Early Lakebed

Entering Lakebed Temple Early

Empty Lake Hylia

See Entering Lakebed using Empty Lake Hylia.

Pillar Clip without Zora Armor (all versions)

Discovered by LogitechSDAZ

Pillar Clip can be done without Zora Armor or the Air Replenish Trick by sinking to the bottom of Lake Hylia before warping the meteor to raise the water level, and it requires Early Master Sword. From here, Link can use the pillar to clip through the wall, and can barely reach the Lakebed Temple loading zone without running out of air by tap swimming.

Modern setupless method

tutorial by Skyreon

Setup method

original setup by Dragonbane

visual cue adjustment for CRTs

alternate setup by Rodner

Old setupless method (not recommended)

The following video shows the old school setupless method, which does not call Midna prior to the clip. This method is one of the hardest ways to perform Pillar Clip and has since been obsoleted by modern techniques.

Cucco cutscene method

It is possible to perform Pillar clip with high water in Lake Hylia using the cucco cutscene to pause the air meter. However, as this requires already having the clawshot, it is usually better to return to Lakebed Temple with Ooccoo.

Pillar Clip with Zora Armor (all versions)

  1. Swim over to the left side (GCN) of the entrance to the temple between the large blue pillar and the green pillar
  2. Position Link so that the yellow arrow on the minimap is pointing northwest
  3. Use the Iron Boots to get into position and then take them off to make it a bit easier
  4. Hold L and swim straight upwards, mashing A to increase the swim speed
  5. Swim to the loading zone after Link clips through the blue pillar

Rupee Dive (all versions, Twilight only, outdated)

Discovered by LogitechSDAZ

A rupee dive can only be done with rupee text (blue rupee or higher value). The quickest way to spawn one is to dig up a patch of dirt close to the dive spot, but one will not always appear.

  1. Dig up a blue rupee
  2. Use the boomerang to bring it to the ledge near the entrance of Lakebed Temple
  3. Take out the sword, hold L (sometimes helps get a better camera angle), and press B a split second before Link gets the rupee
  4. Swim to the loading zone

The timing for step 3 is difficult. If Link swings the sword too soon, he'll get the rupee in midair and the animation will not happen, preventing him from diving out of bounds. However, this is easier than standing on the very edge, not swinging the sword, and hoping the dive works.

Midna Dive in Twilight (Wii only)

Discovered by LogitechSDAZ
  1. Swim to the middle of Lake Hylia where the floating wooden platforms are located
  2. Get on one of the platforms and use the boomerang to pick up a wooden box
  3. Get on the very edge of the platform and call Midna
  4. Link will drop the box, which will then push him off the wooden platform, causing him to cutscene dive out of bounds
  5. Swim to the loading zone

A dive from Lake Hylia with low water is also possible using a pot from Fyer's hut. This isn't faster, but it is easier and also makes it possible to get into Lakebed earlier.

Midna Dive using Boss Bug

Discovered by MrMrMen

After knocking the Boss Bug into the water, it is possible to call Midna on the same frame the Boss Bug disappears to Midna Dive. It is then possible to swim up into the Lakebed loading zone.

Ooccoo Dive

Discovered by MrMrMen

Using Ooccoo at the edge of the planks in the water, it is possible to dive down under the floor collision.

Last updated 07/17/2024 – JD