Lake Hylia

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Lake Hylia
Lake Hylia OoT3D.jpg
Lake Hylia in Ocarina of Time 3D
Game(s) A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
Twilight Princess
A Link Between Worlds
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Item(s) (A Link to the Past)
Piece of Heart
Ice Rod
Consecutive upgrades for the Bombs and Arrows
(Ocarina of Time)
Piece of Heart ×3, a Bottle keeping Ruto's Letter
Fire Arrows
Golden Scale
Gold Skulltula ×5
(Twilight Princess)
Piece of Heart ×4
Poe Soul ×5
Related place(s) Zora's River
Fishing Hole
Zora's Domain
Cave of No Return
Theme Music
File:Lake Hylia(TP).ogg (TP)

Lake Hylia is the largest body of water in Hyrule and is commonly guarded by the Zora people.[1] It has appeared in a number of The Legend of Zelda games, and in both Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, it is home to an underwater temple that is guarded by the Zoras.[2][3]

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Features and Overview

A Link to the Past

Lake Hylia in A Link to the Past

Lake Hylia's first true appearance is in A Link to the Past, where it is located in southeast Hyrule and has a network of small caves coming off it. The lake itself is fed from Zora's River, which in turn flows from Death Mountain.

In both its Light and Dark World incarnations, the lake is filled with River Zora who will attack Link upon sight. In the center of the lake is an island featuring the Pond of Happiness that is inhabited by Venus, the Queen of Fairies, who will upgrade Link's ability to carry Bombs or arrows in exchange for Rupees. Outside the pond is a warp tile that grants access to the Ice Palace located in the Dark World's Lake Hylia, which has several ice platforms across the lake.

In addition, the Ice Rod item is found in the Ice Cave on the northeastern side of the lake, as well as the Golden Bee, a Bottled insect that can be unleashed to attack foes.

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Lake Hylia is located in the southern region of Hyrule and is home to the sunken Water Temple, which is used by the Zoras to worship the water spirits.[4] The lake is made up of various islands, with the largest one bearing a lone tree as well as the pedestal that serves as the warp point for the "Serenade of Water". It is connected to Hyrule Field and has an underwater tunnel that serves as a shortcut to Zora's Domain, although it is blocked by ice once Link turns into an adult. All of the lake's water comes from Zora's Fountain, passing through Zora's River, then Gerudo Valley, and eventually reaching Lake Hylia.[5] As such, it is possible to reach the lake by floating down the river from Gerudo Valley. Also on the shore of Lake Hylia are two Scarecrows named Pierre and Bonooru, the latter of which helps Link obtain the Scarecrow's Song. Other notable locations of Lake Hylia include the Lakeside Laboratory, where various experiments are conducted to discover the lake's mysteries, and the Fishing Pond, where Link can fish for an unlimited time for just 20 Rupees.[6][7]

Link first visits the lake as a child while looking for Princess Ruto, where he finds Ruto's Letter encased in a bottle at the bottom of the lake. Later, after the young hero turns into an adult by pulling the Master Sword from its pedestal, Link returns to find the lake almost drained of its rich waters. He discovers that the lake has been drained as a result of Morpha's curse. With the help of Princess Ruto, Link sinks to the bottom of Lake Hylia using Iron Boots to reach the Water Temple and defeat Morpha.[8] Once Ruto awakens as the Sage of Water, the lake is filled with water again, returning it to its normal state.[9] Furthermore, Link can stand on a stone tablet above the Water Temple's entrance and shoot an arrow at the sun when it's rising to have the Fire Arrows appear on the small, lone island.[10]

Lake Hylia in Four Swords Adventures

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, Lake Hylia is the first stage of the Whereabouts of the Wind, which is the first level of the game. Unlike in the other games where Lake Hylia is a singular lake, Lake Hylia appears here as a series of small lakes connected by rivers. It is located in the eastern portion of Hyrule. The lake area primarily serves to introduce controls and maneuvers. Link learns the many ways to line up to pass obstacles and fight enemies, and it is here that the young hero meets Kaepora Gaebora and Tingle for the first time in the game.

The terrain consists of mainly grassy areas, caves, rivers, and mountainside waterfalls. Among the inhabitants of the area, Tingle can be found beneath a rock in Link's path through the area. At the end of the level, the four Links must fight the stage's boss Chief Soldier. Upon its defeat, the four barriers must be broken with the Four Sword in order to yield passage to the Cave of No Return.

