A Champion is a term used in Breath of the Wild to refer to one of a group of individuals of exceptional skill tasked with piloting one of the Divine Beasts. The term Champion also refers to Link as well, as he is called this repeatedly by many of the residents of Hyrule on his journey.
Breath of the Wild
10,000 years prior to Breath of the Wild, the Sheikah had created the four Divine Beasts and four unknown pilots were chosen to control them and work with the hero and the princess of that era to fight the ancient evil. When Calamity Ganon emerged, they fought vigorously and together with the Guardians, they successfully managed to seal Calamity Ganon for 10,000 years. These Champions were only seen in the ancient tapestry and during the tale that Impa tells, but never in the game itself and it was never specified if their races correspond to the respective current Champion.
When King Rhoam hears of a prophesy of Calamity Ganon's return, he had the Divine Beasts and the Guardians excavated from the earth that they had been long buried over several millennia. Eventually, he selected four elite warriors who would assume control over the Divine Beasts to counter Ganon and sent his daughter, Princess Zelda in inquire their part in fulfilling their role. The four Champions in Breath of the Wild are Mipha of the Zora, Daruk of the Gorons, Urbosa of the Gerudo, and Revali of the Rito. She first pays a visit to Revali, who is struggling hard to master his new ability, Revali's Gale and was hard on himself when he messed up. After noticing the princess, he deduces that she needs him to defeat Ganon and he accepts his call to pilot Divine Beast Vah Medoh, before trying to summon an updraft again and he was able to excel. Champion Revali's Song Next, she travels to Death Mountain to ask Daruk for his help through becoming Divine Beast Vah Rudania's pilot, who happily does so and tells her not to go out without a group of Gorons at her side, before encountering several Bokoblins attacking someone, which is revealed to be one of his worst childhood nightmares, a Hylian Retriever. Champion Daruk's Song She then goes to Zora's Domain to inquire of Mipha's assistance in becoming Divine Beast Vah Ruta, which she accepts and asks for the names of the other Champions which Zelda goes through them all, but never calls Link by name and Mipha later gives her brother Sidon a ride up the waterfall and tells him to protect Zora's Domain in case something happened to her on the battlefield. Champion Mipha's Song Lastly, Zelda heads to Gerudo Town at sunset to speak with Chief Urbosa to ask of her assistance which she immediately accepts due to the Yiga Clan planning on Ganon's revival and have an interest in stealing her Thunder Helm, and later reveals that she calls her "little bird" due to her friend, also Zelda's mother, having once referred to Zelda by this name. Champion Urbosa's Song
The Champions are later assembled at Hyrule Castle where the Champion inauguration ceremony takes place as King Rhoam gives a speech as his daughter had given them their blue Champions' Garbs. They later lounge outside after a long day and later had a photo taken of them by Purah, with Daruk pulling everyone together at the last moment. The Champions' Ballad (Memory) Eventually, Daruk makes a suggestion that Link should have his personal ceremony since he is being appointed as Zelda's personal knight. However, it wasn't going as optimistic they were expecting. Subdued Ceremony
When Link and Zelda went to Rito Village, the latter is speaking with the Rito elder on official business, while Link is speaking with Revali, who isn't too fond of merely being Link's assistant, despite being the most skilled of his kin. Revali's Flap When they visited Daruk to help him control his Divine Beast better, Link joins him on an exploration and Daruk strongly states that he will protect Hyrule with his life, but an unexpected volcanic activity has him concerned. Daruk's Mettle When Princess Zelda starts acting hostile with Link to the point of avoiding him, Urbosa lets Link know of her location after she had fallen asleep and when he arrived, she tells of Zelda's troubled tale of her stress with her unfulfilled duties of accessing her power and saw Link as a reminder of this as he had already accomplished something. Urbosa's Hand . After the near fatal encounter with the Yiga Clan with Link saving her life, Zelda had since become better friends with Link. When Link heads to Zora's Domain alone to meet with Mipha, she tends to Link's wounds and notes that she had known him since he was only a small child and the fact that like every Hylian, Link ages faster than her and her people and promises that no matter how serious his injuries are, she will heal them. Mipha's Touch
As Link and Princess Zelda returns from Mt. Lanayru with the latter having nothing to show for her work, the Champions are distraught when they heard the news. Mipha was about to give a recommendation before Calamity Ganon emerges, which forces the Champions to take immediate action. All of them perished while piloting their Divine Beasts in the attack of Calamity Ganon 100 years before the events of Breath of the Wild. Princess Zelda is despondent over this revelation and her failure to access her power on time. Despair Later, Link is gravely wounded during the battle at Fort Hateno as Zelda pleads for him to leave, but when a Guardian aims at them, Zelda steps between them without a second thought and her power is unleashed, but Link is dangerously close to death's door until the voice within the sword advises the princess to take Link to the Shrine of Resurrection. Zelda's Awakening After delivering the Master Sword to its resting place at Korok Forest, The Master Sword (Memory) Zelda made preparations for Link's return before sealing Ganon and herself away.
A century later, Link is awakened by the sound of Zelda's voice. Directed by Zelda, Impa, and the spirit of King Rhoam, Link travels around Hyrule to inquire the assistance of each of the locals that were suffering from the corrupted Divine Beasts' rampages. With the help of each of four individuals, Link is able to enter the Divine Beasts and purify them and allowing the spirits of the Champions to take back control and fulfil their destinies. Once all of the Divine Beasts are liberated by the time Link confronts Calamity Ganon at Hyrule Castle's Sanctum, the Champions will fire upon it during the final battle, dealing serious damage and taking off up to half of its health. After Calamity Ganon is vanquished and Zelda is free, the Champions' souls as well as King Rhoam will float above Hyrule Castle before they disappear, leaving the two to begin Hyrule's reconstruction.
Age of Calamity
The Champions are recruited to pilot each of the four Divine Beasts with Mipha being the Zora Champion who controls Divine Beast Vah Ruta, Daruk being the Goron Champion who controls Divine Beast Vah Rudania, Revali being the Rito Champion who controls Divine Beast Vah Medoh, and Urbosa being the Gerudo Champion who controls Divine Beast Vah Naboris. The Champions have fought several battles while preparing for Calamity Ganon's return which would happen at any time before it was revealed to be on Zelda's seventeenth birthday. Terrako plays a pivotal role in not only Hyrule's fate, but also that of the Champions and the Divine Beasts, which is shown when Terrako summons the four Gates of Time to summon the future warriors to protect them from the Blight Ganons, allowing Link and his friends enough time to reach them and dispose of the blights, allowing the Champions to survive and their Divine Beasts to remain under their control. Additionally, they are much more active during the battle, assisting Hyrulean troops and they were able to open fire at Hyrule Castle to weaken Ganon and they managed to defeat Astor, Harbinger Ganon, and eventually Calamity Ganon itself. Because of Terrako's interventions, Hyrule was victorious, the Champions are still alive and well, the Divine Beasts were spared from corruption, Link was never sent to the Shrine of Resurrection, and Princess Zelda herself was never sealed with Ganon. It has yet to be known what future holds for the Champions in this timeline.
The Champions from Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
- ↑ "We selected four skilled individuals from across Hyrule and tasked them will the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts. With the princess as their commander, we dubbed these pilots Champions – a name that would solidify their unique bond." — King Rhoam, Breath of the Wild
- ↑ "Ganon was cunning, and he responded with a plan beyond our imagining. He appeared from deep below Hyrule Castle, seized control of the Guardians and Divine Beasts, and turned them against us. The champions lost their lives. Those residing in the castle as well." — King Rhoam, Breath of the Wild