The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a brand new entry into the series, but it also serves as a sequel to the popular Breath of the Wild. While the dungeons in both games feature similar mechanics, there is one major difference between the two: the Divine Beasts have vanished from the world. While this is likely due to lack of plot relevance, it leaves players wondering what happened to these massive robots.
The Divine Beasts are ancient machines built by the Sheikah to combat Calamity Ganon in Breath of the Wild. These machines were controlled by four Champions, each of which were chosen from the major tribes of Hyrule. These warriors led the fight against the Calamity Ganon, but he ultimately defeated them. However, the Sheikah’s creations were nowhere to be found in the game’s post-credits scene. Since then, there has been no mention of them anywhere in the world, and they appear to have disappeared from Hyrule entirely.
Fortunately, there are plenty of fan theories on the topic. The most popular theory is that the Divine Beasts simply felt their mission was complete, and they left Hyrule. This would make sense, as the game’s characters barely ever bring them up in conversation. However, this still doesn’t explain why the Sheikah Towers and Shrines have disappeared, as well.
Alternatively, it is possible that the Sheikah was able to shut down and dismantle the giant machinery. This would explain why the Yiga clan doesn’t seem to be using the same technology in the game’s trailers, but it does leave players wondering where all of these powerful machines ended up.