EX The Champions' Ballad
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Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass purchased
Complete sixteen additional Shrines of Trials, defeat the four Blight Ganons in the Illusory Realm, and finish the Final Trial
EX The Champions' Ballad is a Main Quest from Breath of the Wild, which requires the Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass DLC to access. It will trigger after Free the Divine Beasts is completed if the DLC has been purchased before completion, or immediately upon purchase if the quest is already done.
- Purchase of the DLC
- Completion of all the Divine Beast Quests entailing:
- Accessing and completing the Divine Beasts dungeons;
- Defeating the Blights;
- Activating the Divine Beasts;
- Talking to the quest givers Riju, King Dorephan, Kaneli and Bludo, though activation of the quests is not necessary for completion; this means that talking to the quest givers is not needed.
One-Hit Obliterator trial
Zelda's voice speaks to Link and tells him to go to the Shrine of Resurrection and return the Sheikah Slate to the terminal where he found it. After doing so, the One-Hit Obliterator appears. This weapon will kill any enemy in one hit, but will also cause Link himself to die with any injury, however minor. If Link triggers the quest but doesn't grab the Obliterator (a conditio sine qua non), the map will show the locations of the quest, but won't find anything once those locations are reached.
- Link needs to have one free slot in his weapons inventory to grab the Obliterator.
- While in the Obliterator trial, Link is still vulnerable to environmental damage from fire and cold, so adequate armor should be worn where necessary, even though it provides basically no defense from melee attacks, because he only has a 1/4 heart.
- Link can consume any meals or elixirs during the trial, but the health meter will always immediately return to 1/4 heart, making health regaining pointless. However, armor bonuses, and meal and elixir effects will still carry over for their duration (such as Attack Up or Cold Resistance).
- The Obliterator can deliver two hits before it needs a recharge, and no other melee weapon can be equipped. Other melee weapons can be dropped and picked up, but can't be used.
- Bows and arrows can always be used.
- The environment in the plateau also assumes an appearance of permanent night regardless of the hour, reducing visibility. This causes Keese to appear irrespective of the hour of day.
- Leaving the Great Plateau will temporarily end the trial, and return the One-Hit Obliterator to the Shrine of Resurrection. Link can use Travel Gates within the Great Plateau without pausing it, but not to outside.
- Link cannot use the Champions' Blessings while in the Obliterator trial (as in Daruk's Protection).
- There will be enemies not featured in the Great Plateau otherwise, like Moblins and Lizalfos of many kinds, as well as additional Decayed Guardians. It's necessary to kill all monsters to access the given shrines, but the aforementioned Guardians are not included in the count, as some of them will never activate unless approached. Even though they may appear alongside the aforementioned enemies, Chuchus are not included in the count either.
- Enemy encampments will feature defensive spikes that can be challenging to spot under shadow, as well as plenty of explosive barrels that are not present in the Great Plateau under normal circumstances. In contrast, previously occupied encampments of the Great Plateau will be otherwise empty.
- In Master Mode, the Lynel at the Plateau is not present during the trial, and while all other Guardian Scouts are shown at a higher level, Guardian Scout Is remain the same inside the shrines.
In these conditions, he must unlock and complete four new shrines, each rewarding Link with a Spirit Orb, on the Great Plateau:
Once completed, the One-Hit Obliterator will apparently break apart, and orbs will go to four places; the temporary state of permanent night is lifted as well. As a result, four new quests will appear, with four spots highlighted on the Sheikah Slate map. All four of these quests must be completed to progress in the EX The Champions' Ballad quest.
EX Champion Revali's Song
- Main article: EX Champion Revali's Song
A pedestal with three obelisks, each showing a map location, appears directly south of Rito Village - between Cuho Mountain and Strock Lake - while Kass appears nearby to give further hints. Each of these locations involves unlocking a new shrine, which give one of Medoh's Emblems.
Once the shrines are completed, Link must go to Divine Beast Vah Medoh and exchange the Emblems for the chance to fight Windblight Ganon once more, this time in the Illusory Realm with limited equipment. Victory there will unlock the Champion Revali's Song Recovered Memory, upgrade Revali's Gale to Revali's Gale +, and finish the EX Champion Revali's Song quest.
EX Champion Daruk's Song
- Main article: EX Champion Daruk's Song
A pedestal with three obelisks, each showing a map location, appears beside Golow River, downsteam of Goron City and due west of the Goron Hot Springs, while Kass appears nearby to give further hints. Each of these locations involves unlocking a new shrine, which give one of Rudania's Emblems.
Once the shrines are completed, Link must go to Divine Beast Vah Rudania and fight Fireblight Ganon in the Illusory Realm with limited equipment. Beating the Blight again will unlock the Champion Daruk's Song Recovered Memory, upgrade Daruk's Protection to Daruk's Protection +, and finish the EX Champion Daruk's Song quest.
EX Champion Mipha's Song
- Main article: EX Champion Mipha's Song
A pedestal with three obelisks, each showing a map location, appears on Ja'Abu Ridge, while Kass appears nearby to give further hints. Each of these locations involves unlocking a new shrine, which give one of Ruta's Emblems.
Once the shrines are completed, Link must go to Divine Beast Vah Ruta and fight Waterblight Ganon in the Illusory Realm with limited equipment. Completing this will unlock the Champion Mipha's Song Recovered Memory, upgrade Mipha's Grace to Mipha's Grace +, and finish the EX Champion Mipha's Song quest.
EX Champion Urbosa's Song
- Main article: EX Champion Urbosa's Song
A pedestal with three obelisks, each showing a map location, appears on East Gerudo Mesa, while Kass appears nearby to give further hints. Each of these locations involves unlocking a new shrine, which give one of Naboris's Emblems.
Once the shrines are completed, Link must go to Divine Beast Vah Naboris and fight Thunderblight Ganon once more in the Illusory Realm with limited equipment. Finishing it again will unlock the Champion Urbosa's Song Recovered Memory, upgrade Urbosa's Fury to Urbosa's Fury +, and finish the EX Champion Urbosa's Song quest.
The Final Trial
- Main article: Final Trial
Once all four of the individual EX Song quests are finished, Link will be summoned back to the Shrine of Resurrection to the Final Trial, an unseen Divine Beast which blends the elements of all four other Divine Beasts. Completing this, and defeating Monk Maz Koshia in battle, completes the quest. This unlocks the The Champions' Ballad, the Picture of the Champions and the Master Cycle Zero.
- The DLC provides a second opportunity to obtain pictures of the Blights for the Hyrule Compendium, given the circumstance that pictures weren't taken before, and/or they aren't included for purchase from Symin at the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab.
- All Guardian Scouts, Guardian Turrets and Guardian Skywatchers specifically found in the quest, regardless of whether or not they're inside a Shrine, are completely devoid of Malice, so they have orange coloration instead of magenta.