Toon Link (SSB4)

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Toon Link
in Super Smash Bros. 4
Toon Link
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Universe The Legend of Zelda
Other Smash Bros. appearance in Brawl

Availability Starter
Final Smash Triforce Slash
Tier C (17)
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Toon Link (トゥーンリンク, Toon Link) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. His return to the series was announced on the official website on September 26th, 2013, the same day that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD was released in Japan.[1] Sachi Matsumoto reprises her role as Toon Link's voice actor, albeit via voice clips recycled from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Unlike in Brawl, he is now a starter character, instead of an unlockable character.

Toon Link is currently ranked 17th out of 58 on the tier list, placing him at the top of C tier and in the middle of the high-tier. This is a slight improvement compared to his placement in Brawl, where he was ranked 13th out of 38. Toon Link has multiple projectiles, which grant him a powerful zoning game and enable him to follow up into different moves; his Bomb in particular is his most notable set-up for combos and KOs. Toon Link's grab game has also been improved: his grabs now have less ending lag when missed, his grab aerial is better for zoning due to it now possessing knockback, and his back throw is now among the strongest throws in the game thanks to its significantly increased knockback.

While Toon Link's ground game is potent, his air game is marred by his floatiness and sub-par air speed. Additionally, his aerial attacks' power and utility are offset by their high landing lag, which prevents them from following up into other moves. Lastly, as his combo game largely relies on his projectiles, reflection-based moves can both significantly hinder his combo game and turn his projectiles against him.

Toon Link has achieved impressive tournament results, thanks to the efforts of professionals like Zan and Hyuga, the latter of whom notably placed 9th at GENESIS 3 and 5th at CEO 2016. However, since Hyuga has been banned from various tournaments as of EVO 2016, Toon Link's results have plummeted significantly, to the point that he has achieved very minimal results since Hyuga's ban. Fortunatly however, Hyuga returned to the smash scene and won Hail Smash VIII: The Return of the Heroe of the Wind. As a result, Toon Link's tier placement has become highly debatable.

Attributes[edit]

As in Brawl, the majority of Toon Link's attributes noticeably differ from those of his alternate timeline counterpart. Toon Link is among the lighter middleweights and boasts dashing speed and air acceleration that are both above average, as well as the ability to wall jump. However, his falling and fast falling speeds are both slow, while his gravity is low. While they differ on the majority of their attributes, Toon Link and Link both have above average walking speeds and slow air speeds. Overall, Toon Link's attributes render him as a fairly quick, yet floaty character.

Like Link, Toon Link is a very zoning-oriented character, thanks to his Hero's Bow, Boomerang and Bomb. Outside of forcing approaches, his projectiles grant him a strong camping game alongside his ability to block an opponent's projectiles with his Hero's Shield. Another benefit that Toon Link's projectiles possess is their combo potential. Bomb in particular, especially when jump-canceled, can grant him a number of follow-ups at low percents, such as into his neutral aerial and dash attack. Bomb can even set up his up smash or forward aerial, both of which are good KOing options. Boomerang is also useful for his combo game, as it can combo into his up tilt, grab and various other moves depending on the positioning. While largely reliant on his projectiles, Toon Link's impressive combo game is not exclusively limited to them. His up tilt can chain into itself repeatedly, a short hopped neutral aerial, an up smash or Spin Attack at low percents, and then into aerial attacks at medium to higher percents.

Toon Link's grab game can produce interesting options due to its considerable improvement since Brawl. His grab aerial, if used during the falling portion of a short hop, combos into his tilt attacks at low percents, his dash attack at medium percents and his up smash at KOing percents. Toon Link can also use his throws to launch an opponent into the trajectory of a previously thrown Boomerang or Bomb, with his up throw into Bomb being a good example of this technique. Finally, Toon Link's back throw is a great KOing option and one of the strongest throws of any kind in the game.

