The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom brings back more than a few friendly faces. The sequel picks up pretty much directly after the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and reintroduces many minor and major characters from the first game. While some characters, like the dashing Prince Sidon, are easy to remember, the game also brings back a good batch of lesser-known individuals. It can be a lot to keep track of them all – especially if you haven’t played the first game in a while – so we’ve written a reminder. Here is where breath of the wildThe story of each of these Zelda characters has come to an end.
What happens to Link and Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The world of breath of the wild has a cyclical history in which Ganon appeared many times and the princess and her chosen hero, along with the divine beasts, also rose up each time to defeat evil. For this reason, there is a kind of prehistory and legend important to the setting of the story that takes place in the game.
About 10,000 years before the events of breath of the wild, the people of Hyrule lived in an advanced society that had little to fear. In order to combat the possible rise of Calamity Ganon again, the civilization built the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts, weapons of ancient technology that could fight Ganon. Legend says that with the combined powers of the princess, a hero wielding a blade that seals away evil, and the four divine beasts, the people of Hyrule 10,000 years ago were able to defeat Ganon.
One hundred years before the events of breath of the wild, Zelda and the Sheikah, members of the age-old culture that was once responsible for the ancient technology now found around Hyrule, attempted to prepare for Ganon’s arrival once again in much the same way as their ancestors l did – by preparing the divine beasts and Guardians. However, despite their best efforts, Zelda and others underestimated Ganon’s power and lost the fight. Immediately after this defeat, Zelda remained in Hyrule Castle to ward off Ganon’s full power, and two members of the Sheikah, Purah and Robbie, brought Link back to Resurrection Shrine, where he slept for 100 years.
At the very beginning of breath of the wild, Link wakes up, but he has lost his memory and has no memory of what happened 100 years ago. However, after some guidance from the Sheikah Impa and the spirit of Hyrule’s last king, Rhoam Bosphoramus, Link sets out on a journey to tame the four war machines known as the Divine Beasts. One by one, Link travels to the four corners of Hyrule to reconnect with the spirits of the warriors known as the Champions of 100 years ago. he recruits them and the divine beasts they pilot for the fight against Ganon. As Link travels through Hyrule, he slowly regains the memories he lost during his 100-year slumber. At this point, he is able to go and retrieve the divine blade known as the Master Sword, which is intact and usable if he is strong enough to wield its power.
At the end of the game, Link, with the help of the pilots of the Four Divine Beasts, successfully defeats Ganon and saves Zelda. The story of breath of the wild, and the story of Link and Zelda in this upcoming game, is the old legend repeated. There is no official post-game or new game section more than breath of the wild where we get additional information about what actually happens next. Once the story is complete, the game will reload right before Link fights Ganon. All we know we’re heading for tears of the kingdomis that Zelda and Link were alive and well at the end of breath of the wild. It’s a rather cheerful ending – or so it seems.
What happened to the four Breath of the Wild champions: Revali, Urbosa, Daruk and Mipha
Long story short, all four champions died in the events 100 years before the story of breath of the wild. They and Zelda underestimated Ganon’s power, and the four warriors sacrificed their lives in the fight. However, they continued to play an active role in breath of the wild. All four reappear in spirit form, and Link learns their stories as he recovers his lost memories. Eventually, they succeed in their initial missions – even in death – as their spirits pilot each divine beast and defeat Ganon. Their legacy lives on in the warriors who follow them, like Prince Sidon, Teba, Yunobo, and Makeela Riju.
Much like Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf, Impa is a recurring character in the Legend of Zelda series who appears in several games in different guises. In lore, Impa is a female of the Sheikah Clan, a group that has served Hyrule’s royal line since Hyrule’s inception. In breath of the wild, we meet Impa very early in the Kakariko Village main quest. She’s old — over 100 — and tells Link the story of the land. At this point, Link still has amnesia, so Impa tells him what happened while he slept. She tasks Link with taming the divine beasts and aiding Zelda in a final showdown with Ganon. At the end of the match, she remains safe and sound at home.
