- This article is about Link's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For the character in other contexts, see Link.
in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Universe||The Legend of Zelda|
|Other Smash Bros. appearances||in SSB|
in Super Smash Bros. 4
|Final Smash||Triforce Slash|
Link (リンク, Rinku) was confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Brawl at E3 2006. His graphics have been completely revamped from his Super Smash Bros. Melee form, since his new look is derived from the game, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and his special moves have also been changed to fit the style of Twilight Princess.
Link is currently ranked 35th in the Low Tier. Link is equipped with a useful DACUS that helps his mobility, as well as some camping ability, some of the best overall reach in his attacks, great momentum cancelling and the third best potential vertical endurance, and many KO moves. Like his Melee incarnation, he still has plenty of projectiles, all of which can be useful at different times. Despite his projectiles and large number of advanced techniques, however, Link in general has poor mobility due to poor dashing speed, air speed, and jumping ability, poor out of shield options, one of the worst aerial games, and sluggish moves in general (his fastest ground attack, jab, has a startup lag of 7 frames, and fastest aerial, back aerial, is 6 frames). The most crippling flaw of Link is his recovery, that has been heavily nerfed from Melee to one of the worst recoveries in Brawl, and often prevents him from fulfilling his amazing endurance potential; Spin Attack scarcely gives him any horizontal distance (and barely any without prior momentum), his bombs are less effective for recovery, and his hookshot can no longer wall grapple. This has resulted in very poor match-ups against most characters, and terrible tournament results.
Link may be a character of poor speed, but he makes up for that with power. His sliding DACUS also helps his slow mobility and his BDACUS is very effective due to his fast sidestep. Link is moderately heavy, having the same weight as Captain Falcon. Link is also one of the heavyweight characters that has good directional influence and momentum canceling, especially vertically, which along his extremely quick fast fall allows him to survive almost as long as Snake, though he arguably has the worst recovery in the game and sometimes his fast fall can also give him problems recovering. His heavyweight backfires, however, by making him extremely vulnerable to chain grabs that force him offstage. Link's tilts are fast and powerful, and his down tilt is particularly good for getting opponents into the air. It can also meteor smash at the tip of the sword or hitting behind Link. His up tilt is fast and good for juggling, and his forward tilt can easily KO at high percentages. Link's forward smash can become a two hit combo at low percentages, it is also a great KO move, depending from where the sword connects. His down smash is an easy KO move at fairly high percentages, and is Link's quickest smash. However, it is predictable making it easy to watch out at higher percentages, and has some ending lag. Link's up smash doesn't KO easily, but it racks up decent damage. Link's aerial attacks are also good, as both his neutral aerial and grab aerial (zair), combined with a short hop and fast falling, is a great option for approach. Link's back aerial is good for spacing when needed. Link's forward aerial is fairly fast, is a good set-up move and its second hit is powerful, but this KOing move is hard to land, since the first hit only set ups the second hit at very low percentages and the first hit lacks KO power. Link's up and down aerials are some of his best KO moves, having high duration and high knockback, but have high ending and landing lag. Even though his aerial attacks are effective, his slow aerial speed, fast falling speed, and small jumps give Link a very weak aerial game. His grab, like all tether grabs, has good range but has 12 frames start-up and is laggy if missed. Specials for Link are also good for keeping distance, racking up damage, and great for survival. On the ground, Link can charge his up special. It is a good edge guarding tool, but is predictable. Spin attack can also deflect projectiles if used in the air. His neutral special is a bow that charges and shoots high-speed projectiles. If activated in the air, just before hitting the ground, an uncharged arrow will shoot instantly, making it a fast attack that will often hit unsuspecting enemies. Link's down special allows him to pull out a bomb and throw it, which can be used for mind games, but his own bombs can be used against him. His side special move, Gale Boomerang has fairly good range and can gimp some opponent's recovery. Smashing the side special will cause the boomerang to reach farther. Link's shield can act as a shield on its own: when Link doesn't move, many projectiles coming from the opposite direction he's facing can't hit him. Crouching can also block most attacks as well, but leaves his upper hitbox open. He also has a great spot dodge.
