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Toon Link (SSBU)

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This article is about Toon Link's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Toon Link.
Toon Link
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe The Legend of Zelda
Other playable appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Triforce Slash
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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.

As in Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4, Sachi Matsumoto's portrayal of Toon Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was repurposed for Ultimate.

How to unlock[edit]

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.

With the exception of the third method, Toon Link must then be defeated on Pirate Ship.

Attributes[edit]

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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 two shields, instead of just one. 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.

Toon Link's back throw, however, is unarguably the most notable improvement to his Hookshot-oriented moves. The removal of its initial hitbox in favor of a single, slightly more damaging throw hitbox has resulted in it now having a consistent, albeit unchanged damage output. When this is coupled with the increase to its knockback values, Toon Link's back throw has not only become one of his most viable KOing options, but also one the strongest throws of any kind in the game.

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. 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[edit]

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, seem to counterbalance this. As a result, it's difficult to determine whether Toon Link has been buffed or nerfed overall.

Several of Toon Link's attacks where he uses the Master Sword have been notably improved, alleviating one of his weaker points from SSB4. Particularly, Toon Link now boasts a vastly buffed ground game compared to SSB4: 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 and all hitboxes send opponents in front of him. 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. 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; additionally, his 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 the most 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.

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, has a much lower damage potential, 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 somewhat 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 improves his camping ability if he has the advantage (despite his worsened grab aerial and Bombs), but also allows more mobile opponents to close in on the distance to him and/or stay away from him easier.

Overall, both Toon Link's buffs and nerfs are equally notable, as while he has much more utility in his sword-based attacks, his worsened camping tools and the faster pace of Ultimate 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. 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 the two other Links. 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.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change 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.
  • Change 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.
  • Change Toon Link's hair is now affected by gravity and wind. His hat also now has more physics-based movement than before.
  • Change 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 wide variety of expressions in his animations.
  • Change Several of Toon Link's animations have been altered to further distinguish him from the other Links.
    • Change While jumping, he raises his shield more.
    • Change 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 backwards while falling.
    • Change His double jump animation is now an upward flip similar to Roy and Ganondorf.
  • Change Toon Link's sword attacks now use a set of new, cartoonish slash sound effects when they land.
  • Change Toon Link's taunts have all been modified:
    • Change His up taunt now faces the screen regardless of the direction he is facing.
    • Change His side taunt has a more surprised expression and pose. The fairy also now disappears in a Wind Waker style puff of smoke.
    • Change His down taunt now has him visibly sweating. Like his up taunt, it now faces the screen regardless of the direction he's facing.
  • Change 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.

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Like all characters, Toon Link's jumpsquat animation takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Nerf Toon Link is slightly lighter (93 → 91), now being the same weight as Palutena. This slightly hinders his endurance.
  • Buff Toon Link walks slightly faster (1.2265 → 1.288).
  • Buff Toon Link dashes faster (1.7325 → 1.906).
  • Buff Toon Link's air speed has been increased (0.94 → 1.05).
  • Change Toon Link's falling speed has been increased (1.28 → 1.38).
    • Buff His fast fall speed has also been increased (2.048 → 2.208), making him harder to juggle.
  • Change Due to his higher falling speed, Toon Link's air time is shorter (SH timing: 41 → 40), (FH timing: 63 → 56).
  • Change 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.
  • Change Toon Link's back roll has slightly increased invincibility (4-14 → 4-15), but much more ending lag (27 frames → 34).
  • Nerf Toon Link's forward roll has slightly longer duration (FAF 27 → 29).
  • Buff 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.
    • Change This change no longer allows Toon Link to Z-drop and use hookshot at the same time.
  • Nerf 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.
    • Change Toon Link is still able to Tether to ledge while holding a bomb, by simply pressing Grab without holding a direction.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff Neutral attack's first hit has faster startup (frame 6 → 5).
      • Nerf Neutral attack's first hit does slightly less damage (3% → 2%).
    • Nerf Neutral attack's third hit has fewer active frames (frame 6-10 → 6-7), reducing consistency and utility.
    • Buff 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.
      • Change Toon Link strikes a pose at the end of his third neutral attack.
    • Buff As with nearly every other character, Toon Link's first and second neutral attack can now lock opponents.
    • Nerf 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).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has less ending lag (FAF 34 → 30), improving its safety and utility.
    • Buff 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.
    • Change 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.
    • Nerf Forward tilt's arm hitbox is deleted on frame 10, slightly weakening the move's consistency.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has a lower knockback angle, increasing its tech chase and setup potential.
    • Nerf 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:
    • Buff 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.
    • Buff Both sweetspot hitboxes now have priority over the sourspot.
    • Buff Dash attack's hitboxes are larger (3.5u/4u/3u → 4.2u/4u/3.5u).
  • Forward smash:
    • Change Toon Link has a new forward smash: a single upward swing.
    • Change Toon Link is now silent when performing the move.
    • Nerf Forward smash now has slightly more startup (15 frames → 16) and has decreased damage due to the removal of the second hit (21% → 14%).
      • Nerf 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.
    • Buff Forward smash's new animation has Toon Link swipe upwards and lunge farther, improving its vertical range.
      • Nerf The new animation also makes hitting grounded opponents more inconsistent, and no longer able to hit opponents hanging at the ledge.
    • Change 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:
    • Change Up smash has a slightly altered animation. Toon Link slightly turns after leaping.
    • Buff Due to the altered animation, the sourspot hitbox is harder to land, improving its consistency and KO potential.
    • Nerf Up Smash has fewer active frames (frame 11-17 → 11-15).
  • Down smash:
    • Change Down smash has a tweaked animation.
    • Change Down smash's front hitbox no longer sends opponents behind Toon Link; instead, each swing has strong knockback on its own.
      • Nerf 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%).
    • Buff 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.
    • Buff 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.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (12 frames → 7 (neutral), 18 → 11 (forward), 17 → 8 (back), 21 → 13 (up), 40 → 23 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Both of neutral aerial's hits have larger hitboxes (3u/3.6u/4u/2.5u → 4u/4.5u/4.5u/2.5u)
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff 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.
    • Change 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.
      • Buff These new hitboxes follow the sword hitbox more closely, allowing forward aerial to hit opponents above Toon Link on frame 15.
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial has less startup (frame 7 → 6).
    • Buff 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.
    • Buff Back aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 38 → 34).
    • Nerf Back aerial deals less damage (11% → 8%) without full compensation for its base knockback (18 → 24), losing its already poor KO potential.
      • Buff Back aerial's lowered knockback and less ending lag has vastly improved its combo and setup potential.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff 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:
    • Nerf 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:
    • Buff Grab aerial has less ending lag (FAF 75 → 74).
    • Nerf 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[edit]

