No waves mar the lake's still surface.Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions Lake tile's description
Lake (湖, Mizumi?) is a recurring type of location in the Final Fantasy series. They can be visitable or just a part of scenery. Some areas called "lakes" in the series are actually dry, but they used to be bodies of water.
There are two lakes explicitly referred to as such in the data of Final Fantasy VII. The area to the rear in the Forgotten City where the music box is located is referred to as the "lost lake" (ロストレイク, rosuto reiku?) in game files. The lake on the western continent between the Gold Saucer Area and Nibel Area that has a waterfall with Lucrecia's Cave behind uses world map textures with "lake" in the file name.
A crater that is formed in the Junon Area once Meteor is summoned is referred to as a lake in the BradyGames guide. The crater formed over a river and has water at its bottom. Ultimate Weapon appears here after defeating Diamond Weapon.
Various other bodies of water in the game are often referred to as lakes by fans. In addition to the earlier mentioned Forgotten City lake, there is the Forest area that contains a shell surrounded by water where Aeris's body is placed, and the water in the underground city where the Holy Materia falls. In the Great Glacier is an inlet often referred to as the "frozen lake". In the middle of the inlet is a cave containing a Safety Bit that can be reached by crossing an ice flow.
Obel Lake is a location north of Timber. It is a horseshoe-shaped lake with a small ledge, and a river flowing northwards through Vaulny Canyon. Obel Lake is the location for a sidequest that requires Squall to travel all over the world in search of rare items and hidden locations with a guide from a friendly black shadow.
Lake Macalania is a frozen lake where one of Rin's travel agencies can be found. A magnificent ice palace, Macalania Temple sits atop the frozen waters. The temple is located north of the Macalania Woods. Constructed primarily of ice, it sits atop the frozen Lake Macalania. The temple's fayth and aeon is Shiva, whose influence is implied to have frozen the lake. The High Priest of Macalania Temple is Maester Seymour Guado.
Shortly after the Eternal Calm started, the temple sunk into Lake Macalania which has begun to melt.
Lake Bresha is a large lake located on Cocoon's outer-rim, directly underneath the Hanging Edge. Lake Bresha is crystallized when the fal'Cie Anima crash-lands there, and Lightning and her new companions must cross the lake to a set of ruins at its outskirts while battling Cie'th and PSICOM pursuers.
Vesperpool is a large lake to the north of Cleigne region. It has numerous fishing spots, majority of them only reached by swimming across the lake on a chocobo. The lake area is rural with ruins near its edge. It rains often at the lake.
There are also inland bodies of water in Duscae where the Catoblepas monsters like to feed, called Alstor Slough. The Callatein's Plunge waterfall above Greyshire Glacial Grotto is said to flow from Loch Thriocess.
During the Battle of Fort Besselat, Ramza infiltrates the garrison, and opens its sluice gate to let the lake flood the plain where the battle was about to take place. The terrain tile Lake can be found during the Fort Besselat Sluice battle.
Mac sails a ship in the lake between Windia and Aquaria. When the lake dries up, he is stranded, but survives long enough for Benjamin and Reuben to re-flood the lake by blowing a hole in Spencer's Place.
A lake appears as the BMS for several battle themes throughout the series:
- Battle* from Final Fantasy
- Main Theme of Final Fantasy V* from Final Fantasy V
- Battle Theme* from Final Fantasy X
- Battle Theme* from Final Fantasy XI
- The Land Breathes* from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
A lake is a body of relatively still liquid (prototypically water) of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land apart from a river or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake.