The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is almost upon us, and the game is being accompanied by a range of everyone's favourite frivolous use of plastic: amiibo.
Nintendo has been rather cagey about revealing exactly what these figures unlock in the game, but GameXplain has decided to spoil everyone's fun by revealing everything. As ever, if you want to keep things a secret for launch day, you should consider this a spoiler warning.
OK, if you're still here, then we assume you're not bothered having the surprise ruined, so we'll continue.
The Guardian amiibo unlocks rare weapons and items to help you on your adventure, which include a special arrow and some other objects which could potentially be used for crafting. The Bokoblin amiibo also unlocks rare weapons - a few special clubs, to be precise. Horse Rider Link gives you a special sword and saddle, while the Zelda amiibo rewards with you a fancy Hylian shield. Finally, the Link with a bow amiibo gives you a (you've guessed it) special bow.
All of these items can be obtained in the game without using amiibo - these figures simply give you early (and easy) access to them. You can also use your existing Zelda amiibo figures to unlock other (less exciting) items.
[source eurogamer.net, via youtube.com]
I need all of them.
The real question is whether these items are exclusive to the amiibo, or just "rare" as the packaging says they are.
@Reginald you mean "All of these items can be obtained in the game without using amiibo - these figures simply give you early (and easy) access to them." ?
I think the last paragraph said you can get them normally.
I'd rather get them the proper, painful, yet more fun way. I may get that Guardian amiibo though, I've liked the design since the beginning.
I saw you posted a comment about wondering what the amiibo do in BotW, so you'll probably appreciate this article. Like you I'm still wondering what the touchscreen on the GamePad does, but we'll probably find out on Friday, assuming at least someone bothers to preview the game on the Wii U as well as the Switch.
This is just speculation based on the packaging... which is pretty vague... enough to get a rough idea, but not the exact details as this article implies.
There only has to be on ein game to be rare and all you will need is one so no big deal
I hope "horse saddle" becomes the new "horse armor" meme.
Honestly, I'd much prefer exclusive content. I know the amiibo bashing crowd can't stand the thought of people actually getting additional content for their additional money that they don't get, but the whole concept of amiibo is DLC in a figure basically. I want content I can't get in game... like the Wolf Link amiibo. PERFECT example of amiibo content done right.
I'm gonna be taking my 20 ❤ Wolf Link with me everywhere I go, the entire game. And relish the fact that it's special to those who got the amiibo... and even less will have the full 20 hearts.
But... it's cool. I'll take these weapons and items for a slick starter set. Now, if only I can put that saddle on Wolf Link and ride him around.
@JTMnM I have all of them.*
*Is what I'll say next week.
@smm1 Thanks, they tried to sneak this amiibo article by me while I was making dinner.
I doubt Nintendo will even send out review copies for the WiiU version, so all we'll get is the Switch review. Somebody will spill the beans though after launch if NL doesn't cover it.
Did you ever get the Wolf Link amiibo?
That's the one to get, really (plus it just looks plain awesome). You gotta put in work though, if you want more than 3 hearts on your wolf.
Well, that certainly isn't very exciting. Glad I have the Wolf Link amiibo; the only one with an awesome feature for this game.
@JaxonH Saw the Wolf Link amiibo in TRU yesterday, they had about 6, but Nintendo being Nintendo I'm not sure I need him yet. I'm sure you need it to get Wolf Link, but there was a Tree house about taming and befriending dogs, so I'm wondering if Wolf Link is basically just a skin for a dog you can get and train and have as a pet in game w/o the amiibo. I can live w/o the skin, and the amiibo.
Plus, we probably won't get the game until Christmas when we get a Switch, you read those H:ZD reviews? I might have to break my new rule about no new games at launch. I want to play Zelda, but I have to play H:ZD, and playing them back to back seems like a bad idea. I figure I need a few months and games between the 2.
@JaxonH You get the Wolf Link amiibo on it's own from various stores, or you can get it bundled with Twilight Princess HD. But Nintendo has also stated that by playing the Twilight Princess HD and leveling up your amiibo playing the Cave of Shadows your Wolf Link companion will have additional hearts.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE SCathing, isn't it, that people like "SCum" (your words, not mine) like this. SCittering between doing nothing and have a SCope that goes beyond the game itself.
I haven't found any indication that older Zelda Amiibo work, other than Wolf Link. Even the Amiibo web page doesn't show them as compatible. Anyone know if the SSMB figures do anything?