Link's critical problem is his abysmal recovery, making him easy to KO despite being a heavyweight with great momentum canceling. Although his projectiles, particularly Gale Boomerang help it somewhat, his poor jumping, quick fall speed, slow air speed, and poor distance on the Spin Attack make his recovery arguably the shortest in the game both horizontally and vertically and also very predictable, so it's suggested that all Link mains have good directional influence. Link's spin attack is also a slow recovery move, with predictable trajectory, making it fairly easy to edgeguard, mostly with moves that out prioritizes his projectiles, and due to the poor distance of his recovery he can get KO'd offstage with a fairly low amount of hits and not being able to recover, especially when he loses his 2nd jump, and due his poor vertical distance that also means meteor smashes are devastating for his recovery. Link's most effective mode of recovery is to first throw the Gale Boomerang to disrupt the opponent, then use his up special right after doing his second jump to give more momentum so he can gain more height, but even this is a poor recovery option. Using Spin Attack immediately after being hit while recovering makes it give no horizontal distance at all. His Clawshot is also useful, being the second longest tether grab in the game, but, like all tether recoveries, it is easily edgehogged. Another method of recovery is where Link pulls out a bomb, uses his Spin Attack, and his bomb blows up on him for little damage but gives Link another Spin Attack. At higher percentages the knockback from the bomb can be used for additional height. Although, Link has a large ledge sweetspot, but due to his poor recovery, Link heavily relies on edge grabbing, leaving him vulnerable to edgehogging (though, this can be prevented with his projectiles). If Link is lucky, the Gale Boomerang can carry the opponent out far enough so they can't recover, but this happens rarely, making it very unreliable.
 Changes from Melee to Brawl
Link has suffered a nerf, though he has not changed drastically from Melee to Brawl. His recovery is worse due to his much slower air speed and shorter grappling device. The grapple is now a tether recovery and can no longer be used on any part of a stage, but it finds and tracks the wall, automatically sweetspotting a nearby ledge instead of just latching onto it when it touches. Link's arrows are faster (but are unable to shield him from projectiles now), but the infinite sword stab in his neutral combo has been removed. The first hit of Link's side smash and his bombs cause greater knockback (it can now KO). Link now has a larger character model. His spin attack can be charged on the ground, but the uncharged Spin Attack has lower knockback (it can still KO at high percentage when used very close to the edge) and longer start-up and it no longer semi-spikes (although in the PAL version it didn't semi-spike). If Link uses Spin Attack in midair after just getting hit, it will almost never move horizontally anymore. Link's boomerang (now called Gale Boomerang) pushes opponents on the way back without causing damage. It also does lower damage and has a set knockback now. Further, the absence of L-canceling makes his poor aerial game even worse, particularly for his down aerial, his best KO move.
Link also had several cosmetic changes from Melee to Brawl. His design and voice actor are now from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. He also has two new costumes; Dark Link (which replaces his previous black tunic) and a "gold" costume. His forward helpless state is now the animation of Link when he finishes his double jump (from both Melee and Brawl), but his back and neutral helpless states are the same. Link's taunt from Melee has been replaced by his one from SSB. Also, Link has a new standing animation making his Hylian Shield less useful.
 Instruction manual description
A warrior from distant Hyrule. His sword and projectiles make him a versatile fighter.
|Neutral attack||Triple Swing||Swipes his sword across his body (can jab lock), second swipe goes outwards (has lots of hitstun, allowing to be comboed to many of his moves) and the third hit is a stab forward. Loosely based on Link's final blow to Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The first 2 hits are great when jab canceled, as it can lead into his grab, up special, down smash or even to itself again if the opponent doesn't SDI out of it. First hit can jab lock characters laying on the ground, which Bomb footstool fast falled neutral aerial can set-up at lower percentages.||Hit 1||4%||*||7||8||16||37||0|
|Forward tilt||Overhand Swipe||An overhead swipe. An efficient KO move at higher damages.||13%||*||15||18||20||96||0|
|Up tilt||Vertical Swing||Swings sword in an arc. Has good range and knockback. Good for juggling fast-fallers at low percentages.||Tip||9%||95||8||12||30||122||0|
