Link (SSBU)

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Link
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Universe The Legend of Zelda
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
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Link has been redesigned to match his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He can now pick up arrows he's fired, and his bombs have been upgraded to remote bombs, so you can set them off when the timing is just right!
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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.

Kengo Takanashi, Link’s voice actor from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, reprises his role in Ultimate with newly recorded voice clips, replacing Akira Sasanuma’s portrayal from Smash 4 and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Link received a mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition between Smash 4 and Ultimate. 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 Salem, T and Izaw.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Link's design is explicitly based on his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. His default outfit is the blue Champion's Tunic and the Hylian Trousers, with the more traditional green Tunic of the Wild set as an alternate costume. The Master Sword's design has also been updated, having a glow reminiscent of that when encountering Malice.
  • Change Link holds the Master Sword with his right hand and the Hylian Shield with his left. As a result, all of Link's animations have been horizontally flipped. He also has several altered animations, including a new idle pose with his legs positioned farther apart and his sword and shield held up at all times.
  • Change Link's new on-screen appearance involves him gliding onto the stage using the Paraglider.
  • Change Link has a new side taunt where he holds the Master Sword in front of him with both hands while it glows, similar to one of Ike's taunts. This replaces his Fairy taunt from previous games.
  • Change Link's victory animation where he swings his sword then sheathes it now shows him swinging it back before sheathing it. He also faces away from the camera while doing it.
  • Change Link's Boxing Ring alias has been changed to "Champion of Hyrule."

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Like all characters, Link's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 7).
  • Buff Link walks faster (1.188 → 1.247).
  • Buff Link runs faster (1.3944 → 1.534).
  • Buff Link's traction is much higher (0.064 → 0.113).
  • Buff Link's initial dash is significantly faster (1.3 → 1.98).
  • Buff Link jumps higher.
  • Buff Link has increased air speed (0.88 → 0.924).
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-17 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-17 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 31 → 36).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 28 → 27).
  • Nerf Spot dodge grants less intangibility (frames 3-18 → 3-17).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-28 → 3-30).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 34 → 50).

Ground Attacks[edit]

Change Link leans in further on many of his attacks. This increases his effective range, but also leaves his hurtboxes more exposed to opposing attacks.