@Nico85 Yeah, that's what I meant.
I had pre-ordered all of them just in case. Now I'll cancel my pre-order for Rider Link, and the Bokoblin and I'll keep my pre-order for the Guardian, but I don't know what I'm going to do about the Archer Link and Zelda...Choices Choices.
@Tyranexx also remember that weapons break in the game so it might be wise to get certain ones for what you might be using and if the guardians are abundant enough it might be wise to use that guardian amiibo for those arrows.
These amiibo's functionalities are ridiculous, especially considering they are more than the usual price!
I think you should get something that you otherwise could not get without using the amiibo but this set of amiibo are so awesome loooking I'm getting them for the mantle in our game room , love the Link and his bow amiibo really great design on these .
Yes, I know all of this. I bought Wolf Link solo, and I bought it combined with Twilight Princess, and I have mine leveled up to 20 full hearts already (as mentioned in my above post).
After all that talk about delays you're just gonna wait 9 months to play it anyways???
Ya I saw Horizon reviews. It looks good, and I'm getting it, but it doesn't look nearly as good as Zelda does. It's got a real Far Cry vibe to it, and I like Far Cry, but... let's just say Horizon scored about as well as Far Cry 4 did, and I'd rank Far Cry 4 about 200 slots below this new Zelda, just based off what I've seen. So I do plan to play it, for a few days... until Zelda releases anyways. I don't like that there's not really any melee weapons in the game, basically just bows, and I like bows, but I was hoping for a balanced, varied assortment to make combat interesting.
Besides, Mass Effect Andromeda is 2nd in the playlist after Zelda. Then Horizon and Nier, then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, then Fire Emblem Echoes, then Arms, then Splatoon 2, then Skyrim, hopefully Final Fantasy XII or Xenoblade 2 after that, and Pikmin 3DS sometime as well, and of course some FE Warriors and Mario Odyssey to round out the year. I'm sure there'll be more games too (hopefully Smash and Pikmin get an e3 announcement, and a FFXIII Trilogy remaster on PS4)
Oh, and if you can have dog companions that's pretty cool... I hadn't heard that actually. But to me, Wolf Link is Wolf Link. It's like the difference between having some nameless NPC as your AI partner, or Zelda herself accompanying you. Plus I feel emotional attachment to Wolf Link having played the game through, and even more so because it was my first Zelda game ever.
And I doubt you'd have more than 3 hearts on any other canine/dog. Given the lengths you have to go through to add hearts to Wolf Link.
...sigh. I am normally the advocate for amiibo as a great dlc vehicle. However I'm just buying them because it is Zelda. I'll use them of course but unless they get added in retroactively like poochy into other games (HW please) these are a poorer value than other amiibo.
I don't own any amiibos, not my thing really.
I am just glad that they are not compulsory to access parts or items in this game.
I really hope Nintendo keeps this policy, at least for games I play.
I'll pass. I'm not keen on paying money to get items quicker.
since you're able to get all this stuff in game without amibo i'm 100% ok with this
@JaxonH Well after all of those delays they decided to announce an expansion pass and I'm not getting it until whatever they are doing to the map. Remember my calendar obsession? Well calendars are just my hobby, maps are my obsession. My friends nicknamed me "Master of Maps" back in college. So just knowing the map is getting something means I can't play it before that, I'll spend the whole time wondering. I'm not just upset b/c Wii U lost the interactive map, I'm upset b/c maps are my thing.
And honestly, if I never played Zelda I'd be fine. Don't care about Mass Effect, I tried once. H:ZD has me very excited and I'd like to play it before RotTR, which will probably drop in price after H:ZD releases. So many games, so little time.
Any dog pets will probably only have 3 hearts, but from what I've seen that would probably be enough. Wolf Link is certainly the best value for those who bought and played TP HD, you deserve the 20 hearts, BUT, even if I buy the Wolf Link amiibo now I only get 3 hearts, not 20, might as well use the free dog.
I am getting both too and H would probably go first. My Switch will get stuck in customs for at least a week so I can kill that time with Aloy. I am more excited for Zelda though.
Now coming to the topic I am getting all those amiibo and only opening Zelda as I am buying her twice. Never care about their ingame use.
Yaaaa, that's true. If you're not gonna play through the game and load up on hearts it kinda defeats the purpose (assuming you actually can have canine pets, which is still up in the air).
