During one of its Direct live-streams this evening, Nintendo revealed three new Zelda amiibo alongside an avalanche of release dates for new Switch games. These amiibo include Link toys specific to N64 classic Majora’s Mask and the Wii U entries in the franchise, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. In doing so, Nintendo brought to a close one of the more enduring mysteries surrounding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and how a certain armor set seemed to exist in the game’s code, discoverable only through questionable means.
The Fierce Deity set, as it’s called, is a set of spooky, cerulean armor that gives Link white pupil-less eyes and a coveted in-game attack boost bonus when you wear the cap, tunic, and trousers at the same time. It’s from Majora’s Mask, as a secret superpower of sorts that turns Young Link into a godlike adult with a double-helix sword. It’s obtained only by collecting every non-transformation mask in the game and exchanging it for the Fierce Deity mask with one of the children located on the moon at the end of game.
In Breath of the Wild, Nintendo lets you scan these amiibo figures for a chance at unlocking these throwback armor sets as a cosmetic collectible. In the case of the Fierce Deity set, it appears Nintendo shipped the game with the armor set and double-helix weapon already accessible like the other amiibo-related gear and weapons. Yet for some reason, the company appears to have delayed the amiibo release, only just today revealing that the Majora’s Mask toy is coming in June. Or maybe Nintendo planned all along just to wait a few months until after BoTW’s release to push out these new amiibo.
Either way, without the ability to get the Fierce Deity armor through aboveboard means, game hackers found the code and created a method to let players obtain it themselves using NFC workarounds and spoofed amiibo codes. It may not be the most ethical (or legal) method, but it’s the only one available until the new amiibo are released, and sell out immediately, this June.