There are over 100 amiibo out there and they all work with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in terms of unlocking items. Some will do more than others but all of them will at least get you some sort of item. We’re going to take a second and show you how to use them.
First things first, Nintendo buried the amiibo function. You’re going to have to turn on the function by going into the options. When you’re in game, you either hit Start if you’re on the Wii U or the Plus Button (+) if you’re on the Switch, scroll to the far right, and the first option will be the ability to turn on amiibo. This will unlock the amiibo rune for you.
To get to the rune, just hold up on the D-Pad and you’ll see all of your runes – bombs, magnesis, stasis, cryonis, camera and now amiibo.
Once you have the amiibo rune selected, the next thing you should do is find a safe place to use it. Full disclaimer, there were bokoblins riding horseback around the area I was taking these screenshots but I ignored them for the purpose of this guide. You’re going to be looking for a relatively flat surface so your items don’t go sliding off a cliff or something of that nature.
Activate your rune and you’ll see a circle appear on the ground which shows you where your items will be dropping once you scan your amiibo. To scan the amiibo, you’ll hover the amiibo over your right Joy-Con if you’re on the Switch or you’ll tap the amiibo on the bottom left part of your Wii U gamepad. The Nintendo Switch pro controller will also work for this as it has a built in NFC reader. Once you scan the amiibo, you’ll see a flash to let you know it worked.
Many of the Zelda amiibo will drop chests so be careful not to be directly under the drop zone or you may get hurt. The non-Zelda amiibo will drop things like fish, meat, fruit and plants so you don’t have to worry about being crushed by those.
Once everything has fallen from the sky, feel free to pick up your haul. There are some amiibo that will drop special clothing that you are trying to get. If you don’t get what you want in the chest, you can always reload a save and try again. It may feel dirty but it works.
Make sure you check out our complete guide on what all the amiibo do in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and be sure to check out what the amiibo that were announced during last month’s Nintendo Direct do as well.