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Zelda (PM)

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Universe The Legend of Zelda
Base game appearance Brawl
Moveset inspiration Zelda (SSBM), Zelda (SSBB)
Alternate costume Ocarina of Time Zelda

Zelda is a playable character in the Brawl mod Project M. She was one of the most buffed characters from Melee and Brawl, going from being a bottom tier character in both Melee and Brawl to a formidable fighter that can be played without the need of Sheik.

Zelda is placed 38th out 41 on the official tier list, toward the bottom of the D tier. This is a marginal improvement over her 24th out of 26 placement in Melee and Brawl standing as 37th out of 38. Her tools are strong enough to make her a competent fighter, and numerous top placings by Zhime have shown her great potential.


In both Melee and Brawl, Zelda was plagued for being tall, floaty, and slow on the ground and in the air. Additionally, she was hampered by poor approach options. In Project M, these weaknesses are addressed by significantly buffing Zelda overall.

Zelda excels at defensive gameplay, being able to reflect projectiles with Nayru's Love, her neutral special. This move can also be used for spacing. Zelda's side special, Din's Fire, is a fiery, guided projectile that explodes after a few seconds or on contact. This move can be used to force opponents to move closer to Zelda or as a combo finisher. Din's Fire does not enforce helplessness like it did in Melee and Brawl, meaning the move can be safely used in the air. Other moves that Zelda can use for spacing include her jab, which has disjointed hitboxes, and her neutral aerial, which is good for aerial spacing. Her recovery, Farore's Wind, is versatile in that it sends Zelda a good distance in any direction.

Despite being good for defense, Zelda is also a good offensive character, able to utilize combos and possessing many powerful finishers as well. Zelda's most notable finishers, her Lightning Kicks, cause high damage and knockback when sweetspotted. Although difficult to sweetspot, Zelda's down aerial is an effective meteor smash. Her up tilt, up aerial, and back throw are also KO moves at high percentages.

Although she is much better character than either her Melee or Brawl iterations, Zelda still has many weaknesses. Her recovery can be easily prevented by proper edgehogging. Zelda's light weight causes her to be very vulnerable to many finishing moves. Lastly, while the return of Melee's physics make Zelda faster, she is still slower than the majority of the roster. In earlier version of Project M, Zelda was considered by many to be a powerhouse due to her capability to use three quickly-moving Din's Fire projectiles at once. In Project M Version 3.5 and onward, Din's Fire was nerfed so that only one projectile can be used at a time.

Changes from Brawl to PM[edit]

Zelda was immensely buffed from Brawl to Project M. Her mobility has been improved and many of her attacks are faster. Many of her moves also have improved KO potential such as back throw and the back hit of her down smash. The changes to PM's mechanics also greatly benefit her as they improve her combo potential and her overall endurance is higher. Lastly, Transform is much faster and Sheik much like in Melee is a more effective character.

She did see a few nerfs however. Her down tilt has more ending lag and can no longer trip opponents. Some of her KO moves such as down smash's front hit and her Lightning Kicks were weakened while some of her moves such as up smash, up aerial and neutral aerial are less reliable.

Overall, she is much more effective and viable than she has ever been; however, her buffs were not enough to keep up with most of the cast, resulting in her remaining one of the weaker characters in the game.


  • Change Most magic attacks were given additional sparkles, denoting their increased strength.
  • Change Spot dodge was given magical sparkling graphics.
  • Change Like Transform, down taunt now emits the characteristic "Puzzle Solved" jingle from Zelda games.


