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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
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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!
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Zelda (ゼルダ, Zelda) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She was confirmed as a playable character along with Sheik and the rest of veterans on June 12, 2018. Unlike the game's predecessors, she is unlockable instead of being available from the start. Zelda is classified as fighter #17.

In a similar vein to her fellow Zelda representatives Link and Ganondorf, Zelda is now voiced by Ayumi Fujimura, who reprises her role from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, replacing Jun Mizusawa from Melee, Brawl and Smash 4. Similar to Star Fox characters in Melee, the former provides a single line of spoken Japanese dialogue in World of Light's opening; this line is dubbed in English by Brandy Kopp, who also voices Palutena.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Zelda must then be defeated on Temple.


Zelda is a tall and floaty lightweight fighter with generally poor mobility. Although she has above-average traction, air speed, and a decent initial dash, she has the 16th slowest walking speed, is tied with Byleth for the 8th slowest dashing speed, has slow falling speed, has low gravity, and has low air acceleration. Zelda's attacks are based on magic, making most of them disjointed or otherwise large range attacks. They generally have quick startup; all of her attacks execute before frame 10 except for forward tilt, up aerial, down aerial, and forward smash. Even though Zelda is classified as floaty and lightweight, most of her attacks have KO potential and impressive damage output; this in turn makes her power comparable to heavyweights. Due to these factors, a general term to portray her fighting style is a zoning glass canon.

Her neutral attack is a small burst of magical energy in front of her. It has decent range and good damage output before transitioning into a rapid jab of many magical bursts with a finishing hit. Forward tilt is a strong arm swipe with good range and little ending vulnerability. Forward tilt can also be angled up and down. Up tilt is a vertical, circular arm sweep with long duration and can be a useful anti-air and combo tool across most percentages of damage. Down tilt is a quick crouching kick that lasts surprisingly long and is good for many combo setups and 2-framing opponents. Her Dash attack is a dual hand thrust with a burst of magic most powerful closest to her hands. It’s best used throughout combos to gain distance.

Forward and up smash are multi-hitting bursts of magic energy with great power; the former being a thrust of the hand forward and the latter being a wave of the hand back and forth above her. Down smash is a very fast 360° leg sweep that launches opponents at a semi spike angle with decent knockback.

Zelda's more prominent strengths are in the air, as she has some of the strongest aerials in the game. Zelda can auto-cancel her neutral and down aerial in a short hop, and forward and back aerial auto-cancel from a fast fall. Neutral air is her only air attack without KO potential, but it’s versatility shines through instead with large hitboxes in front of her and behind her. This move excels at creating combos and edge guarding setups. Forward and back air are known as the Lightning Kicks, possessing a “sweetspot” on her foot that deals a massive 24% damage (excluding factors such as rage and stale move negation) and launches the opponent very far. These moves have great range for their power and extremely fast startup at frame 6. Up air is a large, disjointed explosion of fire with excellent damage and knockback. Down air is a meteor smash with long active duration and low ending vulnerability. Down air’s sweetspot, other than being very strong at KOing, is useful to start and extend combos.

Her special moves take inspiration from various Zelda titles. Her neutral special move, Nayru's Love, is a reflector, yet it also functions as a melee attack. Zelda is intangible from frames 4-13 of the move. This means the move is good against projectile users as well as evading/halting opponent’s combos. Din's Fire, her side special move, sends out an explosive ball of fire that explodes on the release of the button. It possesses a powerful sweetspot in the inner part of the explosion, and otherwise has a large exploding hitbox. Din’s fire gets stronger as it moves farther. The ball of fire does not count as a projectile, but the explosion can be absorbed. And for the first time ever, Zelda can use it to cover her recovery, as it doesn't leave her helpless in the air. Her up special move Farore's Wind is a great KO option, possessing very fast startup and elevator combos from the first hit on the ground to its very powerful second hit in the air. As for recovering, it is one of the most versatile recovery moves, as it can be angled in all directions and teleports Zelda a distance away. If you land on the edge of a platform with this move, you will avoid landing vulnerability entirely (as you technically land, then immediately fall again). Lastly, down special, Phantom Slash, is her most versatile tool. A Phantom gets created piece by piece and is sent forward as a projectile with varying amounts of damage output. Depending on the Phantom's stage of creation, a second press of the special move button (or other attack button) will send the phantom forward differently, thus varying said damage output. The phantom has KO potential against high percentages of damage at it’s fully built form, but only a weak hit with poor range at minimum building. After a little more than a second of starting the move, the phantom finishes being built and Zelda will be able to move again without attack inputs sending the phantom early (an untethered sort of state). The phantom will attack on its own after about another second. Because of this state of acting without Zelda’s inputs influencing it, Zelda can make a lot of plays with her phantom, such as retreating behind it for protection, attacking in tandem with it, launching the opponent towards it, performing shield breaking combos, making grab setups, and even covering her recovery (similar to Din's Fire).