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The Minish Cap

Lake Hylia in The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, Lake Hylia is located in the east of Hyrule. The water enters the lake by a river from Veil Falls to the north. To the south is the Minish Woods and to the west Lon Lon Ranch. Stockwell, the shop-owner from Hyrule Town, owns property here where his Dog, Fifi, lives alone. Moreover, Waveblade, one of the Blade Brothers, houses a Tree, ready to teach Link sword techniques. David Jr. is also found here.

Lake Hylia's most important feature is the Temple of Droplets, a frozen Minish-sized temple which serves as the fourth dungeon of the game. After Link completes the Fortress of Winds and receives the Ocarina of Wind, the young hero must warp to the Wind Crest located in Lake Hylia and speak to the nearby Forest Minish, who compliments the young hero for finding him. Upon hearing that Link is seeking to enter the Temple of Droplets, the Minish tells the young hero that only one Minish, Librari was able to find a way into it and directs him to the Royal Hyrule Library in Hyrule Town where Librari lives in semi-retirement.[11][12] After speaking to the Minish at Lake Hylia, the Royal Hyrule Library opens to the public, allowing Link to enter and speak with Librari. The Minish located at Lake Hylia is a possible target for Kinstone Fusion. If Link successfully fuses Kinstones with him, the vines covering a tree in Western Wood will clear, allowing Link to enter the tree and obtain the Piece of Heart inside.[13]

Twilight Princess

Lake Hylia in Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Lake Hylia is located on the west side of Hyrule and is part of the Lanayru Province. The lake is home to Lanayru's Spirit Spring, Fyer's Cannon Rides, and Falbi's Flight by Fowl. The Lakebed Temple rests at the bottom of the lake, where Zoras patrol the entrance to the template due to it being a sacred place for their people.[14][15] Lake Hylia is again fed by Zora's River, which travels all the way from the throne room of Zora's Domain. The only ways to access Lake Hylia is by playing Falbi's Flight by Fowl game, take the Iza's Rapids Ride game, jumping down from outside the South Gate of Castle Town, or by just warping there. Despite this, many Hyrule citizens come to Lake Hylia to send prayers to Lanayru.[16]

When Link first visits Lake Hylia, it is covered in Twilight and has been mostly drained due to Zora's Domain being frozen, which stopped the water from flowing into the lake.[17][18] Once Link unfreezes Zora's Domain, the water flow returns and fills up the lake, allowing the young hero to visit Lanayru at her spring and obtain the Vessel of Light to collect the Tears of Light of the Lanayru Province. Collecting 15 Tears of Light will make the last Shadow Insect appear in the middle of the lake, which is actually an oversized monster known as Twilit Bloat. The defeat of the Twilit Bloat allows Link to collect the last Tear of Light, thus returning light to the province.

Later on in the game, Link must visit the lake once again to meet with Auru at the tower situated on the west side of the area. Auru hands Link a memo to give to Fyer so that the young hero will be able to reach Gerudo Desert and thus reach the Mirror Chamber.[19]

Lake Hylia is also home to three Pieces of Heart as well as a mini-game hosted by Plumm known as the Fruit Pop Flight Challenge.

A Link Between Worlds



Lake Hylia reappears in A Link Between Worlds, located southeast of Hyrule Castle.

Other Appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

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Lake Hylia appears as a playable stage in Hyrule Warriors, separated into two halves. The northern half is Lake Hylia itself, and the southern half is the Water Temple. This stage is a part of Sheik and Impa's quest. An updated version of Dark Link's chamber appears in the Water Temple, where a Zelda-lookalike is found by the duo and is fought.[20]

Trivia

  • In Ocarina of Time, there are 3 claw marks on the tree by the warp pad that Link appears at after playing the "Serenade of Water".
  • It is possible that the lake made its first appearance in the original The Legend of Zelda as the large body of water found near the center of the overworld map. However, since the lake is never referred to during the game, this cannot be confirmed.