  • Buff Zelda dashes faster (1.22 → 1.275)
  • Buff Zelda's traction is higher (0.054 → 0.8) though it is still lower than in Melee. This makes it easier for her to punish out of shield compared to Brawl while giving her a longer wavedash than in Melee.
  • Nerf However, her higher traction also limits the length of her new wavedash.
  • Nerf Zelda's air speed is slower although the difference is negligible (0.987 → 0.98).
  • Buff Zelda's weight, fall speed and gravity have all been reverted to their Melee values (85 → 90 (weight), 1.13 → 1.4 (fall speed), 0.067 → 0.073 (gravity)). This significantly improves her endurance.
  • Nerf Her higher weight however prevents her from being knocked down by Fox's shine making her vulnerable to his waveshine combos.

Ground Attacks[edit]

  • Buff Jab has improved hitboxes which hit lower and connects with multiple hits much more reliably. The last hit also deals more damage (2% → 3%).
  • Buff Forward tilt now has a hitbox behind Zelda when she swings her arm backwards. It also has less startup lag with a longer duration (frames 12-14 → 10-16) and it has less ending lag (frame 40 → 32).
  • Change Forward tilt now has a hitbox at the very tip that does slightly more damage (14%), but has reduced knockback (50 (base), 88 (scaling) → 65/60).
  • Change Forward tilt no longer has transcendent priority on most of its hitboxes. The "tip" hitbox retains transcendent priority.
  • Nerf Forward tilt has reduced knockback on all hitboxes (50 (base), 88 (scaling) (all) → 50/80 (hand), 50/100 (arm/body)) and deals less damage on the arm and body (12% (arm), 11% (body) → 10%/9%).
  • Buff Up tilt deals more damage (11% → 15% (clean), 13% (late)) giving it more kill power despite its decrease knockback (65 (base), 105 (scaling) → 40/110 (clean), 30/120 (late)). It also has less startup lag with a longer duration (frames 10-24 → 8-28), it has less ending lag (frame 48 → 40) and sends opponents at a more vertial angle (70° → 75°/85°). It now has a strong early hitbox and a weaker late hitbox, but the late hitbox is still very strong.
  • Buff Up tilt now renders Zelda's moving arm invulnerable during the attack.
  • Nerf Due to having a strong hit and a late hit, the strong hit of up tilt has a shorter duration (frames 10-24 → 8-16).
  • Buff Down tilt has increased damage (7% (leg), 8% (body) → 10/11%).
  • Nerf If Zelda uses down tilt again after connecting with it, the down tilt has more ending lag (frame 25 → 30). Down tilt also has a shorter duration (frames 5-11 → 5-8) and can no longer trip opponents.
  • Buff Dash attack's clean hit deals more damage (12% → 13%) and the late hit has a longer duration (frames 9-13 → 9-17). Dash attack also has less ending lag (frame 38 → 36).
  • Buff Forward and up smashes link much better; while the latter uses its superior Brawl format with reduced hitlag, the former has more favorable angles for the multiple hits, both hitting faster and with fewer freeze frames. Forward smash also has a reduced SDI multiplier (0.5x → 0.25x) making it more difficult to escape from.
  • Buff Up smash has less startup (frame 6 → 5) and ending lag (frame 57 → 51).
  • Nerf Up smash has smaller hitboxes, and can no longer hit some grounded characters. It also has a higher SDI multiplier (0.1x → 0.25x) and the final hit deals less damage (5% → 4%) although its knockback growth was compensated (210 → 240).
  • Nerf Down smash has lower knockback scaling for the front-facing kick (95 → 90). It also has a shorter duration (frames 4-6 → 4-5). Both hits also send opponents at a higher angle (20° (both) → 30° (front), 25° (back) making it less effective as a semi-spike.
    • Buff However, the kick behind Zelda has less startup lag with a longer duration (frames 12-14 → 11-14), increased damage (10% → 13%) and knockback scaling (85 → 90). Down smash also has less ending lag (frame 40 → 32).
  • Change Zelda no longer has a unique voice clip when performing down smash.

