Toon Link (SSBU)
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 on June 12th, 2018. Toon Link is classified as fighter #43.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Toon Link must then be defeated on Pirate Ship.
Differences from Young Link
Because both Toon Link and Young Link are lighter and faster clones of the original Link, Toon Link is considered a counterpart to Young Link. However, Toon Link has a fair share of unique attacks and animations that set him apart from both Links.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Toon Link has received a mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate. As with other characters, his mobility has been improved thanks to faster walking and dashing speeds. The buffs given to many of his grounded options, such as Jab, Dash attack, Forward tilt, Down tilt, Down smash and Grounded Spin Attack, has vastly improved his grounded game from Smash 4, especially due to the addition of using tilts out of a run. Toon Link's aerial game has also improved, with the reduced landing lag on his aerials making it easier for him to combo and land; his up aerial is notably much safer to use, and his back aerial has regained some of its old combo potential. Toon Link's Down smash sees better usage with the changes to its hitboxes, making the move far more consistent and practical for offensive usage. Finally, Toon Link's Spin Attack has been improved, 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 kill potential, while the aerial version's power and safety has improved.
However, Toon Link also received some significant nerfs. One of his biggest nerfs was to his Forward smash, which is slower, has lower damage potential, possesses no mixup or spacing potential with a second hit, and has a debatably worse hitbox that fails to strike short opponents or ones hanging to the ledge. His other major nerf was to his Bombs, which no longer beat weak projectiles; instead bouncing off of them. This massively worsens their potential in trade and projectile situations. His up smash has fewer active frames (although it has better consistency), his back aerial is no longer a KOing move (although it has some form of combo potential), and his up tilt has inferior combo potential due to the changes to its knockback.
These changes have significantly changed the way Toon Link must be played in competitive play, shifting from primarily a zoner and counter-zoner style, to a more movement and pressure based playstyle that utilizes his sword attacks more. It is unknown how this new playstyle will succeed in the long run, however, many dedicated Toon Link professionals such as Sigma, Hyuga, Ri-ma, Tsuna and Xcal have seen very strong results in-region with the character thus far.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: The Teamwork of Courage
Toon Link fights alongside two CPU Toon Link teammates in all of his battles.
Note: When fighting Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard, their respective Pokémon Trainers are absent.
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 (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.
Toon Link is unlocked in the Forest Hill sub-area of the Light Realm. To access his unlock battle, 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.
Toon 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 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. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their 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
As a minion
Character Showcase Video
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