|“||Hey! Who the heck are you? And what are you doing in my napping spot!? Wait a minute... That thing on your hip... Is that... Could it be a Sheikah Slate? If it's a Sheikah Slate... Then that means... Yeah, IT'S YOU! You're that Link guy I've been looking for! What luck! My scouts are out in the field looking high and low, but you just wander into my hideout! Oh, excuse me. I haven't introduced myself yet. I am the leader... of the Yiga Clan! The strong! The burly!! The one!! The only!! MASTER KOHGA!!!||„|
|~ Master Kohga introducing himself.|
|“||Upsy-daisy... Look what you did! Well! I don't mind. I don't mind one itsy-bitsy bit. And do you know why, hm? Because your thread's about to get cut, and I'm the shears. SNIP! SNIP! Yes! What a relief it will be when you meddlers are out of the picture! Today! Right now, in fact! The stupendous chief of the Yiga Clan, MASTER KOHGA... is gonna KILL YOU ALL... TO DEATH!||„|
|~ Master Kohga during his final confrontation in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.|
Master Kohga is the secondary antagonist of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as a major antagonist of its prequel Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. He is the leader of the Yiga Clan and the most loyal follower of Calamity Ganon.
He was voiced by Atsuyoshi Miyazaki in Japanese and Erik Braa in English.
Kohga is the leader of the Yiga Clan, a clan of rogue Sheikah who worship the beast known as Calamity Ganon and wishes to do whatever they can to please him. One hundred years after the fall of Hyrule during the Great Calamity, Kohga is the leader of the Yiga Clan which is known to have existed since before the Great Calamity, as the Yiga Clan is known to have attempted to assassinate Princess Zelda shortly before the Great Calamity, which was foiled by the Hylian Champion Link. The Yiga Clan he leads was formed by a group of Sheikah who angered over their race's mistreatment due to fears of Sheikah technology being used against the Kingdom which forced most of the Sheikah to bury their technology. This group became known as the Yiga Clan who swore allegiance to Ganon, becoming enemies to the Kingdom of Hyrule and Sheikah still loyal to the crown.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
During the war against Calamity Ganon, Master Kohga lead the Yiga Clan in an effort to defeat Link, Zelda, and the Champions to ensure Calamity Ganon succeeded in taking over Hyrule. He even took disguise of Urbosa to manipulate the Gerudo into battling the Hylians, but the real Urbosa arrived in time to thwart Kohga's plan, shocking him with her trademark lightning attack as he lunged for Zelda to kill her, forcing him to reveal himself and summon his clan members to fight Urbosa, Zelda, Impa, Link, and Urbosa's Gerudo warriors. He was defeated, but Sooga rescued him and fled.
Later, Kohga teamed up with the dark seer Astor to prevent Zelda from sealing away Calamity Ganon, but immediately turned against him when Astor harvested the souls of the Yiga Clan to revive the Blight Ganons. Ultimately, Kohga called a truce and joined the heroes in defeating Astor and Calamity Ganon, even being touched when Zelda reunited with her father.
With the Yiga Clan having rejoined the Sheikah and the Kingdom of Hyrule's allied forces, they are able to breach Hyrule Castle, defeat Calamity Ganon, and seal him away for good, thus creating an alternate timeline from the one in Breath of the Wild with the Yiga Clan having turned good, the Champions still alive and still in control of the Divine Beasts, King Rhoam still living and breathing, and peace having returned to Hyrule.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
One hundred years after Hyrule's decline, Master Kohga along with his clan stole the Thunder Helm from the Gerudo. Link made his way through their hideout where he battled this seemingly powerful enemy. But in reality, he is nothing but a braggart and an idiot who is easy to defeat. When he summoned a large spiked ball to attack Link, his plan backfired as it rolled towards him instead, sending him to his death at the bottom of a large pit. Even though he is gone, his followers still function as a unit and attacking Link anywhere in Hyrule.
Master Kohga seemed to have knowledge of Link and his quest to slay Ganon, and he has a strong grudge against him. It's unknown if Kohga has been around for one hundred years like his clan. If so, he is probably elderly, making him easier for Link (who hasn't aged at all) to take down. Another explanation for the ease of his defeat is that Kohga spends most of his time napping and eating Mighty Bananas (which all Yiga Clan members have a strange fascination with), resulting in him being overweight and not as fit as Link.
