The Breath of the Wild Champion amiibo came out this past weekend, and they are more than just a mere visual spectacle. I was lucky to be able to pick up all four at Target; Urbosa, Daruk, and Mipha on Saturday, and Revali today. I quickly started testing them out, seeing what I would get from the chests (or simply dropped from the sky), and I was surprised by what I found. The only thing missing from the set was a Champion Zelda, in the style from the DLC trailers. I hope we get one, as she looks so regal like a Champion Princess should.
We already know from the Nintendo Direct that each Champion amiibo gives the player a helm associated with each Champion. Daruk gives you the Vah Rudania Divine Helm, which provides Flame Guard. Mipha’s amiibo provides you the Vah Ruta Divine Helm, which, like the Zora Tunic and greeves, give you Swim Speed Up. Urbosa gives you the Vah Naboris Divine Helm, which is incredibly similar to the Thunder Helm except Urbosa’s helm just has Electricity Resistance. Finally, the Revali amiibo gives Link the Vah Medoh Divine Helm, which gives you cold resistance. The helms also grant an additional bonus, Ancient Proficiency. When used in conjunction with the Ancient Cuirass and Ancient Greaves which are upgraded at least twice, attack power of ancient guardian weapons is increased, with some additional bonus from the helms. I personally don’t care about the helms that much, but they seem pretty cool to have and they have nice perks.
This was already revealed though, but it’s still pretty interesting and they’re easy to get — I got two on my first attempt with Urbosa (along with diamonds, rubies, and some flint I believe) and with Daruk.
The best part of the Champion amiibo are the order of the drops. Everything is based on being able to rebuild their weapons. The game isn’t so kind to just give them to you, but it gives you exactly what you need to rebuild them, as soon as you need them. I didn’t have Mipha’s Lightscale Trident. What was the first item I got from her? The spear that is required to use to rebuild the Lightscale Trident. My favorite Champion weapon in the game comes from my leave favorite champion — Revali. His Great Eagle Bow is by far the best in the game. The one I have is almost broken, so I did a little experiment. I dropped the bow and then used then scanned his amiibo.
What exactly happened? I received the Falcon bow so I could get the Great Eagle Bow again, right away, as soon as I lost his bow! And, most importantly, the very first drop I got was full of rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and flint when I used the Champion amiibo. These are required to rebuild some of these weapons, especially Urbosa’s, whose shield is outright amazing. Finding the Gerudo Schitmar in order to rebuild the Schitmar of the Seven is no easy task. There’s one that’s simple to find, but they are not common. In fact, finding most, if not all of the base weapons for the Champions’ weapons is pretty difficult.
This makes the Champion amiibo, by far, not only the best, but the most valuable amiibo that can be used in Breath of the Wild. The items they give you aren’t random — in fact, it’s all very calculated to help the player, something the game doesn’t do very often.
I haven’t even been able to talk about the beautiful design of the amiibo either. The Breath of the Wild, and Zelda amiibo in general, are the most well crafted and detailed amiibo Nintendo has ever released. The Champion amiibo actually sets a whole new standard for not only the Breath of the Wild set, but a new standard for all amiibo. I can’t even pick out one that I can say is my definitive favorite, although I will say Urbosa and Daruk are probably the best and Mipha is the weak link in the set, but that doesn’t mean much; they’re all fantastic.
If you buy any amiibo for Breath of the Wild, buy the Champion amiibo. Not only are they beautiful, but they have the best functionality of any amiibo in any game. Hopefully with the upcoming DLC focusing on the Champions even more, the amiibo can add in a few more hidden features we don’t know about yet!