Did You Know Gaming: Lake Guardian Pokémon Represent the Triforce?

DaveyDecember 18th, 2012 by Davey

According to a recent submission to Did You Know Gaming?, the Lake Guardian Pokémon actually represent or are inspired by the three parts of the Triforce. Uxie is knowledge, Mesprit is emotion, and Azelf is willpower. These relate to the parts of the Triforce: wisdom, courage, and power, respectively.

Maybe it’s a little bit of a stretch to say that the legendary trio represents the Triforce, but it wouldn’t be a bad theory to say that these pokémon were inspired by the thee parts of the Triforce. Or maybe we’re looking too far into it.

Either way, hit the jump for more!

As you can read, another part of this rumor is that the three Lake Guardian Pokémon were created by Arceus, which is the god pokémon. In Zelda lore, the Triforce was created by the three goddesses: Din (power), Nayru (wisdom), and Farore (courage). However, this to me seems to be more of a coincidence that supports the theory.

There also doesn’t seem to be any other strong evidence that the idea of the Triforce is in any way related to the Lake Guardian Pokémon. As you can read from the Bulbapedia page on the pokémon trio, the “willpower” idea comes from “benevolence”. In Zelda, the concept of “power” is not restricted to being benevolent, as we can see when Ganondorf gets a hold of the Triforce of Power.

But there might be something I’m forgetting. If you have any ideas, tell us in the comments below!

Source: Did You Know Gaming, deviantART

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  • Vaati101

    It’s just a coincidence, I don’t think they are actually based off of the triforce or even inspired. I think they just took 3 things in general life and based them off of them.

    • Bleh

      Pretty much this, not only that but it would be more accurate to label emotion power, and courage willpower.

      Whoever came up with this was really stretching, I wonder if they’ve just run out of ideas.

      • Red-tuniclink

        hey’re user-submitted I think.

      • The Hylian Monolith

        That’s what I was thinking when I first read this. The first part, not the “no ideas” part.

  • Emma Mix

    It makes sense, but I don’t think they represent the Triforce. It’s more like they were INSPIRED by the Triforce. After all, everyone tries to copy Zelda (and fails).

    • BlackRaven6695

      Damn Nintendo copying Nintendo!

      • http://twitter.com/SgtBalthazar David Harris

        Well, actually it was Game Freak that made Pokemon. Nintendo just published it ;)

        • baileygirl99


          • http://www.facebook.com/dylan.m.prouty Dylan Mandalore Prouty

            Burn Heal!

          • BlackRaven6695

            No need to worry; I’m a special attacker.

        • BlackRaven6695

          From what I understand, Miyamoto and maybe a few others did help out with the original Red and Green. Having different versions of the same game to encourage trading was Miyamoto’s idea.

      • itsameluigi1290

        If Nintendo is copying Nintendo, what will happen if they buy Sonic?


        • BlackRaven6695

          New Super Sonic Brothers! The Legend of Big the Cat! Knuckles Prime! Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine 2!

          • itsameluigi1290

            Those first two ideas sound really good, actually :P

      • http://www.facebook.com/emilio.valle.5 Emilio Valle


  • farore

    how does emotion = courage?

    • CourageBringsSuccess

      Usually, in order to be courageous there has to be an element of fear or unease. So if anything, it’s safe to say there’s some word association.. Nothing uncanny though.

  • bluchu

    it’s also rumored that epona will return in the next zelda for wii u.

    • MSspirit

      Sweet! Return of Epona! XD That could be a title for a game…

      • Rob

        The Legend of Zelda
        The Return of Epona

    • baileygirl99

      Yay! Epona! She was awsome :-D

  • JeredenDonnar

    No way the Pokemon team could have thought something so deep. not a chance, they most likely were like, “crap! We need three more legendaries! Does anyone have some ideas?? ”
    “uhhh…how about emotions?? We’ve done nearly everything else…”
    “What’cha got?? Anger, happiness?”
    “well uhhh….whats more general and vague? O! Lets make it sound all mystically, too.”
    Yeah, that pokemon team could not have connected anything on purpose. Though its a kitschy coincidence.