However, Toon Link also has some weaknesses. His combo game heavily relies on his projectiles and his grab aerial. With the exception of up tilt, his close-ranged attacks cannot reliably combo most of the time. His recovery can be problematic as well, since Spin Attack can be easily gimped and only covers mediocre distance. As a result, Toon Link must make use of his wall jump and Hookshot more often than not. Despite being a fairly floaty character, most of his aerials also have a lot of ending lag, so they do not chain very well into each other. While his grabs all boast long ranges and have had their ending lag significantly decreased since Brawl, they are still slow; this is further compounded by his back throw being his only throw with KO potential. Toon Link's floatiness also makes him susceptible to strong vertical attacks.

In regard to custom moves, Toon Link has a number of notable ones at his disposal. Fire Arrow is an incredibly useful tool for spacing, allowing him to control his opponents' approaches, as well as jab lock at any percent or lead into a number of options and finishers from an arrow on the ground. Floating Boomerang is a very useful combo option to catch opponents off guard if used correctly, making it excellent for combos due to the large amount of hitstun it deals. Flying Spin Attack is an excellent KOing option and is even more reliable at snapping the edge. Finally, Short-Fused Bomb is great for increased damage, making it useful for ranged punishment, starting combos, and is a powerful KOing option as well. As a result, Toon Link's custom moves can result in his already useful zoning capability becoming even more potent.

Ultimately, Toon Link's most reliable KOing options require him to rack up damage, and his combo game is largely reliant on his projectiles. However, he is still an effective character when his zoning ability, projectiles' utility and grab game are properly utilized.

Changes from Brawl[edit]

In the transition from Brawl to SSB4, Toon Link received both buffs and nerfs, but was slightly nerfed overall. He gained some important buffs to his speed, projectile utility and most notably, his grab game. After previously possessing arguably the worst grab game in Brawl due to having the short grab range for a character with a tether grab, very high ending lag overall and nearly useless throws, all of these faults have been noticeably improved. He now has far less ending lag on a missed grab and his back throw is now a potent KOing option, especially near the edge. Additionally, as Bombs no longer damaging Toon Link on contact with opponent, they are now very useful in melee combat when combined with his Boomerang, particularly when followed up with finishers like his forward aerial.

Toon Link has also received some noticeable nerfs however, most prominently to his power, recovery and combo game. Although his Hookshot now reaches incredibly far to grab edges off-stage, vertical recovery without a wall has been made more difficult with his Spin Attack's range having been slightly shortened. His back aerial, which was an incredibly useful combo option in Brawl, now has much more ending lag, making it very hard to combo with. While his down aerial can now meteor smash when sweetspotted, it no longer bounces on opponents, making it much harder to use for both spacing and damage racking. Overall, while his potency has been toned down somewhat since Brawl, Toon Link is still ranked above average on the tier list and has seen above average tournament results, courtesy of professionals like Hyuga and Zan.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Toon Link appears more cartoonish and his color scheme is noticeably brighter overall, with particular emphasis on primary colors. In addition, his proportions are matched more closely to his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.
  • Change Super Smash Bros. for Wii UToon Link is more expressive than in Brawl and he has new facial expressions, which are possibly inspired by the facial expressions he displays when taking selfies using the Picto Box in The Wind Waker HD.
  • Change Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSToon Link is less expressive than in Brawl. He has a single expression that varies slightly, such as scowling during his neutral aerial and wincing when he is screen KO'd. This is presumably to avoid any unnecessary hardware strain.
  • Change Toon Link's hat either Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSdisobeys gravity and usually stays in a limp position while he is falling, as opposed to the tip swaying above the rest of his body, or Super Smash Bros. for Wii Uit will sway based on whether he is jumping or falling, with the tip swaying above his body while he is falling.
  • Change Side taunt's animation has changed. Toon Link now watches a fairy, which has its design from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, as it flies around him.[2]

Attributes[edit]

