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The Champions' Ballad

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The Champions' Ballad
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Game(s) Breath of the Wild
Release date
North America December 7, 2017
Cost
North America $19.99 USD / $28.19 CDN
Japan ¥2500 JPY
European Union €19.99 EUR / £17.99 GBP
Commonwealth of Australia $30.00 AUD / $33.00 NZD
Platform(s) Wii U
Nintendo Switch
Content
Related The Master Trials
Official Site

The Champions' Ballad is the second downloadable content pack for Breath of the Wild, released on December 7, 2017 following a full reveal of the pack at The Game Awards. It is available only as part of the game's Expansion Pass.

Overview

The Champions' Ballad introduces new Main Quest, as well as several Side Quests to obtain new items. After freeing the four Divine Beasts and speaking to the leaders of each of the four tribes, Link is telepathically contacted by Zelda who tells him to return to the Shrine of Resurrection on the Great Plateau. After inserting the Sheikah Slate in the pedestal there, a Monk known as Maz Koshia speaks to him. He promises Link that if he can prove his worth, he may tame a Divine Beast of his own. Maz Koshia presents Link with the One-Hit Obliterator and instructs him to use it to defeat the enemies present in four different camps. Once each camp has been cleared, an Ancient Shrine appears. Once Link has spoken to the Monks in each Shrine, the weapon splits into four orbs and spread across Hyrule, causing large Monuments to rise from the ground.

The Monuments activate in Link's presence, displaying maps revealing the locations of further trials. Link encounters Kass at each of the Monuments, who sings for him verses of his master's Unfinished Song about the Champions of Hyrule. In each of the Shrines Link receives an Emblem specific to a Divine Beast. After obtaining three of each, he is able to enter the Illusory Realm and battle once again against the blight afflicting the beast. After besting the monster, Link experiences a vision of each Champion's memory of the moment when Zelda requested them to pilot a Divine Beast.

After defeating the four blights, Link is instructed to return to the Shrine of Resurrection and place the Sheikah Slate once again into the pedestal. The chamber seals itself and descends deep into a labyrinth; a Final Trial. Maz Koshia instructs Link to navigate the labyrinth and activate four Terminals that control a lock on a large stone door at the rear of the dungeon. Once the four locks are disengaged, Link proceeds through the opened door to find Maz Koshia himself meditating on his pedestal. Before Link can report his completion of the trial, Maz Koshia rises and reveals there is to be one final trial. He transports the two of them to a floating platform in the sky, and announces that Link must battle and defeat the Monk himself.

Once defeated, Maz Koshia alters the layout of the floating platform to present Link with the Master Cycle Zero, a Divine Beast. He allows Link to acquire the Rune to summon it before transporting him outside the Shrine of Resurrection. Link encounters Kass once again, who reveals that he has finished the verses of his master's song and plays to Link the finished ballad. While listening to the song, Link experiences one final memory of the day he and his fellow Champions were officially inaugurated at Hyrule Castle by the King of Hyrule. The memory culminates with Purah taking a photograph of them and Zelda with the Sheikah Slate. Kass announces that he finally understands the true power of music, and gives Link the photo which he found amongst his teacher's belongings. Zelda's voice speaks to Link once again, congratulating him on conquering all of the trials. She informs him that he is now truly powerful enough to finally defeat Calamity Ganon.

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Nomenclature

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 英傑たちのバラッド (Eiketsu Tachi no Baraddo)
英傑たちの詩 (Eiketsu Tachi no Uta)[note 1]
Ballad of the Heroes
Song of the Heroes
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 英杰们的诗篇 (Yīngjiémen de Shīpiān) Psalm of the Champions
Netherlands Dutch De Ballade der Uitverkorenen The Ballad of the Chosen
French Republic FrenchEU Ode aux Prodiges Ode to the Prodigies
Federal Republic of Germany German Die Ballade der Recken The Ballad of the Warriors
Italian Republic Italian La ballata dei campioni Same as English.
Russian Federation Russian Баллада о Воинах (Ballada o Voinakh) Ballad of Warriors
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU La balada de los elegidos The ballad of the chosen ones

Gallery

Video Gallery

The Champions' Ballad Trailer

See Also

Notes

  1. The Champions' Ballad has two written names, but only one phonetic name. This is because the latter name, 英傑たちの詩, is intended as Furikanji (a means of showing the meaning of its phonetic name) to accompany its primary name, 英傑たちのバラッド, which uses a foreign loanword that is not readily available in everyday Japanese speech. Therefore, 英傑たちの詩 is not truly an official name unto itself as it is a guide to assist in the stylistic use of the English word "ballad" in Katakana.