Toon Link (SSBU)
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|Universe||The Legend of Zelda|
|Other playable appearances||in Brawl|
|Final Smash||Triforce Slash|
Toon Link (トゥーンリンク, Toon Link) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was officially confirmed as playable alongside his predecessor Young Link and the rest of veterans on June 12th, 2018. As in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he is unlockable, instead of being available from the start. Toon Link is classified as Fighter #43.
Toon Link is ranked 49th out of 82 on the current tier list, placing him in the B- tier. This is a noticeable drop from his 23rd out of 54 placement in SSB4 and is his worst placement in the series.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
- Play VS. matches, with Toon Link being the 44th character to be unlocked.
- Clear Classic Mode with Link or any character in his unlock tree, being the last character unlocked after Richter.
- Have Toon Link join the player's party in World of Light.
Toon Link is a middleweight, yet boasts above-average dashing speed and air acceleration, as well as the ability to wall jump. However, his air speed is average and his falling and fast falling speeds are both slow, while his gravity is low. Although they differ on the majority of their attributes, Toon Link and Link both have above-average walking speeds. Like Link, he also wields his respective version of the Master Sword and possesses a shield. The Master Sword grants Toon Link disjointed range, while the Hero's Shield blocks opposing projectiles if he is standing still or walking. Overall, Toon Link's attributes render him as a fairly quick, yet fairly floaty character.
As a zoning-orientated character, Toon Link possesses a number of projectiles. His Hero's Bow, Boomerang and Bomb enable him to not only force approaches, but also camp effectively. In addition to these strengths, Boomerang and Bomb boast combo potential, with the latter being his most varied and useful combo starter. Thanks to its explosion no longer damaging Toon Link upon contact with an opponent, Bomb now grants him a number of follow-ups at varying percentages. With precise usage, it can be followed by his up smash or forward aerial even at high percentages, both of which are among his most viable KOing options.
Bomb's combo potential is further supplemented by jump-canceling and its status as an item, with the latter trait ensuring that its combo potential is never susceptible to rage or stale-move negation. Although it is not as versatile in comparison, Boomerang is nevertheless useful for Toon Link's combo game, as it can combo into his up tilt, grab and various other moves depending on its positioning.
Although Toon Link's combo game largely revolves around Bomb, he also possesses non-projectile combo starters. Up tilt is the most effective of these: it can combo into itself, up smash, and Spin Attack at low percentages; a short hopped neutral aerial, short hopped back aerial, and short hopped Spin Attack at low to medium percentages; and forward aerial and up aerial at medium to high percentages. Aside from up tilt, grab aerial can be used as a long-ranged set-up similarly to Bomb, regardless of the opponent's damage, while neutral attack can be jab canceled reliably.
However, Toon Link has some weaknesses. His grab game is overall very polarized: Hookshot grants him long-lasting grabs that can grab airborne opponents, and a grab aerial and tether recovery that are both very useful, yet his grabs have considerable start-up and ending lag (albeit much less so than in previous installments). By extension, Toon Link's back throw is one of his most viable KO options due to being one of the strongest back throws in the game, while his forward throw is decent for setting up edge-guards and creating space. Conversely, Toon Link's down throw lacks combo potential, which makes it drastically inferior to Link and Young Link's versions. It can almost combo into back aerial. Although Toon Link's up throw is a situational KO option on platforms like Link and Young Link's versions, his back throw utterly outclasses it in this role. As a result, Toon Link's up and down throws are used primarily for setting up aerial pressure, such as by launching an opponent into the trajectory of a previously thrown Boomerang or Bomb.
Toon Link's floatiness makes him particularly susceptible to strong vertical attacks, and renders his recovery quite predictable in spite of its improvements. Unlike other floaty characters, however, Toon Link cannot use his floatiness to perform long aerial combos because of his aerials' considerable ending lag. Toon Link's disjointed range is also somewhat offset by his short size, while the faster pace of Ultimate makes his defensive, projectile-based gameplan less effective than it was in previous installments.
Toon Link is a zoner character, as his long-distance projectiles make him play somewhat defensively for much of the match, and camp with projectiles. Toon Link was initially thought to fare worse in competitive play than in Brawl and SSB4 due to the changes and other veterans being buffed to varying degrees, with most top professionals ranking him as a mid-tier, and usually lower than Link and Young Link. However, as the metagame has progressed, many dedicated Toon Link professionals such as Hyuga, Ri-ma, Sigma, Tsuna and Xcal have seen some strong results with him; as a result, opinions of him have been more positive than before, with most professionals now ranking him closer to the other two Links, and potentially as a high tier character once more.
Toon Link is overall a very balanced and fast fighter with a plethora of attack options via his projectiles, tether grab/recovery, and decent frame data. The combination of low ending lag on his forward and back aerials with his slow fall speed allow Toon Link to dominate in the air with combos, while his moderately fast yet fairly useful tilt attacks and reasonably strong smash attacks allow for relatively easy KOs. While his middling weight and slow falling speed make him easier to combo and KO, it is generally agreed that Toon Link's strengths outweigh his weaknesses by a fair margin.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Toon Link has received a notable mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition from SSB4 to Ultimate. Many of his standard attacks have been improved, but the general pace of Ultimate, combined with the worsening of his camping tools, have annulled his improvements to an extent. As a result, Toon Link has been slightly nerfed overall.