  • Neutral attack:
    • Change The first and second hits have altered angles and knockback to keep opponents close to Link, akin to other neutral attacks. This allows them to connect better and jab lock, but hinders their previously guaranteed jab cancel setups.
    • Change Neutral attack's speed has been modified overall.
      • Nerf The first hit has more startup (frame 7 → 8) and transitions into the second slower (frame 11 → 12).
      • Buff The second hit has less startup (frame 6 → 5) and transitions into the third faster (frame 11 → 8).
      • Buff The first and third hits have less ending lag (FAF 28 → 25 (first), 37 → 35 (third)).
      • Nerf The second hit has more ending lag (FAF 21 → 26), removing its jab cancel setups.
      • Nerf The third hit has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 6-10 → 6-7).
    • Change Neutral attack's damage has been redistributed, with the first two hits dealing more damage (2.5% → 3% each) and the third hit dealing less (5% → 4%).
    • Buff The third hit deals more knockback, allowing it to set up edgeguards more effectively.
    • Change The third hit involves Link swiping vertically instead of thrusting his sword.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Nerf Forward tilt has more endlag (FAF 38 → 40).
    • Nerf It has smaller hitboxes (4.3u/2.8u/2.1u → 4.0u/2.8u/2.1u (early), 5.2u → 3.5u (clean)).
    • Change It always sends opponents in the direction Link is facing, even if hit from behind.
    • Change It causes the screen to shake when the sword hits the ground.
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt deals more damage (9% → 11%), with its knockback compensated.
    • Nerf It has slightly smaller hitboxes (3.6u/4.32u/2.88u/2.16u → 3.4u/4.3u/2.7u/2.16u).
    • Change Up tilt has a new animation, starting from behind Link rather than from his front.
      • Nerf It no longer reaches the ground in front of Link, making it more difficult (or sometimes impossible) to hit short or crouching opponents.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt comes out one frame faster (frame 11 → 10).
    • Nerf It deals less damage (11% → 9%).
      • Buff However, its knockback was not compensated, allowing it to combo for longer, and even serve as a KO confirm at higher percents into Spin Attack.
    • Nerf It has more ending lag (FAF 29 → 31), though its combo potential is compensated by Link's faster jumpsquat.
    • Nerf It has a smaller hitbox (3.1u → 2.0u).
    • Nerf It can no longer meteor smash aerial opponents.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack only possesses a sweetspot and sourspot, with the middlespot being removed, making the sweetspot easier to land.
    • Nerf It has slightly smaller hitboxes (3.5u/3.8u/3.0u → 3.2u/3.5u/3.0u).
    • Change The initial lunge provides less distance, decreasing the move's horizontal range but allowing Link to more reliably hit opponents closer to him.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Both hits of forward smash have less ending lag (FAF 52 → 51 (first), 68 → 61 (second)).
    • Buff The first hit shoots out a spinning Sword Beam as a projectile when Link is at 0% damage, in reference to multiple Zelda games where his sword shoots out beams when he is at full health. Charging forward smash increases the size, distance and damage of the projectile, dealing between 5% and 13% damage. This gives him a new long range option, while increasing the total damage of his forward smash at close range.
    • Buff The second hit is faster (frame 12 → 10), allowing it to connect better from the first hit.
    • Buff The second hit deals consistent damage throughout (13%/12% → 13%), allowing it to KO more reliably.
    • Nerf The first hit has increased startup (frame 15 → 17) and transitions into the second hit slower (frame 20 → 22).
  • Down smash:
    • Buff The first hit's damage has been redistributed (14%/16%/17%/16% → 16%/17%), with the sourspot being removed, and the sweetspot being located at the tip of the Master Sword rather than near the middle. This improves the first hit's KO potential and makes the sweetspot much easier to land.
    • Buff It has larger hitboxes (3.5u/3.5u/2.9u/2.5u → 3.5u/3.6u/3.4u/3.0u (both hits)).
    • Nerf Down has more startup on both hits (frame 9 → 12 (first), 21 → 24 (second)), and more ending lag (FAF 50 → 55).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have reduced landing lag (10 frames → 6 (neutral), 12 frames → 11 (forward), 10 frames → 6 (back), 23 frames → 14 (up), 32 frames → 19 (down)).
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial's animation has been sped up, with the gap between hits being shorter (12 frames → 8). This allows it to connect both hits more reliably.
    • Buff The second hit deals more knockback, now being as powerful as the first hit in Smash 4 (30 (base)/100 (scaling) → 43/120).
    • Nerf Forward aerial has more startup for its first hit (frame 14 → 16), and more ending lag (FAF 50 → 52).
    • Nerf Both hits deal less damage (11% → 8% (first), 13% → 10% (second)).
    • Change The first hit has significantly weaker knockback, no longer KOing until around 800%.
      • Buff This allows it to connect into the second hit even at high percents, and coupled with its lower landing lag, improves its combo potential on landing from low to mid percents.
      • Nerf However, this completely removes the first hit's previously high KO potential, requiring Link to land the slower second hit in order to KO with the move.
    • Nerf Forward aerial auto-cancels later (frame 51 → 53).
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Both hits of back aerial deal more damage (3% → 5% (first), 5% → 7% (second)).
    • Buff The second hit comes out earlier (frame 18 → 15), thus reducing the frame gap between hits.
    • Buff The second hit has lower base knockback, but noticeably higher knockback scaling (70 (base)/70 (scaling) → 45/98). This allows it to combo more reliably at low percents, while significantly improving its KO potential, KOing middleweights at around 200% from the center of Final Destination.
    • Nerf The second hit has less active frames (frame 18-22 → 15-17).
    • Change The second hit has a slightly different animation.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial's clean hit has increased knockback, improving its KO potential (18 (base)/88 (scaling) → 23/93).
    • Buff Up aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 47 → 43).
    • Nerf Up aerial has a smaller hitbox (6.0u → 4.5u).
  • Down aerial:
    • Change Down aerial has been reverted to possessing only a clean hit and late hit like in Brawl, with its early hit being removed. The clean hit remains unchanged against grounded opponents, but meteor smashes aerial opponents like the early hit in Smash 4.
      • Buff The clean hit lasts longer than the previous early hit (frames 14-17 → 14-19), making it easier to land and increasing the meteor smash's duration.
      • Buff Because of this change, the move can KO grounded opponents much more reliably. The meteor smash against aerial opponents is also stronger, due to its knockback not being compensated for the clean hit's higher damage compared to the previous early hit.
      • Nerf Due to the removal of the early hit, down aerial can no longer combo into its bounce-off hit as effectively at higher percents, reducing its damage potential.
    • Nerf Its hitboxes are smaller (5.0u → 4.0u (clean), 6.0u → 4.2u (late)).
    • Change Down aerial has a different animation, with a more exaggerated downward thrust.
    • Change Down aerial's late hit launches at a slightly lower angle (65° → 60°).

