Breath of the Wild
Hearty meals are created when Link cooks Hearty Truffle, Hearty Bass, Hearty Blueshell Snail, Hearty Radish, Hearty Salmon, Hearty Durian, Big Hearty Truffle and/or Big Hearty Radish in a Cooking Pot as part of a meal (with no conflicting effects). As can be seen in the table below, Big Hearty Radish - followed by Hearty Salmon, Hearty Durian, and Big Hearty Truffle - make more powerful Hearty meals than the alternatives for the same number of items.
When consumed, Hearty meal or elixir give Link not only fully recovers Link's hearts, but gives him additional Temporary Hearts on top.
Effects in Breath of the Wild come in tiers, defined by a hidden points system. However, in making a Hearty meal, the formula is very simple: every Hearty meal gives Link "Full Recovery" - meaning, it completely refills his normal Heart Containers - plus a number of Temporary Hearts equal to the number of effect points. Adding neutral, non-Hearty ingredients makes no difference to health recovered.
Effect points and Hearty ingredients are shown in the table below - see Cooking in Breath of the Wild for the full table, including non-Hearty ingredients. Cooking under a Blood Moon, using a Star Fragment or dragon part also increases effect strength, and there is a random chance of this happening any other time; while Monster Extract randomises the strength of effect.
|Hearty Blueshell Snail||3|
|Big Hearty Truffle||4|
|Big Hearty Radish||5|
Tears of the Kingdom
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Hearty Blueshell Snail (Breath of the Wild only)
Hearty Durian (Breath of the Wild only)
Hearty Lizard (Elixir only)