Having made his very first appearance in breath of the wildPurah continues to play a central role in the history of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. She is one of three remaining Sheikah who experienced the Great Calamity 100 years before the events of breath of the wild. Purah is Impa’s older sister and arguably the most important Seeker you’ll encounter in Link’s adventures. She was the one who took Link to the Resurrection Shrine and is also responsible for finding additional runes for the Sheikah Slate, the special tablet Link uses throughout the story. breath of the wild.
Even though Purah is older than Impa, she doesn’t look that way – at least not in Breath of nature. In the original game, she mentions that she did experiments on herself that made her look super young, like the age of a child. However, when we see her in tears of the kingdomit looks like she’s aged a bit and now appears to be the same age as Zelda and Link.
Purah runs the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab, where she continues to reside until the end of the first game. Unlike her little sister, Purah is an energetic guy who likes to get ahead. At the end of breath of the wildyou can find her working in her lab in Hateno, where she complains about the lack of funding due to the dire state of Hyrule and the royal family.
In the sequel, Purah continues her research, as she remains a prominent scholar of ancient technology. Her new projects are researching Zonai, and she’s launching a larger investigation into the dark plagues plaguing Hyrule in tears of the kingdom.
Robbie is the third member of the Sheikah to survive the Great Calamity which took place 100 years before the events of breath of the wild. A colleague of Purah, he leads the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab in the northeast lands. He is the main researcher of the Guardian and provides Link with important equipment to fight off these pesky machines. In breath of the wild, Link helps him restore his lab’s power source and restores a machine named Cherry, which can exchange old Guardian parts for useful items. Like Purah and Impa, Robbie stays safe at home until the match is over. He continues to support Link and Zelda in tears of the kingdommoving from his own lab to the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab, where he helps Purah develop the Purah Pad.
Impa’s granddaughter Paya takes over as head of the Sheikah at tears of the kingdom after her grandmother’s retirement. Paya is part of the younger generation of the Sheikah and one of the easiest characters to miss in breath of the wild. If you see her, she’s probably pacing around Kakariko Village or scrubbing the floors of her grandmother’s house. At night, you can find her sitting at her table, where she keeps a journal and prays to the deities. At the end of the game, she continues to live in Kakariko Village and may have a secret crush on Link.
Master Kohga is the pot-bellied leader of the Yiga clan in breath of the wild. In this game, the Yiga Clan exists in opposition to the Sheikah, and its members relentlessly stalk Link throughout his journey. Link fights Master Kohga as a boss fight after successfully infiltrating the Yiga Clan’s hideout in the Gerudo Highlands. Master Kohga’s story has a somewhat ambiguous ending; When you’re done fighting him, he uses a mysterious power that summons a giant metal ball to defeat Link. However, it turns on him and backfires, sending him falling into a pit. As he falls, Master Kohga tells Link that the Yiga Clan will chase him to the end of Hyrule…and that’s the last we see of him. If you try to jump into the pit after the fight, Link will faint and reappear again at the edge of the pit.
[Ed. note: The rest of this article contains minor spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.]
Master Kohga actually reappears in tears of the kingdom. You can come across him while exploring the underground area known as the Depths, where he challenges Link to a battle. He is upset that Link has gained the power to auto-build machines, while the Yiga Clan members have to work hard to craft their mechanisms. After defeating Master Kohga, he escapes again and heads to another location where supposedly useful technology awaits him.
Josha marks a new addition to Sheikah’s circle of elite seekers and does not appear in breath of the wild. She is young but has already established herself as an authority in her field by researching the Deeps. Link first meets her at Lookout Landing, where she works alongside Purah. Although she looks forward to working with such a renowned spirit in Purah, she also resents being belittled by the other scholars. An avid cave explorer, Josha also later helps Link in the investigation of Zelda’s disappearance.