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References

  1. "I am a member of the Zora tribe, the proud people who care for Lake Hylia." — Zora (Twilight Princess)
  2. "Beyond this point lies Lake Hylia. It is full of deep, pure water. The Zoras, who live all the way upstream, guard the sunken temple at the lake's bottom, as well as Zora's Fountain." — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "The other Zoras are all on guard patrol at the bottom of the lake." — Zora (Twilight Princess)
  4. "At the lake bottom there is a Water Temple used to worship the water spirits. The Zoras are guardians of the temple." — Kaepora Gaebora (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "All of the water in Hyrule flows from Zora's Fountain. That water flows through Zora's River, which eventually reaches Lake Hylia to the south." — Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "Lakeside Laboratory / Daily trying to get to the bottom of the mysteries of Lake Hylia! --Lake Scientist" — Sign (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Well, do you want to go fishing for 20 Rupees?" — Fisherman (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "This ice is created by an evil curse... The monster in the Water Temple is the source of the curse. Unless you shut off the source, this ice will never melt...." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "Together, you and Princess Ruto destroyed the evil monster! Once again, the lake is filled with pure water. All is as it was here." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "When water fills the lake, shoot for the morning light." — Tablet inscription (Ocarina of Time)
  11. "Oh, ho! A visitor! How rare! But you have found me, the wisest of the wisest of the wise! You what? You want to enter the temple you can see in the lake? They call that place the Temple of Droplets. I have heard rumors that one Minish actually did find a way in, long ago... That Minish is Elder Librari, and he is in semi-retirement in the town library. The library should be opening soon. Perhaps you can go find him." — Forest Minish (The Minish Cap)
  12. "Yes, the elder Librari once found an entrance to the Temple of Droplets. And now, he lives in the town library! And this is all the wisdom of the wisest of the wise I have to offer to you!" — Forest Minish (The Minish Cap)
  13. "They fit perfectly! I wonder, does that mean we're in for good luck?" — Forest Minish (The Minish Cap)
  14. "The dark power that you seek... It waits in a temple set in the bed of Lake Hylia." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  15. "The other Zoras are all on guard patrol at the bottom of the lake. The bottom of this lake is a sacred place for us Zoras." — Zora (Twilight Princess)
  16. "We've had a ton of complaints from citizens who can't send prayers to the spring spirit of Lake Hylia." — Soldier (Twilight Princess)
  17. "Now that we've seen it, it's not like we can ignore what's happening in Zora's Domain. Unless we can melt the ice, the water will never be restored to Lake Hylia." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  18. "At this rate, the lake will most definitely vanish if we don't somehow get water from Zora's Domain upstream..." — Zora (Twilight Princess)
  19. "Don't tell me you plan to enter the desert and confirm my suspicions with your own eyes?! Now, I've been investigating other ways to enter the desert. You see Lake Hylia below us? A man named Fyer runs an amusement ride of sorts there. Give him this. If you leave the rest up to Fyer, all should go well." — Auru (Twilight Princess)
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Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan ハイリア湖 (Hairia-ko)
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Lago Hylia Lake Hylia
French French-speaking countries Lac Hylia Lake Hylia
German Germany Hylia-See
Italian Italy Lago Hylia
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 海利亚湖 (Hǎilìyà Hú)


Locations in A Link to the Past
Locations in the Light World Locations in the Dark World
Waterfall of WishingEastern PalaceGraveyardLost WoodsKakariko VillageDesert PalaceDesert of MysteryHyrule CastleGreat SwampTower of HeraPond of HappinessLake HyliaLink's HouseZora's WaterfallHaunted GroveSanctuaryWitch's HutDeath MountainHyrule Light World map.png

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Regions in Ocarina of Time
Lon Lon RanchLakeside LaboratoryFishing HoleLake HyliaKokiri ForestInside the Deku TreeLost WoodsSacred Forest MeadowMarketHyrule CastleGerudo ValleyGerudo's FortressHaunted WastelandDesert ColossusKakariko VillageKakariko GraveyardDeath MountainGoron CityDeath Mountain TrailZora's RiverZora's DomainZora's FountainHyrule FieldHyrule Image Map.jpg

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Hyrule in Twilight Princess
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Locations in The Minish Cap
Mount CrenelMount Crenel's BaseCastor WildsWind RuinsRoyal ValleyTrilby HighlandsWestern WoodHyrule Castle GardenNorth Hyrule FieldHyrule TownSouth Hyrule FieldEastern HillsLon Lon RanchVeil FallsCloud TopsLake HyliaMinish WoodsHyrule TMC Map.png
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Dungeons in The Legend of Zelda Series

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