Now it all makes sense to me. Never knew you had such an obsssion with maps, but in hindsight it explains a lot. If it means that much to you then it's probably worth waiting. Wii U must've been your dream console huh, I know it didn't get that many games and not all of them used it as a map but for the ones that did that seems like the best kind of map you could have really. Xenoblade X was awesome in that way. Considering the special edition comes with that dope map of Hyrule, it's a little surprising you didn't jump on that.
Let me know how Horizon is. I know RotTR is one of my favorite games this generation so I certainly won't object to that being in your playlist. I've got Polyworks training in Milwaukee Monday and Tuesday (shame! just a few days later I could have brought Switch to the hotel with me!) and dentist after work Wednesday, so by the time I get back and pop in HZD, I'll be in the 36 hour Switch/Zelda countdown. Not a lot of time.
Do the Smash Series amiibo do anything? Link, Zelda, Sheik, Ganondorf, Toon Link...
Ha ha! I've got all the amiibos pre-ordered but I won't use them lol. .
@JaxonH do you know if Wolf Link will level up in this game too and gain more hearts or would you need to play the previous one to get more hearts on him?
The real treat here is that these items will be available constantly with just an amiibo tap.
Considering the expansiveness of the game I am sure some items could be a real pain to recover once broken thus making the real time spent to recover these items vs. the price of buying an amiibo a very real reason to carry Princess Zelda around with you when going on those lengthy business trips
Preordered the guardian amibo but doubt I will even open the box just like my wolf link amiibo.
Don't really see any real benefit in using them.
The wolf link amibo is totally awesome.
@Reginald You did see them say they are not exclusive to the amiibo right? Just finish reading and you will.
Technically that hasn't been clarified, but judging by the fact you increase hearts in Cave of Trials, I'd say 95% chance the Hearts Wolf Link has is written in stone from Twilight Princess. Of course you can always go back and save with more hearts in TP but, I seriously doubt there's a level up in game.
Otherwise, what would be the point of saving hearts to the amiibo in the first place. But, just an educated guess, so don't take it as gospel. Still, I say this with confidence.
@JTMnM Likewise but the console and collector's edition will already eat my wallet whole. @[email protected] Even if I was to buy 1 or 2 on day one, there's always a chance they'll restock the 30th anniversary amiibo at the same time, including that pricey OOT Link I missed. T.T
Ahh well, just have to wait on that restock....
I have no amiibos, and wasn't sure how they worked. I guess this is interesting. But I would need to get exclusive content to buy an amino I think. I mean the collector in me says yes please, but the gamer says just progress in game normally.
Nope I'm doing it the loooooong and arduous way. I'm going to soak up every square inch of this world.
@Dryden OMG You are Tonfas!
Finally some good news. I'd purchase every single one of these for collection purposes, but seeing you can simply obtain every single item in-game (like Star Fox Zero's Arwings) makes me relieved.
Gotta catch em all, they really know how to play on my collecting habit, it's like I need to buy all of these asap lol
@JaxonH one thing I'm curious about though is that the Wolf Link had over 20 hearts (I think about 30) in the footage shown at E3. (At least I'm pretty sure he had over 20)
Saw this on GameXplain the other day. Gotta say...pretty disappointed in the uninspired amiibo functionality here. You're basically paying $13 for a measly weapon in the game. I had money set aside for any and all amiibo once I heard what they did but it seems they are a sad waste of time (like 95% of most amiibo functionality). Wolf Link in BotW and the Sm4sh usage are the only good uses of amiibo to date imo.
Really? Maybe it just seemed like a lot. 20 hearts can look like a truckload... or maybe you can get more than 20 hearts somehow... hmmmm
I'd also say Fire Emblem Fates has great amiibo content, and Mario Maker/Yoshi's Wooly World, despite being skins, support dang near all of them. Code Name STEAM has good amiibo usage too, and Mario Party 10.
Why do i get the feeling that they're keeping some Amiibo underwraps. Nintendo skipped some letters on the CPSIA page when it went from Zelda to Bokoblin. logically I/O are omitted from Amiibo codes because of being mistaken for 1/0, J however is OK. (Gold Mega Man uses J, but is catergorized as being part of the Smash series. but internally is the same as a regular Mega Man)
The Zelda Anniversery/BOTW series is CAKAX, with the X being filled in with a letter. AA = Wolf Link. AB = OoT Link. AF = 8-Bit Link, AG = Toon Link. AJ = WW Zelda, AK = Archer, AL = Rider, AM = Guardian. AN = BOTW Zelda. but then it skips to AU with Bokoblin. this leaves C/D, as well as H and P, Q, R, S and T.
