Ranking The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’s Best Amiibo-Exclusive Unlocks

As Brian Shea outlined in a recent opinion piece, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Amiibo implementation serves as showcase for how to to do something both interesting and worthwhile with Nintendo’s little figures. None of the unlocks break the game or feel like required loot, but they are very cool, especially the possible bonuses connected to the non-Breath of the Wild Amiibos.

While worth using to grab more arrows, strong weapons, cooking items,etc., the Breath of the Wild Amiibos (seen above) offer items that you can find in the game without their aid. The previously-released Legend of Zelda Amiibos, however, offer the best loot as it can’t be found otherwise in Breath of the Wild, and it’s full of callbacks to past Zelda games. We decided to rank those items in order to create a functional resource to learn what stuff you
can get from Amiibos, and also create a platform for all of use to argue about which unlocks are the best.

Note that while the clothing items are each awarded separately (cap, tunic, or trousers) we decided to rank each one as a set.

21. Sea-breeze Boomerang

All the weapon unlocks appear low on this list because they will break over time. The Sea-Breeze Boomerang is a fun callback to The Wind Waker, but is unremarkable otherwise.

20. Hero’s Shield

Much like the Sea-Breeze Boomerang, the Hero’s Shield is mostly unremarkable, but fun for The Wind Waker fans. It edges out the boomerang by completing the Wind Waker look when held while wearing the Cap, Tunic and Trousers of the Wind.

19. Goddess Sword

Its low ranking may be surprising, considering it is essentially the Master Sword, but that’s part of the problem – the Master Sword is in the game, and it’s much stronger. In Breath of the Wild it doesn’t stand out visually in any dramatic way, which makes its unlock underwhelming.

18. Sword of the Six Sages

The Sword of the Six Sages is one you might not immediately recognize. Link never held it himself (before now), but it was prominent in one of Twilight Princess’ most memorable cutscenes. The Six Sages used the sword to banish Ganondorf to the Twilight Realm by poking him in the gut with it.

17. Biggoron’s Sword

Ocarina of Time is known for many things, but sidequests is not one of them. It’s biggest sidequest, however, involved getting this sword. The fact that it looks slightly low-poly in Breath of the Wild’s engine makes it even cooler.

16. Fierce Deity Sword

The Fierce Deity ensemble (which appears later in this list) isn’t complete without this sword. It’s also powerful, and has a very distinct look, which puts in higher than most of the other swords on this list.

15. Wolf Link


Wolf Link is cool, but he’s not really an item. Also, once you started building out Breath of the Wild’s fast-travel points, he gets left behind often.

14. Cap of the Wind, Tunic of the Wind, and the Trousers of the Wind

The clothes are among our favorite unlocks in the game, but the Wind Waker outfit is the least remarkable of the available ensembles.

13. Sword

It’s not a great sword in terms of combat, but the idea that this has the potential to be the very weapon offered to Link so that it would be less dangerous to go alone in 1987 is very, very appealing.

12. Vah Rudania Divine Helm

The Champion Amiibos offer specific weapons that can be found in-game pretty easily. Daruk will you give you a Stone Smasher, for example. The much cooler unlock, however, are helmets based on the champions’ affiliated Divine Beasts. Daruk’s helm has the most boring look of the four.

11. Vah Naboris Divine Helm

Urbosa has the coolest design as far as the figures go, and she offers two weapons as opposed to just one (the Moonlight Scimitar and the Radiant Shield), but her Divine Beast helm is weak, compared to those of Mipha and Revali.

10. Vah Ruta Divine Helm

Mipha’s helm is an elephant. Who wouldn’t want to run around Hyrule with that? As a bonus, you also get the Silverscale Spear from her.

9. Vah Medoh Divine Helm

Revali is Breath of the Wild’s biggest jerk, but his Divine helm is the best because it gives you a big old beak. He also awards you the Falcon Bow, which is nice.

For the rest of the best of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Amiibo unlocks, head to page two.

Little Coders Can Test Their Skills In Snoopy Snow Brawl

If your kids are interested in learning more about programming but you aren’t sure where to start with some of the fundamentals, codeSpark Academy has released a free-to-play Snoopy game that might be what you’re looking for. They won’t be able to create their own games from scratch, but Snoopy Snow Brawl does show kids how to break down a problem step by step, in the form of a friendly snowball fight.

In this Web-based game, players click on Woodstock and friends and then prompt them to take individual steps to win the competition. It starts out with simple throws at stationary targets, but it eventually becomes more complex to incorporate movement, jumping, item gathering, and more. Once you get the basics down, you can take on your friends, too.

If you’re interested in learning more about coding logic, but are a little too old for all this Snoopy business, take a look at Jeff Marchiafava’s roundup of four fun coding games.

 

Our Take
As a parent, sometimes you have to hide the broccoli. This certainly isn’t the end-all, be-all of programming instruction, but it’s a great place to start.

Funko Announces Cuphead Plushes And Pops

Funko has announced more Cuphead collectibles for fans of the game, both in plush form and in their Pop line.

The plushes, pictured above, are approximately 8″ tall and feature Cuphead, Mugman, and the Devil. So you can line up all your plushes and pontificate on how Mugman is the good and correct one.