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Change Link grabs opponents with his hand instead of using his Clawshot.
    • Buff Because of this, all grabs have noticeably reduced startup (frame 12/14/15 (standing/dash/pivot) → 6/9/10) and ending lag (FAF 62/66/67 → 35/43/38), making them safer to use at close range, and allowing Link to set up into them more effectively.
    • Nerf However, all grabs have much shorter range, and their hitboxes have a shorter duration (6 frames (standing), 8 frames (dash, pivot) → 2 frames (all)).
  • Nerf Link no longer has a grab aerial or a tether recovery due to losing the Clawshot.
    • Buff However, this allows him to Z-drop items without triggering the grab aerial's lengthy animation.
  • Pummel:
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2.1% → 1.3%).
    • Change It deals more hitlag (4 frames → 14), but has much less startup (frame 4 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 16 → 7).
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw launches at a more favorable angle for edgeguarding (50° → 33°).
    • Nerf It has slightly more ending lag (FAF 36 → 38).
    • Nerf It deals less damage (4% → 2.5% (release); 7% → 5.5% (total)).
    • Change It has higher base knockback, but lower knockback scaling (55 (base)/120 (scaling) → 75/85). This allows it to knock opponents offstage more easily at low percents, but reduces its already lacking KO potential.
  • Back throw:
    • Nerf Back throw deals less damage (4% → 2.5% (release); 7% → 5.5% (total)).
    • Change Like forward throw, it has higher base knockback, but lower knockback scaling.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw has one frame less ending lag (FAF 50 → 49). Combined with Link's faster jumpsquat, this increases its combo potential.
    • Change It has drastically increased knockback scaling (85 → 125, KOing middleweights at around 250%. This further improves its combo potential at low to mid percents, but weakens its KO setups into up aerial at high percents.
    • Change It is no longer weight-dependent. This improves its combo ability on heavyweights, but reduces it on lightweights.

Special moves[edit]

