- This article is about Link's appearance in Super Smash Bros.. For the character in other contexts, see Link.
in Super Smash Bros.
|Universe||The Legend of Zelda|
|Other Smash Bros. appearances||in Melee|
Link (リンク, Rinku) appears as a starter character in Super Smash Bros. He is the sole representative of the Zelda series. Having many disjointed melee attacks and two projectile weapons, Link can be a hassle to approach. However, his lack of speed and maneuverability cause problems for Link in approaching an opponent. In fact, much of Link's strategy consists of standing back, throwing a few projectiles, and waiting for an opening. Due to his slow ground movements and attacks, it is imperative that Link players be able to not only short hop but be able to input an attack immediately afterward.
Link is known in high level competitive play as a very defensive character, relying on bombs and boomerangs to prevent gimps and using back aerial, up tilt, and up aerial for combos while using down aerial, forward smash, down smash, and projectiles for edgeguarding. Link's recovery is so poor that he can never be close to a ledge. Link's poor recovery and the fact that he is very easily comboed make it difficult for him to win. Link has poor match-ups due to this and is usually considered the worst character to use on Dream Land. For this he is second to last, 10th, on the tier list with Luigi. On Hyrule Castle however, Link is generally considered to be 6th or 5th due to Link's ability to camp with enough room like Fox. Link is also slightly better in the PAL version and much better in the Japanese version of SSB. In the PAL version, this is due to having better horizontal movement while in the Japanese version, Link has an Up tilt that combos into itself multiple times and can break a shield alone as well as Bombs that are much easier to combo off.
Link has long ranged attacks due to his sword, and they also have good power. On the down side, he also has slow attack and movement speed. His grab is long like his attacks due to being a tether grab, but it leaves him vulnerable if it misses. Link also has two good projectiles, which can lead to some very aesthetic combos. This makes Link tough to approach, and can be used to edge-guard. Link is also heavy, which means he is harder to knock around but easier to combo. He is one of the only two characters in the game (along with Pikachu) to not have a spike, giving him trouble edgeguarding.
Link's biggest problem is his recovery. His very short jumps, fast falling speed (the second fastest in the game) and poor distance both horizontally and vertically of Spin Attack (even descends before the animation is over) makes his recovery arguably the worst in the game. It is also easily edge guarded, especially by characters with spikes.
Link is very low on the tier list because he is easily gimped and very easily comboed. Usually, the best way for Link to win against most of the characters is to camp and space. Due to the ability to do so on Hyrule however, Link's matchups are much better there.
 Ground attacks
- Neutral attack- Sword Swipe, 5%, then another swipe, 3%, and a last stab for 4% before a series of quick sword stabs, 1% each. This move comes out fast and has decent range right in front on Link.
- Forward Tilt: Sword Chop. Link brings his sword up and slashes down. Somewhat slow but above average damage and knockback for a forward tilt. 18%
- Up Tilt: Overhead Sword Swipe. Link quickly swings his sword in a small arch above him. Can be chained together and good for leading into combos, usually forward tilt or neutral aerial. There is the slighted arch in the foe's upward trajectory; When facing right, there's a slight right angle, and vice versa. This move can usually KO a foe reliably above very high damages such as 200%. 10% damage. Changes heavily in Japanese smash 64 doing 14 damage and being able to shield break and a better angle for combos.
- Down Tilt: Ground Swipe. He slashes his sword sluggishly below him. Usually knocks foes upwards. At lower percentages, this can be followed by a Forward Smash, a Forward Tilt, or even a grab attack. At higher damages, in most cases, it knocks the foe far enough such that there's no way to quickly follow it up. 12%
- Dash attack: Running Sword Swipe. He sticks his sword straight out mid-dash and stops. Good range and speed, and can KO usually around 150%. Great for combo finishers. There is, however, some cooldown lag. 16%
- Side Smash: Super Sword Slice. He quickly twirls his sword twice and then slashes forward in a similar fashion to his Forward Tilt, but has a bigger blue effect if it hits. Good finisher. 9-20%
- Up Smash: Triple Vertical Sword Slice, 22% total. Good move for damage racking, as long as the foe doesn't DI out of it. Best suited for heavier characters. This move is somewhat weak for KO-ing, however, at lower percentages it can lead into itself, and aerial follow up, or Up B. In most other cases, though, a up aerial or simply some other juggling plan (usually a Bomb readied before the move) is recommended or used. The range of the move itself isn't that far, it resembles a bunch of Link's up tilts in rapid succession, though with less of an arch.
- Down Smash: Grass Cutter, 16% damage. Link swiftly slashes in front of him and then back. The move is a good close up defensive move but also has a good KO-ing property. This move is one of Link's few moves that come out near-instantaneously, and the ending lag is also rather low. Assuming the Link player is facing right, when the foe is hit on either side while being closest to Link, they will be sent upwards at a slightly angled trajectory. When hit at the end of Link's blade, it'll knock the foe in a 45° angle in the direction depending on what side they were hit on.
 Other attacks
- Ledge attack: Flips over and slashes outwards. Decent range. 4% damage.
- 100% ledge attack: Slowly picks himself up and stabs at a slight upward angle. 4% damage.
- Floor attack: Slashes on both sides and gets up. 6% damage.