Several of Toon Link's attacks where he uses the Master Sword have been notably buffed, alleviating one of his weaker points from SSB4. Particularly, Toon Link now boasts a vastly buffed ground game: neutral attack's first two hits can now lock, and the third hit now has the tech-chasing ability his adult counterpart has. Forward tilt has less ending lag, all hitboxes send opponents in front of him, and its hitboxes can now hit behind Toon Link. The changes to the Sakurai angle allow down tilt to launch aerial opponents lower, improving its tech chasing potential. Dash attack is much faster, has more range and less endlag, and the sweetspots out-prioritize the sourspot, turning it into a respectable combo starter at low percentages. Up smash is more consistent on landing the sweetspot, whereas down smash now has consistent KO potential on both sides of the move instead of pulling opponents into a second hit.
Toon Link's air game, while seeing less buffs, has also become more useful; neutral aerial has more range, forward aerial can once again autocancel if performed in a short hop, back aerial is faster and has regained some of its combo potential, and up aerial is notably much safer to use due to its altered animation. Finally, Toon Link's Spin Attack has received various improvements, with the grounded version now being one of the best out of shield options in the game due to it being much faster and gaining KO potential, whereas the aerial version's power and safety have both improved and it will now always send opponents in front of Toon Link.
However, Toon Link also received some noticeable nerfs. One of his biggest nerfs was to his forward smash; the move no longer has a second hit, while its single hit instead is slightly slower, deals less aggregate damage, possesses no mixup or spacing potential, and has a debatably worse hitbox that fails to strike short opponents or ones hanging on an edge. His other major nerf was to his Bombs, which no longer beat weak projectiles and continue on, instead bouncing off of them; this massively worsens their potential in trade and projectile situations. Other nerfs to his camping ability include his item throws having more ending lag, which worsens his combo game via his Bombs; and his grab aerial now bouncing off of the first projectile or hurtbox it makes contact with, instead of piercing through. Aside from forward smash, a few of his sword-based moves also received some nerfs. Up tilt has slightly inferior combo potential at high percentages due to the changes to knockback, up smash has fewer active frames, and back aerial's already minimal KO potential has been almost totally removed in favor of restoring its combo potential.
The universal changes to gameplay mechanics are overall mixed for Toon Link. The reduced landing lag makes it easier for him to combo, and safer to land if his aerials hit. The ability to use any attack out of a run also allows Toon Link more access to his now respectable grounded game. On the other hand, the changes to shieldstun make his grounded moveset much safer, though it also means shielding opponents are now more likely to punish mispaced aerials as easily. The nerfs to shield grabbing alleviate the negative changes from shieldstun, but combined with other characters also having reduced landing lag, and the changes to shieldstun, this notably worsens his grab game, despite his grabs' much lower ending lag. Finally, the universal increase to mobility further contributes to Toon Link's grounded game (due to his faster walking and dashing speeds) and allows him to now combo out of his Hero's Bow when uncharged, but also allows more mobile opponents to close in on the distance to him and/or stay away from him easier.
Overall, Toon Link has more utility in his sword-based attacks, but has to contend with worsened camping tools and the faster pace of Ultimate, which makes his defensive, projectile-based game less effective compared to previous titles. This noticeably changes his playstyle, shifting from primarily a zoner and counter-zoner, to a more movement and pressure-based playstyle that utilizes his sword attacks more. Combined with various buffs other veterans have received, Toon Link performs worse than his SSB4 iteration, and while he remains relatively viable, he's widely considered overshadowed by Young Link due to the former's faster air-to-ground mobility, superior damage output, and stronger projectile game.
- As with all veterans returning from Smash 4, Toon Link's model features a more subdued color scheme. His clothing now features simple woven and stitched detailing, similar to his design in Brawl, though his hair remains clay-like.
- Some of the textures of Toon Link's face have been modified: his brow is more furrowed, and his mouth is now represented by a black dash, making it look less organic. Overall, he appears more cartoonish as a result.
- Toon Link's hair is now affected by gravity and wind. His hat also now has more physics-based movement than before.
- Like many other returning characters, Toon Link is more expressive. He is now more consistently angry and serious to match the other Links. In general, he now has a wide variety of expressions in his animations.
- Several of Toon Link's animations have been altered to further distinguish him from the other Links.
- While jumping, he raises his shield more.
- During his falling animation, he spreads his legs apart. His helpless animation is also different, now leaning more forward as he falls. However, he reuses his falling animations from Smash 4 when moving forward or backward while falling.
- His double jump animation is now an upward flip similar to Roy and Ganondorf.
- Toon Link's sword attacks now use a set of new, cartoonish slash sound effects when they land.
- Toon Link's taunts have all been modified:
- His up taunt now faces the screen regardless of the direction he is facing.
- His side taunt has a more surprised expression and pose. The fairy also now disappears in a Wind Waker style puff of smoke.
- His down taunt now has him visibly sweating. Like his up taunt, it now faces the screen regardless of the direction he's facing.
- Toon Link's victory pose where he conducts with the Wind Waker has been modified to be more in line with his official art from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and its HD version.
- Like all characters, Toon Link's jumpsquat animation takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
- Toon Link is slightly lighter (93 → 91), now being the same weight as Palutena. This slightly hinders his endurance.
- Toon Link walks slightly faster (1.2265 → 1.288).
- Toon Link dashes faster (1.7325 → 1.906).
- Toon Link's air speed has been increased (0.94 → 1.05).
- Toon Link's falling speed has been increased (1.28 → 1.38).