Aerial Attacks[edit]

  • Buff Neutral aerial has larger hitboxes and does more damage if all hits connect (13% → 15%). It also has less ending lag (frame 50 → 42) and it now has a landing hit. The final hit also has increased knockback (40 (base), 130/120 (scaling) → 15/175).
  • Nerf Neutral aerial's linking hits can now be DI'd due to having a higher SDI multiplier (0x → 0.5x), making some Brawl combos that involved landing to interrupt the move no longer guaranteed. It also has more landing lag (12 frames → 18) though this is compensated with the reintroduction of L-canceling.
  • Buff Up aerial has an early hitbox at the base of her fingertips which starts earlier (frame 14 → frame 10) and deals 5% electric damage, linking into the explosion itself. The explosion also deals more damage if it hits at the center (15% → 17%) and it has a longer duration (frames 14-16 → 10-17). It also has less ending lag (frame 55 → 49) and it auto cancels earlier (frame 56 → 38) allowing it to auto cancel out of a short hop like it could in Melee.
  • Change the sweetspot has altered knockback (30 (base), 110 (scaling) → 32/102).
  • Nerf However, the new sourspot of the explosion is weaker in both damage (15% → 14%) and knockback (30 (base), 102 (scaling) → 5/115). Up aerial also has more landing lag (22 frames → 25).
  • Nerf The linking hitbox of up aerial can be DI'd, which may cause opponents to fall out of range of the explosion making the move less reliable.
  • Buff Down aerial has also been made to sweetspot on grounded opponents (18%) in addition to aerial opponents, and does more damage (16% → 20%) and has more knockback scaling (90 → 117). The sweetspot is a powerful KO move on a grounded opponent and it has less ending lag (frame 45 → 40).
  • Nerf Down aerial has a shorter duration (frames 14-24 → 14-17) and has slightly more landing lag (21 frames → 24). It also auto-cancels one frame later (frame 40 → 41).
  • Buff Both forward and back Lightning Kicks are based off their Melee design with larger sweetspots and have more active frames (1 frame → 4) although the sweetspot now decays over time. They also have less ending lag (frame 40 (forward), frame 36 (back) → 36/33) allowing forward aerial to be performed twice in a short hop and they also have landing lag (22 frames → 18). The sourspots also deal more damage (4% → 8%).
  • Nerf Both forward and back Lightning Kick sweetspots are slightly weaker than in Melee and Brawl, and do less damage (20% → 19/16% (forward), 18/15% (back)) and knockback (34 (base), 95 (scaling) (forward), 40/96 (back) → 25/100 (forward), 30/105 (back). Forward aerial's sourspot also has a shorter duration (frames 9-12 → 9-11).
  • Change The sweetspot and late sweetspot hitboxes of forward aerial send at a slightly lower angle. (Sakurai angle → 40°)

Grabs, throws, and other[edit]

