Breath of the Wild Amiibo
There are fifteen amiibo that give specific bonus items in Breath of the Wild, some items that can be acquired normally in the game, but some are weapons & armor which are only accessible by the amiibo. However, any other amiibo can be used with the game and will provide random items.
After turning on amiibo in the system menu, a new amiibo Rune will be in the rune menu, all the way to the right. Use this rune and target an open spot on the ground. This preps the game to receive an amiibo. Tap the amiibo figure to the controller as usual to activate the amiibo.
amiibo can only be used once per real-life day. This seems to reset at midnight based on the time settings on the console.
All amiibo will work with Breath of the Wild, even ones that are not related to the Zelda series. However, non-Zelda amiibo will simply give random items and have no specific exclusives.
Many of the Zelda-series amiibo have a chance to give exclusive items in addition to their first-time use bonus. It is therefore worth it to use them daily until these exclusive items are collected, if desired.
Non-Chest Items: Raw Meat
- Smash Bros Toon Link & Toon Link: The Wind Waker
Potential Chest Items: A chance of one of the three pieces of the Hero of Winds Set (Cap of the Wind, Tunic of the Wind, Trousers of the Wind), Sea-Breeze Boomerang, assorted weapons, elemental arrows
Non-Chest Items: Fish
Chest Items: One time summon of Epona (the only way you can get her in the game, register immediately), a chance of one of the three pieces of the Hero of Twilight Set (Cap of Twilight, Tunic of Twilight, Trousers of Twilight), potentially any of an assortment of swords, shields, and elemental arrows
Non-Chest Items: Assorted fruits and cooking materials
Wolf Link will appear in your game as a companion with the same stats as was saved on it from the Twilight Princess HD Cave of Shadows. He will attack enemies on his own and help you find hidden items.
- Link (Rider): Breath of the Wild
Non-Chest Items: Mushrooms
- Link (Archer): Breath of the Wild
Potential Chest Items: Assorted bows, elemental arrows
Non-Chest Items: Fish, raw meat, and arrows
- Zelda: The Wind Waker
Potential Chest Items: Hero's Shield, gems, assorted shields
Non-Chest Items: Herbs, flowers, and vegetables
- Smash Bros Zelda
Potential Chest Items: Twilight Bow, various bows, various gems
Non-Chest Items: Herbs, flowers, vegetables
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Potential Chest Items: Star Fragments, gems, assorted shields
Non-Chest Items: Herbs, flowers, vegetables
- Smash Bros Sheik
Chest Items: Sheik's Mask, various Sheikah weapons, elemental arrows
Non-Chest Items: Mushrooms
- Smash Bros Ganon
Potential Chest Items: Sword of the Six Sages, Gems, Monster Parts
Non-Chest Items: Barrels that are either explosive or contain rupees and arrows
- Bokoblin: Breath of the Wild
Potential Chest Items: Assorted Bokoblin weapons and shields, elixirs
Non-Chest Items: Raw meat and monster parts
- Guardian: Breath of the Wild
Non-Chest Items: Gems, arrows, and machine parts
Three Link-themed amiibo were revealed during the Nintendo Direct on April 12th, 2017. They were released for the first time on June 23rd, 2017, and allow the player access to more exclusive items.
Non-Chest Items: Mushrooms, bundles of arrows
Potential Chest Items: A chance of one of the three pieces of the Hero of Twilight Set (Cap of Twilight, Tunic of Twilight, Trousers of Twilight), the exclusive horse Epona, assorted weapons & shields, elemental arrows
Non-Chest Items: Various fruit and nuts, bundles of arrows
- Link Amiibo (Skyward Sword)|Link (Skyward Sword)]]
Potential Chest Items: A chance of one of the three pieces of the Hero of the Sky Set (Cap of the Sky, Tunic of the Sky, Trousers of the Sky), Goddess Sword, assorted weapons & shields, elemental arrows
Non-Chest Items: Rupees, bundles of arrows.
Four additional amiibo were announced during Nintendo's E3 presentation on June 13th, 2017. They were released for the first time on November 10th, 2017, and allow the player access to even more exclusive items.
Non-Chest Items: An assortment of gemstones.
Non-Chest Items: An assortment of fish.
Non-Chest Items: An assortment of fruits, bundles of arrows.
Non-Chest Items: An assortment of meat, Shock Arrows
Wolf Link is an exception to all other amiibo. Activating the Wolf Link amiibo will summon Wolf Link as a companion. The following are points of information that relate only to Wolf Link:
- Wolf Link can be summoned as many times as you wish, unless he dies. Then he will be put on the same once-a-day timer as all other amiibo. If he dies, you can load an autosave or manual save where he was still alive, to circumvent the timer.
