Features and Overview
The Southern Ruins is a region in southern Hyrule and Lorule consisting primarily of marshes and ancient ruins. It is situated directly south of Link's House (south of the Vacant House in Lorule), west of Lake Hylia (Lorule Lake in Lorule), and to the far east of the Desert (Misery Mire in Lorule). Its location corresponds to the Great Swamp and Plains of Ruin of A Link to the Past.
In the southern half of the region stands a ruin entrance. In Hyrule, the ruins are the entrance to a Treasure Hunter Cave, containing puzzles that may be solved for treasure. In Lorule, it serves as the entrance to the Swamp Palace. In the northern half, on the other side of the pond, is a portal between the two worlds behind a stone pillar.
A concealed cave to the left of the northern entrance in Hyrule can be found by blasting the wall open with a Bomb, where the Runaway Item Seller had fled to after his wife got mad at him. The man requests that Link bring him a Scoot Fruit so he can flee to a dungeon, and rewards Link a Silver Rupee for the errand.
- "Southern Ruins Region
This sprawlng field lies just south of Link's House and features a number of ancient ruins." (A Link Between Worlds Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 296)
- "[...] the Swamp Palace dungeon is down the Southern Ruins area." (A Link Between Worlds Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 302)