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Race around 360 degree loops and leap into the air as you run off of ramps in this waterfront region.

— United States instruction booklet, Sonic the Hedgehog 3[1]

Azure Lake (フゾコーレイク[2] Fuzokōreiku?, lit. "Fuzoko Lake") is a Zone that appears in the Competition mode of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and the lock-on game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, and the first Zone in Grand Prix mode.


Azure Lake is an ancient ruins-themed Zone. Taking place at the water's edge of the namesake lake, the background features a grand landscape of forest and rocky mountains that are pristinely reflected on the water's clear surface. All around, the track is overgrown with plant life, and the skies are blue-colored. Azure Lake also has purple colored landmasses and light-colored trees.


In this Zone, there are deep mud-pits which function much like those in Marble Garden Zone. Items in Azure Lake also float above the mud-pits. Sinking to bottom of the mud-pit makes the playable character return to the starting point in the Zone.

The only obstacle in Azure Lake is a white switch which makes a red Spring that blocks the way between two loops and launches the player backwards. It disappears after few seconds after being activated though. The switch itself is located on a small hill. If an opponent hits the switch, it may require that the player backtracks a bit in order to proceed.


Azure Lake in itself is a small Zone which has two loops at the start. Behind the ramp part there is also a mud pit. The player then has to run over the light-colored tree and end up at the starting point.

In other media

Books and comics

Archie Comics

Azure Lake Zone, from Sonic Universe #69.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Azure Lake Zone (known as the Azure Lake Oasis) was a body of water in the Sandopolis Desert, where the Dingo Regime regrouped in after being exiled by the fourth Enerjak.

After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote history, Azure Lake Zone became a Zone on Angel Island.







Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"2P vs. - Azure Lake" Sega 1:56


  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, pg. 20.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 29.

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