Zelda has an outstanding grab, as she makes up for her noticeable vulnerability with long range. Her grab attack however is mostly average in speed and damage. Her throws are very useful for her fighting and overall advantage state maneuvers. Forward throw is good to setup edge guarding, while back and up throw are very strong KO throws. Down throw is most useful as a combo starter.

Zelda has noticeable flaws among all her strengths. Her mobility, especially on the ground, is slow, and since she is light, tall, and floaty, she is vulnerable to juggling and can be KOd earlier than a good part of the roster. Not only does this limit her approaching maneuvers, she usually struggles against quick, fast-falling opponents like Fox. Her very poor disadvantage state makes her vulnerable to momentum changes, as well. While rage improves her excellent KO potential even further, her mediocre endurance doesn't make her able to take advantage of it as much as heavy characters. Her attacks overall might have great startup, but can leave her very vulnerable if she misses, so she must be careful to avoid being punished. Even though her KO options are strong, some of them have: sourspots that are unreliable (dash attack and Lighting Kicks), a punishable amount of ending vulnerability (up smash, up aerial and at some extents forward smash) or a combination of both (Din's Fire and Farore's Wind). Her neutral attack and forward tilt have hitboxes that are placed high or narrow, so they can have trouble hitting short or crouching fighters. Nayru's Love has noticeable ending vulnerability, making it punishable if overused. If Zelda gets hit before sending the Phantom with Phantom Slash, it will fall apart and she will have to reuse the move.

Overall, Zelda has an excellent advantage state and can easily KO opponents thanks to a variety of strong attacks and KO setups, but she has to be careful with the sourspots of her attacks, how she approaches, and what she does to get out of a disadvantage.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Zelda has historically and consistently been regarded as one of the worst characters (and, at one point in Super Smash Bros. 4, the overall worst) in previous games, due to her combination of underwhelming frame data as a whole, a lackluster special moveset, bad hitbox placements, and an undesirable mix of attributes: being slow, light, tall, and floaty. While Smash 4 had brought updates to her offensive game, her weaknesses remained, causing her to nevertheless remain unviable. Likely as a result of being a poorly regarded character in competitive play, Zelda has been significantly buffed overall in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate, especially comparing to the game’s initial release.

One of Zelda's biggest buffs is her greatly improved moveset: many of her moves have either reduced lag, better KO potential, or other improvements. Her neutral attack, previously the slowest in the game, comes out significantly faster, and has been reworked to possess an infinite portion with better damage racking ability and knockback. Her forward tilt has more range, less ending lag, and increased damage that improve the sweetspot's KO potential, though it does have 2 more frames of startup, smaller hitboxes with the sweetspots outprioritized by sourspots and the latter have less KO potential, while neutral aerial now doesn't use the autolink angle and set knockback anymore, causing it to connect less reliably without the right momentum, but also has decreased landing lag, allowing it to start combos into multiple ground options, including down tilt into forward air. Up aerial's hitbox is larger, has been moved upwards and its duration has been extended; while the placement makes it difficult to hit grounded opponents, this increases its already solid large vertical range and makes it more difficult to spot dodge, while also giving it a new late hit that deals 12% with less knockback. Her already good grab game was improved to the point it is now among the most useful in the game: her back and up throws are much stronger, while down throw deals more damage and, although its knockback and angle were altered, its combo ability remains mostly intact. Her Lightning Kicks have been improved as well, having a larger sweetspot and the forward kick is now active as fast as the back kick, increasing their potency for followups when landing with them, and making them more devastating out of shield. This allows Zelda to secure KOs more easily, and down throw in particular possessing more reliable KO setups, as it can now combo into back aerial at mid percentages.