- His fast fall speed has also been increased (2.048 → 2.208), making him harder to juggle.
- Due to his higher falling speed, Toon Link's air time is shorter (SH timing: 41 → 40), (FH timing: 63 → 56).
- Toon Link's sidestep has increased startup on his invincibility (2-15 → 3-16), but less ending lag (25 → 20), now being tied for the third fastest.
- Toon Link's back roll has slightly increased invincibility (4-14 → 4-15), but much more ending lag (27 frames → 34).
- Toon Link's forward roll has slightly longer duration (FAF 27 → 29).
- Toon Link can now Z-drop items such as his Bombs without releasing the Hookshot. This vastly improves its versatility and utility as a tactic, mixup, combo and disadvantage tool. This also sees the return of the Invincibomb technique.
- This change no longer allows Toon Link to Z-drop and use hookshot at the same time.
- The mechanical change to Tethers removes Toon Link's ability to cancel his airdodge into his hookshot, removing an option from his kit and vastly nerfing his recovery mixup potential.
- Toon Link is still able to Tether to ledge while holding a bomb, by simply pressing Grab without holding a direction.
- Neutral attack:
- Neutral attack's first hit has faster startup (frame 6 → 5).
- Neutral attack's first hit does slightly less damage (3% → 2%).
- Neutral attack's third hit has fewer active frames (frame 6-10 → 6-7), reducing consistency and utility.
- Neutral attack's third hit deals more base knockback but less knockback scaling (55 base/100 scaling → 70/75) and sends opponents at a lower angle (48° → 30°), granting it tech chase setups.
- Toon Link strikes a pose at the end of his third neutral attack.
- As with nearly every other character, Toon Link's first and second neutral attack can now lock opponents.
- Neutral attack's first hit (3.5u/4.2/3.8u → 1.8u/1.8u/1.8u/1.8u) and second (3.5u/4.2u/4u → 2.5u/3.2u/3.2u/3.2u) hits have had their three larger hitboxes replaced with four smaller ones, and the third hit has lost one of its hitboxes altogether (4.2u/4.2u/3u → 4.5u/3.5u).
- Neutral attack's first hit has faster startup (frame 6 → 5).
- Forward tilt:
- Forward tilt has less ending lag (FAF 34 → 30), improving its safety and utility.
- Forward tilt's frame 9 hit now has its farthest hitbox launch opponents in the direction he is facing (361° → 38°), improving its consistency and trap potential.
- Forward tilt has more base knockback, but less knockback scaling (25 base/102 scaling → 45/83), improving its safety on hit at lower percents but hindering its KO potential.
- Forward tilt's arm hitbox is deleted on frame 10, slightly weakening the move's consistency.
- Down tilt:
- Down tilt has a lower knockback angle, increasing its tech chase and setup potential.
- Down tilt has an altered animation where Toon Link's sword doesn't stay pointed outwards for both frames of the active hitbox, reducing its effective duration.
- Dash attack:
- Dash attack has less startup (frame 9 → 7) and ending lag (FAF 40 → 29), making it much more useful and safer in landing trap situations.
- Both sweetspot hitboxes now have priority over the sourspot.
- Dash attack's hitboxes are larger (3.5u/4u/3u → 4.2u/4u/3.5u).
- Forward smash:
- Toon Link has a new forward smash: a single upward swing.
- Toon Link is now silent when performing the move.
- Forward smash now has slightly more startup (15 frames → 16) and has decreased damage due to the removal of the second hit (21% → 14%).
- Due to the removal of the second swing, Toon Link is also no longer able to use this move to space or mix up his opponent.
- Forward smash's new animation has Toon Link swipe upwards and lunge farther, improving its vertical range.
- The new animation also makes hitting grounded opponents more inconsistent, and no longer able to hit opponents hanging at the ledge.
- It has reduced knockback values compared to his old forward smash's second hit (25/32 base / 130 scaling → 25/20 / 110) to compensate for its increased damage (12% → 14%).
- Up smash:
- Up smash has a slightly altered animation. Toon Link slightly turns after leaping.
- Due to the altered animation, the sourspot hitbox is harder to land, improving its consistency and KO potential.
- Up Smash has fewer active frames (frame 11-17 → 11-15).
- Down smash:
- Down smash has a tweaked animation.
- Down smash's front hitbox no longer sends opponents behind Toon Link; instead, each swing has strong knockback on its own.
- This means Toon Link can no longer use down smash to send opponents behind him. The overall damage output for hitting the front hitbox has also been reduced (14% (both hits) → 12%).
- Down smash has less ending lag (FAF 50 → 47). Also, each hit of down smash does more damage (6%/7% → 12% (front)/13% (back)) and can KO on either side of Toon Link.
- This also vastly improves the consistency of the move and prevents grounded opponents from escaping between hits. Aerial opponents also are now hit with the regular hitbox as opposed to the aerial-only hitbox, which had reduced damage and altered knockback.
- All aerials have less landing lag (12 frames → 7 (neutral), 18 → 11 (forward), 17 → 8 (back), 21 → 13 (up), 40 → 23 (down)).
- Neutral aerial:
- Both of neutral aerial's hits have larger hitboxes (3u/3.6u/4u/2.5u → 4u/4.5u/4.5u/2.5u)
- Forward aerial:
- Forward aerial auto-cancels significantly earlier (frame 51 → 39), matching its interruptibility. This also allows it to auto-cancel out of a short hop like in Brawl.
