The Three Heart Challenge, known as a Six Heart Challenge in the case of Skyward Sword, is an optional challenge where a game in The Legend of Zelda series is completed without obtaining or forming a Heart Container, keeping only the starting Heart Containers throughout the game.
Restrictions and Variations
It is possible to perform the Three Heart Challenge in most Zelda games, with only a few exceptions:
- The Adventure of Link, where the game starts with four life bars.
- A Link to the Past, where the Pendants and Crystals will only appear after collecting the Heart Container.
- Link's Awakening, where the boss room door leading to the Instrument of the Sirens will only open after collecting the Heart Container.
- Hyrule Warriors, where the game starts with more Heart Containers and where hearts will increase over time as Warriors level up.
In such cases, players can still pretend that they died the moment 3 hearts got depleted.
An expansion on the Three Heart Challenge is the Low% challenge, where optional items must be avoided, including upgrades, and collecting Potions, Fairies, and any other health recovering items. There is also the No Damage challenge, where the player avoids taking any damage whatsoever.