  • Buff All grabs have less ending lag (FAF 62 → 53 (standing), 72 → 61 (dash), 72 → 56 (pivot)).
  • Change 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.
  • Nerf Up throw's collateral has a much shorter duration (26-30 → 27), hindering its range.
  • Nerf Back throw has less knockback growth (120 → 110), reducing its KO potential.
  • Change Toon Link now faces the opposite direction when using down throw.
  • Nerf 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)).)

Special moves[edit]

  • Hero's Bow:
    • Nerf Arrows can no longer be held indefinitely upon reaching full charge, now automatically firing if held for more than three seconds.
  • Boomerang:
    • Change Boomerang appears to have a new model, featuring a more simplistic design.
    • Buff 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%).
    • Change Boomerang now has a clanking animation where it bounces quickly before falling and disappearing.
      • Nerf Boomerang is unavailable during this clanking animation, reducing Boomerang's utility in trade situations.
    • Change 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.
    • Change Boomerang has different physics when bouncing against surfaces in certain situations, most notably on return, altering the utility of returning boomerang.
  • Spin Attack:
    • Change 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.
    • Buff Grounded Spin Attack has less startup lag (frame 9 → 6) and its duration was compensated (FAF 81 → 78), increasing its utility and safety.
    • Buff 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.
    • Buff 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.
    • Buff Aerial Spin Attack has a lower angle (75 → 45°) and much more knockback growth (120 → 170), giving it much better edgeguarding and kill power.
    • Buff 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.
    • Buff Aerial Spin Attack now allows Toon Link to retain much more horizontal drift after the final hitbox, improving its spacing and recovery potential.
    • Bug fix Aerial Spin Attack no longer takes away Toon Link's midair jump if he is interrupted before recovering, granting him more recovery mixups.
    • Change 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.
  • Bomb:
    • Buff Toon Link now pulls out the Bomb slightly quicker (FAF 40 → 37).
    • Change 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.
      • Change Bombs overall do less damage (4%-8% → 4.2%-6.5%). However, the lower damage betters bomb combo potential.
    • Change Bombs launch at a higher angle (70° → 75°), and have altered knockback (42 (base)/70 (scaling) → 40/80).
    • Nerf 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.
    • Change 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:
    • Buff 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.

