New Breath of the Wild amiibo review and comprehensive in-game amiibo guide
by on March 10, 2017

Up until recently, The Legend of Zelda has been rather underrepresented in Nintendo’s amiibo lineup compared to the other franchises. There’s naturally heaps of Mario amiibo, and Animal Crossing had its heyday both with several figurine amiibo in addition to the many amiibo cards. In fact, were it not for the 30th Anniversary Legend of Zelda amiibo released late in 2016, the only Zelda amiibo there would have been thus far would have been the few figurines from the Super Smash Bros. series as well as Wolf Link and Midna from Twilight Princess HD.

Enter the five new Zelda amiibo from Breath of the Wild! We’ve posted our review of Breath of the Wild as well as our Wii U/Switch comparison of it earlier this week. But it’s hard to call our review of the game complete without looking at these new amiibo. Just how nice are these figurines, what do they do, and are they worth getting?

Sizing up the amiibo competition

For the most part, the models they chose for the five Breath of the Wild amiibo are no surprise. There’s Link wielding a bow with an Ancient Arrow (Archer Link), Link riding a steed with a sword raised (Rider Link), Princess Zelda, and one of the many octopus-like Guardians. The fifth amiibo is perhaps a surprise of a choice: the Bokoblin, likely chosen because they’ve been prolific in Nintendo’s marketing of the Great Plateau. Missing from this collection is the Calamity Ganon, though that’s likely because in all Nintendo’s marketing, Calamity Ganon is more or less a wispy presence without a solid enough form to craft into a figurine.

As far as the size goes, four of the five new amiibo are essentially the same height as nearly every amiibo that has come before them. Of course, Rider Link, who’s mounted atop a horse raised up on two legs, is naturally taller than the average, though it’s relatively comparable with the height of Wolf Link and Midna’s figurine from Twilight Princess HD. The Bokoblin is of course shorter than the average (even smaller than Toon Link’s amiibo), but the Bokoblin fills out the entire girth of the base and then some. The real exception to this is the Guardian. It’s actually not any taller than the other four amiibo; however, it’s definitely broader. Even the base of the Guardian can’t be contained by the amiibo stand, and its spider-like legs stick out much further, meaning that you’ll need to give this guy some room if you plan on putting it on display with the rest of your amiibo.

The unique aspect of the Guardian amiibo is that, in an amiibo first, the legs are bendable and posable. As a result, you can create some interesting action scenes if you try to pose it alongside any of its amiibo friends. However, the ability to bend the legs isn’t completely freeform. There’s certainly a resistance to bending the legs too far out of shape so you can’t go completely crazy with it. However, you do get enough wiggle room to play around with it, and it feels sturdy enough that you won’t break it easily.

These figurines, oddly enough, are actually a little more expensive than the normal lot of amiibo. Pretty much every amiibo that has been released before it has retailed for US$12.99/AU$17.95. However, every Breath of the Wild amiibo other than the Guardian is US$15.99/AU$21.95, and the Guardian goes for US$19.99/AU$29.95. The Guardian’s price point isn’t completely outlandish if you ask me; that the Guardian is so big, has bendable legs, and is actually pretty weighty seems pretty reasonable. However, we can’t claim to understand the increased cost for the other four as there’s not really any greater complexity, weight, or detail in these four compared with the Smash Bros. line.

How your amiibo will work for you

Because these are brand new amiibo, currently the Breath of the Wild amiibo’s main purpose is to be add-ons for Breath of the Wild, though we didn’t test if they work with any prior released game. If you’re looking for unique functionality for these new amiibo in the latest Zelda, you won’t find it. The functionality of all of Wild’s amiibo is duplicated by other amiibo with the exception of the Guardian itself.

The good news is that Breath of the Wild will accept any amiibo that you may own, whether it’s a character from The Legend of Zelda or not. Every non-Zelda figurine, when loaded into the game, will drop a handful of food ingredients for you to pick up and eventually cook into tastier food. However, each Zelda amiibo, regardless of series, will grant you themed items (generally food) as well as a treasure chest containing a random game item.

As for the treasure inside, they’re completely random and can include rare crafting materials, swords, bows, or shields. However, you can get a handful of “Easter egg” items to fancy up your Link in Breath of the Wild. Each of the Links each have three themed items constituting a complete armor set from their respective games (The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess), and some even have a custom sword also from the respective game to complete the look. The various Zeldas (including Sheik) and Ganondorf will each give one custom item.

This leaves Smash Bros.’s Link, and Wolf Link and Midna. The first time you scan Smash Bros. Link, a wild horse that looks surprisingly like Epona will appear in front of you. The horse is completely friendly and tame and has max stats in all its categories, so why not take her? Just make sure to register her with a stable or else there’s a risk you’ll lose her forever (though technically some users have reported that you can resummon her if you forget). Wolf Link and Midna will cause Wolf Link to join you as a companion in the game. Wolf Link will have a heart gauge equal to the heart gauge in Twilight Princess HD that you last uploaded into your amiibo, so that’s an incentive to dust off the game and finish collecting those Pieces of Hearts!

