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How to Use amiibo on Switch – Popular Games Guide

With a big Nintendo title, comes an amiibo. But, what are they? What do they do? How do you use an amiibo? Are they useful?

Let’s take a look.

How to use amiibo on switch

Some of the biggest games available on the Nintendo Switch have an associated amiibo. With this amiibo on switch, you can access sometimes exclusive items and in-game abilities. This can range from special characters and outfits to being able to fast-travel across your game’s map. One example being amiibo for Animal Crossing: New Horizon, where you can purchase a particular villager amiibo figurine or card and use it to bring that character to your Animal Crossing island.


Knowing how to buy, use and make the most of an Amiibo is still a mystery to a lot of gamers. If only there was a guide to show you everything you need to know about using amiibo…

Luckily, this is it! Here’s how to get the most out of using amiibo on switch –

Read our quick game by game below :

How does Amiibo Work

Amiibo are designed to work across all of Nintendo’s Switch, Wii U, and newest Nintendo 2DS XL consoles. amiibo can be used on the 3DS by getting a separately sold NFC reader. Amiibo contain a small chip — usually on the base of the figurines — which contains identifying data. This lets your Switch know what rewards to give you when you use it. It also tracks when the amiibo was last used. These chips use Near Field Communication (NFC) to connect with a tiny reader contained in the right Joy-Con of your Switch. When you touch the amiibo close to the thumbstick on the right Joy-Con, you activate the amiibo on your console pretty much instantaneously.

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One of the best things about amiibo is that a single amiibo may be compatible with multiple games. From these little figurines or cards, you can receive riches, rewards, and surprises. Usually, you’ll know what your reward will be when you purchase the figurine. For example, for Skyrim, the Link amiibo gives you access to an exclusive Link outfit. The amiibo might level up your existing characters or add special bonuses that would otherwise be difficult to receive.

How to Setup amiibo on your Nintendo Switch

Sadly, not all amiibo are as straightforward as one tap. The idea of amiibo is to make your experience even more immersive, so the way you activate your amiibo and its rewards will change depending on the game.

We’ve included a list below of some of Nintendo’s most popular amiibo compatible games and how to activate your amiibo rewards for each one. Bear in mind there are plenty of games not included in this list that use amiibo in different ways — so check the instructions for your specific game.

In the guides below, we refer to the NFC or Joy-Con of the Nintendo Switch but the exact process is different between the Nintendo consoles.

  • On Switch: Tap your amiibo to the right Joy-Con controller’s Right Stick or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller’s NFC
  • Wii U: Tap the amiibo to the NFC reader on your Wii U GamePad
  • Nintendo 2DS XL: Tap an amiibo to the NFC reader on the lower screen
  • Separate NFC reader for 3DS/3DS XL/2DS: Tap the amiibo directly to the reader

How to Use the Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo

Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo
  1. From the main menu in-game, go to Games and More
  2. From Games and More, select amiibo
  3. Tap your amiibo figure on the right stick

Once done, depending on your amiibo, you’ll unlock an in-game fighter that corresponds, or you will receive an amiibo spirit.

How to Use the Skyward Sword HD amiibo

Skyward Sword HD amiibo
  1. First, make your way up till Faron Woods.
  2. Call on Fi by pressing down on the d-pad and selecting the “Use amiibo” option.
  3. By scanning the amiibo, it will allow you to return to the sky wherever you are on the surface. If you scan it again, you will return to the same spot, providing a useful shortcut.

How to Use the Breath of the Wild amiibo

  1. Press the Plus (+) button on the right Joy-Con controller to begin enabling amiibo as it is off by default
  2. Press the R or L shoulder button to scroll sideways until you get to the system settings
  3. Select Options from the system settings menu
  4. Select amiibo
  5. Select Use amiibo. Now that you’ve enabled the ability to use amiibo, you can trigger the rewards any time
  6. Press and hold the Up button on the left Joy-Con D-Pad
  7. Scroll to the right on the right Joy-Con thumbstick to select the amiibo Rune
  8. Press the L shoulder button to trigger the amiibo
  9. Place your amiibo on the right Joy-Con’s thumbstick to scan the NFC chip.
  10. The loot will fall directly on the ground in front of you

How to Use amiibo on switch for Super Mario Odyssey

First, complete the first two kingdoms in Super Mario Odyssey before you can start using Amiibo. In the Sand Kingdom, head back to your ship. A new object will appear. This is Uncle amiibo and once you speak to him, you’ll be able to trigger your amiibo anywhere in the kingdom at any time.

