The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Amiibo Guide: What They All Do

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a very different Zelda video game that’s available on a very different type of video game console. Since the game and the Nintendo Switch console that it supports arrived in early March, it’s been all that gamers can talk about. Gamers can cleanly and efficiently transition from playing the title on their television set to enjoying it just about anywhere. What most people don’t realize is that they can add a little more to the game with Breath of the Wild Amiibo.

Launched at the height of the toys-to-life craze, Amiibo figures are tiny plastic characters with wireless radios inside. After buying the figures, owners of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U can add items, characters and levels to their games. There are Splatoon Amiibo, Yoshi Amiibo and rare Amiibo from 2015 and 2016. Amiibo figures still work this way, but Nintendo expanded on them a few years ago. The company added Amiibo Cards to the mix. Amiibo Cards do the same thing but take up far less space. In the flurry of excitement leading up to the launch of the Nintendo Switch, many missed the reveal of the Breath of the Wild Amiibo figures. Amiibo figures are compatible with the Nintendo Switch. They make use of an NFC chip in the right Joy-Con and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

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Here is what each of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Amiibo figures does. Pick them up and you’ll be adding to your long list of power-ups and crafting materials regularly.

Breath of the Wild Amiibo: The Basics

Breath of the Wild Amiibo quietly launched at the same time as the game did. That doesn’t mean that you must purchase one of them. Nintendo is keen on making sure that those who’ve made investments in Amiibo previously can continue to use them. You can buy a new figure for the best power-ups or continue to use your existing figures to add new content to your game.

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You’ll need to go to the game’s main menu to turn on Amiibo compatibility.

Breath of the Wild Amiibo & Zelda Amiibo

What each Amiibo figure gets you changes from game to game. A description of an Amiibo’s gameplay effect is written on the back of its packaging, but Nintendo doesn’t necessarily go into a lot of detail on its website. Thankfully, communities like GameFAQ have taken it upon themselves to compile details of how each Breath of the Wild Amiibo figure works.

  • Archer Link unlocks different bows.
  • Zelda – The Wind Waker unlocks shields and cooking pots.
  • Guardian unlocks weapons and ammo.
  • Horse Rider Link unlocks horse saddles.
  • Bokoblin unlocks clubs.
  • Wolf Link unlocks a wolf that’ll roam the game world in search of enemies.
  • Super Smash Bros Link unlocks weapons
  • Ocarina of Time Link unlocks swords
  • 8-Bit Link unlocks Rupee Barrels
  • Wind Waker Link unlocks gear
  • Shiek unlocks crafting materials.

Chests can sometimes drop with items in them too. Amiibo can be scanned in only once a day to get the items that it unlocks. There’s a chance that you may get some food and crafting materials with your scan too. Some of them also provide an opportunity to get very rare items, like armor sets and weapons.

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Compatible Amiibo

You don’t necessarily need to stick to the Breath of the Wild Amiibo or Zelda related figures . Nintendo’s Amiibo website says that plenty of unrelated figures are compatible with the game too. They include:

  • 30th Anniversary Mario Classic Color
  • 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color
  • Animal Crossing Cards Series 1
  • Animal Crossing Cards Series 2
  • Animal Crossing Cards Series 3
  • Animal Crossing Cards Series 4
  • Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome Amiibo Series
  • Blathers
  • Boo
  • Bowser
  • Bowser 2
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Callie
  • Captain Falcon
  • Celeste
  • Charizard
  • Chibi-Robo
  • Cyrus
  • Daisy
  • Dark Pit
  • Diddy Kong
  • Diddy Kong 2
  • Digby
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong 2
  • Mario
  • Duck Hunt
  • Falcon
  • Fox
  • Green Yarn Yoshi
  • Greninja
  • Hammer Slam Bowser
  • Ike
  • Inkling Boy 1
  • Inkling Boy 2
  • Inkling Girl
  • Inkling Girl 2
  • Inkling Squid 1
  • Inkling Squid 2
  • Isabelle Summer Outfit
  • Isabelle Winter Outfit
  • Jigglypuff
  • K.
  • Kapp’n
  • Kicks
  • King Dedede
  • King Dedede 2
  • Kirby
  • Kirby 2
  • Light Blue Yarn Yoshi
  • Little Mac
  • Lottie
  • Lucario
  • Lucas
  • Lucina
  • Luigi
  • Luigi 2
  • Mabel
  • Marie
  • Mario
  • Mario 2
  • Mario Gold Edition
  • Mario Silver Edition
  • Marth
  • Mega Man
  • Mega Man Gold Edition
  • Mega Yarn Yoshi
  • Meta Knight
  • Meta Knight
  • Mewtwo
  • Mii Brawler
  • Mii Gunner
  • Mii Swodfigther
  • Game & Watch
  • Ness
  • Olimar
  • Pac-Man
  • Paultena
  • Peach
  • Peach 2
  • Pikachu
  • Pink Yarn Yoshi
  • Pit
  • O.B.
  • O.B. Famicom Colors
  • Reese
  • Resetti
  • Robin
  • Rosalina
  • Rosalina 2
  • Rover
  • Roy
  • Ryu
  • Samus
  • Shovel Knight
  • Shulk
  • Sonic
  • Timmy & Tommy
  • Toad
  • Tom Nook
  • Turbo Charge Donkey Kong
  • Villager
  • Waddle Dee
  • Waluigi
  • Wario
  • Wario 2
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Yoshi
  • Yoshi 2
  • Zero Suit Samus

Scanning in these Amiibo gets you a random item without a chest that contains any extra unlockable items. The same rules apply to these figures. You can only scan them in once a day.

Note that finding any of the Breath of the Wild Amiibo figures could be difficult. Amiibo has a huge dedicated fan base of collectors that use them in their games every day. That The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild only launched less than two weeks ago and is very popular isn’t going to help matters. You may have to visit your favorite stores a few times before you snag the Amiibo you’re looking for.

Good luck with The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and your Breath of the Wild Amiibo.

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