  • Buff Grabs are faster (frame 12 (standing), 11 (dash), 14 (pivot) → 8/10/13).
  • Nerf Standing grab has more ending lag (frame 30 → 31).
  • Nerf Forward throw deals less damage (12% → 10%).
  • Change Forward throw has reduced base knockback (60 → 50) but also has a much faster animation that can catch opponents off guard. It also sends opponents at a higher angle (45° → 60°).
  • Buff Back throw has increased knockback scaling (60 → 87) significantly improving its KO potential.
  • Buff Due to universally increased fall speeds and the removal of hitstun canceling, up throw and down throw can now be used to chaingrab opponents.
  • Nerf Up throw deals less damage (11% → 8%) with its knockback scaling compensated (50 → 66).
  • Buff Down throw deals more damage (10% → 14%) and is drastically faster. The "zapping" hitbox will launch other opponents away with high base knockback, making it more useful in team battles/free-for-all/vs. Ice Climbers.
  • Buff Up taunt's magical swirl and side taunt's fireball now both have damaging hitboxes.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Buff Nayru's Love is land cancelable after the attack frames end, and while the ground version has no such cancel, it possesses improved invulnerability. The invulnerability of the ground version overlaps with the first attacking frame, reducing the likelihood of unfavorable trades.
  • Change Nayru's Love no longer sends opponents based on the direction Zelda is facing.
  • Change Zelda has a different voice clip when performing Nayru's Love.
    • Buff The linking hits now draw opponents in from both sides.
  • Nerf The aerial version of Nayru's Love has no invulnerability.
  • Nerf The Love Jump AT (jumping and using Nayru's Love immediately after getting hit with enough knockback, making Zelda rise while reflecting projectiles) from Brawl no longer works. Instead, Zelda will be sent sideways, which is far less useful for recovery.
  • Buff Din's Fire functions significantly differently, loosely based on Viola's magical orb from Soul Calibur V.[1] Upon releasing a fireball, instead of quickly exploding it stops and hangs in the air for ~3.5 seconds before exploding and returning to Zelda. Both the standing "mine" and the returning "wisp" will inflict damage upon making contact with a foe. If a foe runs into or hits the "standing mine" with a hitbox, it will return to Zelda without exploding. In addition to these changes, the control of fireballs is massively increased. Using Transform will also force it to explode. Zelda can manually detonate a traveling or standing Din's Fire by inputting side-special again. This explosion is significantly weaker than the timed explosion or the transform explosion, but is excellent for comboing. It also no longer puts Zelda into free fall if used in the air. The timed explosion deals a high damage (10-25%).
  • Nerf The regular explosion of Din's Fire deals less damage (8-16% → 7-12%) although its increased utility gives it more damage potential.
  • Buff Zelda can input B at any time in the middle of the "invisible" portion of Farore's Wind to cancel the move early, giving Zelda the ability to shorten her teleport, similar to Fox Illusion and Falco Phantasm. Interrupting the teleport removes the reappearance hitbox. If canceled on the ground, the move has significantly less endlag, giving Zelda a much-needed tool both in neutral and to chase down far away opponents.
  • Buff Zelda can now grab ledges during Farore's Wind's startup. She can also act out of Farore's Wind much sooner improving it's recovery potential.
  • Buff The beginning hitbox of Farore's Wind, when used in the air, sends foes at 40 degrees, instead of straight up, which is much more useful for edgeguarding.
  • Change Zelda now has a voice clip when using Aerial Farore's Wind (the same voice clip used for her full hop).
  • Nerf Farore's Wind's reappearance hitbox comes out on frame 2 of reappearance, rather than frame 1.
  • Nerf Farore's Wind deals less damage (6% (both hits) → 4%).
  • Buff Can act out of Transform sooner, like Sheik.
  • Buff Transform now switches Zelda with Sheik much faster due to their files being loaded from the SD card rather than the Brawl disc.