- Forward aerial's large hitbox has been replaced with three smaller ones (7.5u → 5u/5u/4u) that are attached to his arm and sword.
- These new hitboxes follow the sword hitbox more closely, allowing forward aerial to hit opponents above Toon Link on frame 15.
- Back aerial:
- Back aerial has less startup (frame 7 → 6).
- Back aerial has far less ending lag (FAF 46 → 36), allowing Toon Link to double jump out of a short hop with it once again.
- Back aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 38 → 34).
- Back aerial deals less damage (11% → 8%) without full compensation for its base knockback (18 → 24), losing its already poor KO potential.
- Back aerial's lowered knockback and less ending lag has vastly improved its combo and setup potential.
- Up aerial:
- Up aerial has an altered animation where Toon Link ducks more. This lowers his hurtbox and allows him to hit opponents beneath him more effectively, similar to Link's up aerial.
- Down aerial:
- Down aerial's hitboxes are slightly smaller (5.6u (clean)/5.3u (late) → 5.5u/5u) and higher up (Y offset: -3 → -1.1), reducing its range.
- Grab aerial:
- Grab aerial has less ending lag (FAF 75 → 74).
- Grab aerial can only hit one opponent or projectile. Once it collides with something, it bounces off and the hitbox is disabled.
Throws and other attacks
- All grabs have less ending lag (FAF 62 → 53 (standing), 72 → 61 (dash), 72 → 56 (pivot)).
- Toon Link has an altered down throw animation where he jumps much higher in the air before tackling his opponent. This helps him avoid projectiles close to the ground (especially his own bombs), but opens him to projectiles in the air.
- Up throw's collateral has a much shorter duration (26-30 → 27), hindering its range.
- Back throw has less knockback growth (120 → 110), reducing its KO potential.
- Toon Link now faces the opposite direction when using down throw.
- All of Toon Link's item tosses have more ending lag, reducing the potency of his item throws and followups (20 → 24 (forward/back), 20 → 23 (up), 19 → 20 (down)).)
- Hero's Bow:
- Arrows can no longer be held indefinitely upon reaching full charge, now automatically firing if held for more than three seconds.
- Boomerang appears to have a new model, featuring a more simplistic design.
- A Boomerang performed with a smash input has increased damage and slightly increased knockback compared to a Tilt input (8% (near)/5% (mid) → 9.6%/6%).
- Boomerang now has a clanking animation where it bounces quickly before falling and disappearing.
- Boomerang is unavailable during this clanking animation, reducing Boomerang's utility in trade situations.
- Boomerang has less duration on the returning hitbox. This reduces the potential of the returning boomerang, but the Boomerang now reappears in Toon Link's hands more quickly.
- Boomerang has different physics when bouncing against surfaces in certain situations, most notably on return, altering the utility of returning boomerang.
- Spin Attack:
- Spin Attack's sword trails are blue, now matching how they were in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. In addition, the grounded version's animation was altered a bit. Toon Link no longer holds the sword perfectly parallel to the ground while he spins.
- Grounded Spin Attack has less startup lag (frame 9 → 6) and its duration was compensated (FAF 81 → 78), increasing its utility and safety.
- Grounded Spin Attack's final hit has significantly increased knockback scaling (141 → 180) and launches at a lower angle (55° → 48°), granting it KO potential.
- Grounded Spin Attack always knocks opponents in the direction Toon Link is facing, giving Toon Link the ability to control where his opponent is sent.
- Aerial Spin Attack has a lower angle (75 → 45°) and much more knockback growth (120 → 170), giving it much better edgeguarding and kill power.
- Aerial Spin Attack now has multiple hitboxes behind Toon Link, improving its safety and utility, and also increasing damage output on large targets caught in the attack.
- Aerial Spin Attack now allows Toon Link to retain much more horizontal drift after the final hitbox, improving its spacing and recovery potential.
- Aerial Spin Attack no longer takes away Toon Link's midair jump if he is interrupted before recovering, granting him more recovery mixups.
- Toon Link strikes a slightly different pose during the final hit of Aerial Spin Attack, closely matching Link's new pose during his Aerial Spin Attack as well.
- Toon Link now pulls out the Bomb slightly quicker (FAF 40 → 37).
- Bomb no longer does differing damage based on direct contact (4%) or the explosion (5%-8%). Both damage values have been homogenized, and the only factor to the bombs damage is the velocity before impact.
- Bombs overall do less damage (4%-8% → 4.2%-6.5%). However, the lower damage betters bomb combo potential.
- Bombs launch at a higher angle (70° → 75°), and have altered knockback (42 (base)/70 (scaling) → 40/80).
- Bombs no longer beat weak projectiles, instead bouncing at the point of contact and falling to the ground. This massively reduces the potency of bombs in trade situations.
- Bombs now always explode against fire-based attacks, regardless of how much damage the move does. While this removes their potential to absorb fire-based projectiles, it also allows Toon Link to force an opponent to blow up a bomb in his favor.
- Triforce Slash:
- Triforce Slash has had its activation range massively increased, allowing Toon Link to chase down targets across Final Destination, like Link's iteration from Brawl and Smash 4.
Toon Link received a mix of buffs, a single nerf and glitch fixes via game updates, but was buffed slightly overall.
Starting with update 2.0.0, Toon Link's forward aerial can now auto-cancel out of a short hop, greatly buffing the move's utility and offense. His also can now grab the ledge earlier after using his back aerial. Update 3.0.0 nerfed Boomerang's shield damage as a part of a universal nerf to projectiles. Update 3.1.0 made neutral attack connect better, and Toon Link can now shield SDI if a projectiles hits his Hero's Shield thanks to update 4.0.0.