  • Bow and Arrows:
    • Change Link uses the Traveler's Bow from Breath of the Wild instead of the Hero's Bow.
    • Change Arrows fired have a bright tip, making them easier to track. Arrows will also become momentarily lodged in opponents' bodies.
    • Buff Arrows have less startup (frame 18 → 16) and ending lag (FAF 47 → 45).
    • Buff Arrows that fail to hit an opponent will linger on the ground for a longer period of time, and can be picked up as throwable items. Arrows used in this way deal little damage and knockback, allowing them to set up combos. Using the Bow and Arrows while holding an arrow causes Link to fire two arrows at once for 1.5× as much damage.
      • Nerf Arrows can be picked up by opponents and thrown at Link.
    • Nerf Arrows can no longer be held indefinitely upon reaching full charge, now being fired automatically if held for more than three seconds.
  • Boomerang:
    • Change The more traditional Boomerang has replaced the Gale Boomerang, functioning as it did in Smash 64 and Melee.
    • Buff Boomerang has regained its damaging hitbox while returning, allowing Link to interrupt opponents' attacks and perform combos more reliably than he could with Gale Boomerang's returning windbox.
    • Buff It deals more damage (7% → 8% (clean), 5% → 6% (late)), which increases further if used as a smash special move (7% → 9.6% (clean), 5% → 7.2% (late)). In addition, the returning hitbox deals 3% damage.
    • Buff Its throw distance has been increased.
    • Nerf Boomerang now damages Link if it is reflected back at him.
    • Nerf Due to the removal of the Gale Boomerang, Link can no longer perform the Gale Guarding technique.
    • Change Boomerang travels more slowly upon returning. This increases the amount of time the hitbox is active but also increases the amount of time it takes before Link can throw it again.
    • Change Rather than simply disappearing, the Boomerang will drop to the ground and disappear in a puff of smoke if it is intercepted by another projectile.
      • Nerf The Boomerang cannot be rethrown during this animation, reducing the utility of Boomerang in trade situations.
  • Spin Attack:
    • Change Spin Attack has more vibrant graphics and generates a blue "slash" around Link. Link moves his arm while charging the move, and the Master Sword glints with light up to three times, referencing the three levels of charged attacks in Breath of the Wild. The grounded version is now an inward spin.
    • Change Link has separate voice clips for grounded and aerial Spin Attacks.
    • Buff Grounded Spin Attack has less startup (frame 8 → 7) and ending lag (FAF 78 → 77).
    • Buff Grounded Spin Attack's sweetspot hitbox is larger, with its sourspot smaller to compensate (3.0u → 3.5u, 3.0u → 2.8u).
  • Remote Bomb:
    • Change The spherical Remote Bomb from Breath of the Wild replaces Bomb as Link's down special. Rather than exploding on contact or after a short time, the Remote Bomb bounces off opponents and objects, and can be launched around by attacks (including Link's). It is detonated by inputting down special again, similar to Snake's C4. Alternatively, it detonates automatically after about 30 seconds. This changes up Link's item play and recovery tactics substantially.
    • Buff Remote Bomb's 30 second fuse allows it to remain in play much longer than Bomb's 3.66 seconds.
    • Buff The explosion has a significantly larger blast radius.
    • Buff The explosion deals significantly higher knockback, improving its KO potential. It also launches opponents at a more horizontal angle, allowing it to edgeguard more effectively.
    • Buff Remote Bombs themselves can lock opponents if thrown lightly.
    • Nerf Remote Bomb's detonation has 12 frames of startup before it can damage the opponent. It also cannot be manually detonated if it is held by an opponent; if attempted, Link will try to generate another Remote Bomb, but this will fail and give him high ending lag.
    • Nerf Only one Remote Bomb can be on the field at a time, as opposed to two traditional Bombs.
    • Nerf The explosion damages Link even if opponents are caught within it.
    • Nerf The Remote Bomb itself deals less damage when hitting an opponent (5%/9% → 1%), since it no longer explodes on contact and cannot be detonated while held by the opponent.
    • Nerf Remote Bomb cannot be detonated while Link is helpless, preventing him from using his up special multiple times offstage. This hinders Link's vertical recovery.
      • Buff However, in a similar vein to Snake's C4, Link can Z-drop and quickly detonate a Remote Bomb on himself to supplement his recovery, especially at higher percents due to its higher knockback.
    • Change Remote Bomb's explosion deals consistent damage (5%/9% → 7%).
    • Change Remote Bomb lacks the flame effect.
  • Ancient Bow and Arrow:
    • Change Link's new Final Smash is the Ancient Bow and Arrow, replacing Triforce Slash. It is functionally similar to Zelda's Light Arrow and Dark Pit’s Dark Pit Staff from previous games, although it only deals a single powerful blow to the first opponent in the arrow's path along with any bystanders.
    • Buff Ancient Bow and Arrow has more horizontal range than Triforce Slash.
    • Nerf It deals significantly less damage than Triforce Slash (60% → 35%).

Update History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.2.0

  • Bug fix Invisible Bomb glitch fixed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Up aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 47 → 43).
  • Buff Arrows from Bow and Arrows travel a longer distance (40 frames → 48).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Boomerang deals less shield damage.

