To celebrate Dark Souls Remastered releasing on the Switch, Nintendo announced that it will also be putting out an amiibo figure for Solaire of Astora. There are some questions lingering about what exactly the Solaire amiibo does, so here's a handy little primer on what to expect.
Dark Souls Remastered
Dark Souls Remastered is coming to the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC on May 24. Then new enhanced remaster will feature improved graphics and include the DLC, "Artorias of the Abyss." All versions of the game will retail for $40.
While the PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, and PC version of Dark Souls Remastered support 4K resolutions, the Switch does have some exclusive features of its own thanks to its hardware. Namely, this will be the first portable version of Dark Souls ever released.
But if that's not enough, Nintendo is also releasing a Solaire of Astora amiibo, which will ship around the same time as the game on May 25. The Solaire amiibo was announced at this week's Nintendo Direct, along with the first image of the figure.
While Nintendo has made amiibo of non-Nintendo characters before, the Solaire amiibo certainly features a drastically different aesthetic than other amiibo figures, and will stand out in your collection for sure.
What does the Solaire amiibo do?
Nintendo and Bandai Namco released a press release following the Solaire amiibo announcement explaining that when used in conjunction with a copy of Dark Souls Remastered on the Switch, players can use the popular "Praise the Sun" gesture with "reckless abandon from the start of the game."
Is Praising the Sun locked behind the amiibo?
Nope! Bandai Namco confirmed that the gesture can also be obtained through regular gameplay. This means that if you don't buy the Solaire amiibo, you'll still be able to join the Warrior of Sunlight Covenant in Dark Souls and unlock the amiibo that way.
While amiibos in other Nintendo games have typically unlocked various rewards, costumes, or even power-ups, that kind of help is pretty antithetical to Dark Souls' gameplay philosophy. This is presumably why the amiibo simply unlocks a gesture already available in the game.
How to order the Solaire amiibo
So far, the Solaire amiibo is exclusive to GameStop, and is available for pre-order now. You can do so by following this link to the GameStop pre-order page. Unfortunately, it seems as though as of today, the Solaire amiibo has gone out of stock.
> Solaire amiibo probably tough to get/limited stock So, would you all say That Solaire is the Dark Souls of amiibo?— No one can stab me (@rhiwion) March 9, 2018
Reports from buyers started popping up on social media that the Solaire amiibo was difficult to obtain through the store's online portal. We've reached out to GameStop to ask whether a later wave of Solaire amiibo pre-orders will be available, so stay tuned.