Update 7.0.0 brought the most noteworthy buffs to Toon Link's kit. His dash attack was given less ending lag, both hits of his down smash now deal more knockback, his back aerial now hits earlier and has a slightly longer hitbox duration. His down aerial is now drastically stronger than it was before due to it now dealing more damage and not having its knockback not fully compensated. And finally, his grab aerial's hitbox lasts 2 frames longer. Due to these changes, Toon Link's KO potential and spacing was greatly improved.
Update 10.1.0 made Aerial Spin Attack much more consistent by giving it much better hitboxes and a more favorable angle if Toon Link is moving forward.
Overall, Toon Link fares better than he did at the launch of Ultimate.
- Fixed the Invisible Bomb glitch.
- Forward aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 51 → 39), matching the move's interruptibility and allowing it to auto-cancel out of a short hop.
- Shortened the amount of time the player can't grab ledges after using his back aerial (68 frames → 60).
- Boomerang deals less shield damage (0 → -4/-2.5/-1.5 (clean/late/return)).
- Neutral attack 1 connects into neutral attack 2 more reliably.
- Boomerang teleportation glitch fixed.
- Toon Link can now shield SDI if a projectile hits his Hero's Shield.
- Down aerial no longer has its downward movement disabled when used out from of hitstun.
- Dash attack has less ending lag (FAF 31 → 29), improving its combo potential.
- Down smash has more knockback scaling (83 → 90 (hit 1), 79 → 85 (hit 2)).
- Back aerial has less startup lag with a longer hitbox duration (frames 7-9 → 6-9).
- Down aerial's late hit deals more damage (12% → 14%) with knockback scaling not fully compensated (100 → 98), drastically improving its KO potential.
- Grab aerial has a longer hitbox duration (frames 11-18 → 11-20).
- Aerial Spin Attack has received various adjustments that allow the move to connect more reliably:
- The first front hit has a new ground-only hitbox that outprioritizes the old hitbox and is smaller (size: 6u → 4u) but has similar range (Y-offset: 7.5 → 5.5, Z-offset: 13.5—7.5 → 14.5—6.5) and more set knockback (83 → 107). This sends opponents higher, setting them up for the following hits.
- The third and fourth hits no longer use an autolink angle (367° → 84°). This allows them to connect more reliably if Toon Link is moving forwards, but less reliably if he is moving backwards.
- All of its hitboxes no longer check for the opponent's position to determine where the opponent is sent, instead sending the opponent in front of Toon Link consistently. This especially improves the final hit's consistency drastically, as it can no longer send opponents behind Toon Link.
- While Toon Link is standing still, walking, or crouching, any incoming projectiles that hit his Hero's Shield will simply push him back slightly instead of inflicting damage. It can block any amount of projectiles, regardless of their power.
- Toon Link can wall jump.
- Toon Link possesses a tether attack and grab.
For a gallery of Toon Link's hitboxes, see here.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
|Neutral attack||Slash (なぎ払い) / Counter Slash (返し) / Stab (突き)||2%||An outward slash, followed by an inward slash, followed by a forward thrust. The first two hits can lock, and the third hit's semi-spike angle makes it useful to set up tech-chases. It is based on the final series of strikes that the Hero of Time inflicts to Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.|
|Forward tilt||Bamboo Splitter (からたけわり)||9%||A lunging downward slash. Moderate startup at frame 9, with low ending lag and decent knockback, making it fast for its power. The hilt and the middle of the swords are semi-spikes, while the tip launches at the Sakurai angle. Its hitboxes at the beginning of the animation reach far enough back for Toon Link to hit opponents behind him. It resembles the Z-Targeting slash used by the Hero of Time.|
|Up tilt||Half-Moon Slash (半月斬り)||5%||An overhead arcing slash. Thanks to its frame 8 startup and very low ending lag, it is one of Toon Link's best combo starters. Can combo into itself at low percentages, and at later percents, it can combo into his neutral, forward, back and up aerials.|
|Down tilt||Grass Cutter (草薙ぎ)||7%||A kneeling inward slash. Can cause opponents to trip at low percents with a 50% trip chance and comes out on frame 9 with very minimal ending lag, making it very good for set-ups and tech-chases as well as being able to lock. At higher percents, it launches opponents away at a horizontal angle.|
|Dash attack||Running Hack (追い斬り)||8% (sweetspot), 6% (sourspot)||A lunging outward slash. It has fast startup at frame 7 and very little ending lag (19 frames), making it safe on shield despite its lack of shieldstun and useful for catching landings. However, it has a sourspot on Toon Link's arm that deals less damage.|
|Forward smash||Smash Upper (スマッシュアッパー)||14%||Winds up and then performs an upward slash. Moves Toon Link slightly forwards. The duration of this move's hitbox is deceptively shorter that the duration of the swing (frames 8 and 9). As such, the move's range is also deceptively short and will fail to damage those above Toon Link beginning at frame 10.|
|Up smash||Sky Slash (天空斬り)||13%||A hopping, overhead arcing slash. Can hit behind Toon Link. Although the animation causes Toon Link to hop, it cannot reach opponents standing on a Battlefield platform above him. A standard anti-air and effective for covering both sides of Toon Link quickly should down smash not suffice.|
|Down smash||Front and Back Sword Slice (前後足元斬り)||12% (front), 13% (back)||A kneeling inward slash in front of himself, followed by a kneeling outward slash behind himself. Unlike in previous games, the first hit no longer leads into the second, although both hits have their knockbacks compensated, making the move effective near the sides of the stage.|
|Neutral aerial||Two Part Slash (二段斬り)||8.5% (front), 7% (back)||An inward slash followed by an outward slash behind himself. Has a chance to trip (30% trip chance) grounded opponents at low percents. Can also be used to lock, or as a combo starter. It can autocancel at the peak of a short hop.|