Update history[edit]

Aside from glitch fixes and a single nerf to Boomerang, Toon Link has been buffed slightly overall via game updates.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.2.0

  • Bug fix Fixed the Invisible Bomb glitch.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Forward aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 51 → 39), matching the move's interruptibility and allowing it to auto-cancel out of a short hop.
  • Buff Shortened the amount of time the player can't grab ledges after using his back aerial (68 frames → 60).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Neutral attack 1 connects into neutral attack 2 more reliably.
  • Bug fix Boomerang teleportation glitch fixed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Buff Toon Link can now shield SDI if a projectile hits his Hero's Shield.
  • Change Down aerial no longer has its downward movement disabled when used out from of hitstun.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag (FAF 31 → 29), improving its combo potential.
  • Buff Down smash has more knockback scaling (83 → 90 (hit 1), 79 → 85 (hit 2)).
  • Buff Back aerial has less startup lag with a longer hitbox duration (frames 7-9 → 6-9).
  • Buff Down aerial's late hit deals more damage (12% → 14%) with knockback scaling not fully compensated (100 → 98), drastically improving its KO potential.
  • Buff Grab aerial has a longer hitbox duration (frames 11-18 → 11-20).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 10.1.0

  • Buff Aerial Spin Attack has received various adjustments that allow the move to connect more reliably:
    • Buff 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.
    • Change 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.
    • Buff 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.

Moveset[edit]

  • 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.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   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.
2%
4%
Forward tilt   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 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   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   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   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   13% A hopping, overhead arcing slash. Can hit behind Toon Link.
Down smash   12% (front), 13% (back) A kneeling inward slash in front of himself, followed by a kneeling outward slash behind himself.
Neutral aerial Two Part Slash 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   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   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. Its very low base knockback, high knockback growth, and ability to autocancel with a short hop make it a fairly good option for combos.
Up aerial   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 16% (clean), 14% (late) , 5% (landing) A stall-then-fall version of the Down Thrust. Resembles his final strike to Ganondorf's head in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. 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 Toon Link will not bounce off of any opponents he hits.
Grab aerial Midair Hookshot 4% Fires his Hookshot forward. Can be used to grab edges and is a very useful spacing option.
Grab Hookshot 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   1% Quickly hits the opponent with the pommel of the Master Sword.
Forward throw   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 7% Performs the tomoe nage,[1] a judo throw. A reliable KO throw, as it can KO middleweights at around 138% at the edge of Final Destination with good DI.
Up throw   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   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) A series of spinning, outward slashes. The last hit launches opponents horizontally. The aerial version can carry opponents to the upper blast line, and KO them there if they are at a high enough percent. The grounded version is a very good out of shield option and one of Toon Link's best KO options.
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.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • A cartoony explosion appears on-screen. As the smoke fades, Toon Link appears and equips the Master Sword and Hero's Shield.

Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Sheaths the Master Sword and places the Hero's Shield on his back and conducts with 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.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Looks around cautiously
  • Taps his foot on the ground

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Cheer Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

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Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

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Description Link Link Link! Lin - k! Forza Link! *claps 3 times* Link! Link! *claps 3 times* Allez Link! *clap 3 times*
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Cheer
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Link Link Link! *claps 3 times* Link! Link! *claps 3 times* Lin - ku! *claps 3 times*

Victory poses[edit]

  • 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.
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]

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. These improvements allow him more viability in the current meta of Ultimate, with more players seeing his strengths over the other two Links.

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Toon Link professionals (SSBU)

Classic Mode: The Teamwork of Courage[edit]

Toon Link's congratulations screen.

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.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 MarioHeadSSBU.png Mario, LuigiHeadSSBU.png Luigi,PeachHeadSSBU.png Peach, and YoshiHeadSSBU.png Yoshi 3D Land Ground Theme / Underwater Theme - Super Mario 3D Land ToonLinkHeadRedSSBU.png ToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png Toon Link (x2) are CPU allies. If either of these costumes are being used by the player, the ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png default Toon Link takes their place.
2 VillagerHeadSSBU.png Villager and IsabelleHeadSSBU.png Isabelle Tortimer Island Kapp'n's Song
3 ROBHeadGreySSBU.png ROBHeadSSBU.png ROBHeadYellowSSBU.png R.O.B. (x3) 75m (Battlefield form) Stack-Up/Gyromite
4 SquirtleHeadSSBU.png Squirtle,IvysaurHeadSSBU.png Ivysaur, and CharizardHeadSSBU.png Charizard Pokémon Stadium Battle! (Trainer) - Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon
5 InklingHeadSSBU.png InklingHeadBlueSSBU.png InklingHeadYellowSSBU.png InklingHeadGreenSSBU.png Inkling (x4) Moray Towers Now or Never!
6 Giant GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Ganondorf Great Plateau Tower (Battlefield form) Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
Bonus Stage
Final Ganon Sacred Land Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form ToonLinkHeadRedSSBU.png ToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png Toon Link (x2) are CPU allies. If either of these costumes are being used by the player, the ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png default Toon Link takes their place.

