The restrictive 24-hour timer associated with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s amiibo loot is being gamed by enterprising players. With fifteen different Zelda-themed amiibo now confirmed to produce specific in-game loot, and every other amiibo ever made spawning random loot, some amiibo collectors have rupees flashing in their eyes. The most discerning amiibo loot have even started taking it to the next level with cheating.
Players have discovered at least two different ways to “reroll” the loot that an amiibo provides, garnering additional opportunities at snagging those rare weapons, shields, and armor that some amiibo give out in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The tricks specifically have to do with each amiibo’s 24-hour timer, which restricts their use until the next day. One strategy allows the player to keep their loot from each amiibo scan, but the second erases it. Fittingly, the second goes quite a bit faster and is much less morally ambiguous. Loot is loot, though.
The method is just a simple save manipulation. The player saves the game, scans the amiibo, opens the chest, and if they don’t receive the loot they want, they can immediately close out the game. After that, it’s just a matter of reopening the game and reloading the save followed by scanning the amiibo again. This is the method that will delete the amiibo loot after each scan, but it’s simple to execute and can lead to a quick Hylian Shield or Sword of the Six Sages.
The more ethically dubious method of collecting amiibo loot in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild involves messing around in the Switch or Wii U’s system settings. Players can go to their system’s date settings and manually adjust the system clock 24 hours forward. This tricks the system into thinking an amiibo’s scan timer has cycled and that it’s available for use again. Since there’s no in-game shenanigans involved, the player can keep the loot they acquire from each scan. The downside is it’s a bit more involved than simply reloading a save.
When Nintendo goes about offering exclusive content via amiibos for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that players will go out of their way to get it. And since these players do own the amiibos in the first place, some would argue it’s akin to owning the exclusive items inside as well. Really, there’s nothing wrong with farming amiibo scans. It’s probably a lot like trying to farm Star Fragments.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.