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The Yiga Clan is a group of Sheikah who defected after the Royal Family showed concern about the new Sheikah technology. They have a Hideout in Karusa Valley, near Gerudo Desert, and their leader is Master Kohga. Despite being comprised almost completely of Sheikah men, they can magically disguise as many beings such as Hylians, Gerudo, Cuccos and even Trees. A mere two Yiga Clanswomen are known about: one is Kohga's paternal grandmother; the other is a Yiga spy who threatened three Sheikah researchers while two other spies held Purah and Robbie hostage.
Breath of the Wild
After Link defeats Master Kohga in the hideout, Yiga Footsoldiers and Blademasters will occasionally teleport near him, carrying typical Yiga weapons, such as the Duplex Bow or Windcleaver. The Yiga Clan members sometimes disguise themselves as normal travelers in order to ambush Link. This can lead to some very humorous dialogue.
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10,000 years before the events of Breath of the Wild, there was a major split in the Sheikah when the King forbade their technology due to being plagued with thoughts of betrayal. Some adhered to the Royal Family's wishes, burying the Guardians and Divine Beasts and going to live as humble farmers in Kakariko Village, while some of them defected from the Sheikah, and became a militant faction. They swore their allegiance to Calamity Ganon, the very monster the Sheikah were supposed to oppose. Just over 100 years ago, when the Second Great Calamity was inevitable, the militant Sheikah came out of hiding and they have attempted and failed to slay Princess Zelda when she was alone due to her constantly avoiding Link, whose successes made her initially believe to be a reminder of her own failures, which was a turning point in improving their relationship. Master Kohga, the latest member of the family which had led them for at least four generations, named them the Yiga Clan and had them hunt Link and Zelda. Later, they stole the Thunder Helm and an Ancient Orb from the Gerudo. Later still, Link set out to reclaim what was stolen in order to enter Vah Naboris and to reveal the Kihiro Moh Shrine.
When arriving in Gerudo Town, Link encounters the Gerudo Chief, Riju, and her guardian Buliara. After a quick conversation, Link is given the task of recovering the recently stolen Thunder Helm. Link is told to travel to Karusa Valley, where he will happen upon the Yiga Clan Hideout. While in the hideout, Link sees an imprisoned Gerudo woman who tried to recover the Helm herself, Barta. After sneaking around and defeating Master Kohga, a chest containing the helm will appear.
After completing Divine Beast Vah Naboris, Link will then encounter Yiga Clan members throughout their travels, be it a Footsoldier or a Blademaster. Following Master Kohga’s presumed death, they become more aggressive and will openly attack Link when he traverses the roads, while some of them will still prefer to keep disguising themselves to fool Link.
Age of Calamity
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Tears of the Kingdom
The net of the Yiga Clan has spread ever further by the time Link descends from the Great Sky Island. They have taken over the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab, Woodcutter's House and Shrine of Resurrection, on top of forming the Yiga Clan Maritta Branch from a newly opened Cave.
The reason for this expansion is made clear later; Master Kohga survived his fall after his fight with Link, ending up in the Depths with plenty of time to survey it. He later contacted the rest of his army, to make the Yiga the true rulers of the Depths. With 34 standalone bases and multiple converted Mines in the Depths, the surface branches are used to supply necessities to the plethora of Footsoldiers stationed down there.
Link can also take new Yiga clothing from three of the surface bases when he frees the kidnapped tailors. In full inform, he can exist disguised amongst the Yiga, and is safe from springing Banana Traps. The extent of this is being allowed to roam and interact freely inside the primary Yiga Clan Hideout, granting him the ability to obtain magical Yiga artifacts in the Lightning Helm and Earthwake Manual. Link may even take an exam in the Yiga Blademaster Station to reach the rank of Blademaster. What this exam constitutes is scaling the Gerudo region and offering Mighty Bananas to five frog statues to magically grant them face coverings.