August 7, 2017
In Breath of the Wild, we learn of the rise of the Yiga Clan, a group of former Sheikah who swore allegiance to Calamity Ganon. They splintered from the Sheikah Tribe out of hatred, after the people of Hyrule exiled the Sheikah from the land. Throughout BotW, we see the Yiga Clan aid Calamity Ganon in several ways, such as stealing the Thunder Helm and attempting to eliminate Link. But what if the Yiga Clan did more than that? What if they actually assisted in the return of Calamity Ganon? YouTuber Macintyre explores this possibility in a recent video on his YouTube page.
Macintyre starts his video with a quick primer on the story behind BotW and the Sheikah. 10,000 years ago, the Sheikah used advanced technology to defeat Calamity Ganon. However, the people of Hyrule grew weary and fearful of the power of the Sheikah and exiled them from the land. A group of Sheikah resented this banishment and formed the Yiga Clan, intent on undermining the Hyrule Royal Family. When Calamity Ganon eventually returned, he infected the Sheikah technology and decimated the land, leading to the events of BotW.
Macintyre theorizes that the Yiga Clan had a very direct role in the return of Calamity Ganon. To support the theory, he points out that Calamity Ganon appears as pure malice held together by Sheikah technology. Macintyre proposes that the Yiga used their knowledge of the Sheikah technology to strengthen Calamity Ganon and give it the power to infect the Divine Beasts and Guardians. This led to the destruction of Hyrule, seemingly gaining revenge on the Royal Family for the Sheikah’s exile all those years before. Even after Link’s triumph in BotW, the land is forever scarred by the actions of the Yiga Clan.
Macintyre ends the video with a lesson: “To avoid future conflict, one must avoid cycles of revenge.” Basically, even simple acts, no matter if they had good or bad intentions, lead to unpredictable consequences.
So, what do you think? Do you believe the Yiga Clan helped play a role in the return of Calamity Ganon? Check out the video below or click here to view it on Youtube. While you’re there, be sure to check out Mcintyre’s other Zelda theories.