    • Divine Demon Ratatosk

      Your right that it is just Quincidental. They couldn’t know that people would think that.

      • The Hylian Monolith

        Got a bit of spell-correct going there, or is it an actual (in-context)word?

        • Divine Demon Ratatosk

          The computer doesn’t know how to spell that word right and I didn’t catch it being changed. It doesn’t like most of the words I’m using.

          • The Hylian Monolith

            Same here. I disabled spellcheck and stated writing my own dictionary because of it. Did you mean coincidental?

          • Divine Demon Ratatosk

            Yes, I did. And the worst part is that I’m using the schools computers.
            Glad that you pointed that out.

    • http://www.controlpaddesign.com/ TheMaverickk

      Considering that most Pokemon are based on real life creatures, or Japanese culture, they clearly put a lot of thought into what they design. Even some of their more ridiculous creatures.

      I know that the Pokemon series isn’t a series that isn’t for everyone, but to make such a statement shows a lack understanding and appreciation for the work put into such game development.

  • zombie_eat_flesh

    No, not really.

  • Dark Majora


    • http://www.facebook.com/dylan.m.prouty Dylan Mandalore Prouty

      If you knew Zelda, you’d know that saying “Dark Majora” Is a bit unnecessary, as Majora was an evil being to begin with.

      And if you know Pokemon, explain to me how to get MISSINGNO.

    • Linkfan99

      dude, calm down. Take a chill pill, bro. Don’t be ill. Just be chill.

      …Anyway, there are multiple contributors to Did You Know Gaming. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it is a public website, and anyone can contribute. So just because someone posts this, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read ANYone’s posts.

  • Linkfan99

    I feel like this theoretically explains why… well, since the concept of… OK, I have nothing to say. I just wanted to sound smart… ;_;

    • baileygirl99

      You see?!? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. :-/

  • http://www.controlpaddesign.com/ TheMaverickk

    Playing devil’s advocate here, but It is completely plausible that they were inspired or were even created as a Pokemon tribute to the concept of the Triforce.

    The name of the lakes they are from; Valor = Courage, Acuity = Wisdom, Verity = Emotion

    The DYKG fact sheet did an improper job connecting them…. but if they were to be a tribute,

    Uxie equals Wisdom
    Azelf equals Courage
    Mesprit equals Power

    With that said though where it becomes a small bit of a stretch is looking at how “emotion = power”.

    Personally I don’t think the connection between emotion and power to be that estranged. Emotions are powerful things and they drive people to take action. Those feelings of love, greed, sorrow… they can very well push a person to take certain action.

    I think in the Zelda community we tend to see Power as a negative thing because of the association with Ganondorf. Not to mention we immediately think physical/magical power when the term is tossed around…. but emotions themselves are powerful enough that they can over ride good common sense and cause people to act irrationally. Not to mention that benevolence and malevolence simply the two opposing sides of the same coin.

    Another connection even more so is that these Pokemon share a similar back story to the creation of the Triforce.

    According to legend, when Arceus created the universe it created Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, shortly after. Not to mention that an interesting fact includes that the three of them were born from the same Egg (the idea that one whole object has three parts).

    This is comparable to the fact that the Triforce was created much similarly shortly after the creation of the world/universe.

    At the end of the day, I say that it’s not really that strange that these three Pokemon may in fact be a small tribute to the Legend of Zelda. I don’t think people should completely dismiss the possible connection. That coupled with the fact that Pokemon is full of references to other video games, and it’s parent company is in fact Nintendo. So for them to throw a small sort of Pokemon parallel in isn’t all that weird a connection to get from all of this.

    • dungeonmaster

      I learned something here today. How much research did you do?

      • http://www.controlpaddesign.com/ TheMaverickk

        Nothing more then playing a lot of video games. Also paying attention to the fine details. I did a little double checking on some wiki’s but that’s about it.

        I mean I pull visual themes out of games all the time in general. Majora’s Mask has been one of my faves to study.