Zelda's special moveset, considered among the most situational in previous games, has seen various improvements. Nayru's Love has faster startup and intangibility, and preserves Zelda's momentum, strengthening its already strong defensive ability and improving its edgeguarding applications. Din's Fire no longer causes helplessness, giving it utility as an anti-edgeguarding option, has increased duration of effect and the sweetspot is larger and easier to land, making it more difficult to spot dodge and more effective in neutral or advantage state. Farore's Wind has faster startup, making it a more effective out of shield option, and more precise angles for reappearance, allowing her to land its second hit easier even if the enemy DIs the first hit, making "elevator" combos much more consistent. Most importantly, however, Phantom Slash has been heavily reworked to possess several more stages that can be unleashed faster, and the last stage allows Zelda to move around before it is unleashed, allowing for intricate trap setups and combos when edgeguarding and approaching, while the Phantom no longer has any cooldown if destroyed. Since the Phantom is formed behind Zelda, it is now better used in her advantage state, though with sufficient spacing it is also a strong tool in the neutral game. It's damage and KO potential have also been improved post-release. With precise input, Zelda can also short hop behind the Phantom while charging it, allowing it to block incoming projectiles while charging.

Additionally, Zelda noticeably benefits from the universal changes. Despite still having below-average mobility relative to the rest of the cast, the universal 3-frame jumpsquats and reduced landing lag improve her the most, as they greatly supplement her neutral game, previously one of her main weaknesses. This allows her to approach more reliably with her powerful Lightning Kicks, and improves her combo potential, giving her more consistent and durable followups from moves such as up tilt, neutral aerial, up throw, and down throw, which can dish out large amounts of damage. The changes to air dodging also generally benefit her, as they improve her edgeguarding game with moves like Din's Fire, and also give her an emergency recovery option.

However, Zelda has received some mixed changes and a few nerfs as well. Despite the improved speed and combo potential of her neutral attack, it is no longer a nearly unpunishable option against shields, and none of her other attacks has had their ending lag reduced enough to fully compensate. Down tilt has less ending lag, but has less range and its new angle worsens its combo potential in general, removing its ability to combo into up aerial, although it can now combo better into neutral aerial and dash attack and has a new KO setup into forward aerial. The changes to down aerial's hitboxes increase the clean hit's range and remove the blindspot located in Zelda's lower leg, but causes the late hit to have smaller hitboxes. Zelda's dash and pivot grabs, already below-average in speed, have received even more startup, although her pivot grab has very large range for a non-tether grab and both of them have less ending lag. Both forward throw and Farore's Wind are weaker, most significantly the former, now only being usable for setting up edgeguards in a similar vein to Ness' own forward throw, though Farore's Wind is more consistent for self-combos due to faster startup and more precise DI options for reappearance that can hit opponents who DI the initial hit.

Lastly, while Zelda does benefit from the changes to the game's engine, some of the changes impair her; the universal increase in mobility doesn't benefit her as much due to her slow grounded movement, since it still doesn't allow her to catch up with most of the cast. The increased shieldstun both helps and hinders Zelda, as it allows her moves to be more safely spaced, but combined with the universal reductions to landing lag (despite aerials having less shieldstun), it also slightly impairs her out of shield game. Finally, Zelda keeps some of her weaknesses from previous games, mainly her slow movement speed, light weight, a few poor hitbox placements, and extremely weak sourspots on her Lightning Kicks, which are otherwise her strongest KO moves. However, the nerfs she has received are not as meaningful as her buffs.

Overall, Zelda's moveset has been considerably enhanced from previous installments, making her strengths much more defined, and allowing her to play defensive much more reliably. This makes her Ultimate iteration the strongest, although she still faces competition from several returning characters that have been likewise buffed to varying degrees. Her perception in the competitive metagame has been more positive than in previous games, albeit rather inconsistent: Initially, Zelda was seen as a mid tier character thanks to decent results from smashers such as ven despite retaining some of her weaknesses from previous games. However, Zelda’s overall tournament representation has been below average, and her polorizing traits has led to her weaknesses to be exploited more easily, leading most players to believe that while Zelda fared much better in Ultimate, she has not improved significantly comparing to some of the low tiers in SSB4, such as Pac-Man, Falco and Wii Fit Trainer, with most players re-evaluated her as a lower mid tier or a low tier. Fortunately, 7.0.0 has brought her meaningful improvements towards her consistencies, making her less polarizing, while also improving some of her strengths. Thanks to her buffs, her representation, while still relatively average, has noticeably improved, which led to most smashers to believe that Zelda is a mid-tier character again, with some players such as Mew2King, Salem and Goblin even convinced that Zelda is a high-tier character. As such, this incarnation of Zelda is universally agreed to be the best one yet, and she is generally considered to be viable, though her true viability remains debatable.