The Pops, featured below, have the same characters mentioned above, as well as King Dice, a rare gold variant of King Dice, and the Legendary Chalice who gives your super moves. If you get the gold King Dice and don’t sing the King Dice theme song, you might not deserve to own it, but you can be forgiven if you at least hum it.

All of the above come out in February, so if your significant other is a big Cuphead fan, this might be a good thing to give as either a Valentine’s Day gift or an I’m Sorry For Forgetting Valentine’s Day gift, depending on when in February they come out.

New Images Show Off More Of Destiny 2’s First Expansion

Need more Destiny 2 content? Yes, you do. Curse of Osiris is the first expansion for Bungie’s massive new shooter. Come take a visual tour.

In Curse of Osiris, players will return to Mercury and battle through hoards of Vex as they encounter a notorious Warlock named Osiris. The expansion launches on December 5, but you can get a sneak peek right now in the images below.

Check out more images in the gallery below.

New Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Trailer Showcases Frosty New Foes

Aloy’s debut adventure is receiving its final chapter when The Frozen Wilds DLC launches on November 7. The expansion heads north across the Banuktribe’s border into the extremeand inhospitable tundra, featuring fearsome beasts for our heroine to tame or take out.

During the Paris Game Week presentation, Sony and developer Guerrilla Games released a new trailer teasing the hunting trials featured in The Frozen Wilds.

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If you haven’t played Horizon Zero Dawn yet, you can get the base game and this expansion as part of the complete collection, which hits on December 6.

Ghost Of A Tale Heading To PC Next March

Ghost Of a Tale has been a long time coming. We originally saw the game back at Gamescom in 2014,and while it’s released in a beta form on Steam, it hasn’t seen an official release date. It still doesn’t have one, but a recent developer update homes in on when the game may be out.

Lionel “Seith” Gallat, the person at the heart of the game (he’s responsible for most of the game while getting some additional help from a few others) has posted an update on the game, answering a few questions after remaining quiet for a few months. According to Gallat, “the game’s content itself will be mostly done by the end of December.” The team was originally hoping to release the game this year, but considering the additional time that quality assurance, promotion, translation (the game will release in at least five languages, though there are plans and hopes for 10 total), Gallat is aiming to release the PC version of the game in March. The Xbox One version will follow right after, followed by the PS4 version.

After showing off a few more shots of how the game has improved in recent months, the post goes on to answer a few other questions: The final game will take around 15 to 20 hours to finish, depending on how much players explore and will go on sale $24.99 (five dollars higher than the pre-release version).

Our Take
I’ll be honest and say I hadn’t heard of GOAT until today, but hearing that it’s mostly the work of one person is impressive. Hopefully the game turns out well.

Drink A Can Of Red Bull, Get New Street Fighter V Content Starting Next Month

Street Fighter V’s had a lot of costumes over the last two or so years. The latest batch will be themed after energy drink maker and media conglomerate Red Bull, and all you have to do is buy a can.

From November 1 to April 30, 2018, Red Bull is celebrating the fighting game series’ 30th anniversary with limited edition “character cans” of the energy drinks, which will contain “exclusive Street Fighter V content” for the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

What that “content” is has yet to be seen, but clever modders have already found some (or perhaps all) of it. Frequent SFV dataminer X-Kira has dug up Red Bull-themed outfits for several characters. The costumes seem to be simple recolorings of currently-available cosutmes, albeit it with Red Bull logos attached. What else might be on tap in Red Bull cans, or whether this content will be made available in the PC version of the game, is unclear.

Our Take
If the costumes aren’t available on PC (the platform I play on most), that’s a huge bummer. Also, if the costumes in the datamine video are the extent of the costumes, that’s doubly disappointing.

Stranger Things Come To MineCraft With New Costumes

This Friday was a huge day for geek culture because we got Assassin’s Creed Origins, Super Mario Odyssey, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus all in one day, but also because the second season of the acclaimed Netflix series Stranger Thingsreleased, a few days ahead of Halloween. MineCraft fans have another reason to celebrate the weekend, as costumes from Stranger Thingsare now available in the game.

The costume pack offers quite a lot of its three-dollar asking price, featuring several dozen different costumes for Eleven, Murray, Billy, Chief Hoper and more from both season one and two (this also means the pack technically could contain spoilers for the second season, so you may want to hold off on seeing what the pack has in store until you’re done watching).

Mojang also cut a cute little trailer emulating a few scenes from the show using the costumes, which you can see below.

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Grasp Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Lore In A Minute

The latest Assassin’s Creed takes us all the way back to Ancient Egypt, where we see the beginnings of the Assassin’s Creed brotherhood form. As you go on your journey alongside protagonist Bayek, this video may help you understand the ins and outs of the lore.

YouTube series Lore in a Minute!, creates comprehensive videos that give fans a rundown of complex lore found in pop-culture and games. Be warned that these videos, including the one in this article, have spoilers.

What exactly is going on with the assassins and templars this time? Who are the Isu? How do Ancient Egypt’s Pharaohs get involved in the mix? You can find the answers to these questions by watching the video below.

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For more on Assassin’s Creed Origins, read our tips guide as well as our review.