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Divine Beast
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Game(s)
Use(s) Weakening Calamity Ganon

The Divine Beasts are 4 titanic mechanical animals built by the Sheikah in order to aid Princess Zelda and the appointed knight in sealing away Calamity Ganon.

History

10,000 years ago, the Sheikah built the elephant, Ruta, the salamander, Rudania, the eagle, Medoh and the camel, Naboris, to combat Calamity Ganon. Piloted by four Champions from the Zora, the Gorons, the Rito and the Gerudo, they paved the way for victory against Ganon. The Divine Beasts were buried beneath the ground, their existence passed into legend.

100 years ago, due to rising fears of the return of Calamity Ganon, the Royal Family of Hyrule ordered that the Divine Beasts be unearthed and readied for another battle. This time, Ruta was piloted by the Zora princess Mipha, Rudania was piloted by the Goron Daruk, Medoh was piloted by the Rito Revali, and Naboris was piloted by the Gerudo Urbosa.

Their mission failed, however, when Ganon, wary of the threat that the Divine Beasts posed to him, sent the four Blights to wrest control of each Beast. The Blights succeeded, the pilots of each Divine Beast were killed, and Ganon controlled the Beasts for nearly 100 years.

Ganon used them to bring more strife to Hyrule: Ruta caused an unending rain on Zora's Domain that threatened to flood all of Hyrule, Rudania caused Death Mountain to erupt endlessly, Medoh prevented the Rito from soaring at their preferred altitude, and Naboris caused an unending sandstorm in the Gerudo Desert.

When Link awoke from the Shrine of Resurrection, he set out to free the Divine Beasts from Ganon's control. One by one, he purged them, freeing the spirits of their pilots in the process. At Link's confrontation with Calamity Ganon, the Divine Beasts unleashed their power to weaken Ganon, just as they did 10,100 years prior.

Characteristics

Divine Beast Vah Ruta

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Main article: Divine Beast Vah Ruta (Dungeon)

The Divine Beast Vah Ruta resembles an elephant, and its element is water. The trunk is opposable and can spew an infinite amount of water. It can even spray water into its interior, which causes a large waterwheel to turn, allowing access to the upper sections of the Divine Beast. Ruta is also capable of using the Rune Cryonis to protect itself. Its Main Control Unit is located at the Divine Beast's rear. Ruta is named after Ruto, the Sage of Water.[1]

Divine Beast Vah Rudania

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Main article: Divine Beast Vah Rudania (Dungeon)

The Divine Beast Vah Rudania resembles a salamander. Its element is fire. It has four compartments near each of its legs that store Guardian Sentries. Rudania can climb vertically like an actual salamander, and doing this rotates the interior of the Divine Beast by 90 degrees. The Main Control Unit is located on the top deck, in the center of the Beast's back. Its name, Rudania, is an anagram of Darunia, the Sage of Fire.

Divine Beast Vah Medoh

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Main article: Divine Beast Vah Medoh (Dungeon)

The Divine Beast Vah Medoh resembles an eagle. It represents the element of wind. To protect itself, it uses a force shield maintained by four generators - one on each wing, one near its head, and one near its tail. The middle section, the wings, can tilt side to side. This is normally used to help Medoh turn in the air, but it also re-orients the interior of the Divine Beast. The Main Control Unit is located on the top deck, between the Beasts wings. While the other Divine Beasts are named after Sages, the namesake of Medoh is less clear. With its pilot being a Rito, it may be named after Medli, the Rito Sage of Earth.

Divine Beast Vah Naboris

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Main article: Divine Beast Vah Naboris (Dungeon)

The Divine Beast Vah Naboris resembles a camel. Its element is thunder. The "humps" are actually powerful lightning generators, which it uses to protect itself. The interior of the Divine Beast is split into three cylinders, each of which can rotate a full 360 degrees. The center cylinder contains the Main Control unit on one side of a platform, and a Sheikah power source on the other side. Urbosa states that Naboris is named after Nabooru, the Sage of Spirit.[2]

Nomenclature

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 神獣 (Shinjū) Divine Beast(s)
Netherlands Dutch Titanen Titans
Canada FrenchCA Créatures Divines Divine Creatures
French Republic FrenchEU Créatures Divines Divine Creatures
Federal Republic of Germany German Titanen Titans
Italian Republic Italian Colossi Sacri Sacred Colossi
Russian Federation Russian Чудища Behemoths
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Bestias Divinas Divine Beasts
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Bestias Divinas Divine Beasts

Gallery

References

  1. The Divine Beast Vah Ruta, built ages later to face off against Calamity Ganon, was named in honor of Ruto. - History of the Zora, Part Five
  2. "Nabooru... Legend of the gerudo, celebrated over ages. And you, who were named to honor her— you are a legend as well." — Urbosa (Breath of the Wild)