Zelda (ゼルダ, Zelda) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She was confirmed as a playable character on June 12, 2018. Zelda is classified as fighter #17.
Zelda is voiced in-game by Ayumi Fujimura, who previously voiced the character in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. She speaks a single line in the Adventure Mode: World of Light opening, voiced by Fujimura in Japanese and dubbed in English by Brandy Kopp.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Zelda must then be defeated on Temple.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
In addition to a visual redesign, Zelda has been significantly buffed in Ultimate. Many of her moves have reduced startup and endlag and improved KO potential. Her neutral attack, which was previously one of the slowest in the game, comes out significantly faster, and has been reworked into an infinite with KO potential. Her dash attack and up throw are much stronger, allowing Zelda to more easily secure KOs.
Her special moves have seen the most improvements. Nayru's Love has one more frame of invulnerability and allows her to move in the air while during use. Din's Fire no longer causes helpless, travels in a tighter arc, and has better use offstage due to the new airdodge nerfs. Farore's Wind is faster, preserves more momentum, and allows Zelda to drift sooner upon reappearing. The biggest change she receives is the reworking of Phantom Slash: it now assembles in six stages, with the final stage being able to use for trap setups, edgeguarding, and approaching, and a destroyed Phantom can be resummoned as soon as it disappears. Her new Final Smash, Triforce of Wisdom, is better at trapping opponents and will secure a KO for anyone over 100% at the end of the move.
Nevertheless, she has some noticeable nerfs. Forward tilt has more startup and endlag. Her grabs have more endlag, making them more risky to use in neutral to start combos. Farore's Wind travels a shorter distance, hindering her recovery and edgeguarding ability. Since Phantom is formed behind Zelda, and when sent forward has to make up the distance to where it would have appeared from the portal in Smash 4, this makes her more vulnerable when using the move. Furthermore, although now they are less significantly hindering, she still retains her previous Smash iterations' weaknesses, those being poor range, terrible sourspots, lackluster neutral, and slow movement.
Despite these nerfs and weaknesses, Zelda in Ultimate is considered to be her best placement in the series.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Classic Mode: Wisdom Prevails
All of Zelda's battles are on The Legend of Zelda themed stages, and her opponents are all villains.
Role in World of Light
Zelda was among the fighters that were summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.
During the opening cutscene, Zelda tried to rally the other fighters to fight the army of Master Hands by saying, "Stow your fear; it's now or never!", and was present when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. She and Mewtwo attempted to reflect the beams using Nayru's Love and Confusion, respectively, but this attempt failed, and both of them were vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the rest of the fighters (excluding Kirby).
Zelda was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. She is unlocked in the Sacred Realm of the World of Dark on the bottom left corner of the land which makes up the Triforce of Wisdom. The player must defeat the Spirit of Impa (which is revealed by solving a clock-based puzzle) to clear a boulder that's blocking the path to her unlock battle and then the Spirit of Uxie, Mesprit & Azelf. Unlocking her reveals the Triforce of Wisdom in the center of the map. If Young Link is unlocked, the boulders leading to Cloud's unlock battle and the Master Sword clear out.
Zelda is later seen among several other fighters, making their last stand against Galeem and Dharkon. She is also seen in the bad ending where Galeem emerges victorious against Dharkon, witnessing Galeem engulf the world in light.
Zelda's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Zelda 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, different incarnations of Zelda make an appearance in various Primary and Support Spirits.
Character Showcase Video
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