Zelda Tears of the Kingdom: Hearts or Stamina, Which Should You Pick First?

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom boasts features and mechanics, many of which are found in numerous RPGs. But like the rest of them, the most vital of all stats is life or hit points, whichever applies. Yet in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, there's another critical stat and it's stamina. Link needs much of it too so he can climb, dash, and glide more often.

Luckily, there are many sources of hearts and stamina in-game. That said, which of these two you need to max out first?

How to Get More Hearts and Stamina

Getting more hearts and stamina in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the same: obtain four Lights of Blessings and have them exchanged via a Goddess Statue. If you're new to the game, you'll be guided on how to obtain such by finishing one of the several Shrines. Though, it isn't given for free. You must complete tasks or solve puzzles before you're rewarded with a Light of Blessing.

This is basically what you need to do to increase your hearts:

  1. Finish a Shrine to receive a Light of Blessing.
  2. Repeat it three more times to get four blessings.
  3. Go to the nearest Goddess Status to have them exchanged.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Official Trailer

Which Should You Get First?

Now, here's a possible dilemma for newbies: hearts or stamina? The most obvious choice is hearts because Link's life is very important. The game isn't a walk in the park and he is expected to get hit every now and then. A beefier Link will surely make things easier to handle, especially if you're still learning and mastering how to dodge enemy blows.

According to several Redditors, maxing stamina first is the recommended path and it offers multiple upsides. First, you can explore better since Link doesn't get "tired" easily when dashing. Second, it helps you master parrying and dodging early on; mastering both will greatly improve your chances in the late game. And third, it can let you climb mountains or glide through sky temples with less effort, in a way.

Of course, maxing hearts first is suggested to let Link soak some damage if it can't be helped. To get a compromise, some Redditors provided a ratio, which you can follow:

  • 1 Heart, 2 Stamina, and repeat.
  • 2 Stamina, 1 Heart, and repeat.
  • 3 Stamina, 1 Heart, and repeat.

You can also create your own ratio as you progress into the game.

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