Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom have a lot of similarities, at least on the surface – the game map is similar, and some basic mechanics are present in both games, but when it comes to the story, the differences are more significant, since the new game is a direct sequel. However, some players wonder if some essential elements of Breath of the Wild still exist in Tears of the Kingdom – namely the Divine Beasts, around which the whole story revolves in the first open-world Zelda. So, let’s check it out.
Are the Divine Beasts in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom (TotK)
Divine Beasts in Breath of the Wild were a kind of substitute for dungeons, and the main objective in Link’s campaign where he had to gain their power to face Calamity Ganon. Divine Beasts were actually giant animal-shaped machines piloted by the champions that you had to collect during the game (think Hyrule Power Rangers of sorts), and completing the challenges associated with each of them unlocked additional powers for Link. So are these ancient machines present in the world of Tears of the Kingdom? The answer is – no.
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On the gameplay side, Tears of the Kingdom brought back real dungeons, in the form of Temples that are more reminiscent of dungeon-like experiences from the old Zelda games, after which Link also unlocks new powers in the form of vows from the new set of heroes that will accompany him this time. On the other hand, lore-wise, these giant ancient machines have disappeared from the world of Tears of the Kingdom and no one even mentions them. Whether they were disassembled, buried, disappeared into the depths, or was their existence retconned with some time-traveling shenanigans – who can tell? However, there is still some trace of Divine Beasts in Tears of the Kingdom!
If you have Breath of the Wild amiibos or the old champions Revali, Daruk, Urbosa, or Mipha you can scan them in Tears of the Kingdom and get helms for Link resembling each hero’s Divine Beast! Those are just cosmetic items that you can wear if you are feeling nostalgic towards the Breath of the Wild times – aside from that, Tears of the Kingdom is a 100% Divine Beast-free zone.
Even if they are not present in Tears of the Kingdom, Divine Beasts were featured in the Breath of the Wild noncanonical prequel Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity where these ancient machines appeared once more.
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