Each amiibo can be scanned once per day, though Nintendo still doesn’t protect against cheaters who adjust their system’s clock or who load a previous save to redraw the item. You can see a complete listing of the items able to be obtained below:

amiibo Crafting items Random treasures
Breath of the Wild Rider Link Mushrooms Traveler’s Bridle
Traveler’s Saddle
Broadswords
Elemental arrows
Breath of the Wild Archer Link Fish, meat, arrows Bows
Elemental arrows
Breath of the Wild Zelda Plants Shields
Rare gems
Breath of the Wild Bokoblin Meat, monster parts Boko weapons
Boko shields
Breath of the Wild Guardian Metal boxes containing
Ancient parts and gems
Guardian weapons
Guardian shields
Ancient cores
Ancient arrows
30th anniversary 8-bit Link Barrels with rupees Cap of the Hero
Tunic of the Hero
Trousers of the Hero
(LoZ) Sword
Swords
Shields
Elemental arrows
30th anniversary Ocarina Link Meat Cap of Time
Tunic of Time
Trousers of Time
Biggoron’s Sword
Claymores
Elemental arrows
30th anniversary Toon Link Fish Cap of the Wind
Tunic of the Wind
Trousers of the Wind
Seabreeze Boomerang
Swords
Boomerangs
Elemental arrows
30th anniversary Toon Zelda Plants Hero’s Shield
Shields
Rare gems
Twilight Princess HD Wolf Link Wolf Link companion
Super Smash Bros. Link First time: — Epona
Afterward: Meat, fruit Cap of Twilight
Tunic of Twilight
Trousers of Twilight
Swords
Shields
Elemental Arrows
Super Smash Bros. Toon Link Fish Cap of the Wind
Tunic of the Wind
Trousers of the Wind
Seabreeze Boomerang
Broadswords
Elemental arrows
Super Smash Bros. Zelda Plants Twilight Bow
Bows
Rare gems
Super Smash Bros. Sheik Mushrooms Sheik’s Mask
Sheikah swords
Shield of the Mind’s Eye
Elemental arrows
Super Smash Bros. Ganondorf Barrels with rupees
(sometimes explosive)
Sword of the Six Sages
Claymores
Rare gems
Rare monster parts
All non-Zelda amiibo Random food
Bolded items are amiibo-exclusive items.

 

Bang for buck: Boon or bust?

Collecting amiibo is a funny thing as you honestly really cannot predict their overall utility value over time. When it comes to the functionality in Breath of the Wild, at best there’s a tangential boon of being provided with quick resources each day, meaning you won’t have to farm quite so much. And of course there are the random items, though most of the ones we obtained off the bat aren’t much better than the stuff you would get in the midgame. Admittedly having Epona is nice as it saves you from having to grind your Stamina Wheel and actually acquire a good horse, but you surprisingly get that from a Smash Bros.-era amiibo instead of one of the new ones. And of course having Wolf Link is pretty nice too, but that’s given from another previously released amiibo as well.

So all in all, if you’re getting them for Breath of the Wild, you should probably skip them. To get all five, you’re going to be all in for US$83.95/AU$117.75, and that’s a lot of scratch for nothing truly unique.

But, let’s not forget the collector’s aspect of amiibo as well, and that’s not something to be denied. If you like or are in the habit of collecting amiibo that tickle your fancy or are part of your favorite franchise, by all means, go out and get them! The five amiibo are really nice, and certainly there is a good bit of detail put into them, especially both Links and Princess Zelda. Plus, considering we gave Breath of the Wild a 10/10, these amiibo will remind you of how good that game is months and years down the track.

Full disclosure
Nintendo Australia has graciously provided us with a Nintendo Switch, both the Switch and Wii U versions of Breath of the Wild, and the five Breath of the Wild amiibo. Our review copy came later than expected, hence the delay in our posting.
David Johnson
David Johnson, a.k.a. "The Missing Link," was once the webmaster of both Zelda: The Grand Adventures and ZeldaBlog. He works as a software engineer in the games industry. David also pontificates about Zelda, writes features and guides for ZU, and obsesses about CD-i.
  • Samantha Coleman

    Would like to comment that the rumor of Epona being a one time thing is just that, a rumor. I’ve pulled once but not the first time I used the amiibo and my roommate has pulled her 3-4 times. And this is all without any rerolling. And she has pulled her without actually ever having lost her original one.

    • From what people are reporting Epona can be acquired more than once, but apparently it’s somewhat random after the first time. We didn’t experiment *that* much with it, but we figure it’s safest to make sure you register her at the stable the first time, just to be safe. 🙂 But thanks for sharing your experiences!

  • Garreth De Boer

    I agree with you they’re nicely detailed for amiibo, with the exception of Zelda, she has this awful melty face that looks…… really bad.

  • Dr Jaden

    What I want to know is what breath of wild amiibo do in other games. In TP HD does BOTW Zelda act like Smash Zelda? In Hyrule Warriors do BOTW Link/Zelda act like smash link/Zelda?