Moveset[edit]

  • While standing still, walking, or crouching, incoming projectiles that hit Link's Hylian Shield will deal no damage and simply push him back. It can block any amount of projectiles regardless of power.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% A downward slash, followed by an outward slash, then by an ascending slash. Has slow startup for a jab, but deals above-average damage, has good reach, and its third hit is a semi-spike with high base knockback, making it useful for tech-chasing and forcing opponents near edges offstage.
3%
4%
Forward tilt   13% A lunging downward slash. It has noticeably slow startup for a tilt attack, but deals high damage and knockback for one in return, while possessing long range, the ability to hit opponents above and slightly behind Link, and only average ending lag that makes it safe on shield if spaced properly. This attack resembles the Z-Targeting slash used by the Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Up tilt   11% An overhead arcing slash, starting from behind. Has good juggling potential from low to mid percents, comboing into itself depending on the victim's weight and falling speed, and decent KO potential at high percentages for its start-up.
Down tilt   9% A kneeling inward slash. Has slow startup for a tilt, but low ending lag with vertical knockback, granting it combo potential into aerials and making it safe on shield with proper spacing.
Dash attack Jump Slash 14% (blade), 12% (base) The Jump Attack. It is one of the strongest dash attacks in the game, KOing at around 110% from center stage when sweetspotted. However, it also has very slow startup (hitting on frame 20) alongside high ending lag, making it very punishable if whiffed or used recklessly.
Forward smash Sword Slice 7% (blade), 14% (tip), 5%-13% (Sword Beam) A two-handed, lunging downward slash. If the attack button is pressed again, Link will perform a single-handed outward slash. The first hit deals respectable damage and knockback at the blade's tip, but only deals half as much damage with much lower knockback when not tipped; however, the non-tipped hit is a natural combo into the second slash. Extremely powerful when both hits connect, being one of the strongest forward smashes in the game. If Link is at 0% damage, the first swing will launch a projectile.
13%
Up smash   4% (hit 1), 3% (hit 2), 11%/10%/9% (hit 3) A series of three overhead arcing slashes, the last one which launches opponents away. Has average startup, covers a wide range, deals high damage and can KO under 100%, but has high ending lag. The third hit deals more damage the closer opponents are to the tip of the Master Sword.
Down smash   17%/16% (hit 1), 12%/11%/10% (hit 2) A kneeling inward slash in front of himself, followed by a kneeling outward slash behind himself. The first hit launches opponents at a vertical trajectory, and can KO at around 100% uncharged with the strongest hitbox. The second hit is a semi-spike that has high base knockback, making it effective near edges, but deals less damage and overall knockback than the first hit.
Neutral aerial   11% (clean, foot), 9% (clean, leg), 6% (late) A flying kick. It is a sex kick with relatively low startup, ending and landing lag. One of Link's most useful moves overall, as it lets him escape pressure, is safe on shield with proper timing, and can even lock and combo into other moves on landing especially with the late hit, a notable followup being dash attack as a KO setup at high percents.
Forward aerial   8% (hit 1), 10% (hit 2) Two alternating, spinning outward slashes. The first hit has weak knockback in order to connect into the second hit, which deals high enough knockback to be one of Link's most reliable KO options. The move deals high damage if both hits connect, and due to its low landing lag and long range, it is also safe on shield move with proper spacing and timing. However, its slow startup, high ending lag and inability to autocancel before it can be interrupted leave it easy to punish if overused.
Back aerial   5% (hit 1), 7% (hit 2) A hook kick followed by a mid-level roundhouse kick. Link's fastest aerial, coming out on frame 5, and has low ending and landing lag, allowing it to combo into itself at low percents. The first hit can also set up various attacks on landing, including an up tilt, up smash, or most notably, a Spin Attack, the last two of which can serve as KO setups at high percents.
Up aerial Jump Thrust 15% (clean), 13% (late) The Up Thrust. It is quite powerful when clean and has a long lasting hitbox that is difficult to dodge, making it an effective KOing and juggling option. However, it has moderate startup, coming out on frame 11, can only autocancel in a full hop if done near the start, and leaves Link highly vulnerable from other positions due to its long duration.