  • 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] with her overall design being a combination of the two.[5]
    • Change As a comparison, Zelda's hair and the jewel of her crown is once again blonde and red respectively, as opposed to brown and blue respectively, with the former being no longer tied at bottom, similar to her predecessor in Melee; her eyes are larger; her epaulettes are smaller; she wears a crimson, gem-like necklace; a sleeved, white dress with a cape and a sleeveless, pink dress with a yellow, Triforce embroidery, as opposed to a purple bodice with a white skirt; a more traditional, crimson belt with golden ornaments instead of a gold, metallic belt with a tapestry; pants under her dress; bracers with being bare-handed instead of gloves; and high heels instead of boots.
    • Change As a result of her design change, many of Zelda's basic animations have been altered, including her standing pose, idle poses, and walking animation. All of these animations depict her as more expressive and cheerful than her SSB4 incarnation, which rarely showed emotion.
    • Change Zelda has an updated Palutena's Guidance conversation to coincide with the design change.
  • Change Most of Zelda's alternate costumes have been tweaked: the bottom half of her red and blue costumes are now white instead of dark red and indigo respectively; her black costume now feature a purple gradation at bottom of her dress; and her Ocarina of Time-based costume has been modified to better match the coloration of the original. Finally, Zelda now has a new purple costume based on her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It replaces her pink costume in SSB4, which was based on her A Link Between Worlds appearance, effectively swapping its place with her default costume.
  • Change Zelda always faces the screen regardless of which direction she turns, causing all of her animations to be mirrored.
  • Change All of Zelda's taunts have been altered:
    • Change Her up taunt is entirely new; she draws a cross pattern with magic from her fingertips, uttering a short grunt similar to Daisy's down taunt.
    • Change Her side taunt has a faster and flashier animation.
    • Change Her down taunt is a more casual and joyful wave.
  • Change Zelda hangs onto ledges with one hand.
  • Change Zelda's dress has independent physics.
  • Change Many of Zelda's attacks produce brighter, flashier magical effects.
  • Change All of Zelda's victory poses are completely new:
    • Change For the left-inputted pose, she conjures a small flame out of her finger and swirls it around playfully, akin to Lucas' right-inputted victory pose.
    • Change For the right-inputted pose, she summons the Phantom armor and proudly poses in front of it.
    • Change For the up-inputted pose, she emits magic out of two fingers and points at the screen.
  • Change Zelda is more vocal, and is significantly more expressive:
    • Change She vocalizes in all of her taunts and victory poses; she giggles during during her down taunt and new up-inputted victory pose; makes a kiai noise during her side taunt; makes a breathe during her new right-inputted pose.
    • Change Zelda vocalizes upon waking up from sleep status when not suffering from any knockback, similar to few other characters such as Palutena and Cloud. She shares this addition with Link, Young Link, Ganondorf and Wolf.
    • Change Zelda's voice clips, in general, sounding significantly more dynamic and exaggerated than her predecessors, in a similar vein to Pit and Ike in their transition from Brawl. For instance, her attack and knockback voice clips are louder compared to their Brawl/Smash 4 counterparts, while stun and sleeping voice clips are quieter and longer.