|Down tilt||Ground Swipe||Swipes sword across ground. Meteor smashes aerial opponents in contact with Link's body, and opponents hanging on a ledge. This is more difficult to use as a meteor smash than other down tilts, because the sweetspot is significantly smaller, ranging only from his head to his body (while crouching). There is, however, a second sweetspot on his sword that can be found by playing on Final Destination and examining the vertical lines that range across its surface. This move will meteor smash a character hanging on a ledge if the tip of Link's toes are touching the very last line on either side of the stage. The same place on Link's sword will also be the sweetspot for meteor smashing aerial opponents, although usually opponents will not be meteor smashed due to the low chance of this sweetspot connecting. Aside from meteor smashing, the move has a 40% chance of tripping.||Tip, Arm||12%||80||13||14||90||50||0|
|Dash attack||Running Slash||Swings sword from head to toe. Good combo starter.||Tip||10%||90||8||11||30||80||0|
|Up smash||Triple Slash||Swings sword in an arc three times. First two hits have no knockback, while the 3rd hit has below average knockback. This move is easily SDIed out of the last hit.||Hit 1||Tip||4%||95||10||15||0||100||40|
|Down smash||Grass Cutter||Swipes sword from front to back, very quick start-up but moderately long ending lag; like his down tilt but with more force and it hits behind. Opponents can be hit by both swipes if they are between Link and the Gale Boomerang during its second phase as it pulls the opponent towards Link; however, good timing is required.||Hit 1||Tip||14%||75||9||11||26||90||0|
|Hit 2||Tip, Blade, Body||16%||20||22||20|
|Forward smash||Two-Handed Swing||Swings sword forward. If the attack button is pressed again, he swings a second time with more force. Both hits can be used to rack up damage quickly at very low percentages. First hit is stronger in the tip, while the second hit is stronger if hit from close. Can be used to perform Bomb Smashing. Although the first hit has a somewhat long startup, it has almost no animation until the hit, making it difficult to react to.||Hit 1||Sword||15%||*||15||17||25||90||0|
|Neutral aerial||Drop Kick||Does a flying jump-kick. Is a "sex kick" with good priority. Has almost no landing lag at all, being great to use to land safely from juggles.||Clean||10%||*||7||8||22||100||0|
|Forward aerial||Double Swing||Swings his sword twice while spinning 360 degrees. Second hit has great knockback, though the first hit only sets up the second hit at very low percentages, making it hard to use as a KOing move. Takes some time to startup but has surprisingly little landing lag. Great with ledge dropped, double jumped, forward aerial to try to get-up from the ledge safely, and has invincibility during first hit if used early enough after grabbing the ledge normally or with tether.||Hit 1||9%||*||14||15||5||100||0|
|Back aerial||Rear Kicks||Does a two kick combo. Has almost no landing lag, 1st hit is a true combo into his up tilt.||Hit 1||Foot||4%||72||6||9||0||100||40|
|Up aerial||Ceiling Stab||Thrusts his sword upward, just like the upward thrust attack in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Long duration and can star KO at higher damages, though it has a slow startup, little horizontal range, and significantly high ending lag (30 frames, or half a second).||Clean||15%||80||11||13||18||85||0|
|Down aerial||Ground Stab||Holds his sword downward, this time based on the downward thrust from Zelda II. Bounces when the attack lands, possibly scoring an additional hit. A very powerful finisher that can K.O as low as 75%, but if missed leaves Link open for 50 frames if not auto-cancelled (the laggiest aerial landing in the game). Cannot be auto-cancelled in flat platforms, even if started at the highest jump and double jump combined (though it can from a ledge jump). However, it is very spammable in stages like Norfair, where it can be easily auto-canceled, especially against characters without a disjointed aerial that outranges it vertically (to completely outprioritize it). A Bomb footstool canceled can easily setup the down aerial. The pogo effect can be canceled by a fast fall, though it doesn't affect the power of the down aerial.||Clean||Hilt||22%||65||14||40||80||0|
|Grab aerial (zair)||Clawshot||Fires his Clawshot forward, scoring two hits. Has no landing lag at all. Can be used as a tether recovery. Very useful for spacing and stopping approaches against taller characters. This tether recovery can be used to save Link from a KO at extremely high damages ranging up to even higher than 300%. This can be done by simply air dodging and then immediately using the clawshot (or pressing Z twice or more) after getting hit by an attack that can semi-spike, such as Fox's, Jigglypuff's, or Zelda's down smashes. Link's Zair can also be used while a bomb is held to cancel an airdodge, which also allows him to Tether recover with a Bomb. Link has the 2nd longest zair in Brawl, only slightly shorter than Samus'.||Hit 1||4%||45||11||16||60||30||0|
|Pummel||Hilt Hit||Hits opponent with the hilt of the Master Sword. A fairly fast pummel.||2%||*||9||0||100||0|