Down aerial Downward Thrust 18% (clean), 15% (late), 11% (bounce) The Down Thrust. Upon hitting a target without fast falling, Link bounces off them and can then hit them a second time, albeit dealing less damage. The clean hit is a powerful meteor smash against aerial targets, while also dealing high knockback to grounded targets, KOing them at around 125%. Like up aerial, the move has very long lasting hitboxes, which along with its disjointed range make it useful for contesting attacks from below and intercepting recoveries offstage. However, due to its very long duration, high landing lag and inability to autocancel even in a full hop, it is Link's most committal aerial.
Grab   Reaches out with one hand. A relatively fast grab, but possesses merely average range.
Pummel   1.3% Hits the opponent with the Master Sword's pommel. A fairly fast pummel.
Forward throw   3% (hit 1), 2.5% (throw) A front kick. Has little utility beyond launching opponents offstage, due to its weak power.
Back throw   3% (hit 1), 2.5% (throw) A back kick. Launches the victim facing away from Link and at a slightly higher angle, but it is otherwise identical to forward throw.
Up throw   5%/4% (hit 1), 2% (throw) Raises the opponent overhead and slashes them upward. Has relatively high knockback growth, which allows it to KO around 170% without rage. Against bystanders, it is a weak semi-spike with a sourspot at the base of the Master Sword; the thrown opponent is always hit by the sweetspot.
Down throw   3% (hit 1), 3% (throw) Pins the opponent to the ground and then performs an elbow drop. A reliable combo starter into his up tilt, up smash, neutral aerial and up aerial.
Floor attack (front)   7% Slashes in front of himself and then behind himself.
Floor attack (back)   7% Slashes in front of himself and then behind himself.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Slashes in front of himself and then behind himself.
Edge attack   9% The Crouch Stab from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Performs a thrust while climbing up.
Neutral special Bow and Arrows 4% (uncharged), 12% (fully charged), 6% (uncharged, two arrows), 18% (fully charged, two arrows), 2.1%-3.9% (thrown arrow) Wields the Traveler's Bow and fires an arrow forward. Charging increases the arrow's speed, distance and damage output; at full charge, the arrow flies almost completely straight and covers a very long distance. Good for gimping recoveries and pressuring opponents from afar. Upon hitting the ground or a wall, the arrows also linger for a while before disappearing, during which they can be picked up and thrown as items. If Link uses this move with an arrow picked up, he will fire two arrows at once, greatly increasing the damage dealt to opponents.
Side special Boomerang 8% (clean), 6% (late), 9.6% (clean, smash thrown), 7.2% (late, smash thrown), 3% (return) Throws a Boomerang, which flies forward and then returns to Link. On the way forward, it launches enemies vertically with high base knockback, and on the way back, it launches them towards Link with weaker knockback, allowing it to set up combos. It can be angled up or down, and inputting it like a smash attack increases its damage, as well as the distance it can travel.
Up special Spin Attack 14%/12%/9%/7% (grounded, blade), 11.2%/9.6%/7.2%/5.6% (grounded, tip), 4% (aerial hit 1), 2% (aerial hits 2-4), 4% (aerial hit 5) A spinning, outward slash. Much like in the The Legend of Zelda series, it is a powerful attack, and can be charged on the ground for even higher damage and knockback. Conversely, an aerial Spin Attack is a series of spinning, inward slashes and is Link's primary recovery move, covering respectable vertical distance, but minimal horizontal distance. The grounded version is a fast out of shield option and decays on damage over time, KOing at around 120% uncharged with the strongest hit, while the aerial version deals up to 5 hits and can KO reliably near edges.
Down special Remote Bomb 1% (throw), 7% (detonation) Pulls out a Remote Bomb, which can be thrown as an item. After throwing it, using the move again has Link detonate the Remote Bomb with his Sheikah Slate, creating a large blue explosion. The Remote Bomb has a maximum duration of about 30 seconds before detonating automatically, and can be knocked back by attacks, which also causes it to damage opponents in range. The Remote Bomb's throw deals low damage and knockback, but its explosion is significantly more powerful, having enough knockback to KO at around 180% from center stage with no rage. The explosion hurts Link as well if he is in range, which has its pros and cons; while being detrimental to him if he detonates the Remote Bomb with opponents too close to him, it also gives him a useful bomb recovery, especially at high percents.
Final Smash Ancient Bow and Arrow 35% Wields the Ancient Bow and fires an Ancient Arrow straight forward, which explodes upon impact with the nearest opponent in its line of fire. It deals low damage compared to other Final Smashes, but has high KO potential.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Glides in on his Paraglider, and unsheathes his sword.

