Chapter 4-6: (Continued)

Level 7 of 1st quest and Level 3 of 2nd quest contained entrances hidden beneath lakes. In order to enter these dungeons, you had to use the whistle to dry the lake and make the entrance appear. It's accurate to assume that Zelda Classic can also do this.

Part 13: Relational Drawing Mode

Before we get into drying lakes, we're going to take a small detour to use a feature known as Relational Drawing Mode. Part of this is because the combos we wish to use for this dry lake (non-animated water) are set up for Relational Drawing Mode usage, but Relational Drawing Mode is also extremely helpful if a tileset supports it in some manner.

Draw the screen below on Map 1→Screen 23. The sandy ground is a placeholder for where our lake is going to be.

Map 1 Screen 23

Now scroll to Combo Page 4 and select Combo 1180 as shown above. It should be the first combo of several water combos. Also make sure you are drawing with CSet 3.

So far, we've been ignoring the Drawing Mode button to the right of the main menu. Now it's time to actually click it until it shows the text Relational. You can also Press O.

Switching to Relational Drawing Mode

Now start drawing in the sandy area as if you were filling it in with a single combo. You should notice that the water is actually drawing itself with proper corners.

Relational Mode at work

Keep filling things in until the lake has entirely filled the sandy area. Once you are finished with this session of relational drawing, click the drawing mode button until it is back to the text Normal or Press O.

NOTE: Do not leave the screen while in Relational or Dungeon Carving mode. If you do, try to switch back to Normal Mode before drawing anything.

Screen 23 Relational Drawing Finished

If you messed up or want to do touching up later, you will have to redo the existing relational combos you placed since those are not saved between drawing sessions or manually tweak the combos in Normal mode.

Part 14: Drying a Lake

Now that we have a lake to use, it's time to set it up for drying.

Stairs Secret

  • Set the Stairs Secret square somewhere within the lake.

Secret Combos

  • Set the Secret Combo for Stairs under the Misc Tab to a set of stairs as shown below. (Screen→Secret Combos)

Stairs Secret Combo

Setting the Cave Exit Point

  • Set Warp Return Square A.

The final screen should look something like what is shown below.

Map 1 Screen 23 Final

Now we need to set some screen flags, so go to Screen→Screen Data (F9) and check all 3 flags under S.Flags 2→Whistle

Dry Lake Screen Flags

  • Whistle→Stairs
    This will make the Secret Stairs appear when the whistle is played on the screen.
  • Whistle→Palette Change
    This will make CSet 3 change so that the lake appears dried when the whistle is played on the screen. This requires the tileset to be set up to allow it.
  • Whistle→Dry Lake
    This will make all water combos non-solid and no longer water when the whistle is played on the screen.

When you are finished, the Screen Info should be showing two of the whistle events and showing information for Tile Warp A. We'll be setting Tile Warp A in the next chapter when we create our “final” dungeon.

Here is how it should look in Zelda Classic:

Dry Lake in ZC

As a final note about drying lakes, most tilesets actually do not support lake drying properly since it requires a special palette setup and it looks best with non-animated water. This tutorial isn't going to cover how to make a tileset work with it if it isn't already set up. If you really need something similar to drying a lake, you can take advantage of Whistle Trigger Combo Flag 3 and Secret Combo Flags 16-31.

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