  • Change Toon Link is heavier (92 → 93).
  • Buff Toon Link walks faster (1.22 → 1.2265).
  • Buff Toon Link dashes faster (1.65 → 1.7325).
  • Change Toon Link's gravity is higher (0.07 → 0.079).
  • Buff Rolls are faster.
  • Buff Toon Link now flinches when a projectile or an explosion hits his Hero's Shield, improving its reliability.
  • Change Toon Link now swings more realistically when hanging off the edge with his Hookshot, to the point that he is able to swing under the stage, rather than halting all momentum right below the edge.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Neutral attack's last hit deals 1% less damage (5% → 4%).
  • Buff Neutral attack's second hit keeps the opponent in better place for its last hit, improving its reliability. Its last hit's hitbox is also larger (3.5u → 4.2u).
  • Nerf Forward tilt has received a sourspot at the base of the Master Sword's blade, while its semi-spike sweetspot has been re-positioned at the center of the blade.
  • Nerf Up tilt deals 4% less damage (9% → 5%), significantly hindering its KO potential.
  • Buff Up tilt is faster, improving its combo and damage racking potentials.
  • Nerf Down tilt deals 2% less damage (9% → 7%).
  • Buff Down tilt has improved tripping potential at low percents.
  • Nerf Dash attack's base deals 4% less damage (10% → 6%). It also lost its ability to trip opponents, hindering its combo potential.
  • Nerf Forward smash's second hit now deals consistent damage (13%/11% → 11%). As a result, the move now deals 2% less damage overall (23% → 21%).
  • Buff Forward smash is faster, has increased vertical range and its first hit now properly launches the opponent forward instead of upward, which allows it to connect together better with its second hit.
  • Change The window of time that the attack button can be pressed after forward smash's first hit in able to activate the second hit has been significantly tightened. This leads to less accidental activations of its second hit, but makes it so that one cannot use the delay as much in order to land its second hit.
  • Nerf Up smash deals less damage (15% (clean)/11% (late) → 13%/10%).
  • Change Up smash now deals consistent knockback throughout its duration, rather than dealing less knockback behind Toon Link. This improves its KO potential, but hinders its combo potential.
  • Nerf Down smash's second hit deals 4% less damage (11% → 7%).
  • Change Down smash's first hit has decreased knockback. This removes its KO potential against aerial opponents, but allows it to connect together better with its second hit.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Neutral aerial deals less damage (10% (both) → 8.5% (front)/7% (back)).
  • Buff Neutral aerial has decreased landing lag (15 frames → 12).
  • Buff Back aerial deals 1% more damage (10% → 11%).
  • Nerf Back aerial has significantly increased ending lag, to the point where it can only be performed once from a short hop instead of twice. It also has increased landing lag (10 frames → 17).
  • Nerf Late up aerial deals 1% less damage (12% → 11%).
  • Nerf Late late down aerial deals 1% less damage (13% → 12%).
  • Buff Down aerial's power has increased and its windbox is larger, improving its KO potential and safety.
  • Change Down aerial now pierces opponents, rather than bouncing on them. This makes it easier to hit multiple opponents, but hinders its safety as an edge-guarding option.
  • Buff Grab aerial now deals very minor knockback, improving its zoning potential.
  • Buff Grab aerial travels three times farther as a tether recovery.
  • Nerf Grab aerial can only grab an edge three times. In order to be able to re-grab it, Toon Link must land on the ground or be hit.
  • Change If Toon Link performs his grab aerial while holding a Bomb, instead of just dropping his Bomb, he now drops it and uses his Hookshot at the same time. This makes Bomb's advanced techniques, like the ZAC and iZAC, significantly more difficult to perform. However, the ability to use these attacks at the same time opens up possibilities for new advanced techniques.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff All grabs have significantly decreased ending lag and can now grab aerial opponents.
  • Change Hookshot either Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSflies and retracts in a straight line like Link's Hookshot in Super Smash Bros.[3] or Super Smash Bros. for Wii Ugoes limp once fully extended. However, this is merely aesthetic.
  • Buff Up throw has decreased base knockback, slightly improving its combo potential.
  • Buff Back throw has significantly increased knockback, significantly improving its KO potential.
  • Change Back throw now consists of one hit instead of two. However, its damage output remains unchanged.
  • Nerf Down throw has increased knockback growth, hindering its reliability at high percents.
  • Nerf Permanent edge attack deals less damage (10%/8% → 7%). Additionally, it now has the decreased vertical range of his 100%+ edge attack from Brawl.
  • Buff Edge attack is much faster.

