In the Nintendo Switch edition of Skyrim, it was revealed that you can use amiibo to obtain special Zelda Gear.
This page will highlight how amiibo work, and how you can obtain the unique Zelda items with – or without – using amiibo.
As soon as you are able to fight and use spells in the game, you will find among your spells is a special “shout” called Amiibo. This takes the place of your Dragon Shouts, and by pressing R, you can summon an amiibo point on the ground that looks like a gold circle. Note that if it doesn’t appear, you may need to move around to find a place that works.
While this gold circle is in place, tap an amiibo on the NFC reader on your controller, and a chest will be summoned – much like how they appear in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
While using any regular non-Zelda themed amiibo, you’ll find a standard chest that looks like any chest you find in dungeons. Like such chests, it is filled with random loot that can include food, gold, weapons, armor, gems, and anything in-between. Like Breath of the Wild, each amiibo can be used once per day to give you a chest.
However, when you use any Zelda-themed amiibo, you will summon a a Zelda themed chest (Complete with sound effects!) that has around a 20% chance to include up to three pieces of Zelda gear: The Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Champion’s Tunic.
Video Guide: How to Get Zelda Gear Without Amiibo
If you don’t happen to own any Zelda themed amiibo – or don’t like your chances, fear not! These items exist in the world in a specific place, but it might be a challenge to get to them.
Travel up to High Hrothgar, and make for the Throat of the World – the very top of the highest mountain in Skyrim.
Of course, normally, you will need to progress in the main Dragonborn quest until you learn the Clear Skies shout to open the barrier outside of Hrothgar to get to the summit.
However, intrepid mountain climbers can always try and another way by hopping, sliding, and hugging the cliff walls to make it all the way from High Hrothgar and bypass the barriers to get to the Throat of the World. There’s no easy way to do this – you just need a lot of time and patience.
Once you reach the Throat of the World, you’ll find a level plateau just below the peak where a dragon tablet (and perhaps the main dragon himself) are located. If you keep walking past that structure towards the cliffs, you’ll find a path going West past some stacked rocks before the path veers South and stops suddenly at an outcropping of rocks – and here you’ll find a special Zelda-themed chest.
Inside the chest you’ll find the Champion’s Tunic, Hylian Shield, and Master Sword. Note that while you can obtain duplicates of the Hylian Shield and Champion’s Tunic using a combination of amiibo or the unique chest – there can only ever be one Master Sword in the world. If you already got one from an amiibo, it won’t appear in the chest on the mountain.
Each of the three Zelda themed items are fairly powerful in their own way – and can be extremely overpowered early on in your adventures.
- Base Damage: 15
- Weight: 12
- Base Value: 235
The Master Sword is around equivalent in damage to a Dragonbone Sword, making it extremely valuable to have. However, there can only be one Master Sword in the world at a time, and once summoned, take care not to lose it as you will not be able to get it again from another chest.
- Base Armor: 23 (Light Armor)
- Weight: 3
- Base Value: 115
The Hylian Shield is not as overpowered as the Master Sword, being around the same as an Elven Shield, but stronger and lighter. Unlike the Master Sword, you can find additional Hylian Shields by using more amiibo.
- Base Armor: 46 (Light Armor)
- Weight: 4
- Base Value: 300
The Champion’s Tunic is a full suit of Light Armor (excluding a helmet) that encompasses body, glove, and trouser armor. As such, it boasts a surprising amount of defense for incorporating each of these items, and like the Hylian Shield, you can summon duplicates using amiibo.