- Wolf Link can be healed if he has taken damage. Simply drop anything edible near him. If he is not at full health, he will seek out edible items on his own (including rare items), unless commanded to stay, or you pick them up before he eats them.
- Whether Wolf Link dies or not, he is healed to full health on the daily reset timer for all amiibo (unless he is actively summoned at the time.)
- Wolf Link is very aggressive. If he sees something that can be attacked, he will attack it. He will wake up sleeping enemies, including world bosses. If you do not want him to do so, command him to stay.
- Just because an enemy has noticed Wolf Link, does not mean he has noticed you. It is possible to get behind an enemy focusing on Wolf Link and Sneakstrike them from behind for critical damage. This is more difficult if the enemy has noticed you both, however, as an enemy that has noticed you both will tend to focus on you instead of Wolf Link.
- To command Wolf Link to stay, target him and press A. Do so again to tell him to follow you. If you tell him to stay, and then move far enough away that he teleports to you, he will revert to follow mode and must be told to stay again.
- You can also whistle (same way you call a horse) to interrupt Wolf Link's current action and have him return to you. Since you can only target him to tell him to stay when he is close, this is helpful. A last ditch effort to get him to return to you is to resummon him, which will work even if he is still currently summoned. This is recommended if he is about to get himself killed chasing a Guardian Stalker for instance, as those can kill even a 20-heart Wolf Link in two hits. And if all else fails, and you really want to keep him alive (so as to avoid the day timer before you can summon him again), teleport somewhere. As long as Wolf Link is still alive when you teleport, he will be able to be resummoned.
- No other characters in the game will recognize Wolf Link's presence. There is no easter eggs or character conversations or anything like that. Only you and the enemies can see him or even know he is there.
- In fact, Wolf Link refuses to enter villages, shrines, or dungeons. He will also despawn if you get too far away from him without an opportunity for him to teleport closer (long paraglide voyages often trigger a despawn). Also, you will occasionally get unexplained "cannot be used here" errors, even in locations that are otherwise fine. Just move a little ways and try again. And finally, you have to resummon him every time you die or teleport or he despawns.
- However, he is quite happy to run beside you while you are on a horse, no worries.
- He will sometimes glitch on vertical walls, which can be visually amusing. Simply move far enough away from the wall, and he will either follow you, or if he is stuck, move further and he will teleport to you. Or despawn. You can also try whistling or resummoning.
- There seems to be no way to make him manually despawn other than the methods mentioned above.
- When the Sheikah Sensor or Sensor+ rune detects something nearby, and Wolf Link is not preoccupied attacking wildlife or enemies, and if you are close enough, and other unknown conditions are correct, Wolf Link will trot off in the direction of what is being sensed. If he gets too far away, he will turn around and sit, waiting for you to catch up. If you head in a different direction, he will follow you. This behavior is not 100% dependable as he is again easily distracted, but when it happens it is helpful.
- Wolf Link has a default health of 3 hearts, however, using the game Twilight Princess HD, his maximum health can be increased. To do so, collect as many heart pieces or heart containers as you can in Twilight Princess HD, and then use the amiibo to run the Cave of Shadows in that game, and the health remaining at the end of the trial will become the maximum health in Breath of the Wild. Note that the best method (for Breath of the Wild's sake) is to first collect the maximum of 20 hearts (all heart containers and pieces) before ever doing the wolf trial, then do the 5-level trial, and use the Wolf Link amiibo to heal yourself right before you complete the trial. It is unknown if completing the 15 and 30-level versions are necessary. However, all three results are recorded on the amiibo, and Breath of the Wild will use the highest result of the three.
- None of the armor set items available through amiibo exceed a defense of 20 at a ★★★★ upgrade level, save from the four Divine Beast Helms. The base game on its own has the Soldier's Set, the Ancient Set, the Set of the Wild as well as the Amber Earrings and Diamond Circlet, all with a top defense of 28, and the Champion's Tunic which has a top defense of 32. The Divine Beast Helms (Ruta, Rudania, Naboris and Medoh) are part of the Ancient Set, but unlike the Ancient Helm they do not provide protection or bonuses against Guardians, so they reduce the set's effectiveness in that respect.
- None of the armor set items available through amiibo can be dyed except the Divine Beast Helms.
- The armor sets summoned through amiibo are notoriously difficult to upgrade because, as a whole, they require the use of a significant number of Star Fragments, which are among the most precious and rare resources in the game, all while being notoriously grueling to farm.
- The amiibo rune cannot be used while undergoing the Trial of the Sword.
- Amiibo armors and weapons cannot be purchased from Granté. As such, to obtain them again, the amiibo figurines have to be re-scanned.
- Amiibo armor items can be sold at a base price of 125 Rupees a piece at clothes vendors. Prices fluctuate depending on the degree of upgrading made on them.