Zelda: Breath of the Wild - What Do amiibo Unlock?

We cover what amiibos work with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and what they do.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild offers amiibo support, and you can use every amiibo released to date to receive some reward. However, when you scan certain Zelda-themed amiibo, you can unlock some incredible rare treasure in Zelda: BOTW that can be a significant help on your adventure. Some people might consider all the goodies you get from using amiibo in Breath of the Wild to be cheating, and if you're the type that doesn't want extra help in the form of items, we'll note the amiibo below that add new features as opposed to just food ingredients and treasure.

How to Use amiibo in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The first thing you need to do to use amiibo in Zelda: Breath of the Wild is to enter the options menu in game and enable amiibo functionality. Once you enable the use of amiibo, you'll find a new rune in your Sheikah Slate menu. Select this rune and use it and you'll notice a target circle appears. Make sure you place this target circle in a flat area, so the items you get from your amiibo don't roll away. When you're ready to scan an amiibo, just place it on the thumbstick on the right Joy-Con controller. If it scans correctly, you'll get confirmation and receive the items that particular amiibo has to offer.

Special amiibo Rewards

There are two rewards in particular that amiibo can give that are unique. One is the legendary horse Epona, and the other is a companion in the form of Wolf Link.

How to Get Epona with amiibo

To get the legendary horse Epona, you'll need to scan the Super Smash Bros. Link figure. Once Epona appears in the game, you can ride her to a stable and register her. When you reach a stable, the stable manager will recognize her as Epona, and you'll have to keep that as her name. Epona is everything you could ask for in a horse, though. She has max strength, speed, and stamina stats, a gentle temperament, and you have the max bond with her from the very beginning. Epona also has a custom bridle and saddle that you, unfortunately, can't change, and you can't change her hairstyle.

How to Get Wolf Link with amiibo

To get Wolf Link in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you'll need to scan the Wolf Link amiibo. Wolf Link will help you by attacking enemies and animals, and locating whatever target you've set your Sheikah Slate sensor to scan. Unlike Epona, there's no way to save Wolf Link as a companion, so if he dies, or you need to spawn him again for any reason, you'll have to scan the Wolf Link amiibo again.

Wolf Link normally has only three hearts. However, you can accomplish a task to get him up to 20. If you have a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on Wii U, play the game until you have 20 heart containers. Once you've accomplished that, go to the Cave of Shadows and complete the first six levels without taking any damage. Once you do that you'll have the option to save those hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo, and when you scan it in Breath of the Wild, Wolf Link will appear with 20 heart containers, making him a much heartier ally.

What Other amiibo Work in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

You can scan any amiibo in Zelda: Breath of the Wild once a day to receive a reward. The majority of amiibo just offer random food and elixir ingredients, but other Zelda-themed ones give you a little something extra, though not on par with Wolf Link and Epona.

8-Bit Link amiibo

The 8-Bit Link amiibo gives a random assortment of food and some rupees.

Archer Link amiibo

The Archer Link amiibo drops random food items and a chest containing a strong bow.

Bokoblin amiibo

The Bokoblin amiibo drops random food and elixir items and some powerful clubs.

Breath of the Wild Zelda amiibo

The Breath of the Wild Zelda amiibo drops random food items and a chest containing a Hylian Shield.

Guardian amiibo

The Guardian amiibo gives rare food items and chests containing a strong weapon and an Ancient Arrow.

Horse Rider Link amiibo

The Horse Rider Link amiibo gives random food items, a sword, and a special saddle for your horse.

Ocarina of Time Link amiibo

The Ocarina of Time Link amiibo gives a bunch of high-quality meat for cooking and a chest.

Toon Link amiibo

The Toon Link amiibo gives you a random selection of fish for cooking and a chest.

Toon Zelda amiibo

The Toon Zelda amiibo gives a random selection of herbs for cooking and a chest.

Now that you've learned what amiibo do in BOTW, head over to our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide hub for more info.

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