Taunts[edit]

  • Up Taunt : Swings the Master Sword twice and twirls it behind him before sheathing it. It is very similar to his victory pose in Twilight Princess, which he performs after learning a Hidden Skill or defeating a boss/particularly difficult enemies.
  • Side Taunt: Holds the Master Sword in front of him with both hands as it glows blue, then puts it aside.
  • Down Taunt: Assumes a Fujian White Crane-like stance while rearing the Master Sword behind his head. Loosely based on the attacking pose used by the Link from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Assumes a battle stance.
  • Looks behind him.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Swipes his sword three times and looks to the right. (His "character chosen" animation in Super Smash Bros., but ends with him facing a different direction.)
  • Stabs with his sword, then holds it up, giving off a battle cry.
  • Swipes his sword, then turns his back to the camera and sheaths it. Based off of Link's victory pose in Twilight Princess.
A flourished and abridged remix of 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.

In competitive play[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Classic Mode: A Quest to Seal the Darkness[edit]

Link's opponents are all affiliated with darkness.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Dark Pit DarkPitHeadSSBU.png Reset Bomb Forest Dark Pit's Theme
2 Giant Ridley RidleyHeadSSBU.png Norfair Vs. Ridley
3 Bayonetta BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Umbra Clock Tower One Of A Kind
4 Dark Samus DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Frigate Orpheon Boss Battle 4 - Metroid: Samus Returns
5 Ganondorf GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Gerudo Valley Gerudo Valley Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBU.png is a CPU ally.
6 Dark Link LinkHeadBlackSSBU.png Temple Great Temple / Temple If using Dark Link LinkHeadBlackSSBU.png , Link LinkHeadSSBU.png appears as an enemy.
Bonus Stage
Final Ganon Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Link has Title Theme - The Legend of Zelda accompany the credits.

Character unlock tree[edit]

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[edit]

Finding Link 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 Don's spirit to access his unlock battle.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
03
Link SSBU.png
Link Shield 3,600 Great Plateau Tower (Ω form) Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Spirits[edit]

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.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
183
Darknut.png
Darknut The Legend of Zelda series Link LinkHeadBlackSSBU.png
Shield
3,800 Bridge of Eldin (Battlefield form) •Move Speed ↑
•Defense ↓
•The enemy's melee weapons have increased power
•The enemy has increased move speed when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy gets a major stat boost when badly damaged
Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
208
FierceDeityLinkSpirit.png
Fierce Deity Link The Legend of Zelda series •Giant Link LinkHeadGreySSBU.png
Attack
13,900 Great Bay (Ω Form) •Defense ↓
•Easy to Launch
•Attack Power ↑
•You are easy to launch
•You have reduced defense after a little while
•The enemy has increased attack power
Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form
227
FiSpirit.png
Fi The Legend of Zelda series Link LinkHeadGreenSSBU.png
Shield
9,500 Skyloft (Ω form) N/A •The enemy's melee weapons have increased power
•The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
Ballad of the Goddess (Remix)
1,086
Crispin Spirit.png
Crispin StreetPass Mii Plaza series Link LinkHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Mii Swordfighter MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png (Toad Hat, Standard Outfit)
Shield
1,500 Onett (Battlefield form) •Item: Food •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•The enemy breathes fire
Personal Trainer: Cooking
1,233
Glory Hero Spirit.png
Glory of Heracles Hero Glory of Heracles series Link LinkHeadIndigoSSBU.png
Shield
3,700 Wuhu Island (Swaying Bridge) •Defense ↑ Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased defense after a little while
Revolt -Striving for Hope-
1,247
Frey and Freya.png
Frey & Freya Zangeki no Reginleiv Link LinkHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Robin RobinHeadYellowSSBU.png
Attack
3,700 Reset Bomb Forest •Giant •The enemy's melee weapons have increased power
•The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•You are giant
Save the World, Heroes!

