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In any Zelda game, there are certain items that are truly indispensable. Items like the boomerang, Master Sword, and bow and arrow show up in every version of the game, and always play a pivotal part in the adventure.
Another less-appreciated but no less important item that appears in the series is the bottle. These versatile containers can hold anything from magic potions to angry insects, and serve a myriad of purposes in any Zelda game.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is no different. The more bottles you have, the more recovery items, like faeries, you can carry with you through the game. Our guide to obtaining all four bottles in the game has already walked you through the first two, now it’s time to find out how to get the third bottle in Ocarina of Time 3D.
Link’s going to have to do a little swimming to pick up the third bottle, and any Zelda veteran knows that when it comes to underwater adventures in Hyrule, the Zora are always involved in some way.
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Before you can go diving for bottles, you’ll first need to reach Zora’s Domain. To get there, look for the cave entrance on the Eastern side of Hyrule Field, North of the entrance to Kokiri Forest. Once you enter the cave, you’ll almost immediately notice some brown boulders blocking your path. If you haven’t yet obtained the bomb bag from Dodongo’s Cavern, you’ll have to do so before you can proceed.
If you already have the bag, and have some bombs with you, then drop one and blow the obstruction sky high. Afterward, make your way up the path to Zora’s Domain. There are a few places where you’ll have to jump across the river or clear gaps, but the path you must take is pretty obvious.
You can also pick up a couple of Pieces of Heart on your way up with skillful use of the cucco you’ll find wandering just past the rock wall. This is a bottle guide, not a heart piece guide, though, so we’ll concentrate on heading up the path.
Once you reach the top of the path, you’ll find a waterfall with the symbol of the royal family of Hyrule in front of it. Stand on the Triforce emblem and play Zelda’s Lullaby on your ocarina to open the waterfall and gain access to Zora’s Domain
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Diving for Rupees
Once inside Zora’s Domain, you’ll want to head toward the King’s chamber. To get there, follow the path to the right and upstairs. The king is not really in a talking mood, but that’s not a big deal since you’re not here to see him anyway.
If you jump down into the water in front of him and follow the cave to your left, you’ll meet a Zora who invites you to participate in the diving game. You’ll need to pay him 20 rupees to participate, but you’ll end up earning 25 rupees in the game, and the Silver Scale to boot, so it’s totally worth it.
Once you’ve paid your money and the challenge starts, immediately dive off of the waterfall into the pool below. You have 50 seconds to pick up five blue rupees. Swim over the top of the one you’d like to collect, then dive down and grab it. You may be able to grab two on a single dive if you position yourself correctly, but don’t sweat it if you can’t. There is more than enough time to make five separate dives. Just don’t waste time, 50 seconds is quicker than you think.
Once you’ve grabbed all five, the challenge ends and the Zora atop the waterfall will invite you to return and receive your prize.
He gives you the Silver Scale, an item which allows Link to dive twice as deep, a skill that comes in very handy when you want to pass through underwater passages, like the one that leads you to Lake Hylia, the location of the third bottle.
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Through the Underwater Passage
Now that you have the scale, dive off of the waterfall once more and into the pool below. In the South end of the pool, underwater, you’ll see a square passage entrance. Now that you have the Silver Scale, you can dive deep enough to enter it.
Do so, and you’ll find yourself transported to Lake Hylia, on the opposite side of Hyrule. In front of you, a strange object is emitting a trail of bubbles toward the lake’s surface. Swim out to the object and dive down to collect it.
Congratulations, you’ve just acquired the third bottle, and the final one Young Link can obtain. Inside is a note from Princess Ruto that you’ll want to swim back through the passage and deliver to King Zora.
Once you’ve delivered the note, the empty bottle is yours to keep and do with what you please.
The first three bottles in Ocarina of Time 3D are much easier to obtain than the fourth, which is only available to Adult Link. You’ll have to scour the countryside, taking down ghosts to get it.
Look for full details on the process in part four of our guide to all the bottles in the game.
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All references from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.
Images courtesy of Zelda.com.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Bottle Guide
- Hit the Bottle With Link: Get the Kakariko Village Bottle in Ocarina of Time 3D
- Bottled Aggression: Play the Super Cucco Game to Get the Second Bottle in Zelda 3DS
- Message in a Bottle: Find Bottle Number Three in the Legend of Zelda 3DS
- Bottled Spirits: Chase Down Big Poes to Earn the Fourth Bottle in Ocarina of Time 3D