  • Buff Priority on hitboxes for jab altered to work better on heavyweights' hitstun animations.
  • Buff Linking jab hits use slightly negative angles, which prevents landing animations from being triggered on very slightly sloped areas which can cause the rest of the move to whiff.
  • Change Some animations and graphics for jab cleaned up.
  • Change Dash attack animation adjusted to be closer to Melee.
  • Change Angle on sweetspotted dash attack adjusted to be like other, similar attacks.
  • Buff Tipper hitbox on forward tilt adjusted in knockback and SDIability slightly to be more conducive to combos.
    • Buff Hitboxes adjusted to give proper spacing for tipper hitbox.
    • Change Hit sound effects adjusted for sweetspots.
  • Nerf Hit duration for up tilt reduced by 1 frame for visual corrections.
  • Change Graphical effects for up tilt edited to match the new timings.
  • Change Launch for up tilt has less base knockback but more growth, dealing less knockback at lower damages but more at higher damage.
  • Change Launch angle of first half of up tilt raised slightly.
  • Buff Linking hits of forward smash use slightly negative angles, which prevents landing animations from being triggered on very slightly sloped areas which can cause the rest of the move to whiff.
  • Buff Has a new linking hitbox in forward smash far inside her only intended to prevent whiff issues close-in on heavyweights.
  • Nerf Innermost hitboxes on linking hits of forward smash have reduced hitlag.
  • Change Launch hit of forward smash has less base knockback but more growth, dealing less knockback at lower damages but more at higher damage, also taking greater effect with smash charge.
  • Buff Final hit of up smash has slightly increased base knockback.
  • Buff Linking hits of up smash have slightly reduced SDI capacity, enough for opponents to control launch point when hit by the move but never enough to escape it in any normal circumstances.
  • Change Hit sound effects on linking hits of up smash altered to be softer.
  • Buff Melee sized sweetspots (first frame) for forward aerial regained a bit more of their old damage and knockback power.
  • Buff Melee sized electric flubs (later frames) for forward aerial now use average KO move values instead of the non-magical sourspot values.
  • Buff Back aerial's critical sweetspot deals slightly more knockback and shield damage.
  • Change Non-magical sourspots for forward and back aerials have more effectual damage and knockback growth values, but don't lead into the sweetspots as easily.
  • Buff Fire hitboxes for up air have slightly more base knockback.
  • Buff Up air has very slightly increased shield damage on large fire hitbox.
  • Change Hit sound effect of fire sweetspot for up air upgraded.
  • Buff Sweetspotted down aerial now deals extra shield damage.
  • Buff Down aerial's damage and knockback growth against grounded targets significantly increased.
  • Buff Down aerial's knockback growth against aerial targets slightly increased.
  • Buff Thigh flub hitbox on down aerial has slightly improved power and combo potential from ground bounces.
  • Nerf Sweetspot duration reduced for down aerial.
  • Change Graphics altered for down aerial to better match the presence of the sweetspot.
  • Change Down aerial animation adjusted for the hitboxes to be aligned with the axis for its hit duration.
  • Buff Aerial version of Nayru's Love has quicker intangibility startup, equal to ground version.
    • Nerf Size of the last hitbox on aerial version was reduced to be consistent with the linking hits.
    • Change Knockback on aerial Nayru's Love adjusted slightly; it has less base knockback but more growth to induce tumbling later.
  • Change Grounded Nayru's Love is visually larger, and aerial Nayru's Love visually smaller to better show their hitbox size difference.
  • Buff Travel speed of Din's Fire was slightly increased.
    • Nerf Has slightly lower maximum channel time.
  • Nerf Din's Fire starts out smaller, while ending size is unchanged.
  • Change Din's Fire damage growth with travel duration on explosion hitbox altered slightly, now does a minimum of 10% and a maximum of 20%.
  • Change Din's Fire explosion hitbox has slightly more base knockback and slightly less knockback growth for combo purposes.
  • Buff Farore's Wind landing lag reduced.
  • Buff Aerial reappearance transitions properly into helpless state.
  • Buff Pivot grab's hitbox size increased, now being able to grab very low crouching targets.
  • Nerf Forward throw slightly reduced in knockback growth.
  • Change Down throw graphical effects altered to look more similar to Melee.
  • Change Neutral aerial's graphical effects terminate earlier, closer to when the move stops hitting.
  • Change Zelda's Transform graphical effects adjusted to better match their timing.
  • Change Light Arrow uses a new Light element.