Special moves[edit]

  • Buff Hero's Bow charges faster. Charged Hero's Bow also travels farther.
  • Nerf Quickdrawing has been removed, hindering Hero's Bow's utility.
  • Buff Boomerang travels farther.
  • Nerf Aerial Spin Attack grants slightly less vertical and horizontal recovery.
  • Buff Aerial Spin Attack's hits connect together better, improving its KO and damage racking potentials.
  • Change If a Bomb hits the opponent or their shield, the explosion will not affect Toon Link. However, if the opponent grabs a Bomb and throws it back at Toon Link or another opponent, the explosion will not harm them either.
  • Nerf Bomb's explosion is absorbable.
  • Change Super Smash Bros. for Wii UBomb appears to be larger. However, this is merely aesthetic.
  • Nerf Triforce Slash deals 18% less damage (78% → 60%).

Update history[edit]

Toon Link has been slightly buffed via game updates. Update 1.0.6 saw his Hero's Shield become capable of blocking the lasers from Fox's and Falco's Blasters, resulting in Toon Link now being capable of properly blocking any and all characters' projectiles so long as he stands still or walks. Update 1.1.0 saw his grab game improved even further, as his pivot and dash grabs come out.

Unlike his alternate timeline counterpart, however, Toon Link is neither helped or hindered by the changes to the shield mechanics brought about by updates 1.1.0 and 1.1.1. Lastly, update 1.1.4 improved his forward smash by enabling its first hit to connect with its second hit better.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 1.0.4

  • Bug fix Removed a bug where he can cancel the aerial lag with the Bomb.
  • Buff Down aerial's meteor smash deals 2% more damage: 14% → 16%.
  • Buff Neutral aerial's landing lag decreased.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.6

  • Buff Hero's Shield now blocks Fox's and Falco's Blasters, improving its reliability.
  • Change Down smash's first hit's knockback decreased. This makes it connect together better with the second hit, but removes its KO potential against aerial opponents.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.8

  • Buff Neutral attack's second hit connects together better with its last hit, and its last hit's hitbox size increased: 3.5u → 4.2u.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.0

  • Buff Dash and pivot grabs' start-up lag decreased: frame 16 (both) → 14 (dash)/15 (pivot).

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.1

  • Buff Sliding Spin Attack has been improved. It deals 1% more damage: 10% → 11%, it received five additional hitboxes: 1 → 6 and its grounded version's knockback growth increased.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.4

  • Buff Back aerial landing lag: 22 → 17.
  • Buff Forward smash connects better with the second hit with high amounts of rage, damage or how long it is charged.
  • Buff Spin Attack and Flying Spin Attack have 2 less frames of startup.
  • Nerf Trip invincibility and all trip followups except floor attack have one less frame of invincibility.

Technical changelist 1.1.4

Moveset[edit]