|Forward aerial||Slash Up (斬り上げ)||13%||A spinning outward slash. Has noticeable startup at frame 14, but it has low ending lag, can autocancel in a short hop and has respectable damage and great knockback, being able to KO at higher percents. It resembles his rolling Parry Attack.|
|Back aerial||Backward Slash Up (後方斬り上げ)||8%||Turns around and performs an upward slash behind himself. Almost identical to forward aerial, but trades power for faster startup, being tied with neutral aerial for the fastest startup of his aerials, at frame 6. While it is extremely weak and will not KO at any reasonable percent, its very low base knockback, high knockback growth, and ability to autocancel with a short hop make it a fairly good option for combos. It can combo into itself at low percents, and into an aerial Spin Attack as a KO combo.|
|Up aerial||Jump Thrust (上突き, Up Thrust)||14% (clean), 11% (late)||The Jump Thrust. Possesses sex kick properties. The clean hit has high knockback and can KO off the upper blast line at high percents, and the late hit can be used as a combo starter until high percents.|
|Down aerial||Sword Plant (下突き急降下, Down Thrust Dive)||16% (clean), 14% (late) , 5% (landing)||A stall-then-fall version of the Down Thrust. Has a powerful meteor smash at the start of the descent, and weak windboxes on landing, while also having a small hitbox that deals 5% when Toon Link takes out the Master Sword. Extremely risky to use offstage, as it has a long duration and, like the down aerials of the other Links, Toon Link's will not bounce off of any opponents he hits. Resembles his final strike to Ganondorf's head in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.|
|Grab aerial||Midair Hookshot (空中フックショット)||4%||Fires his Hookshot forward. Can be used to grab edges and is a very useful spacing option. As well as being safe on shield, it set ups tech situations at high percentages, which can act as an effective kill confirm. It replaces Down Tilt as Toon Link's main jab reset setup above 80-100% depending on character weight.|
|Grab||Hookshot (フックショット)||—||Fires his Hookshot forward. It is a tether grab, and thus has higher lag than normal grabs in exchange for much longer range. Has noticeably less ending lag than Young Link's grabs.|
|Pummel||Grab Hilt Strike (つかみ柄なぐり)||1%||Quickly hits the opponent with the pommel of the Master Sword.|
|Forward throw||Tackle (タックル)||3% (hit), 4% (throw)||A shoulder tackle. Deals collateral damage to bystanders. Its moderate knockback makes it a decent option for setting up edgeguards and creating space.|
|Back throw||Circle Throw (巴投げ)||7%||Performs the tomoe nage,Final Destination with good DI.a judo throw. A reliable KO throw, as it can KO middleweights at around 138% at the edge of|
|Up throw||Throw Away Slash (投げ捨て斬り)||5% (hit), 2% (throw)||Tosses the opponent up into the air and performs a spinning upward slash. Has very minimal KO potential, even on platforms, as it KOs middleweights at around 185% on Final Destination. Instead, it is best suited for setting up aerial pressure or launching an opponent into the trajectory of a previously thrown Boomerang or Bomb.|
|Down throw||Elbow Strike (ヒジ打ち, ヒジ打ち)||3% (hit), 4% (throw)||Pins the opponent to the ground and performs an elbow drop. Due to its lack of combo potential, it is absolutely inferior to his alternate timeline counterparts' down throws. As a result, its only utility is for setting up aerial pressure or launching an opponent into the trajectory of a previously thrown Boomerang or Bomb.|
|Floor attack (front)||7%||Slashes in front and behind himself while getting up.|
|Floor attack (back)||7%||Slashes in front and behind himself while getting up.|
|Floor attack (trip)||5%||Slashes in front and behind himself while getting up.|
|Edge attack||9%||Performs an outwards slash while climbing up.|
|Neutral special||Hero's Bow||4% (uncharged), 12% (fully charged)||Wields his Hero's Bow to fire an arrow. It can be charged up for more power and range. The arrows move much slower than the arrows that Link or Young Link fire, making them easier to avoid. However, this also means that the arrows remain active for longer. It can also lock at low percents.|
|Side special||Boomerang||8% (close), 9.6% (smash throw), 5% (far), 3% (return)||Throws his Boomerang forward. It flies forward and then returns to Toon Link. On the way forward, it launches enemies vertically with low base knockback, and on the way back, it launches them towards Link with no base knockback but very high knockback growth, 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||1% (uncharged hits 1-10), 3% (uncharged hit 11), 1.6% (charged hits 1-10), 4% (charged hit 11), 4% (aerial hit 1), 2% (aerial hits 2-4) 4% (aerial hit 5)||Spins rapidly with the Master Sword outstretched. The grounded version is a series of outward slashes, whereas the aerial version is a series of inward slashes. The last hit of both versions has a horizontal launching angle. The grounded version can be charged to inflict even more damage, and due to it being faster and much stronger than in SSB4, it is a very good out of shield option and one of Toon Link's best KO options. The aerial version can carry opponents to the upper blast line, and KO them there if they are sufficiently damaged.|
|Down special||Bomb||5.4%-7%||Pulls out a Bomb. Arguably Toon Link's best combo starter, it grants him a number of follow-ups at varying percentages. With precise usage, it can be followed up with up smash or forward aerial for a potential KO confirm, even at high percentages.|
|Final Smash||Triforce Slash||1% (trapping), 2.8% (hits 1-14), 2% (hit 15), 14% (final)||Uses the Triforce of Courage to emit a thin beam of light from his left hand to stun an opponent in front of himself. If the beam comes in contact with an opponent, Toon Link dashes forward and performs a barrage of slashes while they are trapped in a Triforce-shaped energy field before concluding with an outward slash that shatters the energy field and launches them and any bystanders.|
- A cartoony explosion appears on-screen. As the smoke fades, Toon Link appears and equips the Master Sword and Hero's Shield.
