At the very beginning you will have just a couple of hearts and rather low stamina. In order to improve one of your parameters, you will have to find and complete mini dungeons known as the Shrines. Shrines and their locations will differ from one another - some dungeons can be completed in several minutes, while other will be long and end up with a boss fight. There are 120 such places in the game and after completing a Shrine, you will receive a Spirit Orb.
Take your Spirit Orbs to any of the statues - you can exchange four Orbs for one heart, or some additional stamina. When upgrading your parameters, remember that:
- You start the game with only three hearts and most of your enemies can easily eliminate Link. Thus, it is very important to increase your health as soon as possible. Just remember not to spend too many Spirit Orbs on that - it's far better to use food that can generate hearts temporary and master how to dodge and strike back,
- To gain one of the most important items in the game, you will need 13 hearts (not mentioning additional ones),
- Increasing your stamina is crucial - you will need it e.g. to reach important locations through climbing and swimming.
- To sum up, try to keep a balance between gaining additional hearts and increasing your stamina.
One should keep in mind that it is possible to exchange additional hearts for stamina points and vice versa. When you encounter the statue for the first time, a short side quest will begin and you will lose one heart. Don't panic - speak with the statue again and it will offer to give you back your heart or exchange it for stamina.
From now on, you can give Heart containers/Stamina Vessels to the strange creature. Each time the statue will give you 100 rupees. Whenever you decide that you want to improve your statistics, the statue will demand 120 rupees. Thus, to relocate Spirit Orbs, you will have to pay 20 Rupees. It's the only way to reset your previous decisions.
Remember! There are four large dungeons that one can complete, and you will receive a heart for each of them.