Hyrule Warriors characters list - Every playable character and how to unlock each character in Age of Calamity listed

Our in-progress guide on the playable characters for Age of Calamity. 

In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity you play as a range of characters from both Breath of the Wild and past Legend of Zelda games. There's even a new little character too!

To play as these characters, however, you must first unlock each one either by playing through the main campaign or by completing a number of special challenges.

Below you'll find a complete list of every playable character in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, including which characters are unlocked by completing story missions.

Be wary though - this page is filled with spoilers!

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Complete playable characters list for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has a total of 18 playable characters for you to unlock and battle as.

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Each character has their own range of attacks, including a unique action that provides them with a special ability that no other character in Age of Calamity can use. If you truly want to master playing as a specific character, then you must learn how to use their unique action to the best of its ability.

How the Sheikah Runes are utilised is also different for each character. When using the Remote Bomb rune, for example, Link will throw out a series of bombs, Zelda, however, will deploy a device that will spawn bombs as you move it around the battlefield.

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The majority of these characters are unlocked by completing the story missions, but others require you to complete a specific set of challenges that will unlock as you progress through the game.

Below you can find all of the characters that you unlock by playing through the main campaign for Age of Calamity - be warned this list does contain spoilers:

  • Link
  • Impa
  • Zelda
  • Mipha
  • Daruk
  • Revali
  • Urbosa
  • Hestu
  • Sidon
  • Yunobo
  • Teba
  • Riju
  • Master Kohga
  • King Rhoam
  • Great Fairies (Unlock by completing challenges)
  • Monk Maz Koshia (Unlock by completing challenges)
  • Terrako (Unlock by completing challenges in the post-game)
  • Calamity Ganon (Unlock by completing challenges in the post-game)
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How to unlock Link in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Link is obviously the first character you play as in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and you'll unlock him properly after completing the game's first mission - Chapter 1, The Battle for Hyrule Field.

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Link has three different types of weaponry he can use - one-handed, two-handed and spears.

When you first unlock him, Link will only be able to use one-handed weapons, but, once you find a two-handed weapon or a spear during a mission, these new types of combat will automatically unlock.

All you have to do is select the two-handed weapon or the spear as Link's chosen weapon before beginning either a challenge, quest or story mission.

Depending on which weapon type you chose, Link will be able to use one of three unique abilities.

For one-handed weapons, Link will let loose a flurry of arrows. You will also be able to power through a strong attack by holding down the X button and, if released when the attack ends, Link should unleash an extra attack during a combo.

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When wielding a two-handed weapon, Link's unique action will allow him to unleash a powerful attack, but, the downside, is that it will cause him a small amount of damage. Thankfully, you can press X afterwards to eat a meal, which will heal the self-inflicted damage.

If you don't do this quickly enough, however, Link will keep this damage.

Finally, for spears, Link will attack his enemies with a thrust attack. The unique action will allow you to charge towards you enemies and this attack can be used even in the middle of other attacks.

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How to unlock Impa in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

To unlock Impa in Age of Calamity, you must complete the very first mission - Chapter 1, The Battle for Hyrule Field.

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Impa's unique action allows her to absorb three symbols via her strong attacks to create duplicates of herself. If you manage to absorb three symbols, then the damage dealt by her strong attacks will be greatly increased.

How to unlock Zelda in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Zelda will be unlocked in Age of Calamity after you complete the Chapter 1 mission, Road to the Ancient Lab.

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Like Link, Zelda has a number of different unique actions that you can choose from which are dependent on which weapon she is using.

If Zelda is using the Sheikah Slate, then her unique action will allow you to activate any Sheikhah runes that she has placed around the battlefield.

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To unlock Zelda's second unique ability you must first complete the Chapter 6 mission, Each Step Like Thunder.

During this mission, Zelda will gain a new weapon - the Bow of Light - and, with it, her second unique action, which allows Zelda to switch between her normal form and her luminescent one.

When Zelda is in her luminescent form, her attacks will be stronger and any enemies within a ring of light will take increased damage from her Arrows of Light attack. The downside, however, is that the luminescent form will grain Zelda's special attack gauge.

How to unlock Mipha in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Mipha is unlocked in Age of Calamity after you've completed the Chapter 2 mission Mipha, the Zora Princess.

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While fighting as Mipha, you'll be able to create a number of fountains, then, using her unique action, you can travel to these fountains and leap into the air.

The water from her special or strong attacks also has the ability to heal any nearby allies.

How to unlock Daruk in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

To unlock Daruk in Age of Calamity you must complete Daruk, the Goron Hero as part of Chapter 2.

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By pressing X after using a regular attack while playing as Daruk, you can summon both magma pillars and ramps. Once these structures are summoned, you can then use his unique action to make them explode.

How to unlock Revali in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Revali will be unlocked in Age of Calamity after you've completed Revali, the Rito Warrior during Chapter 2.

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Revali's unique action allows him to soar into the air above the battlefield, where you'll have access to a variety of different attacks. To land, you must press the ZR button again.

You can also grab hold of foes by holding down the X button and then press it again to unleash a special attack.

How to unlock Urbosa in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

You'll unlock Urbosa in Age of Calamity by completing the Chapter 2 mission, Urbosa, the Gerudo Chief.

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Urbosa's unique action is based around her lightening magic and to utilize you must, at least partly, fill her lightening gauge. When you have enough power in the gauge, you can tap X repeatedly after using a strong attack to deal electricity damage to your foes.

How to unlock Hestu in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Hestu the Korok is unlocked after you've completed the Chapter 3 mission, Freeing Korok Forest.

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Hestu's unique action allows you to summon Koroks to fight alongside you in battle.

How to unlock Sidon in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Sidon, the Zora prince, is unlocked by completing the Chapter 5 mission, Water and Fire in Age of Calamity.

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If you use Sidon's unique action at the right time during a strong attack, you'll increase the damage dealt by that attack.

How to unlock Yunobo in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

You can unlock Yunobo in Age of Calamity by completing the mission Water and Fire in Chapter 5.

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Yunobo's unique action involves him eating a rock roast to power up his strong attacks and activate his Protection power, which, once activated, will both charge as you use them in combat.

How to unlock Teba in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Teba will be unlocked after you complete Chapter 5, Air and Lightning in Age of Calamity.

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Teba's unique action allows you to charge up a powerful arrow attack, with the power increasing the longer you charge. You can also unleash a flurry of arrows during a strong attack.

How to unlock Riju in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

You will unlock Riju in Age of Calamity by completing the Chapter 5 mission, Air and Lightning.

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Riju's unique action allows her to ride Patricia through the battlefield. This will not only increase Riju's speed, but will cause damage to any of the enemies that get in her way.

How to unlock Master Kohga in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Master Kohga is unlocked once you've completed Chapter 6, Each Step Like Thunder.

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Master Kohga's unique action is connected to his stress gauge, which will fill every time you use a strong attack.

If you don't use his unique action before the stress gauge fills, Master Kohga will throw a little tantrum, which you can temporarily prevent by eatting a banana.

How to unlock King Rhoam in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

The final character you can unlock by completing story missions in Age of Calamity is King Rhoam and you'll unlock him after completing Chapter 7, All Hyrule United.

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King Rhoam's unique action will allow him to switch between his disguise and his status as the king. If you manage to do this during a strong attack, then you'll perform another strong attack.

Good luck collecting all of the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity characters!

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