However, the Yiga Clan still highly respected Kohga regardless due to his mastery of the esoteric arts that only he has been able to master. Even after Master Kohga's apparent death, the Yiga Clan continued to seek out Link to avenge their leader. Interestingly, unlike his underlings, Kohga is never revived by Calamity Ganon who's power can revive Yiga Clan Footsoldiers and Blademasters after they are slain when his power reaches its peak every Blood Moon.
Presumably, Ganon chooses not to revive him due to his failure to protect the Thunder Helm and the fact the Yiga Clan became far more aggressive and determined to eliminate Link.
Hyrule Compendium Data
|“||The leader of the Yiga Clan, a group formed with just a single objective: eliminate Link. He sends his minions all over Hyrule in search of you but tends to spend most of his own time napping and generally loafing about. Despite this, his mastery of the esoteric arts has earned him a deep respect. Even if he were to die, his followers would never give up their one and only task.||„|
|~ The Hyrule Compendium on Master Kohga.|
Super Smash Bros.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Master Kohga appears as one of the game's many spirits, being first introduced in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity themed event sharing the name as the spirits' source. An Attack-type spirit with an Advanced ranking, it makes the player using it heavier. In its spirit battle, the player must fight a King K. Rool alongside a giant, Illing-Edge wielding Mii Swordfighter baring a costume referencing the Yiga Footsoldiers (although this Mii Swordsfighter joins later on in the fight), with the fight itself taking place on Suzaku Castle's Battlefield form. This fight also requires the player to only defeat the King K. Rool, causes banana peels to spawn commonly, and has the King K. Rool commonly use his neutral special.
Powers and Abilities
As the leader of the Yiga Clan, Kohga has authority over Yiga Footsoldiers and Yiga Blademasters who are all extremely loyal and devoted to him.
As a result, he effectively has command of the entire Yiga Clan. Despite being in control of a powerful military force capable of successfully attacking the well defended Gerudo Town and stealing the Thunder Helm, Kohga's laziness prevented him from utilizing the Yiga Clan to its full potential.
As a master of esoteric arts, Kohga is capable of levitation and is strong enough to hurl boulders and spiked metal balls at Link.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
|“||Who would've thought... I'd be done in like this... And by this guy, of all people! You think I'm just going to let this stand!? Do you!? *ahem* I almost lost my temper there... Argh, what a pain... I can't go out this way. What to do, what to do... Ha! I got it! Meheheheh... Ahahahaha! I need to bust out my serious moves... A secret technique taught by my father's mother's father! It will... destroy you! This is the end!||„|
|~ Master Kohga after being defeated by Link.|
|“||Ahahaha-uh... Huh. Maybe it's a tad too big. Are you still over there? Well, no matter. Pretty soon you'll be gone! And not just from my line of sight! Only the leader of the Yiga Clan... can use this secret technique... It is... the ultimate...||„|
|~ Master Kohga after performing his "ultimate" technique and right before it falls over on him into a large pit.|
|“||Coward! I shall be remembered! The Yiga Clan will track you down to the ends of Hyruuuule!||„|
|~ Master Kohga's last words before his death.|
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
|“||You've got some nerve thinking you can go toe to toe with...MASTER KOHGA! I'll show YOU... YIGA ASSEMBLE! Me excluded of course.||„|
|~ Master Kohga's introduction in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.|
|“||I'm serving up... a whole lotta hurt!||„|
|~ Master Kohga using his special attack in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.|
- Kohga is the only boss in the game who can speak.
- Critics consider Kohga as one of the funniest bosses in The Legend of Zelda series.
- Kohga is one of the only two bosses in the game to not be related to Malice or the Divine Beasts, the other being Monk Maz Koshia.
- His non-revival at the Blood Moon is shared with the Blight Ganons.
- If the player enters Kogha's arena from above even after the Thunder Helm quest begins, Kohga will not appear. The game is specifically set so that the battle with him will only be triggered by entering his arena through the secret passage inside the Yiga hideout, which can only be opened from inside the hideout.
- According to the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Creating a Champion handbook, Kohga's name is a title passed down to the individual that is recognized as the leader of the Yiga Clan. As such, it is not exactly clear whether the Kohga seen in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are intended to be the same character, but given that the two share very identical characteristics and that the Sheikah race are able to live over one hundred years old, it is most likely the two are one and the same.