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Lake Hylia is a recurring location featured in five Legend of Zelda games, starting with A Link to the Past on the SNES. The most common species found within this lake are the intelligent Zoras, though the species were more aggressive in the SNES video game, whereas they would befriend the protagonist Link in future titles. Some fans speculate that the lake did in fact originate from the original Legend of Zelda, as there was a large lake featured in it that somewhat resembles Lake Hylia that likewise featured Zora, though because this was never confirmed by Nintendo it can't be said whether or not these speculations are true.
In its officially initial appearance, Link could get the most of the lake once he gained the ability to swim via the special fins. A Great Fairy fountain can be accessed in the middle of it, where the fairy within will give Link the capability to either upgrade his pack of bombs or arrows.
Lake Hylia in Ocarina of Time is more prominent than it was in the previous installment. The Water Temple, which has been considered by many to be the most challenging dungeon in any Zelda game, is accessed here via the Iron Boots and the Zora Tunic. Zora's River, a river that runs through Hyrule, goes through Lake Hylia. If Link wishes, he can pay 20 rupees to fish for as long as he wants, though if he happens to quit he'll have to put down 20 more rupees to fish.
In Four Swords Adventure, Lake Hylia is a level. Dramatic changes have occurred, the most noticeable one being the fact that rather than being one large lake, it consists of multiple smaller ones connected via rivers. In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Lake Hylia is once more changed. Colors of purple and green are present everywhere. The lake in this title can be accessed by going through an entrance in either Lon Lon Ranch or Minish Woods.
Twilight Princess certainly had the most stunning Lake Hylia. Despite this, many similarities with Ocarina of Time are present, such as the connection to Zora River and a water based temple placed at the bottom of the lake. Zoras are more present than ever before, and a mini game run by Falbi can also be found here.
|The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past locations|
| Light World|
|Link's House • Secret Passage • Sanctuary • Graveyard • Haunted Grove • Kakariko Village • Kakariko Village Shop • Library • Lake Hylia • Lake Hylia Shop Cave • Wishing Well • Great Swamp • Desert of Mystery • Witch's Hut • Waterfall of Wishing • Zora's Lake • Zora's Waterfall • Death Mountain • Lost Woods|
| Dark World|
|Dark World Shield Shop • Pyramid of Power • Skeleton Forest • Skull Woods • Village of Outcasts • Lake of Ill Omen • Swamp of Evil • Misery Mire|
| Light World|
|Hyrule Castle • Eastern Palace • Desert Palace • Tower of Hera|
| Dark World|
|Palace of Darkness • Swamp Palace • Skull Woods Palace • Thieves' Town • Ice Palace • Misery Mire Palace • Turtle Rock • Ganon's Tower|
|The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap locations|
|Hyrule locations||Castor Wilds • Cloud Tops • Eastern Hills • Elemental Sanctuary • Fairy Fountain • Figurine Shop • Funday School • Great Fairy Fountain • Happy Hearth Inn • Hyrule Castle • Hyrule Castle Garden • Hyrule Castle Town • Hyrule Field • Lake Hylia • Link's House • Lon Lon Ranch • Mama's Cafe • Mayor Hagen's Lakeside Cabin • Melari's Mine • Minish Village • Minish Woods • Mount Crenel • Percy's House • Post Office • Rem's Shoe Store • Royal Hyrule Library • Royal Valley • Stockwell's Shop • Town Fountain • Trilby Highlands • Veil Falls • Western Wood • Wind Ruins • Witch's Hut|
|Dungeons||Deepwood Shrine • Cave of Flames • Fortress of Winds • Temple of Droplets • Palace of Winds • Dark Hyrule Castle|