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% A diagonal slash, followed by a horizontal slash, followed by a thrust. The first two hits can be jab canceled, which enables Toon Link to follow up with an up tilt or Spin Attack. It appears to be loosely based on the final blow that the Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time dealt to Ganon.
2%
4%
Forward tilt   9% An overhead arcing slice. Its sweetspot is located at the center of the Master Sword's blade and deals strong horizontal knockback, making it capable of KOing near the edge. While it KOs noticeably later than Link's, it is faster, making it better for spacing.
Up tilt   5% An overhead arcing slash. It can hit on either side of Toon Link and is a very reliable combo starter due to its fast speed. It can combo into itself, a short hopped neutral aerial, an up smash or Spin Attack at low percents, and then combo into aerial attacks at medium to high percents.
Down tilt   7% A crouching inward slice. It can reliably trip opponents at low percents, making it an ideal set-up option. It can also be used for edge-guarding due to the Master Sword's blade being capable of reaching below edges.
Dash attack   6% (base), 8% (tip) An outward slash. It deals diagonal knockback, while its tip deals slightly more damage and knockback than the base.
Forward smash   10% A lunging downward slash. If the attack button is pressed again, he performs a lunging outward slash, making it a natural combo. Unlike Link's forward smash, the first hit of Toon Link's version lacks KO potential, which allows it to follow into the second hit better. The second hitdeals more damage than the first and respectable horizontal knockback, making it a reliable KOing option.
11%
Up smash   13% (clean), 10% (late) An overhead arcing slash. It appears very similar to his up tilt, but deals much more damage and knockback, making it one of Toon Link's most reliable KOing options.
Down smash   6% (hit 1), 7% (hit 2) Crouches and performs an outward slash in the direction he is facing, followed by an outward slash in the other direction. The first hit combos into the second hit, while the second hit launches the opponent behind Toon Link.
Neutral aerial   8.5% (front), 7% (back) An inward slash in front of himself, followed by an outward slash behind himself. A good approach option and/or follow-up attack. Can auto-cancel from a short hop.
Forward aerial   13% A spinning outward slash. Deals strong horizontal knockback, making it a reliable KOing option. It can combo from a Bomb and can combo into either Spin Attack at low percents or into a grab aerial at slightly higher percents.
Back aerial   11% Twists around to perform an upward slice behind himself. Deals strong horizontal knockback and auto-cancels from a short hop, making it reliable as either a surprise attack or KOing option.
Up aerial Up Thrust 14% (early), 11% (late) A leaping upward thrust used by the Link from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. A great juggling move at medium percents and a good KOing option at higher percents.
Down aerial Down Thrust 16% (early), 12% (late), 5% (landing) A leaping downward thrust used by the Links in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Unlike Link's version, Toon Link's version is a stall-then-fall and unlike in Brawl, it now pierces opponents. As such, it can be a useful edge-guarding option when performed on edges due to its meteor smashing hitbox. However, it has some ending lag when hitting the ground because Toon Link has to remove the Master Sword from the ground. In the air, Toon Link descends for a long time if there is no ground or platform to land on, but it does eventually end, making it theoretically possible for Toon Link to recover, especially when using a Bomb Recovery.
Grab aerial Hookshot 4% Fires his Hookshot forward. The Hookshot has great range and almost no landing lag, making it a good zoning option and capable of starting combos. Toon Link can cancel his air dodge at any point via his tether; however, it will not cancel the landing lag dealt from the dodge. The Hookshot also serves as a tether recovery that auto-snaps the edge and covers impressive horizontal distance in the process.
Grab Hookshot Fires his Hookshot forward. The Hookshot grants each of his grabs very long ranges and allows him to grab aerial opponents. However, each of his grabs have high start-up and ending lag due to being tether grabs.
Pummel   2% Hits the opponent with the Master Sword's hilt. A fairly fast pummel.
Forward throw   3% (hit 1), 4% (hit 2) A shoulder tackle. Deals horizontal knockback and while it launches the opponent too low for an aerial follow-up most of the time, it is decent for starting a combo into a dash attack at low percents.
Back throw   7% The tomoe nage, a Judo throw. One of the strongest back throws in the game and one of Toon Link's most viable KOing options. It can KO Bowser starting at 166% near the edge without rage and with optimal DI from the opponent.
Up throw   5% (hit 1), 2% (hit 2) Slightly lifts the opponent up and performs an upward slash. A useful combo starter, but it does not have enough knockback to KO reliably.
Down throw   3% (hit 1), 4% (hit 2) Pins the opponent to the ground and then performs an elbow drop. Its vertical knockback allows it to be followed with a back aerial, but this combo is only reliable at low percents.
Floor attack (front)   7% Slices behind and then in front of himself while getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Slices in front and then behind himself while getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Slices in front and then behind himself while getting up.
Edge attack   7% Performs an outward slice while climbing up.
Neutral special Default Hero's Bow 4% (uncharged), 12% (fully charged) Equips his Hero's Bow and fires an arrow forward. If the button is held down, Toon Link charges the arrow by drawing farther back on the Hero's Bow, increasing the damage output and range. Unlike Link's Hero's Bow, Toon Link's version fires arrows that are much floatier; while this makes them very useful even while uncharged, they are also noticeably slower.
Custom 1 Fire Bow 2% (uncharged), 6% (charged), 6% (blaze) Fires a Fire Arrow. Deals less damage and virtually no knockback, although the Fire Arrow charges, flies and falls very quickly. Once it hits the ground, it creates a smokey blaze that lingers at the point where it landed, with the blaze dealing more damage and knockback than the Fire Arrow itself. It is comparable to Young Link's Fire Bow in Melee.
Custom 2 Piercing Bow 1% (uncharged), 6% (charged) Fires an arrow that flies perfectly straight and pierces opponents. However, it has less range and deals noticeably less damage.
