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This article is about Link's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Link.
Link has been redesigned to match his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He can now pick up arrows he's fired, and his bombs have been upgraded to remote bombs, so you can set them off when the timing is just right!
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Link (リンク) is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. He was confirmed in the game's first teaser trailer in March of 2018.

Attributes

Strengths

  • Heavy weight gives him good survivability
  • Plethora of projectiles and long reach with sword give him lots of zoning and spacing options
  • Disjointed hitboxes on most attacks give him high priority
  • High launch power on many attacks
  • Hylian Shield blocks most enemy projectiles when standing idle, crouching, and walking
  • Possesses two meteor smashes: down tilt and down aerial
  • Arrows from Hero's Bow can now be picked up as items, making them more versatile in use
    • Increased damage and knockback from double arrows
  • Boomerang can be thrown at several angles and can be used as a zoning tool as well as a combo tool
  • Bombs are excellent tools for stage control, combos, zoning, camping, and edge-guarding, and can also assist Link in recovering

Weaknesses

  • Below average recovery, relies on bombs to effectively recover when at higher percentages
  • Bombs cannot be detonated when picked up by enemies, and the explosion can hurt Link if he is not careful
  • Considerable lag on most kill moves
  • High falling speed hinders recovery
  • Average run speed causes him to fall behind other characters

Summary

Changes from SSBWU/3DS

Attributes

  • Link's appearance is based off his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when wearing the Champion's Tunic, with his classic appearance being an alternate costume.
    • This means now Link is right-handed, instead of left-handed like his predecessors.
  • Overall more range on sword attacks

Ground Attacks

  • Link received a new jab combo.
  • When at 0%, he can fire a projectile beam from his sword when using his forward smash.
  • Up tilt now starts from behind and ends in front

Aerial Attacks

  • Forward air's hits connect more reliably now.

Grabs and Throws

  • Link no longer uses the clawshot or hookshot for his grab; as such, he also no longer possesses a tether recovery.

Special Attacks

  • All of Link's Special Moves have their appearance updated to reflect its appearance in Breath of the Wild.
  • Link can pick up arrows that miss their targets; the next time the bow is used, it will then fire two arrows instead of one. Picked up arrows can also be thrown as items.
  • Link's Bombs can be detonated remotely; he is only able to have one bomb on the stage at a time, rather than two.
  • The Gale Boomerang has been replaced with an ordinary Boomerang.
  • Link has a new Final Smash that replaces Triforce Slash, in which Link uses the Ancient Bow to fire an Ancient Arrow in front of him in a similar fashion to Light Arrow.

Moveset

Ground Attacks

Normal

  • Neutral Attack: A downward slash, followed by an outward slash, then by an ascending slash.
  • Forward Tilt: A lunging downward slash.
  • Up Tilt: An overhead arcing slash, starting from behind.
  • Down Tilt: A kneeling inward slash.
  • Dash Attack (Jump Slash): The Jump Attack.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash (Sword Slice): A two-handed, lunging downward slash. If the attack button is pressed again, Link will perform a single-handed outward slash. If Link is at 0% damage, the first swing will launch a projectile.
  • Up Smash: A series of three overhead arcing slashes, the last one which launches opponents away.
  • Down Smash: A kneeling inward slash in front of himself, followed by a kneeling outward slash behind himself.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front): Slashes in front of himself and then behind himself.
  • Floor Attack (Back): Slashes in front of himself and then behind himself.
  • Floor Attack (Trip): Slashes in front of himself and then behind himself.
  • Edge Attack: The Crouch Stab from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Performs a thrust while climbing up.

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: A flying kick. A sex kick.
  • Forward aerial: Two alternating, spinning outward slashes.
  • Back aerial: A hook kick followed by a mid-level roundhouse kick.
  • Up aerial (Jump Thrust): The Up Thrust.
  • Down aerial (Downward Thrust): The Down Thrust. Upon hitting a target without fast falling, Link bounces off them.

Grabs and Throws

  • Grab: Reaches out with one hand.
  • Pummel: Hits the oppnent with the Master Sword’s pommel.
  • Forward Throw: A front kick.
  • Back Throw: A back kick.
  • Up Throw: Raises the opponent overhead and slashes them upward.
  • Down Throw: Pins the opponent to the ground and then performs an elbow drop.

Special Moves

Link's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Boomerang Bow Hero's Bow
Side Special Boomerang Gale Boomerang Boomerang
Up Special Spin Attack
Down Special Bomb
Final Smash Triforce Slash Ancient Bow and Arrow

Taunts

  • Up Taunt: Swings the Master Sword twice, then sheaths it.
  • Down Taunt: Raises the Master Sword horizontally while standing on one leg.
  • Side Taunt: Poses with the Master Sword in front of him, followed by it glowing.

On-Screen Appearance

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

In competitive play

To be added

In Spirit Battles

As the Main Opponent

  • Darknut
  • Fierce Deity Link (Giant)
  • Fi
  • Crispin
  • Glory of Heracles Hero
  • Frey & Freya

As a Minion

  • Marin
  • Zelda (Breath of the Wild)

Palette Swaps

Gallery

External links