Amiibi figures give Link bonus items and even weapons and armor
Using Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Amiibo unlocks is a fast, albeit not free, way to get some excellent items in Nintendo’s open-world sequel. Like in Breath of the Wild, you can scan all Zelda-related Amiibo and get anything ranging from a horse and unique equipment to rare gems–or maybe just some apples. Amiibo rewards are almost always randomized to an extent. Scanning the Ganondorf Amiibo, for example, could get you some meat, precious gems, or even Gerudo-themed weapons.
Your Amiibo loot drops in a treasure chest at your location, so unlike Breath of the Wild’s EX treasure, you don’t have to go hunt it down.
You can scan each Amiibo once per day, and there’s no limit to how many different Amiibo you can scan. If you own the entire range, you can scan them all once each day. To scan an Amiibo:
- Turn airplane mode off. The Switch uses near-field technology for Amiibo scans, so you don’t need an internet connection
- Once you gain control of Link, hold the “L” button to open the ability menu
- Move the right stick so the cursor highlights the Amiibo icon
- Press “A” to clear the tutorial screen, and aim the cursor at a clear patch of ground
- Hold the Amiibo over the right stick
You’ll hear a confirmation sound, and your items will appear.
Just bear in mind that, while the Tears of the Kingdom Amiibo unlocks are useful and include nods to previous games in the series, they aren’t essential. You can find other gear in the game with similar stats or effects–without having to pay $100 or more from a third-party seller just to get a small plastic figurine. Here’s a complete guide to every Amiibo that works with Tears of the Kingdom and the rewards you may earn for using each of them.