- Up taunt: Sheaths the Master Sword and places the Hero's Shield on his back and uses the Wind Waker to conduct the "Wind God's Aria", with a tune at the end, which is the same one heard after completing a song in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
- Side taunt: Sheaths the Master Sword and places the Hero's Shield on his back and watches a fairy fly around.
- Down taunt: Swings the Master Sword in front of himself while yelling in a panicked tone, ending with him being comically exhausted and catching his breath.
- Looks around cautiously.
- Taps his foot on the ground.
|Cheer (English)||Cheer (Japanese/Chinese)||Cheer (Italian)||Cheer (Dutch)||Cheer (French)|
|Description||Link Link Link!||Lin - k!||Forza Link! *claps 3 times*||Link! Link! *claps 3 times*||Allez Link! *clap 3 times*|
- Left: Conducts using the Wind Waker before striking a pose similar to his official artwork from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
- Up: Chases a pig. Upon catching a pig, he holds it above his head. Whilst balancing on one foot, he occasionally starts to lose balance before steadying himself.
- Right: Tries to catch a pig, but ends up tripping and falling on his bottom. He then proceeds to rub his bottom for the rest of the victory pose while smiling sheepishly.
In competitive play
Tier placement and history
Toon Link is seen as one of the most underrepresented characters in the game, seeing the least amount of tournament play of the the three Links. In the early months of Ultimate's release, he was seen as mid-tier and the worst of the three Links. But in Japan, Toon Link's representation stayed very strong thanks to players such as Ri-ma, Sigma and Lv.1. These players have been consistently getting Top 8 and Top 16 at some of the biggest tournaments there, including the second-largest Japanese tournament, Umebura Japan Major 2019, and several Sumabato and other Umebura events.
Because of this, Toon Link is notably viewed as high-tier among select top players, such as Goblin and Nairo. Later, update 7.0.0 noticeably strengthened Toon Link's down smash and increased his grab aerial's active frames, as well as granting him a handful of quality of life buffs.
However, in more recent times due to the release of Fighters Pass 2 DLC, Toon Link has returned to his spot as a mid tier and was generally seen as the worst of the three Links. His low damage output and lack of other strengths compared to other swordfighters better than him hold him back. Despite these shortcomings, Toon Link is still a viable character in the current meta of Ultimate, with a respectable player base and ranking 49th on the first and current tier list.
Most historically significant players
See also: Category:Toon Link players (SSBU)
- Ang - One of the best Toon Link players in Mexico. Placed 5th at BIT MASTER MTY 3rd IMPACT, 9th at both BIT MASTER MTY 6 and Delfino Maza 2, 13th at Tijuana At War 2022, and 17th at Smash Factor 9 with wins over players such as Rox, WaKa, and Meme. Ranked as high as 22nd on the Mexican Power Rankings.
- JoJoDaHoBo - One of the best Toon Link players in the United States. Placed 5th at Back in Blood 4, 13th at Crown 2, 17th at MAJOR UPSET, and 25th at both Port Priority 6 and Back in Blood 5 with wins over players such as Zomba, Big D, and Scend.
- Lv.1 - One of the best Toon Link players in the world. Placed 5th at Umebura SP 7, 7th at Sumabato SP 5, 9th at both Maesuma TOP 6 and Sumabato SP 10, and 13th at Maesuma TOP 11 with wins over players such as Miya, Umeki, and DIO. Ranked 144th on the OrionRank 2022.
- Manzoku - One of the best Toon Link players in Japan. Placed 4th at Gen 1.1, 5th at Seibugeki 8, 9th at both Karisuma SP 4 and Maesuma TOP 4, and 13th at Kagaribi with wins over players such as Shuton, Shirayuki, and Etsuji. Ranked 36th on the Experimental Smash Player Rankings.
- Marvelous_Marco - One of the best Toon Link players in the United States. Placed 7th at EugeneBound, 17th at both Wavedash 2022 and DreamHack San Diego 2023, and 33rd at both Rise 'N Grind and Battle of BC 5 with wins over players such as Riddles, jaredisking1, and Nicko.
- Sigma - The best Toon Link player in the world. Placed 3rd at Sumabato SP 12, 5th at Sumabato SP 7, 9th at both Maesuma TOP 9 and Maesuma TOP 10, and 13th at Umebura Japan Major 2019 with wins over players such as ProtoBanham, Dabuz, and Yoshidora. Ranked 44th on the UltRank 2022.