 Aerial attacks
- Neutral aerial: Sex Kick. Link's neutral aerial is best used as a defensive move, seeing how even when it first comes out, there is not much KO power unless used in the air for an edgeguard. 6-10% when it first comes out. Moderately good combo move
- Forward aerial: Spin Sword, 9-20%. Link slashes once in front of him, swirls in a complete circle and sticks out his sword again (best viewed on 1/4 speed in training). The first hit does 20% damage with a good amount of knockback, whereas the second doing 60% of that amount, but still with strength. It is not possible that the two hits will combine into each other.
- Up aerial: Upwards Thrust, 16%. Decent KO power, can also juggle. The hitbox of this move is Link's blade, which is directly aimed up. Useful on Platforms due to combos
- Back aerial: Double kick. They both combine into each other for a good amount of knockback, though the second hit can be DI'd out of. In addition, it is risky going for a Link player to use this move near a ledge due to the length of this move, as Link's recovery may not always be good enough to make it back to the stage. 20% total damage. Very useful for combos.
- Down aerial: Downward Sword. Link aims his sword directly below him for a long duration. This does 16% and has great horizontal knockback. It is possible to hit the same enemy twice to have this move inflict 32% altogether. This move can be used to KO recovering foes by jumping directly at them, but this is only safe if the bounce of the connected hit allows Link to return to the stage. It should be noted that this move's downwards descent can be hastened by fast falling, although doing so is unwise near ledges. Also has substantial landing lag when the player lands on the ground while using the move if not L-cancelled. Usually considered to be Link's best aerial for shield pressure when z-cancelled.
 Grabs & Throws
- Link, along with Samus, has an "extended grab"- meaning they use a grappler in order to increase their grab length, leading to various combos due to the large grab range.
- Forward Throw: Kick. Link violently kicks his foe forward with good power. Often throws the foe far enough to set up a quick boomerang or bomb-based edgeguard, or simply one of Link's aerials. 14%
- Back Throw: Kick back, 16% damage. Link takes the foe and kicks them directly behind him. Somewhat better KOing power than his forward throw.
 Special Moves
|Up special||Spin Attack|
- Lowers his right leg and raises his left arm (his sword arm), then pulls his right leg up, pushes his right knee out to his left, points his foot downwards so that the end of his left boot comes to about halfway up his left shinguard.
 In Single-player
- In the game's single-player mode, Link is the first character the player battles, in which they must face him on Hyrule Castle.
- If the player is against Link in Single Player Mode on Very Easy, he will not attack or move until the player makes the first few strikes or after a period of time.
 Extended Boomerang
 Bomb Recovery
Like Samus, Link can use his bombs to aid his recovery. However, unlike Samus, Link must use a bit of technical skill and timing. While recovering, pull out a bomb and drop it slowly below Link. Continue to DI toward the stage and then use his back aerial. This will cause Link to explode toward the platform. Use his Up B and land back safely. Note that Link will not be able to grab the edge because the explosion causes him to face the other direction. To counter this, throw his boomerang before using his Up B. This technique is extremely situational and extremely difficult to perform. Even if one could perform it poorly helps to recover in very few cases.
 Bomb damages
- Explosion: 5%
- Tilt: 5%
- Tilt Up: 5%
- Tilt Down: 0%+5% (5%)
- Dash: 9%+5% (14%)
- Smash: 8%+5% (13%)
- Smash Up: 8%+5% (13%)
- Smash Down: 0%+5% (5%)
- Air Throws
- Tilt: 7%+5% (12%)
- Tilt Up: 8%+5% (13%)
- Tilt Down: 8%+5% (13%)
- Smash: 9%+5% (14%)
- Smash Up: 11%+5% (16%)
- Smash Down: 11%+5% (16%)
 From the Game
Link is the valiant boy hero of "Legend of Zelda" series in which he fights against the evil Ganon to recover the Triforce. Though his tools may change with each adventure, his strength and righteousness remain constant. With his trusty sword and a variety of weapons, he takes his adventures head on!
- The Legend of Zelda (NES)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
 From the Instruction Booklet
Link is the young fighter who protects the peace in the world of Hyrule. His skills with the sword are both varied and powerful.
- When Link picks up a battering item, his dash attack will show him using his sword and the item he's wielding.
- A level 3 Link CPU on any stage will always use a bomb as his first attack and a level 9 Link on the Hyrule Castle stage will always use his boomerang as his first attack, making them very predictable and easy to approach.
- Link is stronger in the European version of SSB, as his Side Smash causes 24% instead of 20% and he has better air speed, improving his recovery.
- In the Japanese version of SSB, Link's sword has a reflective "metal" effect, while the western version does not, making his sword look more like plastic. Link also has a much better up tilt.
Characters in Super Smash Bros.
|Newcomers||Captain Falcon · Donkey Kong · Fox · Jigglypuff · Kirby · Link · Luigi · Mario · Ness · Pikachu · Samus · Yoshi|
The Legend of Zelda universe
|Characters||Link (SSB · SSBM · SSBB) · Zelda (SSBM · SSBB) / Sheik (SSBM · SSBB) · Ganondorf (SSBM · SSBB) · Young Link (SSBM) · Toon Link (SSBB)|
|Side characters||Assist trophies: Tingle|
|Stages||SSB: Hyrule Castle|
SSBM: Great Bay · Temple · Adventure Mode: Underground Maze
SSBB: Bridge of Eldin · Pirate Ship · Melee Stages: Temple
|Trophies & Stickers||Trophies in Melee · Trophies in Brawl · Stickers in Brawl|
|Music||Music in Brawl|