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8 of the most useless amiibo figures ever released

Posted on April 7, 2024 by in Features, General Nintendo

Most useless amiibo list

Ever since their original release, amiibo figures have been more popular as fancy little shelfwarmers than in-game content bonuses. Nintendo certainly acknowledges this, too – whereas characters like Mario work across multiple games, other, more specific characters only serve a single purpose. Today, we’re looking at the most useless amiibo ever released and what they do in their corresponding game. Do note, there are several Super Smash Bros. series amiibo whose only purpose is amiibo training. This compatibility is actually too useful for our purposes, so we’ll only be talking about useless amiibo that do even less than that.

Most useless amiibo ever released

Most Useless amiibo

Every amiibo figure out there serves a purpose, no matter how small. Do note that this list of useless amiibo is just opinion – every figure serves as a neat collectible, so there’s technically still a reason to own each one. We’ll also update this list if new amiibo figures come out that don’t have much of a purpose, or if we find there’s a character we missed. 

Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu is certainly a contender! Scanning this amiibo in the 3DS Detective Pikachu game lets you re-watch cutscenes you’ve already viewed. You can access this content without the amiibo just by playing the game, which makes this function kind of silly. This Pikachu amiibo doesn’t even give you a Figure Player in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – it just gives you a Detective Pikachu Spirit with the Fog Immunity Support skill. At least you’ll be able to see clearly?

Shadow Mewtwo

The Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card lets you temporarily play as the character in the original Pokken Tournament on Wii U (not the Deluxe version on Switch). You unlock this character by playing the game anyway, and once you do, this amiibo card loses almost all of its use. This card does not work as a Mewtwo FP in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so it’s a huge contender for most useless amiibo.

Solaire of Astora

The Solaire of Astora amiibo is rare and infamous for having lots of counterfeit, non-functional copies out there. Despite this, it doesn’t do very much. It lets you gain early access to a Praise the Sun gesture in Dark Souls: Remastered. You unlock this during normal gameplay anyway.


Chibi-Robo’s amiibo lets you power up into Super Chibi-Robo in Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash for the 3DS. The problem isn’t with the functionality of the figure itself – it’s that very few people, if any, are playing Zip Lash in 2024. At least it gives you a Chibi-Robo Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Super Mario Cereal box – Delicious amiibo

The Delicious amiibo distributed with the Super Mario Cereal box isn’t very helpful. All it does is give you a Power Moon hint in Super Mario Odyssey, which every other amiibo can do, too. We haven’t tasted the cereal, but hopefully it’s good enough to warrant its rather useless amiibo support.


For being the single rarest widely-produced amiibo, Qbby is very useless. You’re supposed to use him in the BoxBoy game for 3DS, but all versions of the game except for the Japanese one actually removed amiibo support entirely. If you manage to shell out the $300 Qbby costs nowadays, you’ll find there’s not much to do other than look at him and regret your financial decisions.

Loot Goblin

The Loot Goblin amiibo is compatible with Diablo III: Eternal Collection on Switch… but nothing else. So unless you’re playing that very specific game, the Loot Goblin amiibo serves as a neat little decoration and not much else.

Link (Skyward Sword)

Link (Skyward Sword) definitely isn’t the most useless amiibo (or even in contention for being useless at all), but we’re including him as a semi-honorable mention for one specific reason. He’s not compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD! This is despite the fact that the game includes amiibo support and the figure was already released at the time.

As mentioned before, there are lots of Super Smash Bros. amiibo that are only compatible with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If you’re not interested in training amiibo, then you could consider these as useless amiibo, too. That being said, the recent Smash series amiibo are generally some of the best-looking amiibo ever produced. At the very least, they’re really nice collectibles! What do you think, though? Feel free to tell us your vote for the most useless amiibo in the comments below.

You can check out a full list of all the currently available amiibo right here.

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