This was a long time coming. The Champions’ Ballad DLC for Breath of the Wild came out almost six months ago, back in early December 2017. We just got around to playing it now. It was pretty good, bringing us back into the wonder of BotW’s amazing open world and enticing us with new memories to discover.
…I didn’t realize it came out that long ago. We’re really behind the times, wow. We beat Breath of the Wild a while ago. Even though there are still plenty of places for us to explore as well as things to collect, the DLC was like playing the game all over again. It was great.
Each trial made us explore the land around the Divine Beasts again, challenging our map know-how (which wasn’t that great, let’s be honest) and bringing up fun challenges in order to summon the new shrines. We started off in the Shrine of Resurrection, fitting as it was the same place where the entire game began and obtained the One-Hit Obliterator, a weapon that took out enemies in one hit while also making Link susceptible to being taken out in one hit. … Something that happened quite often.
That was a tough time. We actually started the DLC and ended up stopping for a bit because we kept dying so much. With that single weapon and a quarter of a heart, poor Link had to go through enemy camps to get to new shrines. Then go through those tough shrines.
But prevail we did! After defeating the four shrines and getting rid of the One-Hit Obliterator, we were able to unlock the second half of the DLC. Monuments for each Champion were erected throughout the land and we had to travel to each one in order to take on the Champion’s Trial. Kass was an awesome Rito bard, hanging around each monument to sing us a song to give us clues for the trial.
Each Champion’s trial consisted of three challenging tasks before finally opening the shrine and going through that challenge. Once all three were completed, we were free to go back to the Divine Beast and challenge the boss once more. And yes, Kass was there and he was fantastic.
After defeating the Blights from the original Divine Beasts, we were treated to Kass singing once more and triggering extra memories, which were amazing! I definitely enjoyed seeing Urbosa kick ass in her memory and learning a bit more about her past with Princess Zelda. Baby Sidon in Mipha’s memory was adorable as well! We were then beckoned back to where it all began — the Shrine of Resurrection — for one more Divine Beast challenge.
The final boss was amazing. I personally think it was a lot better than the boss battle with Calamity Ganon. It was unsuspected too, even though we called who the boss would be right before it happened. Once that was all over, we were very satisfied. It was almost as though we beat the game all over again. It was great.