Zora's River from Ocarina of Time
|First appearance||Ocarina of Time (1998)|
|Appears in||Ocarina of Time|
|Point(s) of interest||(Ocarina of Time)|
Iza's Rapid Ride
- "Hey, and you want some advice? Two words: be plenty careful around that Zora's River."
- — Coro
Zora's River () is a recurring location in the Legend of Zelda series. It runs through certain areas of Hyrule, the flow of the water coming directly from Zora's Domain, the source of all of Hyrule's water.
Zora's River runs down from Zora's Fountain and Zora's Domain, west across Hyrule Field through the narrow gorge in Gerudo Valley, and finally empties out into Lake Hylia and various other small lakes and streams along the way. The river is very important to the people of Hyrule because it is the country's largest source of fresh water. Because of this, the King of Hyrule entrusted the Zora race to protect Zora's Domain and prevent anyone from tampering with Hyrule's largest water supply. There is also a shortcut portal next to the Sleepless Waterfall that leads to the Lost Woods. A small portion of Zora's River flows outside the Kingdom of Hyrule. The Fabulous Five Froggish Tenors can be found on a log in Zora's River. If Link plays his Ocarina for them, they will reward him with Rupees for each individual song, and a Piece of Heart once they have all experienced growth.
When Link first arrives at Zora's River, it is dried up because Zora's Domain is frozen solid. After Link and Midna thaw Zora's Domain through use of a Twilight Portal, the river returns to normal. Later in the game, Link can find some Shadow Insects in this area.
Initially, Link must call a Shadow Kargaroc in order to fly up the river. There, Link will find some Shadow Beasts and, consequently, a Twilight Portal. Link must later use the Shadow Kargaroc again to get Lanayru's Tears of Light, after which Zora River, Lake Hylia, and Zora's Domain are restored to their usual state.
Later, when Link has dispelled the Twilight, he can play a game very similar to taking the Shadow Kargaroc up the river. This time, however, he howls next to Hawk Grass in wolf form to call a normal Kargaroc. This game, run by a bird named Plumm, is played by flying the monster bird into balloons to earn points.
Zora's River serves as the location for Zora River: Defender.