Skyrim Nintendo Switch: How to Unlock Zelda Items Without Amiibo

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Skyrim Nintendo Switch

One of the reasons you might be considering picking up Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch is the fact that you saw the E3 2017 trailer. While the trailer is no doubt remember for its curious choice of music, we also saw exclusive Breath of the Wild gear in there, including the Master Sword.

The trailer showed the tapping of an amiibo which then dropped a chest containing the Zelda items. You actually only have a 20 percent chance of obtaining the Zelda gear each time you tap a compatible amiibo but you are allowed to try again the next day until you eventually get all the gear you want.

The chests drop the same way they do in Breath of the Wild – a yellow circle appears, you tap your amiibo and a chest will spawn. You’ll either get the gear you’re looking for or you’ll find a nice helping of lettuce and arrows.

All of this only applies to players who own the compatible amiibo. If you don’t like amiibo for whatever reason, you might be delighted to hear that this gear is not locked behind an amiibo paywall. Instead, all you have to do is head to the top of The Throat of the World and open a chest there which will contain all of your Zelda gear.

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You will progress to The Throat of the World naturally if you’re playing through the main story so there isn’t any reason to rush straight there if you want the gear. Of course, you could just do that but we haven’t actually tried going straight there so we can’t confirm if the chest will still be there or not. You will have to do a few things first, such as kill a dragon, if you’re just following the main story so you might grow a little impatient.

Having the ability to get this gear in-game is a welcome addition to the Switch version. The PC version is very well known for its mod support and while players have added in items like the Master Sword before, this is the first time it has been available officially in Skyrim. The Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim does not have mod support like the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions do.

Bethesda has been one of the first publishers to show some serious support for the Nintendo Switch. Just in November alone both DOOM and Skyrim have arrived on the console while Wolfenstein 2 arrives some time in 2018. Depending on how these games perform sales-wise it’s possible we could see more Bethesda games coming over to the console.

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