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The most useful amiibo for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo Zelda amiibo for Switch
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a huge game with many fun mechanics and places to explore. Sections of this adventure are rough but can be made a lot easier if you have some amiibo nearby to give you extra perks. Just about every amiibo Nintendo produced can be scanned into the game once a day to spawn resources, rupees, and even exclusive gear. However, some give out far better rewards than others. We recommend grabbing Link, one of the best Breath of the Wild amiibo, from the Super Smash Bros. line. If not for the great weapons and outfit, then for the chance to ride Link's trusty steed Epona again.

Editor's Note: Many of these amiibo are no longer in circulation, making them more expensive than their initial MSRP and also harder to find. You can also purchase used or imported amiibo from Japan and scan them on your Switch as they are not region locked.

These are the best amiibo for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Best amiibo overall

Reasons to buy

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You're guaranteed Epona the horse
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Drops a wide range of swords, shields, and arrows
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Will also drop the Twilight outfit for Link

Reasons to avoid

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There are better-looking versions of Link available as amiibo

This amiibo of Link depicts him as he appeared in Twilight Princess and scanning it amiibo for the first time unlocks Link's trusty steed, Epona. So make sure you're near a stable to register her before you scan the figurine. That way you can use her whenever you want.

Epona is arguably the best horse in the game and definitely has better stats than most of the horses you'll find in the wild near the beginning. On top of that, who doesn't want to ride Epona? Ever since she made her first appearance in Ocarina of Time, she's been Link's trusted steed. Riding another horse just doesn't feel right.

This version of Link also has a random chance of dropping the Cap of Twilight, Trousers of Twilight, and Tunic of Twilight. Put that outfit on, and you'll look just like Link from Twilight Princess, which was the most popular version of Link until Breath of the Wild came around. Other drops include the Knight's Broadsword, Soldier's Broadsword, Traveler's Sword, matching shields, and arrows of all types.

The Twilight Princess amiibo offers plenty of spoils to help players on their journey, and one, in particular, that's worth the price of admission alone. Scanning this amiibo will spawn Link's steed, Epona nearby so you don't have to go looking for her.

It should be noted that the Link Twilight Princess — The Legend of Zelda Series amiibo also provides the same rewards as this Link — Super Smash Bros. Series amiibo. However, that other figure historically has been far more expensive from third-party sellers. 

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Best battle companion

Reasons to buy

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Summons your very own wolf companion
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Wolf Link can help you hunt items as well as enemies
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The amiibo design looks really good

Reasons to avoid

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Upgrading this amiibo requires an older game on an older system
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No additional weapon or item drops

Speaking of Twilight Princess, arguably the second best amiibo for Breath of the Wild depicts Wolf Link from that game along with the mischievous imp, Midna, on his back. Originally released with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U, this amiibo can now be found selling on its own. 

Tapping the amiibo will spawn Wolf Link in-game to fight alongside you, hunt animals for food, track down shrines, and keep you company. You can summon him as many times as you want in a day as long as he doesn't get defeated by enemies. If he is killed, he'll poof away and cannot be summoned again until the next day. 

Wolf Link is a formidable ally, but he only spawns with three hearts, which means he won't last long if he takes a hit from a strong enemy. Herein lies the biggest issue with Wolf Link — upgrading him.

The good news is it's possible to upgrade Wolf Link's health bar. The bad news? The only way to increase Wolf Link's hearts is by playing Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U. You have to play through the whole game to upgrade Wolf Link. If you have a Wii U, a copy of Twilight Princess HD, and some time on your hands, upgrading Wolf Link can be extremely helpful. 

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Guardian — The Legend of Zelda Series amiibo

Best Guardian items

Reasons to buy

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The figure itself is very detailed
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Drops very rare Guardian materials and weapons

Reasons to avoid

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Takes up a lot of space on the shelf

The Guardians are ancient machines created by the Sheikah, originally created to aid the Hyrulean army in the battle against Calamity Ganon. Unfortunately for the Kingdom of Hyrule, they lost control of the Guardians, which cost them the war. Now, they sit dormant across the fields of Hyrule, waiting for something to kill. Guardians are some of the toughest enemies in Breath of the Wild, and they have an equally menacing amiibo to match.

Tapping this behemoth of an amiibo will drop a chest that will randomly drop Guardian Weapons and Shields. Even better, there's the chance that the quality of the drop will be above normal. Guardian gear is some of the best in the game. They have high offensive and defensive capabilities and have good durability. Even better, there's a chance that the Guardian will drop rare items like Ancient Cores and Ancient Arrows.

