How to Level Up in Tears of the Kingdom isn’t as straightforward as the systems you may see in other games. You will not see a rising number counter representing ‘levels’ for Link. Instead, the primary way Link becomes stronger in the game is based around two stats:
- Hearts (the amount of HP as represented by hearts symbols on the screen)
- Stamina (the amount of endurance Link has or activities like climbing or swimming, represented by a green wheel which appears on screen when stamina is being used)
How to Level Up in Tears of the Kingdom
In Tears of the Kingdom the maximum number of hearts you can acquire is 30. Link will start the game with only 3. He’ll obviously be pretty vulnerable to big hits from strong creatures and you’ll want to increase his survivability as fast as possible.
A Heart Container is the item which will increase Link’s number of hearts by one. These are obviously very valuable items, and as such they are not easy to get!
The primary way to get Heart Containers is by completing Shrines. Each Shrine will grant the player one single Light of Blessing. When you have collected four of them, you can take them to a Goddess Statue and trade them in for one single Heart Container. (She also offers a Stamina Vessel, which we’ll talk about below)
There is one other way to get Heart Containers – one each will be rewarded upon Link defeating major bosses. These will likely be the bosses found at the end of Temples/Dungeons.
In Tears of the Kingdom the amount of Stamina Link has is represented by a green wheel which appears on the screen when stamina is being depleted. Stamina is used for climbing, swimming and directing the paraglider. As Link makes these moves the level on the wheel will start to fall, then drop to red and when it’s gone Link will either fall or drown.
The maximum number of Stamina wheels Link can have is 3. A Stamina wheel can ‘grow’ in size by acquiring a Stamina Vessel (usually about 1/5th of a wheel per Vessel).
The only way to get Stamina Vessels (and thus increase stamina) is by turning in four Lights of Blessing at the Goddess Statue. This means that throughout the game you will be making a choice (based on your own priorities, needs, and skill level) about whether Link needs more health or stamina.
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