Lake Hylia (Four Swords Adventures)

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This article is about the stage from Four Swords Adventures. For Lake Hylia in other games, see Lake Hylia.

Lake Hylia is the first stage in Four Swords Adventures.

Four Swords Adventures


A Map of Lake Hylia in Four Swords Adventures.

Lake Hylia is the first stage in Whereabouts of the Wind and in Four Swords Adventures. It serves primarily as a tutorial stage for the game, introducing Link to various combat styles, items, and other aspects of the game. It is filled with much scenery, including trees, rivers, waterfalls and caves. Link meets Kaepora Gaebora for the first time early in the stage, as well as Tingle later on.[1] After obtaining and using various items to navigate the Lake, Link must defeat a group of Soldiers and their Leader, Chief Soldier. Afterwards, Link must break the Barrier of Darkness at the end of the level, allowing him access to the Cave of No Return.


Formations Trainer

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Right at the entrance of Lake Hylia is a house where a former castle guard lives.[2] In single-player, he will teach the Links and his grandkids about formations.[3]

Locked House

The Links can grab a key using the boomerang to enter a locked house. Inside is a woman who was locked within her home, likely by Shadow Link.[4] In her backyard, there is also a man who claims to be training to become strong.[5] She allows the Links to take the Fire Rod.[6]

Under the Bridge

The Links can dive under a bridge and find a secret area. By picking up a large rock here, they can meet Tingle, who claims to have been looking for Force Gems in hopes of becoming a fairy. [7]



The Boomerang and the Fire Rod can be found within this stage. The Boomerang is used to collect items such as small keys from far away and the Fire Rod is needed to burn down tree stumps.

Heart Containers

The first Heart Container can be found inside a cave behind a waterfall. Once the Links step on all four switches within the adjacent cave, a path is revealed that leads across a pit to the Heart Container's chest.

A second Heart Container can be found across the bridge after fighting several Soldiers. The Links can then stand on four switches and reveal two treasure chests, one of which contains the Heart Container.

Blue Bracelet

The Blue Bracelet can be found in an underwater passage. When the Links fall into a whirlpool, they will need to swim and then cross a gap. When the step on a switch in a box formation, a cave entrance opens that reveals to chests. The one on the right contains the Blue Bracelet.

Force Fairy

An additional Force Fairy can be found under a bush just past the underwater passage.


The main enemies of this stage are Soldiers and Octoroks. However, Shadow Link does appear twice, and there is one River Zora and one Zol. Cheep-Cheeps can be seen in various water features, but the Links do not actually fight them.

The stage ends by fighting a Chief Soldier with a small group of additional Soldiers.


  1. "[sfx]Hoo hoot! At last, you're awake, Link. I am Kaepora Gaebora. Mine is the voice you've been hearing since you left the Four Sword Sanctuary. I know you're worried about finding Vaati, but you must not act rashly. Find the six shrine maidens and Princess Zelda, and you will also find Vaati. As for that dark shadow... Let's call him Shadow Link. That one is up to no good. Your sword is weak, but you can restore its power by infusing it with Force Gems. But first, the four who have been divided must be drawn together! Press the L Button! I must fly, but we will meet again on the road ahead!" — Kaepora Gaebora, Four Swords Adventures.
  2. "Hm? I've never seen you lads in these parts before. I'm spending my retirement teaching my grandkids all about formations. You may not believe me, but I'm a former castle guard! A professional adventurer. Formations are the key to working together and performing great deeds! If you're interested in learning more about it, go on into my backyard!" — Formation Old-Timer, Four Swords Adventures.
  3. "[sfx]OK! Looks like you're ready to get started! I'm going to drill you boys in the art of formations! And... Wait, hold it! I guess I'd better explain how this all works first! Um... I'll yell out the name of a formation! You will press the L Button or the Y Button to form up! That's it!! If you hear a formation name but don't know which it is, watch my grandkids. All right then... Here we go!" — Formation Old-Timer, Four Swords Adventures.
  4. "Oh, thank goodness! That stupid door was really getting on my nerves! It never occurred to me that someone might have locked it from the outside! I'm convinced it was that shadowy boy, the one who looks just like you. Strange things are happening everywhere these days. You boys watch yourselves." — Locked-Up Old Woman, Four Swords Adventures.
  5. "I've started working out so I can do something about all those Octoroks out front. Still, no matter how strong I am, I'll never be able to, say, lift a huge rock alone!" — Man in Garden, Four Swords Adventures.
  6. "Oh, so you want that rod, do you? That shadow boy was after the same thing. I hid it from him, but I think you can have it. You've been so nice to me. And besides, you look like you can be trusted with it. Take care of it, all right?" — Locked-Up Old Woman, Four Swords Adventures.
  7. "... ... ... ... ... ... Huh?! You... You've saved Tingle! ... ... ... Ooo...! Th-that outfit! That aura! It's the fairy that Tingle has dreamed of... It's you!! Oh, Mr. Fairy! You coming to my rescue has left me overcome with emotion! Let me thank you by sharing some thrilling Tingle news with you! The oh so Tingle-esque pastime of collecting Force Gems is all the rage now! In fact, I got stuck under here trying to get the Force Gem under this rock. But you saved me! Clearly, it was the power of the gems that led you here to me! Tingle believes without a doubt that good things come from collecting Force Gems! Why, collecting enough Force Gems may even turn Tingle into a real and true fairy! No doubt that's why you're after the Force Gems, too, isn't it, Mr. Fairy? Let's be fair about where we look and share the gems equally, Mr. Fairy! And with that, Tingle must say his farewells! ... ...Don't follow me! Tingle Tingle Kooloo- limpah!" — Tingle, Four Swords Adventures.