The Guardian is easily one of the best-looking amiibo. It's incredibly detailed and looks great on any shelf. The downside is that tracking down this amiibo down can be difficult. If you can find it for a good price, I highly recommend scooping it up — if not to use, then to display. It looks so good!

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Ganondorf — Super Smash Bros. Series amiibo

Best for two-handed weapons

Reasons to buy

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Drops an exclusive weapon
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A high chance of dropping lots of rupees and gems to sell
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All of the weapons dropped deal good damage

Reasons to avoid

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Only drops two-handed weapons
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You have to beat the game to unlock the exclusive item

The big bad himself. This amiibo depicts Ganondorf as he appeared in Twilight Princess. Ganondorf is the embodiment of evil and has been the main antagonist in many Zelda games. His amiibo is tall and brooding, but what you might not know is that this is a very generous amiibo.

Tapping Ganondorf will drop arrows, Rupees, and Bokoblin Guts, along with some mighty two-handed weapons. You may get one of four different claymores, as well as some rare materials, like Star Fragments. There is also a chance that Ganondorf might drop a precious gem, like a Diamond, Sapphire, or Ruby. Great for crafting or selling for a quick buck.

Scanning Ganondorf also unlocks an exclusive weapon—the Sword of Six Sages. The only catch is that you must beat Breath of the Wild before this weapon can spawn. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a massive game, but it's great. 

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Princess Zelda — Super Smash Bros. Series amiibo

Best bow drops

Reasons to buy

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Provides players with strong long-range bows
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The exclusive drop is one of the better bows in the game
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Also drops rare items you can sell

Reasons to avoid

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Must beat the game to unlock the Twilight Bow

If using swords and shields aren't your thing, and you prefer the distance of a bow, the Zelda — Super Smash Bros. Series amiibo is right for you. This figurine depicts the regal and strong Zelda as she appeared in Twilight Princess. 

In Twilight Princess, Zelda helps defeat Ganondorf by using a bow and arrow so it's fitting that this amiibo can drop four different bows: A Royal Bow, Knight's Bow, Soldier's Bow, or Traveler's Bow. There's also a chance that Zelda will drop a rare gem, like a Diamond, Sapphire, and Ruby. She'll even drop a Star Fragment from time to time. Also, You'll get a lot of herbs and carrots. Mix the right ingredients, and you'll whip up something good.

Finally, Zelda drops the exclusive Twilight Bow. It's a very good weapon and is excellent at the beginning of the game. Like Ganondorf's drop, you must beat the game first before you can get the Twilight Bow in a drop. All in all, Zelda is a useful amiibo for players who would rather keep their distance with a long-range weapon.

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Best costume with matching sword

Reasons to buy

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Provides one of the best-looking outfits in the game
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Also grants one of the coolest-looking weapons in the game

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't provide much else

Young Link appears in both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, two classic Zelda adventures widely considered some of the best games created. To celebrate the Legend of Zelda's 30th anniversary, Nintendo released different versions of Link from some of his most popular adventures. Young Link stands confident with his sword and Goron Mask but tapping him into the game nets you something even cooler: The Fierce Deity Mask, Fierce Deity Boots, Fierce Deity Armor, and  Fierce Deity Sword.

In Majora's Mask, the Fierce Deity Mask transformed Link into an all-powerful force. In Breath of the Wild, it's just a costume. A cool costume, but a costume, nonetheless. It's not all aesthetic, though; the massive Fierce Deity Sword will help you defeat bad guys with its wide range.

Majora's Mask was once one of the more overlooked Zelda games but has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Its darker themes, unique time travel premise, and undeniably unique world still resonate with players today. That makes this one of the best Zelda collectibles out there. 

It's dangerous to go alone; take this amiibo!

Nintendo's amiibo figurines aren't a necessary part of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but they provide some fun extras and can make the game easier to play. All The Legend of Zelda amiibo work with the game, so you can still enjoy some random loot even if you don't have any of the best Zelda amiibo listed above. 

Of course, with or without amiibo, Breath of the Wild is still one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch. Still we recommend grabbing the Link amiibo from the Super Smash Bros line. It boasts many goodies, including Epona, Link's ride for the last 20 years. Epona is one of the best horses in the game with impressive stats and will get you to where you need fast. 

The most unique amiibo by far for Breath of the Wild is Wolf Link since it allows you to summon this canine companion to explore and fight alongside you. If you're interested in getting larger, two-handed swords on the regular, Ganondorf is also a great addition to your amiibo collection. Lots of gems and an exclusive sword round out Ganondorf's bounty of riches.