Link (リンク, Link) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was suggested to appear in the then unnamed Ultimate in its first teaser trailer at the end of the March 8th, 2018 Nintendo Direct, and officially announced in Ultimate's E3 2018 trailer on June 12th. Link is classified as fighter #03.
Link is now voiced by Kengo Takanashi, who reprises his role from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Link received a mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition between Smash 4 and Ultimate, being buffed overall. He now incorporates multiple elements from Breath of the Wild into his moveset, such as the Remote Bomb, the Ancient Bow & Ancient Arrow, and the Sword Beam. Compared to his previous iterations in Smash, Link has better close combat capabilities thanks to his faster movement speed, and the return of the Boomerang improves his ability to combo. Furthermore, Link's grab game has improved due to his now possessing a more standard grab; while the Hookshot and Clawshot in previous games granted Link a long-ranged grab, they were unsafe to use due to their starting and ending lag. On the other hand, his recovery is notably less safe due to the loss of his tether, as well as the changes to his bomb recovery, despite the latter granting more distance overall. As a result, Link's optimal playstyle has changed, where he relies on his Remote Bombs and other projectiles for stage control and trapping in a similar manner to Snake. Early on in Ultimate competitive play, Link has amassed very strong results that are arguably the best of any of his iterations across the series, thanks to players such as Izaw, Fatality and Salem.
Link leans in further on many of his attacks. This increases his effective range, but also leaves his hurtboxes more exposed to opposing attacks.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Classic Mode: A Quest to Seal the Darkness
Link's opponents are all affiliated with darkness.
Character unlock tree
Link's Classic Mode character unlock tree includes the following characters in order:
Each character can be unlocked by clearing Link's Classic Mode, or the Classic Mode of any preceding character, if all preceding characters have been unlocked. Once all the above characters are unlocked, clearing Classic Mode with any of them will default to Mario's character unlock tree, starting with Sonic.
Role in World of Light
Link was among the fighters summoned to the cliffside to fight the army of Master Hands.
Link was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Link successfully deflected three beams of light with his Hylian Shield (staying true to the shield's unbreakable nature), but he lost his footing on the third blow, and was vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the rest of the fighters (excluding Kirby).
Link is unlocked near a Sheikah Tower when taking the Villager route. The player must defeat either Don's or Fiora's spirit to access his unlock battle.
Link's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Link in World of Light allows the player to preview the second spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Additionally, Link makes an appearance in various Primary and Support Spirits.
Character Showcase Video
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