  • Buff Up tilt knockback increased very slightly.
  • Buff Up smash's lifting hitboxes fine tuned to not throw certain characters out of the move after several connected hits. The move also has another linking hit, dealing 1% more damage.
  • Buff Lightning Kicks' flub damage increased slightly to be closer to Melee's, along with adjusted knockback to compensate for this. Critical sweetspots were slightly increased in size to offer more consistency, while still being tiny (2/3 the size of Rest). Non-critical electric hits have increased damage/knockback, closer to their Melee iterations.
  • Buff Critical sweetspot of back aerial has slightly more base knockback. Non-critical forward aerial's hitboxes have slightly lower launch angle, similar to the critical hit, but not quite as potent.
  • Buff Up aerial's sweetspot size minutely increased, while the weak electric hit was slightly improved, and graphical effects/sound effects were edited for more accuracy.
  • Buff Down aerial has somewhat increased shield damage and a bigger sweetspot, and more knockback growth against grounded targets. Sourspot damage was also increased slightly.
  • Buff Forward and down throws' damage increased slightly.
  • Buff Din's Fire's flashing graphics loop one more time than previously. Minimum time to set is slowed down, and set animation has its lag increased to deter walling. The explosions are significantly larger and deadlier.
  • Nerf Up smash's IASA frames are no longer increased from those of Melee, but equal to them.
  • Change Neutral attack's launching hitbox has a higher angle, along with slightly higher base knockback and less knockback growth.
  • Change Neutral aerial inflicts a consistent damage output depending on number of hits rather than their placement.
  • Change Graphical effects on grabs adjusted.
  • Change Din's Fire's set fireballs have smaller hitboxes, but these activate sooner after setting the projectile.
  • Change Transform's startup is faster, and its intangibility was adjusted slightly, but its interruptibility also occurs slower.


  • Buff Nayru's Love's final grounded hit has normalized SDI modifiers.
  • Buff Up taunt's hitboxes pull enemies in further towards Zelda.
  • Nerf Forward tilt's sweetspots have less knockback growth.
  • Nerf Forward air's critical sweetspot has slightly less knockback growth.
  • Nerf Back air's critical sweetspot has slightly less base knockback.
  • Nerf Nayru's Love's aerial land cancel has slightly more lag.
  • Nerf Din's Fire static hitboxes inflict less damage (6% as opposed to 8%).
  • Buff Transform now detonates all current fireballs on the screen.


  • Buff Up and down tilt deal more damage.
  • Buff Up smash endlag reduced by 1 to match Melee.
    • Nerf It deals less damage overall.
  • Nerf Both Lightning Kicks' critical sweetspots have been removed.
    • Buff Both their sweetspots deal more damage.
  • Buff Up aerial deals more knockback.
  • Nerf Standing and turn grabs have shorter duration.
  • Nerf Pummel's damage has gone from 4% to 3%.
    • Buff However, it is slightly faster.
  • Nerf All throws cause less damage.
  • Nerf No longer invincible when using Nayru's Love in the air.
  • Change Din's Fire functionality changed from 3 fireballs that explode after a time to 1 fireball that returns after explosion.
    • Change The fireball now decreases in speed as it increases in size, rather than the other way around. This property is maintained as it returns to Zelda.
    • Buff New function implemented. Pressing the side special button while a fireball is set stationary will allow it to return to Zelda. The time it takes for the fire to return and the amount of damage depends on how far Zelda launched it; if no action is taken after it is set, the fire will automatically return to her itself later.
    • Buff The minimum time it takes to place a fireball has been decreased.
    • Nerf The number of fireballs that can be on the screen at one time has been reduced from 3 to 1, and the total distance they can reach has been decreased


Up to date as of version 3.6.