Side special Default Boomerang 8% (near), 5% (middle), 3% (return) Throws a Boomerang that flies forward and returns to him. Like Link's Gale Boomerang, if Toon Link fails to catch his Boomerang, he must wait very briefly before he can use it again. Unlike Link's Gale Boomerang, however, it damages opponents it comes into contact with upon returning, rather than pushing them toward Toon Link. Can be thrown at a variety of angles with the analog/circle pad, and three main directions with the directional pad. At close range, it can be used as a set-up into another attack.
Custom 1 Floating Boomerang 4% (all points) The Boomerang flies much more slowly and can be angled only very narrowly. However, it can angle much more steeply than normal while returning to Toon Link, and can even loop around him. While returning, the Boomerang remains in its vertical position, meaning it has a larger hitbox when returning, making it more likely to hit an opponent. If it hits an opponent on the way back, it disappears, but can then be re-thrown immediately afterward.
Custom 2 High-Speed Boomerang 3% (near), 2% (middle), 1% (return) The Boomerang flies and returns quickly. However, it takes slightly longer to throw and maintains its thrown angle throughout its flight, even if Toon Link moves. The Boomerang is launched at a more horizontal position and remains this way, giving it a slightly smaller hitbox. At the point of the Boomerang turning around, it is capable of hitting multiple times.
Up special Default Spin Attack 1% (uncharged hits 1-9), 3% (uncharged hit 10), 1%-2% (charged hits 1-9), 4%-5% (charged hit 10), 4% (aerial hit 1), 2% (aerial hits 2-4), 4% (aerial hit 5) A spinning series of slashes. Unlike Link's Spin Attack, Toon Link's version traps opponents and hits multiple times before launching them. Useful for damage racking and countering either rolls or get-up options. The grounded version can be charged to deal more damage, while the aerial version covers a respectable distance vertically and a minimal distance horizontally.
Custom 1 Sliding Spin Attack 10% (uncharged), 16% (charged), 2% (aerial hit 1), 1% (aerial hits 2-4), 5% (aerial hit 5) Charges forward while spinning around, hitting opponents once with decent knockback. The grounded version takes slightly longer to start, even when minimally charged, and moves him on the ground while using it, albeit only forward. The aerial version hits multiple times and makes Toon Link cover much more horizontal distance, but at the cost of some vertical distance. Based on the Hurricane Spin, the most powerful version of the Spin Attack in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Custom 2 Flying Spin Attack 1% (uncharged hits 1-6), 3% (uncharged hit 7), 4% (uncharged hit 8), 1-2% (charged hits 1-6), 4% (charged hit 7), 6% (charged hit 8) The Spin Attack concludes with an ascending upward slash, which has KO potential. The aerial version grants super armor while ascending and the first few hits make him ascend slowly, with the last hit quickly boosting him up. However, its overall vertical recovery is less than the default version.
Down special Default Bomb 4% (grounded and aerial throws/smash throws at body), 6%-7% (grounded throw/smash throw at feet), 8%-9% (aerial throw/smash throw at feet) Pulls out a Bomb. The Bomb's fuse has a set time limit before exploding, but it will explode immediately upon contact after being thrown. Unlike Link's Bomb, Toon Link's version deals less damage itself, but its explosion is much larger and deals more damage than Link's when smash thrown at the opponent's feet. However, Bombs will bounce off of shields, making them able to be picked up by anyone. As a result, this makes the user unaffected by the Bomb's explosion. Arguably Toon Link's best combo option due to its knockback, Bombs are unaffected by rage and staleness, which further compliments their combo potential.
Custom 1 Time Bomb 1%-2% (grounded throw/smash throw at body, feet), 2%-4% (aerial throw/smash throw at body, feet) Bombs are smaller, have shorter fuses, and cover much less distance when thrown or even smash thrown. They also cannot explode when directly thrown at opponents, as they will bounce off of them instead. While the damage output and explosion are both minuscule, it deals incredibly high knockback even at low percents, giving it KO potential. Can KO above 100%.
Custom 2 Short-Fused Bomb 9%-10% (grounded throw/smash throw at body), 11%-12% (grounded throw/smash throw at feet), 9%-12% (aerial throw at body), 14% (aerial smash throw at feet) Bombs are larger and have much shorter fuses. However, they and their explosions deal noticeably more damage, while their explosions are also very large and deal considerable knockback, giving it KO potential like Time Bomb. Due to its very short fuse, it has much better Bomb Recovery potential than Bomb or Time Bomb.
Final Smash Triforce Slash 1% (hit 1), 3% (hits 2-15), 2% (hit 16), 15% (hit 17) Emits a beam of light from the Triforce of Courage symbol on the back of his hand to stun an opponent in front of him. If the beam comes in contact with an opponent, Toon Link dashes forward and slashes them repeatedly while they are trapped in a Triforce-shaped energy field, with the last hit being a powerful slash that launches the trapped opponent away. Can hit multiple opponents, but all non-trapped opponents are launched out the energy field after the penultimate hit. Unlike Link's Triforce Slash, Toon Link's version has much shorter range. However, Toon Link performs a slight jump after activating it, which grants him some vertical distance and can help him recover should he be too far off-stage.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • An explosion appears on-screen and as the smoke fades, Toon Link appears and unsheathes the Master Sword and equips his Hero's Shield.
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Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Sheathes the Master Sword and places the Hero's Shield on his back as he conducts with the Wind Waker, then strikes a pose and smiles while facing towards/away from the screen.
  • Side taunt: Sheathes the Master Sword and places the Hero's Shield on his back as he watches a fairy fly around him. Like Toon Link, the fairy's design is from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
  • Down taunt: Wildly swings the Master Sword in front of himself while yelling in a panicked tone, then runs out of breath while sporting a comically tired expression and while facing towards/away from the screen.
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
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Idle poses[edit]

