Zelda (SSBU)

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This article is about Zelda's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Princess Zelda.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Zelda SSBU.png
Universe The Legend of Zelda
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Triforce of Wisdom
You might recognize Zelda's look from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds game. In battle she uses magical moves to reflect and teleport, and for her Final Smash, she seals her opponents away in the Triforce of Wisdom. If an opponent has 100% damage or more, they will be instantly KO'd!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

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 by Ayumi Fujimura,(citation needed) who previously voiced the character in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Zelda speaks English in the Adventure Mode: World of Light trailer, but it is currently unclear who is portraying her.

How to unlock[edit]

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[edit]


  • Change Zelda's appearance is based on her design from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [1][2][3] and A Link Between Worlds.[4]
  • Change Zelda always faces the screen regardless of which direction she turns, causing all of her animations to be mirrored.
  • Change Zelda hangs onto the ledge with one hand.
  • Change Zelda is more positively expressive, boasting a cheery smile during several animations.
  • Change Many of Zelda's attacks produce brighter, flashier magical effects.
  • Change Zelda's standing pose, idle poses, walking animation, up taunt, and down taunt have been changed.
  • Change All of Zelda's victory poses have been changed:
    • For the first, she conjures a small flame out of her finger and swirls it around playfully.
    • For the second, she summons the Phantom armor and proudly poses in front of it.
    • For the third, she emits magic out of two fingers and points at the screen.


  • Buff Like all characters, Zelda's jumpsquat is now 3 frames (down from 6 frames).
  • Buff Zelda's initial dash speed (1.6 → 1.958) and running speed (1.3 → 1.43) are faster.
  • Buff Zelda jumps higher.
  • Buff Zelda's air speed is slightly faster (1.04 → 1.092).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Change Neutral attack is now a rapid jab with a finishing hit.
    • Buff Neutral attack has less startup. Previously the slowest jab in the game, its speed is now on par with many other characters’ neutral attacks.
    • Buff Neutral attack's final hit deals much more knockback and is capable of KOing at high percents.
    • Nerf Neutral attack has more endlag, is less safe on shield, and no longer reliably combos into dash attack or dash grab at low percents.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack deals more knockback.
    • Buff Dash attack has less endlag.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Nerf Forward tilt has slightly more endlag.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has slightly less endlag.
    • Nerf Down tilt launches opponents further away, reducing its combo potential.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash has more horizontal range.

Aerial attacks[edit]

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Dash grab has slightly more startup and endlag.
    • Buff Pummel is faster.
    • Change Zelda grabs and pummels opponents with one hand instead of two.
  • Change Forward throw, back throw, and up throw have altered animations, and Zelda's hands emit brighter trails of magic.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw has more knockback growth.
    • Nerf Forward throw deals less damage.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw has more knockback growth and is now potentially one of the strongest up throws in the game.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw deals more damage.

Special moves[edit]

