Top 10 Ways to Heal in Video Games

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Healing in video games is an important aspect of many games, well, as long as there is some kind of health meter. After playing through a certain Wii game (the first game on the list), I was inspired to put together a list of the Top 10 Ways to Heal in Video Games. These choices were picked mainly for their creativity, but most are also extremely helpful as well. You can count on all of these choices to get you out of a bind at a moment’s notice. With that being said, let’s get on to the Top 10 Ways to Heal in Video Games.

10. Cursed Mountain – Incense 

After being damaged by evil spirits, Eric Simmons has access to a number of ways to heal. However, only one was intriguing enough to inspire this entire list. Incense sticks are found by the bucketful throughout the game and when lighting them at healing shrines, Eric will recover a significant amount of health. It isn’t just the effectiveness that makes this such a great entry for this list, but also its uniqueness. It is also a clever health power-up considering that incense in Tibetan culture is thought to have medicinal properties.

9. Super Mario 64 – Coins

Up until Super Mario 64, coins were only useful for gaining extra lives and adding to our scores. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that coins were also useful for regaining Mario’s health. Coins were plentiful in Super Mario 64 which made them a very useful healing tool throughout the 4 game. They are also much easier to find in a pinch than those spinning hearts, which ultimately makes them the better healing item.

8. Pokémon Red and Blue – Pokémon Centers

Pokémon Centers are located in most towns in every Pokémon game. These centers offer a variety of services to trainers, with healing being its main feature. Pokémon Centers will always completely heal any Pokémon that you have on your team. Not only do they heal you completely, but they will also restore Pokémon that fainted in battle. This service is also completely free of charge, so that’s just too awesome to ignore!

7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Lon Lon Milk

Link can heal with a lot of items in Ocarina of Time, but Lon Lon Milk stands out for one reason in particular. Link can literally drink as much of this stuff as he wants for free, provided there’s a cow around of course. Not only does it refill your health, but there are always two servings in one bottle. Drinking the full bottle will restore 10 hearts, which can be pretty helpful when there are no hearts around.

6. Earthbound – Food/Condiments

One of the things that endeared me to Earthbound as a kid was the ability to buy and consume, not only food, but condiments as well. Eating the foods alone will give you the health restoring benefit you seek, however, when condiments are added you will see an increase in those restorative properties. This is certainly a charming way to heal and is something I thought was neat as a kid, even today I find it pretty cool.

5. River City Ransom – Sauna

Saunas are a good way to kick back, relax and rejuvenate after long days of stress. In River City Ransom they are an affordable way to regain health. In fact, because of the affordability, saunas are one of the best choices in the game for healing. Even Alex gets uptight after a full day of beating up countless goons.

4. Final Fantasy III (VI) – Curaga

No healing list would be complete without a good curative magic spell. When you’re low on health, this spell will pick you back up in no time. This is the strongest cure spell in Final Fantasy III and can be learned by anyone in your party, making Curaga the definitive cure spell in any Final Fantasy game. Every one of your party members can have the opportunity to play healer, which will certainly come in handy as you progress through the game.

3. Mega Man Series – E Tank

Mega Man has it pretty easy when it comes to healing. E Tanks are great because they can be carried anywhere and used at any time. Not to mention that it refills the health meter completely. E Tanks are scattered throughout each game and sometimes in hard to reach areas. It is worthwhile to go out of your way to collect these as they can even be used during boss battles. Mega Man can also carry more than one of these tanks which make this item one of the best healing tools of all time.

2. Resident Evil Series – F-Aid Spray

Fighting through a horde of zombies can mean that sometimes you will be bitten. No need to fear, as F-Aid spray makes zombie bites seem like child’s play. Spraying down with F-Aid spray will heal any wounds inflicted upon you by the zombie horde. Not only does it bring you back to full health, but it can even prevent one from turning into the walking dead. Talk about your ultimate first aid kit. It’s also a ton better than getting a tetanus shot.

1.  Zelda II: The Adventure of Link – Healing Lady

Each town has one of these healing ladies that are always more than willing to help Link. So, whenever you enter a town and you’re health is down, search for the lady in red. After talking to her, she’ll invite Link inside to start the healing process. A healing lady will always completely refill your health and at no cost. Remember, healing ladies will welcome you back for repeat visits.

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  • Chalgyr

    I remember the sauna from River City Ransom – that always did crack me up. Much like the healing pools in Kid Icarus.

    • Mini Fortress

      I always liked this one as well, pretty funny (and unexpected) to see his pixel butt.

      Those Kid Icarus pools are also great, maybe I need to make a sequel to this list?