Classic Mode: The Teamwork of Courage
Toon Link fights alongside two CPU Toon Link teammates in all of his battles, likely referencing The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. Toon Link fights characters from different universes in each stage. If playing Classic Mode in Co-op, one CPU Toon Link will still appear.
|1||Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi||3D Land||Ground Theme / Underwater Theme - Super Mario 3D Land||Toon Link (x2) are CPU allies. If either of these costumes are being used by the player, the default Toon Link takes their place.|
|2||Villager and Isabelle||Tortimer Island||Kapp'n's Song|
|3||R.O.B. (x3)||75m (Battlefield form)||Stack-Up/Gyromite|
|4||Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard||Pokémon Stadium||Battle! (Trainer) - Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon|
|5||Inkling (x4)||Moray Towers||Now or Never!|
|6||Giant Ganondorf||Great Plateau Tower (Battlefield form)||Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes|
|Final||Ganon||Sacred Land||Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form||Toon Link (x2) are CPU allies. If either of these costumes are being used by the player, the default Toon Link takes their place.|
Note: In the fourth round, Pokémon Trainer is absent.
Note 2: Items do not appear in the sixth round.
Role in World of Light
Although Toon Link does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (except Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.
Toon Link is unlocked in the Forest Hill sub-area of The Light Realm. To awaken him, the player must activate a nearby switch which extends the bridge and defeat the spirit of Zelda (Breath of the Wild) that's in front of him.
|43||Toon Link||7,500||Wuhu Island (volcano)||Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes|
Toon Link's fighter spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 Gold, but only after Toon Link has been unlocked. Unlocking Toon Link in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a fighter spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. His fighter spirit has an alternate version that replaces it with his artwork in Ultimate.
Additionally, this incarnation of Link and others under the same artstyle appear in a few primary and support spirits.
In Spirit Battles
As the main opponent
|246||Tetra||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Toon Link||9,800||Pirate Ship||•Item: Bullet Bill
•Hazard: Heavy Wind
|•Dangerously high winds are in effect
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
|The Great Sea / Menu Select|
|256||Ezlo||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Toon Link||3,700||Distant Planet||•Hazard: Left Is Right, Right Is Left
|•The enemy is giant
•Left and right controls will suddenly reverse after a little while
|Village of the Blue Maiden||Link (The Minish Cap)|
|260||Alfonzo and Engineer Link||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Toon Link
|3,600||Spirit Train||•Attack Power ↑||•The enemy's dash attacks have increased power
•The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
•The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you
|Full Steam Ahead||Engineer Link|
|262||Totem Link||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Toon Link||3,500||Hyrule Castle||•Item: The Legend of Zelda||•The enemy favors smash attacks||Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes|
|1,293||Bomberman||Bomberman Series||•Toon Link||9,700||Wrecking Crew (Battlefield form)||•Assist Trophy Enemies (Bomberman)
•Item: Exploding Types
|•The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
|Bomb Man Stage|
|1,322||Link (Link's Awakening)||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Toon Link||9,400||Tortimer Island
(Two palm trees, two regular trees)
|•Assist Trophy Enemies (Chain Chomp)||•Hostile assist trophies will appear||Tal Tal Heights|
|1,427||King Olly||Paper Mario Series||•Toon Link
•Giant Metal Pac-Man
|9,700||Princess Peach's Castle (Ω form)||N/A||•Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy favors air attacks
•The enemy is metal
|Attack and Run!|
As a minion
|250||Aryll||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Villager
|9,000||Wuhu Island (Swaying Bridge)||N/A||•The enemy has increased attack power||The Great Sea / Menu Select||Link (The Wind Waker)|
|253||Beedle||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Shulk
|2,600||Gaur Plain (Battlefield form)||•Item: Beetle||•Items will be pulled toward the enemy||Dragon Roost Island||Link (The Wind Waker)|
|257||Linebeck||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Luigi
|9,000||Wuhu Island (The boat)||•Buoyancy Reduced||•No one knows how to swim||The Great Sea / Menu Select||Link (Phantom Hourglass)|
|263||Madame Couture||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Rosalina & Luma
|3,300||Skyloft||N/A||•Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
|Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes||Links (Tri Force Heroes)|
Fighter Showcase Video
- Toon Link's pose in his official render is based on an artwork of him performing a Spin Attack in The Wind Waker, which was also used in promotional art for European limited edition bundles of the game. This artwork was also edited and reused for The Minish Cap.
- Toon Link is the only character who travels to 3D Land in Classic Mode.
- Toon Link and Diddy Kong are the only characters who have a CPU ally in every round of their Classic Mode.
- While holding a small item, Toon Link reuses his facial expressions from Smash 4 in his idle animation.
- Despite Toon Link's down aerial no longer bouncing off opponents, his character files still have data for the 8% damage hitbox used after a bounce, which is labeled as "AttackAirLw2Attack". This was also the case in Smash 4.
- In his Ultimate trailer, his sword attacks use punching sounds when they hit: this is different from the actual game, where they use unique comical slashing sounds.
- Toon Link is one of only five characters to predominantly use his left hand to wield his weapon, sharing this trait with Young Link, Sephiroth, Ice Climbers, and Rosalina & Luma.
- Toon Link is one of five characters whose unlocking battle in World of Light is not on either Final Destination or a Ω form. The other four are Peach, Daisy, King K. Rool, and Mii Gunner.
- When using his up taunt and in one of his victory screens, Toon Link appears to conduct the Wind’s Requiem with the Wind Waker, which is the first song Link learns in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
- 1.^ translates to "Circle Throw"