How to Use amiibo on the Switch in Tears of the Kingdom
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How to Use amiibo on the Switch in Tears of the Kingdom

Like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Tears of the Kingdom on the Nintendo Switch has amiibo support, and it’s very easy to use them. Granted, if you’ve never done so before, finding the right spot to scan be tricky. It’s not like Nintendo labels the exact spot on the Switch or Pro Controller. But once you do find the right place, it only takes a moment before you’re getting a glider skin or some helpful weapons.

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How do I use an amiibo in general on the Nintendo Switch?

So this is fairly simple. However, it does vary depending on what you’re using to play the game. If you’re using the Switch in Handheld Mode, playing on a Switch Lite, or using the Joy-Cons as your controller in Docked or Tabletop Mode, then you’ll need to hold the amiibo over the right analog stick. The NFC reader is in there.

If you use the Pro Controller, it’s in a separate place. Here, you need to hold the amiibo over the Nintendo logo in the center to scan it into the game.

I marked the proper spots in the gallery below, just to make things a bit more clear.

How do I use an amiibo in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on the Switch?

First, you need to complete the Ukouh Shrine part of the tutorial. This is because the amiibo statue function in-game is locked away until you gain access to that ability dial.

Once you do finish it, bringing up the dial with Link’s abilities lets you access the amiibo option. Now, I didn’t need to actually “enable” amiibo functionality in the menu and was able to just scroll to the option and select it to begin scanning. However, you may need to bring up the menu, scroll to the gear on the far right, head to the options, and choose to enable the amiibo option shown below.

How to Use amiibo on the Switch in Tears of the Kingdom

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When you select the amiibo option from the dial, you’ll be able to scan one in after finding a safe, nearby, empty spot for the treasures to fall. You’ll get a random array of items and ingredients and, in some cases, glider skins if it’s a The Legend of Zelda amiibo. Some amiibo do award items you might find better or more useful than others, so make sure you check your collection and experiment.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available for the Nintendo Switch.

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Jenni is Editor-in-Chief at Siliconera and has been playing games since getting access to her parents' Intellivision as a toddler. She continues to play on every possible platform and loves all of the systems she owns. (These include a PS4, Switch, Xbox One, WonderSwan Color and even a Vectrex!) You may have also seen her work at GamerTell, Cheat Code Central, Michibiku and PlayStation LifeStyle.