Name Damage Description
Neutral attack 2% (hits 1-2), 3% (hit 3) Zelda sticks her hand out in front of herself and shoots small magical sparks. Disjointed with decent range, but very slow for a neutral attack.
Forward tilt 14% (tip), 13% (hand), 9% (body) Zelda swipes her arm horizontally in front of herself with a boost of magic power. The attack has moderate knockback and sends enemies behind Zelda, potentially comboing into other moves. The tip hitbox has lower knockback than the hand hitbox, facilitating combos to some degree. Can be angled.
Up tilt 15% (clean), 13% (late) Zelda waves her arm above her head in an arc with a boost of magic power. Zelda's right arm is intangible while the hitboxes are out. Strong vertical KO power, even for the late hitbox.
Down tilt 10% (leg), 11% (body) Zelda crouches and kicks her foot in front of her, hitting opponents low. This attack can meteor smash opponents who come in contact with Zelda's body, and grounded opponents who come in contact with her foot. If Zelda attempts another down tilt after connecting one on an opponent, she will suffer from additional lag after the move. Against opponents at high percents, down tilt has weak vertical knockback and can potentially combo into KO moves.
Dash attack 13% (clean sweetspot), 9% (clean sourspot), 8% (late sweetspot), 7% (late sourspot) Zelda shoves her arms in front of her and pushes foes in front of her away with a boost of magic power. Sweetspot is located close to her body. The sweetspot can start combos or can kill at very high percents.
Forward smash 1% (hits 1-4), 13% (hit 5) Zelda charges magic energy in her right hand and flashes it in front of her, hitting opponents multiple times before knocking them away. Relatively low ending lag, with large range. However, it can be escaped from with good SDI.
Up smash 1% (hits 1-11), 4% (hit 12) Zelda charges magic energy in her left hand and waves it above her head twice, hitting opponents multiple times before knocking them away with reasonably strong knockback. This move can be SDI'd out of, but it is difficult. Combos into itself or other moves at low percents, depending on the opponent.
Down smash 12% (front), 13% (back) Zelda quickly kicks on both sides of herself, knocking opponents away. This attack comes out very quickly and knocks enemies away horizontally at a low angle. The back hit is stronger than the front hit in terms of both damage and knockback. Zelda's leg is intangible while performing the move.
Neutral aerial 2% (hits 1-5), 5% (hit 6), 3% (landing) Zelda waves her arms around her, hitting opponents multiple times around her before knocking them away. Relatively fast startup.
Forward aerial Lightning Kick 19% (foot clean), 16% (foot late), 8% (body) Zelda quickly kicks in front of her, dealing great damage and knockback if the opponent is hit at the beginning of the move and just the tip of her boot strikes the opponent. Otherwise, it's extremely weak and doesn't KO until over 300% at the sourspot. Sends opponents at a slightly lower angle than the back aerial.
Back aerial Lightning Kick 18% (foot clean), 15% (foot late), 8% (body) Zelda quickly kicks behind herself, dealing great damage and knockback if the opponent is hit at the beginning of the move and just the tip of her boot strikes the opponent. Is slightly faster than her forward air but deals less damage at both the sweetspot and sourspot, and sends at a slightly higher angle. This is Zelda's fastest aerial at 5 frames of startup.
Up aerial 5% (hit 1), 17% (explosion center), 14% (explosion sides) Zelda brings her arm above her head and releases a fiery explosion above her head, dealing great knockback. Has a hitbox at startup that sends the enemy upward into the explosion afterward. The center of the explosion deals more damage and knockback, and launches at a perfectly vertical angle.
Down aerial 18% (clean ground), 20% (clean air), 8% (late foot), 9% (late leg) Zelda stomps her foot below herself. Like her forward & back aerials, if this hits within the first couple of frames with the foot, it causes a pause in the opponent's movement, then deals high damage and meteor smashes the opponent straight downwards very fast. If the opponent is grounded, it does slightly less damage and causes the enemy to bounce off the ground and into the air, with very high knockback.
Pummel 3% Discharges magic into the enemy. A very slow pummel.
Forward throw 10% Magically twirls her opponent and throws them forward. A very fast throw.
Back throw 11% Magically twirls her opponent behind herself and tosses them. Strongest knockback out of all her throws.
Up throw 8% Magically twirls her opponent above her head, then releases them upward.
Down throw 3% (hits 1-4), 2% (throw) Throws the opponent on the ground and shocks them repeatedly with magical bursts. The enemy will be launched upwards behind Zelda. While it is easily DI'd away to prevent any follow-ups, it has very good follow-ups if the opponent DIs wrong, and does very high damage for a throw. At the edge of the stage, she can set up an early edgeguard.
Floor attack (front) 6% (hit 1), 8% (hit 2 leg), 6% (hit 2 body) Zelda kicks in front and then behind her.
Floor attack (back) 6% Zelda kicks in front and then behind her.
Floor attack (trip) 5% Essentially the same as her other two floor attacks.
Edge attack (fast) 7% Zelda climbs up and swings her legs in a circular motion, while pulling herself up.
Edge attack (slow) 8% (arm), 11% (tip) Zelda raises up slowly, and after a short pause, smacks the enemy with the back of her hand.
Neutral special Nayru's Love 1-2% (hits 1-5), 4% (hit 6 ground), 3% (hit 6 air) Creates a crystal that slashes enemies and reflects projectiles. Has a few frames of invincibility near the beginning of the move when used on the ground. When used in the air, it has no invincibility but the lag can be cancelled if Zelda lands after the hitboxes are done.
Side special Din's Fire 7-12% (fireball), 6-13% (set explosion), 10-25% (auto explosion), 4-9% (return) Allows Zelda to place a fireball on the field, which can damage opponents upon contact. After a few seconds or if Side+B is pressed again, the fireball explodes and returns as a "wisp" to Zelda, dealing damage to opponents it touches along the way. If an opponent makes contact with the fireball before the initial explosion, it will do damage but not explode, but still become a "wisp". The "wisp" can be detonated with Side+B, creating a small explosion before it resumes travelling back to Zelda. The more time Zelda spends placing the fireball, the bigger and stronger the ending explosion will be, and the more slowly the "wisp" travels.
Up special Farore's Wind 4% (warp & return) Teleports in a given direction, dealing damage at both ends. Press B while teleporting to shorten the teleport but lose the ending hitbox. With good timing and positioning, Zelda can teleport onto platforms and cancel most of the ending lag.
Down special Transform Transforms into Sheik, detonating any undetonated fireballs. Invulnerable during the transformation (blue sparks).
Final Smash Light Arrow 3% (trapping), 40% (Light Arrow 1st opponent), 30% (2nd opponent), 22% (3rd opponent) Draws a large bow and sets an arrow. During this time, any characters in her line of sight will flinch. A second later, the Light Arrow is released, dealing significant damage and likely KO'ing the struck characters. Goes through walls.