  1. Press the right arrow on the D-pad on the left Joy-Con
  2. Place your compatible amiibo on the right Joy-Con’s thumbstick to scan the NFC chip
  3. Loot will pop up from Mario’s head and automatically be added to your inventory

How to Use Kirby Star Allies amiibo

Kirby Star Allies amiibo
  1. Start the game in Story Mode
  2. While in a level, press the Plus button on the right Joy-Con controller
  3. Select the amiibo option
  4. Select Yes when prompted to confirm

You can only activate the amiibo function while you’re in a stage.

How to Use Splatoon 2 amiibo

Splatoon 2 amiibo

To unlock new characters in Splatoon 2 or some gear, find the amiibo trigger in your amiibo Box in the back of Inkopolis Square.

  1. Scan the front of the amiibo box
  2. Press the A button to start the process
  3. Place your compatible amiibo on the right Joy-Con’s thumbstick to scan the NFC chip
  4. Select Do it for me!
  5. Scan the amiibo one more time to befriend the Amiibo in your game

How to Use Mario Kart 8 Deluxe amiibo

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - How to use amiibo
  1. Navigate to the game’s menu screen
  2. Scroll down and select amiibo
  3. Place your compatible amiibo on the right Joy-Con’s thumbstick to scan the NFC chip

How to Use Skyrim amiibo

Skyrim amiibo
  1. Press the B button on the right Joy-Con controller
  2. Select Magic from your menu
  3. Select Powers
  4. Select amiibo
  5. Press the ZL or ZR trigger button to equip amiibo as a power
  6. Exit the magic menu
  7. Press the trigger button you chose as amiibo
  8. Place your compatible amiibo to the right Joy-Con’s thumbstick
  9. A loot chest will drop in front of you

How to Use Bayonetta 2 amiibo

Bayonetta 2 amiibo
  1. Navigate to your menu screen
  2. Select amiibo
  3. Place your compatible amiibo on the right Joy-Con’s thumbstick

You can use different amiibo 32 times per day.


How to Use Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity amiibo

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity amiibo
  1. Open up the game and get to the title screen
  2. Select the amiibo option in the menu
  3. Plop your amiibo in the centre of your Pro Controller or on top of your right Joy-Con controller
  4. Receive your main game rewards like weapons and materials

How to Use Link’s Awakening amiibo

Link’s Awakening amiibo

Using the amiibo for Link’s Awakening is one of the least straightforward of all amiibo.

  1. You must complete the following stages of the game before you’ll even be able to access amiibo functioning:
  2. Beat the Tail Dungeon
  3. Rescue BowWow from the Moblins
  4. Complete the Bottle Grove Dungeon
  5. Head back to Mabe Village
  6. After beating Bottle Grotto and returning to Mabe Village, search for Dampe. It is through this NPC that Link can unlock the Dungeon Builder feature in Link’s Awakening and also use Amiibo
  7. Speak to Dampe, and he’ll tell you to meet him back at his shack. Dampe’s shack is found through the Mysterious Woods, and then heading east, and then head to the northeast of Koholint Prairie
  8. Speak to Dampe
  9.  Select the amiibo option when asked what you want, and then opt for the ‘Get special chamber’ option to scan in amiibo
  10. You will receive the Princess Zelda: Breath of the Wild — Great Fairy’s Chamber reward

How to use amiibo Animal Crossing New Horizons amiibo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons amiibo

There’s a variety of amiibo that are compatible with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. To activate:

  1. Go to the Nook Stop terminal in the Town Hall
  2. Select the penultimate option, Invite a Camper
  3. Hold up the amiibo or amiibo card to the NFC touchpoint on the right thumbstick of your controller
  4. Hold it there until the game confirms
  5. Depending on the amiibo, the game will confirm your rewards

amiibo can also be used at Harv’s island to introduce NPC characters for photoshoots, allowing them to take part and pose in the photographs.

  1. When inside the photo room and in edit mode, simply tap the amiibo to the NFC touchpoint at any time to make the character appear in a close by square

amiibo for Fun or Function

There are hundreds of amiibo available for most Nintendo Switch games. As more games enter the market for the Switch, more amiibo and rewards will undoubtedly follow. amiibo figurines are incredibly useful for getting access to a key character or exclusive gear and outfits, but the tiny statues are also beautifully detailed and fun to collect.

Whether you’re getting into amiibo on switch for the fun of collecting or to get more out of your favourite Switch games, get tapping that amiibo and let us know which amiibo you’ve found the most useful.

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