Zelda: Link's Awakening amiibo: how to use amiibo, compatibility list and item unlocks

The Nintendo Switch remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is very true to the Game Boy original, and so that means there isn't a huge amount of new content - but there is one major new addition, the Chamber Dungeon Creator, and that brings with it full support for Amiibo in the game. Here's how amiibo work in Link's Awakening, and how to use them

First of all, it's worth noting that you won't be able to actually use amiibo until you've completed a few of the story dungeons on Koholint Island as part of the main story. If you're exploring, you'll see Dampe the gravekeeper either right before or shortly after you visit Dungeon Level 2, Bottle Grotto. His shack is just east of that dungeon, north of where you have to despatch the Raccoon in the Mysterious Forest and south of the mountains at the top of the island. There's a teleport portal right near Dampe's Shack so you can revisit it easily, too. Most important, once Dampe's Shack is open for business he'll actually briefly pop down to Mabe Village and hang out at the west of the village near the well, to spead the news of his grand not-so opening. Most importantly, once Dampe's shack is open, you can use amiibo.


How to use Amiibo in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Switch

If you're used to the amazing amiibo compatibility in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, take a deep breath: the amiibo use in Link's Awakening is downright disappointing by comparison. You've been warned. Basically, it's all linked to this Chamber Dungeon mode, where you create dungeons with Dampe and then share them with friends. Here's how it works:

  • Every time you complete a Link's Awakening Dungeon, returning to Dampe will let you tell him about your adventures. This will let you unlock various rooms from the single-player dungeons for placement into custom dungeons as 'chambers'. Despite being optional, this does include chambers from the secret Color Dungeon, too. The restrictions mean you'll only have rooms you have the items required to complete already, but optional items like the trading sequence boomerang can make rooms even more trivial.
  • As well as this, Chambers exist as a collectible out in the world, so can be found in places like the Trendy Game in Mabe Village on occasion. They also occasionally pop up in the tool store, and they can even be stolen from there if you know how to steal.
  • Finally, tapping Amiibo will unlock you additional Chambers for your custom Dungeons - and one particular amiibo unlocks something special for dungeons in particular.

All you need to do to use amiibo is visit Dampe, where he'll have the option to use amiibo. There are three options related to this: Store Dungeon, Recieve Dungeon and Get Special Chamber. These are all self-explanatory; store and recieve dungeon relates to the fact that the Chamber Dungeon Creator has no online sharing, so the only way to share is to save a designed dungeon to an amiibo and then tap it on a friend's Switch so they can download it. 

Get Special Chamber lets you tap an amiibo in order to unlock a special chamber for use in dungeon creation. Simple! 

Link's Awakening Amiibo Compatibility List & Item Unlocks

So, first of all, a note on amiibo compatibility. Only The Legend of Zelda amiibo are compatible with Link's Awakening, but that goes for any Zelda amiibo.

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That means they can be figures of Zelda characters from the Super Smash Bros. amiibo series, they can be part of the special Zelda 30th anniversary set, or part of the Breath of the Wild and Twilight Princess sets. Of course, the special Link's Awakening Link amiibo also works.

In terms of the Item Unlocks you get from amiibo, there are essentially six unlocks we've found. They are as follows:

  • Great Fairy's Chamber
  • Moblin Chief's Chamber
  • Ball and Chain Trooper's Chamber
  • Winged Item Chamber
  • Armos Knight's Chamber

We've found that tapping Zelda amiibo after unlocking these five displays a message saying you already have access to all the special chambers. There is one final reward: tapping the Link's Awakening amiibo specifically unlocks a Shadow Link that can be placed into dungeons. It'll stalk and hunt the player until it is defeated. 

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