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
187
Marin Spirit.png
Marin The Legend of Zelda series Zelda ZeldaHeadVioletSSBU.png
Link LinkHeadGreenSSBU.png
Shield
4,600 Tortimer Island (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing
•Timed battle
Tal Tal Heights Link (Link's Awakening)
238
Botwzelda.png
Zelda (Breath of the Wild) The Legend of Zelda series Zelda ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Link LinkHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Inkling InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadBlueSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsBlueSSBU.png
Shield
9,200 Great Plateau Tower N/A Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•Defeat an army of fighters
Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Link (Breath of the Wild)

Alternate costumes[edit]

Link Palette (SSBU).png
LinkHeadSSBU.png LinkHeadGreenSSBU.png LinkHeadRedSSBU.png LinkHeadGreySSBU.png LinkHeadIndigoSSBU.png LinkHeadTealSSBU.png LinkHeadWhiteSSBU.png LinkHeadBlackSSBU.png

Gallery[edit]

Character Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Ultimate marks the first time in the Smash series where Link does not wear his trademark green tunic as his default outfit, as well as the first time Link no longer has his Goron and Zora tunics from Ocarina of Time as his respective red and blue alternate costumes. His new red and blue costumes are based on armor sets from Breath of the Wild - the Hylian Tunic and the Royal Guard Uniform, respectively.
    • This is only so because it was decided to base Link in Ultimate completely off of his Breath of the Wild incarnation, instead of the whole Zelda series.
    • Ironically, Link's Champion's Tunic cannot be dyed in Breath of the Wild despite being the base for four of his costumes in Ultimate. His Tunic of the Wild can be dyed, but the colors used for the other four costumes based on this outfit are not possible in Breath of the Wild.
    • Despite being recolored versions of the Tunic of the Wild, neither his Fierce Deity nor his Twilight Princess-inspired costumes appear to expose his knees. This is in line with how both outfits appear in their respective Zelda games.
    • Despite Link's default design lacking a cap, Kirby still gains his familiar green cap when copying Link.
    • Link's Skyloft-based alternate costume (now a white recolor of his Champion's Tunic) is the only one of his eight costumes in this game that does not appear in Breath of the Wild.
  • Ultimate is the first Smash game where Link does not use a tether; however, his doppelgängers Young Link and Toon Link still use one.
  • This is the first game where Link is no longer left-handed, matching Breath of the Wild; this resulted in multiple animation changes.
  • In the E3 demo of the game, Link's portrait used his in-game model instead of his official artwork. This was also the case for Mario, Pikachu and Villager.
    • Coincidentally, all four of these characters were playable in the Super Smash Bros. for 3DS demo.
  • Link is one of the five veterans from Smash 4 to have their Boxing Ring alias changed in Ultimate, the others being Kirby, King Dedede, Mega Man, and Ryu.
  • Link is ranked #3 on Ultimate's roster, which is coincidentally the same number of playable Links in the game as well as the same number of pieces in the Triforce, as well as the number of sides of a triangle.
  • Ultimate marks the first time in which any incarnation of Link (including Young Link and Toon Link) has new voice clips recorded for Smash as opposed to reused ones from the Zelda series.
  • While Link's Smash series amiibo is based on his SSB4 appearance and does not match his Ultimate design, he possesses an amiibo in the Breath of the Wild line that matches his incarnation in Ultimate (despite possessing different weapons) and is identical to his Fighter Spirit.
  • In Link's Tunic of the Wild outfit, there's a gap on his right arm.[1]
  • One of Link's Tip's talks about how Link's name is only in five titles in the series, and that one is trickier to remember than the others. These games are Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and the one that is "trickier to remember" being Link's Crossbow Training.
  • Including Mii Fighters, Link appears in the least amount of Spirit Battles out of all the starting characters with a current total of 8.

References[edit]


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