- "With the princess as their commander, we dubbed these pilots Champions - a name that would solidify their unique bond."
- — Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule
The Champions are a group of characters from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Zelda was the commander of the Champions, assisted by her appointed knight, Link, and the chosen four Divine Beasts pilots; Daruk, Mipha, Revali and Urbosa. The Champions all wear blue clothing; blue shirts are worn by Zelda and Link and blue scarves are worn by Daruk, Mipha, Revali and Urbosa.
of the Champions
The Hylian Champion
The Goron Champion
Vah Rudania's pilot
The Zora Champion
Vah Ruta's pilot
The Rito Champion
Vah Medoh's pilot
The Gerudo Champion
Vah Naboris' pilot
Many years ago, the people of Hyrule discovered the ancient relics, including the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts. This discovery coincided with the ancient legends about repeated events in their history, as well as a prophecy concerning the return of Ganon.
King Rhoam, with the Royal Family of Hyrule and the people of Hyrule decided to follow their ancestors' path and heed the prophecy. They selected four warriors from four different species across Hyrule with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts, commanded by Zelda and her appointed knight, Link. These four warriors consisted of the Zora Princess Mipha, the Goron warrior Daruk, the Gerudo Heroine Urbosa, and the Rito warrior Revali.
This group was named the Champions. Unfortunately, Calamity Ganon used four blights he spawned to take control of the Divine Beasts; killing Daruk, Mipha, Revali and Urbosa and imprisoning their spirits in the process. Succeeding in taking control of the Divine Beasts, Calamity Ganon proceeded to take control of the Guardians to use against the people of Hyrule. He then destroyed Hyrule Castle Town and devastated Hyrule, all while slaughtering countless innocents.
The remaining champions Link and Zelda were confronted by an army of Guardians at Fort Hateno. Despite wielding the Master Sword and destroying countless guardians, there were too many guardians for Link to handle by himself.
Severely wounded and unable to evade, Link was about be killed by a guardian, when Zelda ran to Link to shield him from the fatal blow. It was then that Zelda`s powers awoke itself, allowing her to shut down the guardians. Despite the guardians being stopped, Link succumbed to his injuries and died.
Heartbroken over Link`s death, Zelda wept at his body in sadness. Responding to the situation, the Master Sword activated on its own and spoke to Zelda. The Master Sword revealed to Zelda that Link can still be saved, then gave her instructions on how to do so.
Wasting no time, Zelda requested her Sheikah allies Impa, Purah, and Robbie to send Link in the Shrine of Resurrection on the Great Plateau, and place him in the untested Slumber of Restoration. Zelda then returned the battle-damaged Master Sword to its pedestal in front of the Great Deku Tree. Finally, Zelda used her newly awoken powers to seal Ganon and herself within Hyrule Castle.
Daruk, Mipha, Revali and Urbosa remained powerless for a century until Link freed the Divine Beasts from Ganon's influence, allowing the spirits to complete their task.
Legend of the Original Champions
According to an old legend told to Link by Kass, ten thousands years before the events of Breath of the Wild, there was an early incarnation of the Champions who were recruited to pilot the Divine Beasts created by the Sheikah to combat Ganon and assist the Goddess-blood princess (an incarnation of Zelda) and the heroic knight (an incarnation of Link) in defeating Calamity Ganon. According to this legend, these Champions were successful in defeating and sealing Ganon.
It is strongly implied that this legend is in fact based on historic events and it is implied that after the Divine Beasts and Guardians had been used to defeat Ganon, the people began to fear the misuse of Sheikah technology and the Sheikah became outcasts; most Sheikah likely decided to bury the Divine Beasts and Guardians to prevent their misuse, yet would remain in Hyrule in case they were needed. Before the Great Calamity, King Rhoam and Princess Zelda became aware that Ganon would soon return and decided to have the Divine Beasts and Guardians excavated so they could be used to combat Ganon once more and recruited a new group of Champions to pilot them. However, Calamity Ganon, due to his previous battles with them and recognizing the power of the Divine Beasts and Guardians as a threat to him, took advantage of the technology that was used to seal him previously, catching the current incarnation of the Champions off guard, resulting in the Great Calamity and the events of Breath of the Wild.