The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Switch is a pretty straight port of the game, but it does come with a few nice features for Switch owners and Nintendo fans. The biggest addition to Skyrim Switch is selection of Zelda gear, the kind of which you’d see in a Zelda game. In this Skyrim Switch guide to getting the Zelda gear in Skyrim on Switch we’ll detail how to get Link’s Master Sword, the Hylian Shield, and the Champion’s Tunic. And we’ll tell you how to do so with amiibo in Skyrim Switch or by finding them in the game world without amiibo.
For more help with Skyrim on Switch, check out our Skyrim guide hub, where you’ll find loads of guides to get you started and details on some of the more advanced quests.
How to get the Zelda Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Champions Tunic in Skyrim Switch With Amiibo
You can tap any compatible Legend of Zelda character amiibo for a 20% chance of receiving one of the three Zelda items in Skyrim: Master Sword, Hylian Shield, or Champion’s Tunic. Each amiibo can be tapped once per day. You’ll also receive plus rewards including food, gems, gold, weapons and armor.
To use an amiibo in Skyrim on Switch, simply press B to bring up the selection screen, then choose magic, then equip amiibo. With the amiibo magic equipped, cast it and then you can tap an amiibo on your Switch or Game Pad to summon a chest containing items.
Which Amiibo Unlock Zelda Gear in Skyrim Switch?
This is the complete list of Zelda character amiibo that will give you the chance of getting Zelda gear in Skyrim Switch when tapped. You aren't certain to get a Zelda item, such as the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, or Champion's Tunic, but if you have enough amiibo or try over a number of days you'll unlock them all fairly quickly.
- Bokoblin - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
- Daruk - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
- Ganondorf- Super Smash Bros. series
- Guardian - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
- Link - Super Smash Bros. series
- Link (Archer) - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
- Link (Rider) - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
- Link - Majora's Mask - The Legend of Zelda series
- Link - Ocarina of Time - 30th Anniversary - The Legend of Zelda series
- Link - Skyward Sword - The Legend of Zelda series
- Link - The Legend of Zelda - 30th Anniversary - The Legend of Zelda series
- Link - Twilight Princess - The Legend of Zelda series
- Mipha - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
- Revali - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
- Sheik - Super Smash Bros. series
- Toon Link - Super Smash Bros. series
- Toon Link - The Wind Waker - 30th Anniversary - The Legend of Zelda series
- Urbosa - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
- Wolf Link
- Zelda - Super Smash Bros. series
- Zelda - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
- Zelda - The Wind Waker - 30th Anniversary - The Legend of Zelda series
What Rewards do Non-Zelda Amiibo Give in Skyrim Switch?
If you tap pretty much any other amiibo (or Animal Crossing card) you’ll be rewarded with items including food, gems, gold, weapons and armor. You can’t get Zelda themed items from non-zelda amiibo.
Can you get the Zelda Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Champions Tunic in Skyrim Switch Without Amiibo?
The good news is that, yes, you can get the Zelda gear (Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Champion’s Tunic) in Skyrim Switch without using amiibo. The bad news is that getting them isn’t easy and will likely take a fair amount of time.
To get the Zelda Skyrim items you’ll need to climb to the top of The Throat of the World. This is a large mountain near to Ivarstead (and once you’re higher up, near to High Hrothgar).
Ivarstead is signposted from quite near the start of Skyrim so isn’t hard to find. The problem is that High Hrothgar can’t be entered at the start of the game. It is possible to climb up the mountain to the side of High Hrothgar and then drop in over the locked gate, but the stairs leading further up the mountain are blocked and require you have progressed a decent chunk into Skyrim’s story.
The wind blocking your path up the stairs to the highest point of The Throat of the World can only be cleared by using the Clear Skies dragon shout. Clear Skies (which is made of three words, each making the effects last longer) can be learned from the Greybeards after Alduin's Wall quest. Check out our Alduin’s Wall quest guide and walkthrough for all the info you need to get the Clear Skies shout.
Once you have Clear Skies you can use it to clear the extreme weather on the path leading out of High Hrothgar and make your way to the top of The Throat of the World. At the top you’ll find a chest containing the Zelda Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Champion’s Tunic.
Can you Cheat and Climb The Throat of the World Mountain Early?
While it’s relatively easy to get into High Hrothgar without reaching that point in the game by climbing up the mountain face to the settlement’s side, going further to the peak is tough. While we’ve seen YouTube videos showing it being done (using a horse apparently makes this easier), it’s not a fun or rewarding experience, and will likely cause you a lot of frustration and wasted time. Attempt to climb up the mountain face if you want, but don’t cry to us if you spend hours and get nowhere.
This may wrap up our Skyrim Switch guide on using amiibo in Skyrim and obtaining all the extra items that come with them, but keep your eyes on this guide, as we'll always be updating it with any additional information, should we uncover any new secrets out in the vast wilds of Skyrim.
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