The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is, without a question, one of the best games ever made and certainly the best game to come out in the past few years. From the vast world of Hyrule to the little details that brought Link and his journey to life, everything about the game was near perfect, making for an experience that we'll remember for years to come.
One of the best parts of Breath of the Wild was the story, as we focused more closely on Zelda than in previous titles and examined her motivations and frustrations. Alongside Zelda were other, new characters that also brought their own struggles and stories to the game. Let's now take a look at the 10 best new characters from Breath of the Wild.
Among the various shops, stalls, merchants, and vendors to find throughout Breath of the Wild's Hyrule, perhaps the most offbeat is Kilton. This strange man is technically a Hylian, but he's obsessed with the monsters that roam the world to the point where he's dressed up as one of them. This could very nearly be disturbing, but the game handles it in such a way that Kilton is actually quite endearing and quirky.
It can be a challenge to find Kilton in the first place. You'll need get a quest directing you to Skull Lake, where you can find him close to the water. Afterwards, he'll only ever appear at night, with his shop disappearing in the light of day. It's worth it to seek him out, however, as he offers a wide array of useful items that you can't find anywhere else.
Strong and loyal, the Goron Daruk is one of the four ancient Champions from 100 years ago who tried to help Zelda and Link defeat Calamity Ganon. Daruk was in charge of the Divine Beast Vah Rudania, a salamander that can manipulate the volanic Death Mountain.
Unfortunately, Daruk, like the other Champions, was killed by Ganon before he could help defeat the monster. He appears in Breath of the Wild in flashbacks, where his courageous personality and enthusiasm shine through, and then again in spirit form once link has freed his Divine Beast.
There are a grand total of 120 shrines dotted around the land in Breath of the Wild, each of them unique and with their own challenges to overcome. The musician Kass is a key player in helping Link find a good number of these shrines, as he shares his songs with the player about the land of Hyrule.
Kass's accordion music is distinct and can be heard from a distance, signalling his presence for players seeking him out. His calm and friendly demeanor when he meets a fellow traveler are refreshing in the dangerous wilds of Hyrule, and the fact that he always helps you access a shrine is a nice bonus.
After fixing your Shiekah Slate in Hateno Village, Link is directed to seek out Robbie, a member of the Shiekah tribe who is an expert on ancient artifacts. It can take players some time before they make their way to Robbie in the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab as the region it is located in can be difficult to traverse and full of enemies.
Upon meeting Robbie however, the journey is almost certain to have been worth it as the scientist's personality is not at all the typical dry attitude one would expect from an elderly man, but rather an energetic, excited outlook. Robbie's introduction and comments, occasionally accompanied by a guitar solo in the background music, make him one of the zanier and more interesting characters you'll come across.
Hestu the Korok is a forest spirit who you'll probably come across very early in your game. You can find him easily on the road to Kakariko Village, where he'll be moping about the loss of his prized maracas. Retrieve them for him and he'll be able to upgrade your inventory, granting you additional slots to hold weapons and shields.
The most memorable part of Hestu's appearance is certainly his dance, which he performs every time the player upgrades their inventory. The lively movements, the upbeat music, and the final classic Zelda chime (which he sings along to) make this lovable Korok a wonderful character.
Precise and aloof, the Rito Revali is one of the four ancient Champions from 100 years ago who tried to help Zelda and Link defeat Calamity Ganon. Revali was in charge of the Divine Beast Vah Medoh, a bird that can control the air currents surrounding Rito Village.
Unfortunately, Revali, like the other Champions, was killed by Ganon before he could help defeat the monster. He appears in Breath of the Wild in flashbacks, where his haughty attitude and pretentious demeanor can make him seem a little arrogant at first, but it gradually becomes apparent that he is just a bit jealous of Link.
In the Gerudo Wasteland, Link will find (perhaps unsurprisingly) the Gerudo, a race of warriors who are almost entirely comprised of women, as a male child is only born to them once every hundred years. The current chief of the Gerudo is Riju, a girl who took the mantle at a young age after the death of her mother.
It's easy to sympathize with Riju as you meet her during a difficult time for her people. A treasured artifact has been stolen and there is doubt and worry among the Gerudo, as people wonder if she's capable of leading them despite her young age. Link gets the opportunity to help Riju retrieve the artifact, and then free the Diving Beast plaguing the area, restoring both her people's faith in her and her faith in herself.
Kind and caring, the Zora Mipha is one of the four ancient Champions from 100 years ago who tried to help Zelda and Link defeat Calamity Ganon. Mipha was in charge of the Divine Beast Vah Ruta, a great elephant that can control the waters within the Zora aquifer.
Unfortunately, Mipha, like the other Champions, was killed by Ganon before she could help defeat the monster. She appears in Breath of the Wild in flashbacks, where her nurturing personality and love for Link are apparent as we learn about her story from her friends and family who yet live.
Resolute and strong, the Gerudo Urbosa is one of the four ancient Champions from 100 years ago who tried to help Zelda and Link defeat Calamity Ganon. Urbosa was in charge of the Divine Beast Vah Naboris, a massive camel that patrols the Gerudo Wasteland, generating a dangerous electrical storm.
Unfortunately, Urbosa, like the other Champions, was killed by Ganon before she could help defeat the monster. She appears in Breath of the Wild in flashbacks, where her strong will and maternal attachment to Zelda are apparent, making her one of the most interesting of the four Champions.
When it comes to the best new character introduced in Breath of the Wild, there really isn't any other choice than Prince Sidon. Son of King Dorephan and brother to the Champion Mipha, Sidon welcomes Link into Zora's Domain with open arms and it is his determination and courage that enables players to enter Divine Beast Vah Ruta.
After ending the threat posed by Ruta, Sidon expressed his gratitude and his admiration for Link once more. It's very apparent that he grew up hearing stories about the great feats achieved by the Champions and by Link, and his endless optimism and dedication to saving both Zora's Domain and Hyrule are refreshing, given the terrible state the land is in.