  • Taps the edge of his boot on the ground.
  • Looks around himself.
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Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Cheer
Link Cheer NTSC SSB4.ogg
Link Cheer JP SSB4.ogg
Description Link! Link! Link! Rin-ku!
Pitch Group chant Group chant

Victory poses[edit]

An orchestral remix of Get Triforce Fanfare, the theme that plays when Link obtains a Triforce Piece in The Legend of Zelda and has since become the main theme of The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Conducts with the Wind Waker, striking a pose while smiling at the end.
  • Chases a pig, catches it and raises it in the air triumphantly.
  • Chases a pig, but fails to catch it, which results in him comically tripping and landing on his bottom, then rubbing it in discomfort.
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In competitive play[edit]

Official Custom Moveset Project[edit]

Character Custom sets available
ToonLinkHeadSSB4-U.png Toon Link 2111 2121 2131 2113 2133
2112 2211 2213 3131 1113

Notable players[edit]

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Tier placement and history[edit]

Since the SSB4's release, Toon Link had high expectations as a character due to his success in Brawl. While players realized he had lost some of his potency from Brawl, the adoption of a new playstyle that is more reliant on his Bomb allowed him to attain roughly the same potency that he did in Brawl. Despite not achieving many tournament results, professionals like Anaky, Hyuga, Sigma and Zan have achieved very favorable tournament results in their respective regions, with Hyuga in particular placing 3rd at Smash Factor 4. Opinions of Toon Link became even more positive when Hyuga announced his participation in GENESIS 3, where he placed 9th. While a decent amount of the cast have achieved good tournament results as well, Toon Link's success resulted in him being ranked 22nd on the first tier list, placing him in the D tier.