In competitive play[edit]

Notable tech[edit]

Labbing Discord Tech Post

Notable players[edit]

Alternate costumes[edit]

Project M[edit]

Zelda now has an alternate costume that is more closely based off her appearance in Melee, which itself was based off her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Oddly, the Brawl color palette which references the design featured in the alternate costume stays, despite Ganondorf's Ocarina Of Time based palette swap being replaced with the default color for his alternate costume, which is again based off of his Ocarina design.

Zelda's alternate costumes in PM
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Zelda gained more alternate costumes, with most of them being reworked in Project+ 2.3:

  • Pink/Blue: Based on her appearance as a resident of Skyloft in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
  • Red (OOT): Given brown hair, better resembling the ending of The Legend of Zelda if Link rescues her with the Red Ring equipped.
  • Green (OOT): Based on her appearance in the ending of The Legend of Zelda if she was rescued by Link with no ring equipped.
  • Blue (OOT):
  • Violet (OOT): A more accurate portrayal of Zelda's appearance as seen in official artwork for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • Dark Purple (OOT): Based on Princess Hilda from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
Zelda's alternate costumes in P+

Z-Secret Costume: Young Zelda clothing

R-Secret Costume: Hyrule Warriors Zelda


  • Two players can use the same costume for Zelda (and Sheik) as long as one chooses Zelda and the other chooses Sheik with the corresponding palette swap (i.e. default costumes or team colors). This is likely an oversight as a result of being able to choose Zelda and Sheik separately. Upon exiting the results screen and going back to the character select screen, one of the character portraits will use a different alternate costume instead.