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Ancient Bow and Arrow

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Ancient Bow and Arrow
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Link using the Ancient Arrow in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
User Link
Universe The Legend of Zelda
Articles on Zelda Wiki Ancient Bow
Ancient Arrow

Ancient Bow and Arrow (古代兵装の弓矢, Ancient Weapon's Bow and Arrow) is Link's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


When used, Link takes out the Ancient Bow and fires an Ancient Arrow straight ahead, hitting the first person in his line of sight. A small explosion occurs as the opponent is hit, damaging anybody else near the victim at the time. If it strikes a wall or floor, it will also explode, but the explosion deals less damage (35% → 20%) and loses a large chunk of its KO power. It works similarly to Zelda/Sheik's Light Arrow from Brawl and SSB4, albeit considerably weaker. It replaces Link's original Final Smash, Triforce Slash, from Brawl and SSB4.

Instructional quote[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List LinkHeadSSBU.png Link shoots an Ancient Arrow that flies straight ahead. If the arrow hits an opponent or the terrain, it explodes. You can only hit one fighter, but the explosion also launches nearby opponents.

Bury glitch[edit]

When the move connects against a buried opponent, an unusual result occurs. While the move will deal damage and activate the explosion as normal, its knockback will not be expressed, and instead the victim will take the knockback of the move that buried them (which is usually used to calculate the bury duration). In the case of a thrown Pitfall, very strong set knockback will be dealt, revealing that the Pitfall uses a separate weaker knockback hitbox when connecting with opponents who are already buried, presumably to prevent this.


Link equipped with the Ancient Bow and an Ancient Arrow in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link can acquire Ancient Arrows from chests or by having them made at the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab. When used on a Guardian, Ancient Arrows will deal heavy damage, and instantly defeat it if it is hit in the eye. If used on regular enemies, they will be defeated in one hit, but will not drop any loot. Link can also visit the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab to acquire the Ancient Bow, a high range bow with superior accuracy that deals bonus damage to Guardians.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese 古代兵装の弓矢
UK English Ancient Bow and Arrow
France French Arc archéonique
Germany German Antiker Bogen
Spain Spanish Arco y flecha ancestrales
Italy Italian Arco ancestrale
China Chinese (Simplified) 古代兵装的弓箭
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 古代兵裝的弓箭
South Korea Korean 고대 병기의 화살
Netherlands Dutch Geavanceerde Pijl en Boog
Russia Russian Древний лук и стрела

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