  • Nayru's Love:
    • Buff Nayru's Love's intangibility starts 1 frame earlier.
    • Buff Nayru's Love no longer halts vertical momentum, allowing Zelda to move in the air while using the move.
  • Din's Fire:
    • Buff Din's Fire no longer leaves Zelda helpless in the air.
    • Buff Din's Fire can travel slightly farther and is slightly more maneuverable.
    • Buff The changes to airdodge mechanics indirectly improve Din's Fire's edgeguarding utility. Since airdodges are riskier to use offstage, recovering opponents are left in a more vulnerable position if they try to avoid Din's Fire.
    • Change Din's Fire's flame has a more stylized appearance.
  • Farore's Wind:
    • Buff Farore's Wind has less startup and endlag.
    • Buff Farore's Wind travels faster after disappearing and preserves more momentum when used right after a jump.
    • Buff Zelda can drift in the air much sooner after reappearing.
    • Nerf Farore's Wind travels a shorter distance.
    • Change Farore's Wind produces a more intense green/yellow vortex at the start and end of the move.
  • Phantom Slash:
    • Change Phantom Slash has been heavily reworked. The Phantom armor now assembles itself behind Zelda rather than appearing fully formed out of a portal in front of her. It is now a single-press chargeable move; Pressing B again will cause the incomplete armor to attack at its current charge level. The move has six charge levels, each resulting in a different attack:
      • 1. Kick
      • 2. Punch
      • 3. Outward slash
      • 4. Downward slash
      • 5. Upward slash
      • 6. Delayed upward slash
    • Buff Phantom Slash's fully charged attack is now momentarily delayed, allowing Zelda to move around before the Phantom rushes forward. Zelda can set it as a trap and attack the opponent in tandem with the Phantom, or she can retreat behind it for protection. This also discourages the opponent from reflecting the Phantom since she now has enough time to respond with Nayru's Love.
    • Buff Zelda can summon a new Phantom much more quickly after the previous one is destroyed
    • Nerf Phantom Slash's fully charged attack deals less damage since it no longer hits twice.
  • Triforce of Wisdom:
    • Change Zelda has a new Final Smash called Triforce of Wisdom. She magically opens a glowing, triangular portal that sucks in the opponent and immobilizes them while dealing damage. If the opponent is at or above 100% damage before the portal closes, they are instantly KO'd; otherwise, they receive mediocre knockback.

Classic Mode: Wisdom Prevails[edit]

All of Zelda's battles are on The Legend of Zelda themed stages against villains that can be perceived as lacking in wisdom or intelligence.

Round Opponent Stage Notes
1 Wario Great Plateau Tower
2 Bowser Skyloft
3 Team Mii Swordfighter x5 Temple Mii Swordfighters are dressed in Yiga Clan costumes.
4 King K. Rool Bridge of Eldin
5 Dark Samus Gerudo Valley
6 4 Dark Links Hyrule Castle
Bonus Stage
Final Ganondorf/Ganon ? Ganondorf transforms into Ganon upon defeat.

Role in World of Light[edit]

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!". Zelda was present when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Zelda 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 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. Unlocking her reveals the Triforce of Wisdom in the center of the map and clears one of the boulders leading to the Master Sword.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Zelda Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Masahiro Sakurai chose to base Zelda's design in Ultimate off of her A Link to the Past incarnation instead of her more recent Breath of the Wild incarnation because that version of Zelda, according to him, "is more into research than fighting."
  • Zelda's current default design was previously an alternate costume, while her previous default design based on Twilight Princess has now become an alternate costume.
    • Coincidentally, Zelda was revealed in Smash 4 at the same time A Link Between Worlds was released, which inspired her current design.
  • Zelda is currently the only playable Legend of Zelda character in Smash whose design originates from a handheld game rather than a home console game.
  • The World of Light trailer marks the first time Zelda has spoken with dialogue in the Smash series.
    • This is also the first time Zelda has ever spoken with an American accent. In Breath of the Wild, she spoke with a British accent.
    • Zelda speaks English in all Western language versions of Ultimate, unlike her Breath of the Wild incarnation who was dubbed into multiple languages.


  1. Masahiro Sakurai (translated by Brando) (2018-06-20). "Smash is Special – Part 1" Sakurai's Famitsu Column Vol. 557. SourceGaming.info (original Japanese publication in Famitsu). Retrieved on 2018-06-20. “Zelda's new design is based on "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past"
  2. Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (E3 2018). Nintendo (2018-06-12). Retrieved on 2018-07-08. “Breath of the Wild Zelda isn't interested in combat, so her design is from A Link to the Past.”
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (North America) - Palutena's Guidance: "Yes, that's Zelda from A Link to the Past. She's a descendant of the Seven Sages. When she was captured, she used telepathy to ask Link for help."
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - E3 2018. Nintendo (2018-06-12). Retrieved on 2018-07-08. “In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Zelda's more into research than fighting, so her design is from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.”

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