I just wonder if the Anniversery series was originally supposed to be much bigger or if maybe Wind Waker and Majora's Mask was originally going to have Amiibo but skipped them for convenience sake for later. a theoretical C and D Zelda series amiibo for Skull Kid and Toon Link would have made sense.
@JaxonH I just skimmed through the treehouse footage and maybe I'm mistaken. While I feel like I saw him with more hearts, the one in the trailer had 11 and a half hearts while the one in the treehouse footage just had 3. I think it may also be because I was confused as to if using the Ganondorf amiibo had any effect on the number of hearts gained from using it.
What's nice is the BoTW amiibos' content can be unlocked within the game.
Wow, sounds like the amiibo actually make this game LESS fun. I'd rather get in-game items the regular way, and not early.
Why is the Twillight Princess Amiibo is better in-game than the BOTW Amiibo? Seeing what the other LOZ amiibo could do I got excited but this was sad. Also they are $15.99 or $19.99 depending which ones....
but let's be honest here I'm prob gonna get them..
@LiberatedAnimal If you read my post, I was referring to what the back of the packages said.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE GIven THat EVerything ABout VIdeo GAmes IS COmpletely ANd TOtally VOluntary--WHat COnsoles TO BUy, WHat GAmes TO PLay, WHat ACcessories TO GEt--IF AMiibo ARe A SCourge SO IS LIterally EVerything ELse, BEcause EVery ARgument YOu COuld MAke APplies TO EVerything.
@edgedino: Fair point. It's nice to see that amiibo are still completely optional, at any rate.
I already have these preordered to display on my shelf. Didn't expect them to do something this nice!
That's great news because that means I don't need to take them out and I think I'll enjoy finding items on my own. Though I think I'll still get the Zelda and Link amiibo...the bokoblin one looks cool and so does that Guardian....and how could I forget link on a horse.....oh crap, I'm broke.
Do the old Zelda, or Ganondorf Amiibos do anything? They're the only Zelda Amiibos I have. It'd be weird if they didn't do anything...
I've got ten hearts or so on my wolf link amiibo. I look forward to using it from time to time:)
So you don't even get anything exclusive? Guess I don't need the amiibo then. I kind of wanted a reason to buy them.
If my Sonic Amiibo doesn't give him a spindash, I'm going to be well cheesed off.
So they're basically useless. Like all amiiibo these days. Nintendo barely even tries with these anymore; just pumps out more. Seems Wolf Link is the only one that actually does someone interesting.
I love the final line of the article O.O
"All of these items can be obtained in the game without using amiibo"
Really glad the amiibo are keeping their status of a lovely extra that you are not forced to buy purely for the game's sake.
So basically the future of amiibo have come to this:
Being fysically cheat codes
That's just sad.
But what about the Smash LoZ cast members? So far they've only detailed the LoZ series amiibo. I'd assume the Smash Link, Toon Link and Zelda would do the same as some of the announced ones, but what about Sheik and Ganondorf?!?
Thank god they aren't amiibo exclusive items
@Alshain01 A previous article here said old Zelda Amiibo's are compatible with Breath of the Wild.
I still buy Amiibos based off of how cool they look, but I still feel like they're doing something wrong with the in game content. I probably wouldn't use the amiibos in this game because I don't want early access to weapons that may make it easier to progress.
Sounds good could use all the Amiibos right at the start n have all the gear ready or use the Amiibos when stick in a situation or just go raw n discover without using any Amiibos.
You're welcome for the heads-up NL
I also doubt I'll actually be using the Amiibo's, but still buying them because they all look great.
I am so glad I have these figures preordered.
Next weekend's gonna be a blast!
@sp_initiate-001 This article says that. You can verify a statement from a statement made by the same place. I still see nothing to indicate the Ganondorf and the SSMB amiibo are compatible. At most the Nintendo site says 'tba' but that doesn't mean much since all the upcoming games say that for all amiibo.
@Alshain01 Wolf Link in that website says it only works for the Wii U version :-0
Sooo, they're absolutely useless, then?
This means I'll have to actually OPEN them
Are they one time uses in game though? Because I note it says MAY get a Shield/Bow/Arrows etc not just "get a".
@popey1980 You can use them infinitely, but after each use, you have to wait 24 hours in real life to use them again.
@sp_initiate-001 ahhhh thank you for clearing that up. Now the biggest question: Do I open them?!
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