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amiibo (Japanese: アミーボ amiibo) are a line of interactive figures and cards by Nintendo. Each amiibo figure or card contains an NFC chip in its base, which allows it to interact with multiple games on the Wii U, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch consoles using near field communication. Pokémon amiibo are the franchise's second venture into NFC collectibles, following 2013's Pokémon Rumble U NFC Figures.

Several Pokémon characters have been announced or released as part of the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U line. These figures are intended for use with the eponymous game. They also unlock minor content in games such as Super Mario Maker. In a Nintendo Direct on November 12, 2015, a card featuring Shadow Mewtwo, a bonus boss character from Pokkén Tournament, was revealed to be included in first print retail copies of the game.

An NFC reader/writer was released in October 2015 that can scan amiibo, allowing the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS to communicate with amiibo.[1]

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List of Pokémon amiibo

Pokémon Game origin Japanese release American release European release Australia release Korean release
Pikachu amiibo.png
Pikachu
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U December 5, 2014 November 21, 2014 November 28, 2014 November 29, 2014 September 10, 2015
Lucario amiibo.png
Lucario
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U January 23, 2015 February 20, 2015 January 23, 2015 January 29, 2015 December 3, 2015
Charizard amiibo.png
Charizard
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U April 29, 2015 May 29, 2015 April 20, 2015 April 25, 2015 December 3, 2015
Greninja amiibo.png
Greninja
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U May 28, 2015 May 29, 2015 May 29, 2015 May 30, 2015 December 17, 2015
Jigglypuff amiibo.png
Jigglypuff
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U May 28, 2015 May 29, 2015 May 29, 2015 May 30, 2015 December 3, 2015
Mewtwo amiibo.png
Mewtwo
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U October 29, 2015 November 13, 2015 October 23, 2015 October 24, 2015 December 3, 2015
Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card.png
Shadow Mewtwo
Pokkén Tournament March 18, 2016[note 1] March 18, 2016[note 1] March 18, 2016[note 1] March 19, 2016[note 1]
Detective Pikachu amiibo.png
Detective Pikachu
Detective Pikachu March 23, 2018 March 23, 2018 March 23, 2018 March 24, 2018
Pichu amiibo.png
Pichu
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate July 19, 2019 July 26, 2019 July 19, 2019 2019 2019
Pokémon Trainer male amiibo.png
Pokémon Trainer
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate July 19, 2019 July 26, 2019 July 19, 2019 2019 2019
Squirtle amiibo.png
Squirtle
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate September 20, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 20, 2019
Ivysaur amiibo.png
Ivysaur
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate September 20, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 20, 2019
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Incineroar
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate November 2019 November 2019 November 2019 November 2019 November 2019

Compatibility list

Certain games allow amiibo to write save data to it so it can be retained even when using it with a different game or system. However, an amiibo can only hold save data for one game at a time. So far, the only Pokémon amiibo-compatible games that offers this ability are Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Games with specific responses to Pokémon amiibo

Game First release Effect Read type Compatible amiibo
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS September 13, 2014 Becomes a Figure Player—matching AI-controlled character that can be powered up and fought with/against in numerous game modes. read/write 025448006039658150
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U November 21, 2014
Super Mario Maker September 10, 2015 Becomes a costume that Mario transforms into when he consumes a Mystery Mushroom. Unlike most amiibo costumes, however, the Pokémon amiibo costumes do not feature custom sounds or music. read-only 025448006039658150
Pokkén Tournament March 18, 2016 Allows the player to temporarily use Shadow Mewtwo as a character, as opposed to unlocking it by clearing the Chroma league. read-only 150
Kirby: Planet Robobot April 28, 2016 Gives a Copy Ability for Kirby corresponding to the scanned amiibo, up to 10 per level. Also gives Kirby food to heal.
  • Scanning a Pikachu amiibo gives Kirby the Spark Copy Ability.
  • Scanning a Charizard amiibo gives Kirby the Fire Copy Ability.
  • Scanning a Lucario amiibo gives Kirby the Fighter Copy Ability.
  • Scanning a Jigglypuff amiibo gives Kirby the Mic Copy Ability.
  • Scanning a Greninja amiibo gives Kirby the Ninja Copy Ability.
  • Scanning a Mewtwo amiibo gives Kirby the ESP Copy Ability.
  • Scanning any other amiibo gives Kirby a random Copy Ability.
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Detective Pikachu March 23, 2018 Unlocks all Pika Prompts in any cleared chapters. read-only 025
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate December 7, 2018 Becomes a Figure Player—matching AI-controlled character that can be powered up and fought with/against in numerous game modes.
Data from 3DS/Wii U carries over; Charizard data becomes Pokémon Trainer data, with the first Pokémon defaulting to Charizard instead of Squirtle.
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Produces a Detective Pikachu Spirit when scanned. read-only 025

Games with generic responses to Pokémon amiibo

All interactions listed below are read-only.

