located southeast of the Great Plateau.

From the Great Plateau, go southeast through Lake Hylia and follow the road south until it forks. Take the eastern fork until you cross the bridge into Sarjon Woods. The road will fork again and you should take the northern route. From there, you’ll see the Floria River and across from that, Faron Tower.

The home of the Hearty Durian
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Lizalfos are partying
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Once you’re on top of Faron Tower, look to the northeast. You’ll see a cliff. You’ll see some Lizalfos dancing around some Hearty Durians (or it might be during a thunderstorm). Glide across and welcome to Hearty Durian land!

Between the batch of Hearty Durians the Lizalfos are partying over, many of the trees will contain Durians. You can easily spot them by selecting the stasis rune. Objects you can interact with, like Hearty Durians, will be highlighted.

See the bright yellow spots in trees? Those are Durians!
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From there, you should be able to walk away with a handful of Hearty Durians. Each cooked Durian restores three hearts and adds +4 temporary hearts. You can revisit the same spot every 24 hours of game time for more Durians. Have fun with all your new, temporary hearts!

Check out our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide for more tips.

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