|Forward throw||Punt||Lets go of foe then kicks them, football punt style.||Hit 1||3%||*||12||13||0||0||120|
|Back throw||Rear Punt||Throws foe back then back kicks.||Hit 1||3%||*||12||0||0||120|
|Up throw||Lob Slice||Throws foe a very short distance above him, then slashes. Can KO at high percentages. Can be comboed with Spin Attack.||Hit 1||Tip||5%||20||26||29||50||100||0|
|Down throw||Elbow Slam||Throws foe down then elbow drops them. The first hit cannot hit Jigglypuff. It is believed that this is because Jigglypuff's very low weight causes the animation to occur too quickly, the hitbox appearing and vanishing before it is checked for.||Hit 1||3%||*||22||0||0||120|
|Floor (back)||Standing Swipe||Does two slashes front and back.||Hit 1||6%||*||21||22||80||50||0|
|Floor (front)||Quick Swing||Does another two slashes front and back.||Hit 1||6%||*||15||16||80||50||0|
|Floor (trip)||Standing Swing||Essentially the same as his other two floor attacks.||Hit 1||5%||*||19||20||60||50||0|
|Edge (<100%)||Flip Swipe||Pulls himself up into a front flip and slices downward.||8%||*||27||29||0||100||110|
|Edge (100%+)||Slow Stab||Slowly climbs up and stabs in front of him.||10%||*||51||54||0||100||110|
|Neutral special move||Hero's Bow||Fires an arrow that can be charged.||5%||*||7||50||0|
|Side Special||Gale Boomerang||Throws the Gale Boomerang, which damages at it flies away and then pulls as it makes its way back.||Release||7%||70||1||4||80||40||0|
|Up special move||Spin Attack||Attacks on both sides with a spinning slash that can be charged and is easy to punish.||Hit 1 (ground)||Blade||12%||*||12||16||68||72||0|
|Hit 2 (ground)||Blade||17||28||55||80|
|Hit 3 (ground)||Blade||29||36||20|
|Hit 1 (air)||Part A||4%||92||8||10||0||100||90|
|Hit 2 (air)||Part A||2%||92||16||18||88|
|Hit 3 (air)||Part A||92||22||24||77|
|Hit 4 (air)||Part A||92||31||33||60|
|Hit 5 (air)||4%||*||47||51||30||160||0|
|Down special move||Bomb||Produces a bomb to throw. Can cause self-damage.||5%||70||40||90||0|
|Final Smash||Triforce Slash||Traps the opponent and lays down a series of quick sword strikes before an impressive final blow.||Snag||5%||22||13||14||0||100||30|
|Hits 1-14||Part A||4%||90||5-6, 16-17, 28-29, 38-39, 49-50, 60-61, 71-72, 82-83, 93-94, 104-105, 115-116, 126-127, 137-138, 148-149||0||100||50|
- Up: Swings his sword twice and twirls the sword before sheathing it. Similar to his Twilight Princess "victory pose", which he performs after defeating a boss, learning a hidden sword technique, or sheathing his sword upon the defeat of harder-to-defeat enemies.
- Down: Link's mysterious taunt from the original. He pulls his knee to his chest and draws his sword back behind his head. Similar to Lucario's down taunt. May be loosely based on Link's attacking pose from Zelda II.
- Side: Takes out Navi from Ocarina of Time (or any fairy that can be obtained in Twilight Princess), who flies around while he watches.
- Link twirls his sword. Identical to the twirling he makes when locked-on to an enemy in Twilight Princess.
- Link looks at the screen, then looks back afterwards.
Go Link! *clap* *clap* *clap*
 In Competitive play
 Notable players
- See also: Category:Link professionals
 Role In Subspace Emissary
Link's role begins with him walking through a forest with his fairy companion, Navi. Upon reaching the Master Sword's resting place, Link pulls the sword from its pedestal, wielding it once more. In a clearing of the forest is a napping Yoshi, who Link at first pays no mind to. However, the Halberd soon flies over the clearing, dropping Shadow Bugs which soon form into Primids. At this point, Link and Yoshi form a team and battle through the enemies while in pursuit of the Halberd, only to lose their aforementioned target as it flies far off into the distance, though they quickly continue their pursuit.
Link's next appearance plays out depending on which princess is saved earlier on in the story. If Peach was saved, Link and Yoshi do battle with a Shadowbug clone of Peach (who had recently been turned into a trophy by Bowser) after it attempted to turn an unsuspecting Mario and Pit into trophies until Link prevented the attack by slicing the Dark Cannon in half. Upon defeating the clone of Peach, Link is attacked by Mario, who witnessed the defeat of Peach's copy as it reverts into Shadowbugs and drifts away, apparently mistaking it for the real Peach. Then Link and Yoshi fight him and Pit. If Zelda is saved earlier on, then it is she who is cloned, and Mario and Pit fight the clone of her, and must then fend off an attack by Link and Yoshi, whom Link thinks Mario killed the real Zelda. After the defeat (and subsequent trophification) of Mario and Pit/Link and Yoshi, King Dedede arrives in a cargo, and snatches the trophies of the fallen duo with an arm attached to it. Fortunately, Kirby (who had accompanied Peach/Zelda earlier) appears and frees the two trophies, and revives them as well. Upon revival, Pit/Link fires an arrow at the incoming cargo, slowing it down a little. The five characters then form an alliance and pursue Dedede.