        Another interesting fact is that there’s a theme in Twilight Princess about “emptiness”. Look at a lot of the symbols, the land marks, and even places and it’s everywhere. The loftwing bird in the Hylian Crest of the Hylian Shield has a hole in it…..

        The Gossip Stones, also have big holes in them. The Bird Statues also have holes…. the people in twilight are nothing but empty versions of their former selves. The Twili live in a universe that is pretty much a void….. the sages are essentially empty cloaks …. as their masks cover up the hole where a human face would be…. visual themes are a great part of game design.

        Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s intentional, and other times it could purely be coincidence.

  • d

    Of all pokemon Trios this is my least favorite

  • Tehlul

    Wow the yellow one looks stoned
    I’ll have some of what she’s having

  • baileygirl99

    Emotions=courage? I’m sorry, but that doesn’t fit on for me, and the colors of the pokèmon are wrong D-: although the wrong doors is a small note…

    • http://www.controlpaddesign.com/ TheMaverickk

      Actually technically speaking

      Mesprit = Emotions/Power

      Not Azelf like they said. Azelf literally comes from “Courage” Lake, and Uxie literally comes from “Wisdom” lake. Mesprit the off one to place in the whole “Triforce” comparison comes from lake called “Truth” essentially, and the Pokemon itself is said to be tied to emotion.

  • !!!

    All Three form a triangle around Mt.Coronet at the center of Sinnoh, like the triforce

    • http://www.controlpaddesign.com/ TheMaverickk

      Another interesting aspect of the pokemon is that they are based on fantasy creatures….
      Elves, pixies, and sprites. Which …. well Zelda tends to be all about. Just another coincidence.

    • Kyurem

      That was in pokemon platinum, when Giratina opened up a portal to the Distortion world.

      • Divine Demon Ratatosk

        the triangular shapes of the lakes is in Diamond and Pearl as well.

  • itsameluigi1290

    I’m not takin’ this with a grain of salt.

    I’m takin’ it with a grain of PEPPER! HA!

  • TwilightMirror11

    Eeeehh… it doesnt seem like they would do that intentionally, and they dont work as anything like the Triforce.

  • Midna’s Sister

    Lol. And they’re green, red, and blue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dylan.m.prouty Dylan Mandalore Prouty

    I told you guys about this a long time ago!
    There are a lot of references like that.
    They forgot to mention that they are in a triangle on the map.

    • Walk

      any 3 points form a triangle…. (provided one point doesnt lie exactly between the other 2)

  • Garrett Thompson

    I believe I read somewhere that the three goddesses in Zelda were drawn from traditional Japanese religious mythology. It would make sense if the three lake guardian Pokemon were also cut from the same cloth, as the creation story of Sinnoh is essentially a Pokemon-themed Shinto creation story.

  • Trackwolf

    Oh no, Uxie are …
    What was i going to say?

    • Kyurem

      Yeah Uxie can wipe your mind. Uxie are you …..
      Wait, where am I?

  • http://medlismessages.blogspot.com/ Heroine of Time

    Whoa! I never even thought about that! My friend and I are writing a Zelda and Pokémon crossover, in which we represented the Triforce with Jirachi.

    I now must incorporate these three somehow! What can we do…?

    Although I have to say, Did You Know Gaming annoys me sometimes with their facts. Some of their pictures are big stretches, more like something that someone on the internet randomly noticed and decided to share than something that would actually be relevant to knowledge of video games. Some of them are really interesting, but others are just completely pushing it. That’s just the impression I get.

  • lanayrru

    Arceus is NOT the god pokémon! It is the Alpha Pokémon.

    • Kasey Piland

      Lol. True though. There is the dex entry, then… to be a goD you have to be male.

  • Link Hyrule

    NinGameFreak!!!! that is a really cool idea, we know that Square Enix used to be Squaresoft/Square (Creator company) and Enix (Publisher), then Nintendo should do that.

  • Funny Guy

    Uxie’s eyes are open! LOOK AWAY OR YOU’LL LOSE ALL MEMORY!!!!

  • Kasey Piland

    I’m so late on this… Anyway, don’t let Emboar get a ho ld of Azlef!