Game First release Effect
Hyrule Warriors November 11, 2014
(via patch)
Grants a present: a weapon, a small Rupee bonus, or crafting material. Each amiibo can only grant one present per day, and this action can only be performed five times a day.
Hyrule Warriors Legends January 21, 2016
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition March 22, 2018
Mario Party 10 March 12, 2015 Allows players to play the Scratch Bonus minigame to win additional Mario Party Points.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker March 19, 2015
(Wii U; via patch)
Grants the player 1-Up Mushrooms.
July 13, 2018
(3DS/Switch)
New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward April 16, 2015 Gives the player a Star Hair Clip in a random color.
Word Puzzles by POWGI April 16, 2015 Includes the amiibo's nickname and owner name in word searches.
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits April 23, 2015 Unlocks a randomly selected, short, playable portion from one of 32 included NES or Super NES titles
Yoshi's Woolly World June 25, 2015 Unlocks a generic amiibo Yoshi design.
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World January 19, 2017
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash October 8, 2015 Gives the player 50 or 100 Moolah once a day. Up to 20 amiibo can be scanned daily.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Atsumete ☆ Tomodachi Daisakusen! November 26, 2015 Gives the player free Don Kobans.
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge January 28, 2016 Drops a Mini Spek into the game.
Pokkén Tournament March 18, 2016 Allow the player to obtain in-game items, such as accessories for their player avatar.
After Shadow Mewtwo is permanently unlocked, the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card also serves this purpose.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games June 23, 2016
(Wii U)
Gives the player free coins and rings.
Miitopia July 1, 2016 Gives the player free tickets for the minigame arcade.
Teddy Together July 1, 2016
(via patch)
Gives the player free coins.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force August 19, 2016 Unlocks a skull-themed recolor for the player's mech.
Monster Hunter Stories October 8, 2016 Gives the player free rare materials.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild March 3, 2017 Gives the player a random assortment of materials.
Mario Sports Superstars March 10, 2017 Allows players to recruit stronger versions of existing characters
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia April 20, 2017 Summons a computer-controlled generic ally to fight for the player for a turn, similar to the spell Invoke.
Hey! Pikmin July 12, 2017 Gives the player 10 Sparklium seeds.
Pokkén Tournament DX September 22, 2017 Allows the player to obtain in-game items, such as accessories for their player avatar.
Because Shadow Mewtwo is now unlocked at the start, the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card also serves this purpose.
Fire Emblem Warriors September 28, 2017 Gives the player free weapons, gold, or materials.
Super Mario Odyssey October 27, 2017 Gives the player a Power Moon location on the current kingdom map through Uncle amiibo.
Gives the player a set amount of Coins or a Heart if scanned while holding the Right Button.
Style Savvy: Styling Star November 2, 2017 Gives the player an emblem or design pattern.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim November 11, 2017
(Switch)
Spawns a treasure chest of gear in front of the player.
Resident Evil: Revelations November 28, 2017
(Switch)
Grants the player a random amount of BP Points for the Raid Mode shop or resources for use in Raid Mode games. Each amiibo can be scanned once per day.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Bayonetta 2 February 16, 2018
(Switch)
Grants the player extra in-game currency, items, or materials.
Kirby Star Allies March 3, 2018 Gives the player some food and a Picture Piece.
WarioWare Gold July 27, 2018 Wario draws a random sketch that can be sold for gold coins. Up to three can be scanned per day.
Super Mario Party October 5, 2018 Grants Party Points that the player can spend on background music and other extras.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection November 2, 2018 Summons a group of challenging enemies for the player to face.

Gallery

NFC reader/writer

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Included in first print retail copies of Pokkén Tournament.

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External links

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