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Competition Mode
Azure Lake Zone

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Quotation1 Race around 360 degree loops and leap into the air as you run off of ramps in this waterfront region. Quotation2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 instruction manual
Azure Lake Zone
Azurezone 7
Appearances and overview
First appearance

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Other appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

Stage theme(s)

Ancient ruins theme

Next stage

Balloon Park Zone

Playable characters
(story mode)
Level number


Azure Lake Zone is the first Zone in Competition Mode of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.


Azure Lake Zone is an ancient ruins and vast wilderness-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 imply that the course is set at the break of dawn. Azure Lake Zone also has purple colored landmasses and light-colored trees. It is very similar to Aquatic Ruin Zone and Marble Garden Zone.

Azure Lake Zone in itself is a small Zone which has two shuttle loops at the start. Behind the ramp part there is also a mud pit which functions similarly in Marble Garden Zone. By falling into the deep mud pit without jumping out of it quickly makes the playable character return to the start point. The player has to run over the light-colored tree and end up at the starting point. Items in Competition Mode are seen floating above the mud-pit.

The only obstacle is a white switch which makes a red Spring that blocks and the way between two shuttle loops and launches the player backwards. It disappears for a few seconds after being activated. 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.

In other media

Archie Comics


  • Azure Lake is also the name for one of the six major fjord-like lakes at Wells Gray Provincial Park located in British Columbia, Canada. It is not clear or coincidence, if the Competition Mode Zone's has got the name from it.
  • In Sonic Pocket Adventure, Sky Chase Zone reuses the background music of Azure Lake Zone during the Zone.


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