Note: When fighting Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard, their respective Pokémon Trainers are absent.

Note 2: Items are disabled in the sixth round.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Toon Link has Hyrule Main Theme accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Toon Link 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.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
43
Toon Link SSBU.png
Toon Link
Attack
Attack
7,500 Wuhu Island (volcano) Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes


Spirits[edit]

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[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
246
SSBU spirit Tetra.png
Tetra The Legend of Zelda Series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shield
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
SSBU spirit Ezlo.png
Ezlo The Legend of Zelda Series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadTealSSBU.png
Attack
3,700 Distant Planet •Hazard: Left Is Right, Right Is Left
•Giant
•The enemy is giant
•Left and right controls will suddenly reverse after a little while
Village of the Blue Maiden
260
SSBU spirit Alfonzo & Engineer Link.png
Alfonzo & Engineer Link The Legend of Zelda Series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadYellowSSBU.png
Attack
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
262
SSBU spirit Totem Link.png
Totem Link The Legend of Zelda Series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadBrownSSBU.pngToonLinkHeadRedSSBU.pngToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Grab
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
from the game's files
Bomberman Bomberman Series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadGreySSBU.png
Grab
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
SSBU spirit Link (Link's Awakening).png
Link (Link's Awakening) The Legend of Zelda Series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadBrownSSBU.png
Neutral
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
SSBU spirit King Olly.png
King Olly Paper Mario Series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadPurpleSSBU.png
•Giant Metal Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
Attack
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[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
250
SSBU spirit Aryll.png
Aryll The Legend of Zelda Series Villager VillagerHeadBlueSSBU.png
Toon Link ToonLinkHeadTealSSBU.png
Shield
9,000 Wuhu Island (Swaying Bridge) N/A •The enemy has increased attack power The Great Sea / Menu Select Link (Wind Waker)
253
SSBU spirit Beedle.png
Beedle The Legend of Zelda Series Shulk ShulkHeadTrunksSSBU.png
Toon Link ToonLinkHeadBrownSSBU.png
Neutral
2,600 Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) •Item: Beetle •Items will be pulled toward the enemy Dragon Roost Island Link (Wind Waker)
257
SSBU spirit Linebeck.png
Linebeck The Legend of Zelda Series Luigi LuigiHeadCyanSSBU.png
Toon Link ToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Neutral
9,000 Wuhu Island (The boat) •Buoyancy Reduced •No one knows how to swim The Great Sea / Menu Select Link (Phantom Hourglass)
263
SSBU spirit Madame Couture.png
Madame Couture The Legend of Zelda Series Rosalina & Luma RosalinaHeadRedSSBU.png
Toon Link ToonLinkHeadTealSSBU.pngToonLinkHeadRedSSBU.pngToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Grab
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)

Alternate costumes[edit]

Toon Link Palette (SSBU).png
ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png ToonLinkHeadRedSSBU.png ToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png ToonLinkHeadPurpleSSBU.png ToonLinkHeadBrownSSBU.png ToonLinkHeadBlackSSBU.png ToonLinkHeadGreySSBU.png ToonLinkHeadTealSSBU.png

Gallery[edit]

Fighter Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Toon Link is the only Zelda character playable in Ultimate who:
    • Shares his Final Smash with another character.
    • Did not receive a new or updated Final Smash.
    • Did not receive any kind of redesign in his appearance.
    • Did not have his Palutena's Guidance conversation changed.
    • Did not receive any new voice clips.
    • Did not receive any new or changed alternate costumes.
    • Is not the main opponent of a Legend-class Spirit Battle in his series and in general.
  • Toon Link is the only character who travels to 3D Land in Classic Mode.
  • Toon Link and Diddy Kong are the only characters who gain a CPU ally in every round of their Classic Mode (excluding the Bonus Game).
  • 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.
  • While holding a small item, Toon Link reuses his facial expressions from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 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.
  • Toon Link is the only variant of Link who does not fight a dark version of himself in his Classic Mode route.
  • Toon Link is the only variant of Link in Ultimate whose design does not potentially expose his knees, like either Link (when wearing his Wild set-based alternate costume) or Young Link (outside of his light blue costume, which gives him beige trousers).
  • In his Ultimate trailer, his sword attacks use punching sounds when they hit: this is different from the actual game, where they use slashing sounds.
  • In World of Light, Toon Link is one of the few fighters who is not affiliated with Dharkon in any way, as all of his encounters as himself or as a puppet fighter are all in association with Galeem. Ness, Roy, Olimar, Wii Fit Trainer, Little Mac, Squirtle, Ivysaur, Mii Gunner, and Pokémon Trainer all share this distinction as well.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes[edit]

1.^ translates to "Circle Throw"