Expectations of Toon Link remained high thanks to Hyuga placing 9th at Pound 2016, 4th at 2GGT: Mexico Saga and 5th at CEO 2016, while Zan also achieved good results at 2GGaming tournaments. As such, Toon Link is currently ranked 17th, placing him at the top of the C tier and in the middle of the high-tier. However, Hyuga's inactivity has resulted in Toon Link's tournament representation decreasing noticeably despite a few notable placings, such as Ri-ma placing 13th at The Big House 6. As a result, Toon Link's tier placement is often considered to be somewhat too high, though Hyuga announcing his comeback could result in his tier placement remaining stable.

Trophies[edit]

Toon Link
ntsc This cartoonish version of Link is how he appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and a few other titles. In Smash Bros., he uses moves much like his older, taller counterpart. His small size gives him extra speed, though, so take advantage of that to send your foes flying.
pal This cartoonish version of young Link is how he appears in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and a few other titles. While he shares some moves with his older counterpart, he's a very different fighter. Take advantage of his size and speed to whirl past enemies and bombard them with long-range attacks.
GameCube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (03/2003)
DSTitle.png: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (12/2009)
Toon Link (Alt.)
ntsc Toon Link's Bomb move doesn't deal much damage, but the blast radius is pretty big. His bombs can be thrown in all directions, damaging or distracting your foes. Also, his up special Spin Attack keeps him airborne longer than Link's version. For some launching power, use the side smash attack.
pal Toon Link's bombs don't do much damage, but their large blast radius makes it easy to hit foes with them. You can also throw them in any directions, making them a great diversionary tactic. His Spin Attack gives him more air-time than Link. His side smash may seem weak, but press the button again for a second hit that'll really send 'em flying!
GameCube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (03/2003)
DSTitle.png: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (12/2009)
Triforce Slash (Toon Link)
ntsc For Toon Link's Final Smash, a ray of light emanates from his hand, and whomever the light touches gets trapped in the Triforce. While they're defenseless, Toon Link strikes at foes repeatedly and then launches them a great distance. Just be sure to time the Final Smash well-if the ray of light doesn't touch anyone, nothing happens. At all.
pal For Toon Link's Final Smash, a ray of light emanates from his hand, and whoever the light touches gets trapped in the Triforce. While they're defenceless, Toon Link strikes them repeatedly, then launches them a great distance. Just be sure to time the Final Smash well - if the ray of light doesn't touch anyone, nothing happens. At all.


In Event Matches[edit]

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Alternate costumes[edit]

Toon Link Palette (SSB4).png
ToonLinkHeadSSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadRedSSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadBlueSSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadPurpleSSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadBrownSSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadBlackSSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadGreySSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadTealSSB4-U.png


Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • There are technically two Toon Links in SSB4. Aside from the playable one that originated from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and reappeared in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, there is a non-playable one that originated from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks who conducts the Spirit Train on the stage of the same name.
    • Despite having no apparent relationship with the Link from The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass, and existing in a different timeline than the Link from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the Link from Spirit Tracks will not appear as a conductor if either of the playable Links fight on Spirit Train. Instead, he will be replaced by his mentor, Alfonzo.
      • However, prior to the final release, the Link from Spirit Tracks would appear as a conductor if either of the playable Links fought on Spirit Train.
  • Despite being able to crawl in their respective games, Toon Link, Mario, and Pit are unable to crawl in SSB4.
  • As in Brawl, Toon Link's idle animations match Young Link's in Melee.
    • Toon Link also retains a certain animation quirk from Brawl. If he eats Superspicy Curry and does not move or attack after the effect wears off, he will not wield the Master Sword and Hero's Shield until he finally moves or attacks.
  • Toon Link, Young Link and Roy are the only swordsmen in the Super Smash Bros. series whose swords consistently produce a punch/kick sound effect instead of a slashing sound effect for the majority of their attacks.
  • Toon Link's hair is not affected by gravity or wind.
  • Toon Link's default fighter trophy in the NTSC version of SSB4 has a slight error. Its first sentence reads "This cartoonish version of Link is how he appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and a few other titles.", which is incorrect, as the game's full title is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. This is fixed in the PAL region's version.

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