During their pursuit, they find Dedede's cargo (now empty) parked outside of a cave, and decide to enter it. After getting out of the cave, they find Dedede's trashed hideout, and, upon finding a hole in the wall, they decide to enter it. After they get out of the hole, they find Bowser, who Mario tries to attack until Bowser raises Peach/Zelda's trophy as a shield, forcing him to miss. Pit then fires an arrow at Bowser, which he barely dodges, before escaping in his Koopa Clown Car.
They then pursue the Ancient Minister in a desert, trying to stop him from detonating another Subspace Bomb. Mario and Link begin to approach the Minister while dodging the lasers he fires at them. Despite their best efforts, the Subspace Bomb still explodes while the heroes barely escape the blast.
Link later appears after the team makes its way to the desert, where they aid another group (consisting of Marth, Ike, the Ice Climbers, Lucas, and the Pokémon Trainer) in fighting off the Subspace Army. Later, Link and Zelda are both present when meeting Tabuu, but they are defeated by Tabuu's Offwaves. If Link and Zelda's trophy forms are retrieved after the initial attack by Tabuu, they will both be shown agreeing to revive Ganondorf (who was turned into a trophy earlier on when he tried to attack Tabuu on his own), at which point they show him where their common target is. Link helps the other heroes throughout the rest of the story.
Even though Link's design is from Twilight Princess, he has blond hair in Brawl, and dirty blond/brown hair in Twilight Princess. His face is also somewhat more slender and sharper, with smaller eyes and a more fierce expression - possibly hinting that this is a slightly older version of the Link in Twilight Princess. This is also supported by the fact that the Master Sword is a lot smaller compared to him than it was in Twilight Princess (though, it could also be simply be that the sword has been scaled down, like his bombs). It is also possible that this is the original Link from Ocarina of Time but with his Twilight Princess look. A fairy appears alongside Link as he pulls the Master Sword from its pedestal when he is introduced in the Subspace Emissary, and this fairy also appears in Link's side taunt, in which Link takes it out of his pocket, letting it fly round him once before putting it back. This fairy could be Navi, from Ocarina of Time, who got Link's attention in that game by flying around him. Navi was never in Twilight Princess, although a fairy was used as the pointer when the Wii Remote pointed at the screen. It is often be theorized that this is a merging of several Links, or a general Link that represents his universe in Brawl, much like Snake could be either Solid Snake or Naked Snake.
- Link, Pit, Ice Climbers, and Toon Link are the only characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl who are left-handed.
- Link uses battering items such as the Beam Sword and Lip's Stick with his right hand in order to wield his sword with his left. This prevents him from using his shield when holding items.
- Link, Bowser, Luigi, Toon Link, and Yoshi are the only characters to wear their default costumes in team battles, when they are on the green team.
- Link's page at Smash Bros. Dojo!!.
- Link Character Guide at SWF
- Link's hitbox size of each of his moves
- Link's Moves - History Behind Super Smash Bros. Brawl, by CrappyCaptureDevice (part 1) (part 2)
Characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Veterans||Bowser · Captain Falcon · Donkey Kong · Falco · Fox · Ganondorf · Ice Climbers · Jigglypuff · Kirby · Link · Luigi · Mario · Marth · Mr. Game & Watch · Ness · Peach · Pikachu · Samus · Yoshi · Zelda (Sheik)|
|Newcomers||Diddy Kong · Ike · King Dedede · Lucario · Lucas · Meta Knight · Olimar · Pit · Pokémon Trainer (Charizard · Ivysaur · Squirtle) · R.O.B. · Snake · Sonic · Toon Link · Wario · Wolf · (Zero Suit Samus)|
The Legend of Zelda universe
|Characters||Link (SSB · SSBM · SSBB · SSB4) · 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
SSB4: Skyloft · Spirit Train · Gerudo Valley
|Trophies & Stickers||Trophies in Melee · Trophies in Brawl · Stickers in Brawl|
|Music||Music in Brawl|