You won’t need amiibo to unlock Zelda gear in Skyrim for Switch

Brodie Fogg 13 November 2017

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It's dangerous to go alone, but you won't need to fork out for extra figurines to take advantage of Link's get up.

There was a lot about the Nintendo Switch's first reveal trailer that contributed to the hype (and subsequent sales success) but maybe the biggest jaw-dropper was the tease that Skyrim was coming to Nintendo Switch. It was a dragon shout from the rooftops, hinting at what the tiny demon was capable of. Sure, Skyrim was a last-gen game, but it was hands-down one of the most impressive games of its time. There were a lot of questions on everyone's lips when it was first revealed, but we were quite excited to see how Nintendo would put their own signature twist on the iconic game. Motion controls were almost a given, but the sweetest surprise came at last year's E3 when it was revealed that the Dragonborn would be able to don Link's iconic tunic, wield the might Master Sword and haul the Hylian shield around.

The only trick? You'd have to scan in a Breath of the Wild amiibo to unlock this sweet bounty (rather than just smash a nearby pot). Or so we thought.

We've recently received word from Bethesda that players without the compatible amiibo will be able to unlock the gear, regardless. There's a slight catch.

If you scan the compatible amiibo, you have a 20% chance of unlocking the Zelda gear chest. If you don't luck out, you will still be given a drop of loot containing treats like armour, weapons, food, gold and gems. We're assuming amiibo here work like most games, daily scans for a fresh drop of loot. For those not playing with the compatible amiibo can also access the Zelda gear chest by reaching the summit of Tamriel's tallest mountain, The Throat of the World. No simple task in itself. But not everyone will have the leftover dough to drop on a new amiibo after forking out for Skyrim, and there's also the fact that retailers could be low on stock come release day.

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