  • Buff Like all characters, Zelda's jumpsquat takes 3 frames to complete (down from 6).
  • Buff Zelda runs faster (1.3 → 1.43).
    • Buff Her initial dash speed is also much faster (1.6 → 1.958). This improves her approach on the ground and gives her an above average foxtrot.
  • Buff Zelda walks slightly faster (0.87 → 0.914).
  • Buff Zelda's air speed is slightly faster (1.04 → 1.092).
  • Change Zelda's full hop has less air time (62 frames → 57). This allows her to land faster, but reduces her window to use aerials.
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-17 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-17 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 31 → 36).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 28 → 27).
  • Nerf Spot dodge grants less intangibility (frames 3-18 → 3-17).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-28 → 3-30).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 34 → 57).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Change Neutral attack has gained a rapid jab alongside a finisher, which can be transitioned into from the first portion of the move on frame 9.
    • Buff It has significantly less startup lag (frame 11, 13, 15 → 4, 7), no longer being the slowest neutral attack in the game.
    • Buff The first portion's third hit has been removed, with its first two hits having a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.6×) and launching opponents closer to Zelda with their outermost hitboxes (140° → 180°), allowing it to jab lock and connect more reliably into the rapid jab.
    • Buff The rapid jab's finisher deals more knockback than the previous third hit (40 base/95 scaling → 55/140), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff The first portion has gained a hitbox on Zelda's lower body, while the rapid jab and finisher have been placed lower and have bigger hitboxes (3.6u/3.6u/6.0u → 6.0u/6.0u). This lets jab hit smaller characters more reliably.
    • Nerf Both the first portion and the rapid jab's finisher have more ending lag, most significantly the latter (FAF 24 → 25, 43). Combined with the removal of the first portion's third hit and its faster startup, this makes the move much less safe on shield, and eliminates its combo potential at low percents.
    • Change The first portion deals less damage, though this is compensated by the rapid jab (3% (hits 1-2), 5% (hit 3) → 2.5% (hits 1-2), 0.2% (rapid jab), 3% (finisher)).
    • Change The first portion no longer has set knockback (40/30 set/100 scaling → 25 base/35/30/20 scaling (hit 1), 40/25/40 base/25/20/25 scaling (hit 2)), and has gained a hitstun modifier of 2. At high percents, this causes it to connect much less reliably into the rapid jab, but grants it jab cancel setups.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt no longer has a blindspot directly in front of Zelda. Instead, if she is close to another character, her lunge animation will push her backwards to allow the hitbox to connect.
    • Buff It uses five small hitboxes instead of three medium-sized ones, improving its horizontal range and making it more disjointed.
    • Nerf However, this reduces its vertical range.
    • Nerf It has more startup lag (frame 10 → 12).
    • Buff It has a shorter total duration (FAF 38 → 37), effectively reducing the ending lag by 3 frames due to the increased startup.
    • Buff It deals more damage (12% → 15% (sweetspot), 10% → 11.5% (sourspot)) with knockback not fully compensated on the sweetspot (50 base/88 scaling → 72/69), increasing its KO potential.
    • Nerf The sourspot has more base knockback (50 → 72), but noticeably less knockback scaling (88 → 68), hindering its KO potential.
    • Nerf The three sourspot hitboxes take priority over the two sweetspot hitboxes, making them harder to land.
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has a longer hitbox duration (frames 7-18 → 7-19), allowing it to hit opponents lying down.
    • Buff The outermost hitbox is larger (5u → 5.5u), improving its range.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has less ending lag (FAF 25 → 22).
    • Nerf It has 3 small unextended hitboxes instead of 1 medium-sized extended one, reducing its range.
    • Change It sends opponents at a lower angle (80° → 62°), and has less base knockback (20 → 15), but more knockback scaling (120 → 125).
    • Buff This allows it to combo more reliably into a dash attack and neutral aerial at mid percents and gives it a new KO set-up into forward aerial in combination with its lower ending lag.
    • Nerf However, this greatly worsens its combo potential into other attacks at low and high percents, and no longer has a guaranteed set-up into up aerial.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack's hitboxes are larger (2.2u (sweetspot)/5u (sourspot)/4.8u (late hit) → 2.8u/5.2u/5u) and the sweetspot is extended (Z offset: 12.8 → 12.6-13.2), improving the move's range and making it easier to land the sweetspot.
    • Buff The late hit has a longer duration (frames 8-10 → 8-12).
    • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag (FAF 40 → 36).
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash's looping hits have been moved further out (Z offset: 8/16 → 9/17), as has its final hitboxes (Z offset: 9.5/16 → 10.5/17), increasing its horizontal range while not introducing a blindspot due to the new jostle mechanics.
  • Up smash:
    • Nerf Up smash only has seven hits instead of eight, reducing its total damage (15.4% → 14.6%).
    • Change It has different angles (90°/366°/200°/200° → 90°/160°/100°/367°), allowing it to connect more reliably against aerial opponents, but no longer pulling opponents standing on either side of her into the looping hitboxes as easily.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (19 frames → 12 (neutral), 23 → 15 (forward), 25 → 16 (back), 19 → 12 (up), 18 → 12 (down)).
  • Change Lightning Kicks and down aerial have unique sound effects when used.
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Nerf Neutral aerial is vulnerable to SDI again (0× → 0.8× (looping hits), 1× (last hit)), and the looping hits no longer use the autolink angle (366° → 70°/132°/230°/152°/210°) nor set knockback (75 set/100 scaling → 50/35/10 base/80/10/10 scaling). This causes it to connect less reliably, despite the looping hits using weight-independent knockback and having a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.6×).
      • Buff However, this improves the first hit's combo potential on grounded opponents if used in a short hop fast fall.
    • Buff The last hit has less base knockback (40 → 35), allowing it to combo for longer, while preserving its edgeguarding potential due to the changes to the Sakurai angle (40° (grounded)/45.2637° (aerial) → 38°).
    • Change The last hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 2×).
  • Lightning Kick:
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial has less startup (frame 9 → 6), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 53 → 50).
    • Buff It auto-cancels earlier (frame 50 → 43), although still not fast enough to auto-cancel in a short hop.
    • Buff The sweetspot is slightly larger (1.9u → 2.2u) and extends further into the Z-axis (X offset: -1–1), making it easier to land and preventing it from missing due to opponents leaning into the Z-axis.
    • Nerf Its initial auto-cancel window is shorter (frames 1-3 → 1-2).
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial has less ending lag (FAF 53 → 50).
    • Buff It auto-cancels earlier (frame 52 → 45).
    • Buff The sweetspot has more base knockback (28 → 30).
    • Buff The sweetspot is slightly larger (1.9u → 2.2u) and extends further into the Z-axis (X offset: -1–1), making it easier to land and preventing it from missing due to opponents leaning into the Z-axis.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial consists of a clean hit and a weaker late hit that deals 12%, doubling the move's hitbox duration (frames 14-16 → 14-16 (clean)/17-19 (late)).
    • Buff It auto-cancels slightly earlier (frame 55 → 54), with its auto-cancel window no longer exceeding its animation length.
    • Buff The hitbox is larger (8u → 9u).
    • Change Its hitbox is higher up (Y offset: 23 → 26.5). Combined with its larger size, this noticeably improves its range above Zelda, but introduces a blindspot and makes it very hard (or even impossible) to hit grounded opponents onstage.
    • Change It has more base knockback (30 → 55), but less knockback scaling (84 → 73 (clean)/70 (late)). This improves the new clean hit's KO potential after a full hop and near the upper blast line, but slightly reduces it near ground level.
    • Nerf It has a new animation which is longer than the previous one (54 frames → 63). This increases the amount of time Zelda cannot grab the ledge after using the move although the move has interruptibility frames to compensate for its total duration.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's clean hit has an additional hitbox that covers Zelda's lower leg, removing its blindspot and giving it more range despite the hitboxes are smaller (4u → 3.2u/3.2u). This makes it easier to land.
    • Nerf The late hit has smaller hitboxes (6u/6u → 5u/4u), reducing its range and worsening its gimping potential.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Nerf Standing grab has more ending lag (FAF 38 → 40).
    • Nerf Dash and pivot grabs have more startup lag (frame 11 → 13 (dash), 14 (pivot)).
      • Buff However, dash grab's total duration was not fully compensated (FAF 47 → 48), giving it one frame less ending lag.
    • Nerf Dash grab has less range (Z2 offset: 14.5u → 13.3u).
    • Buff Pivot grab has significantly increased range (Z2 offset: -16.7u → -19.2u), becoming one of the farthest reaching non-tether pivot grabs in the game.
    • Buff Pivot grab has less ending lag (FAF 45 → 43).
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel deals more hitlag (5 frames → 14), but has significantly less startup (frame 7 → 2) and ending lag (FAF 25 → 8), shortening its duration.
    • Nerf It deals much less damage (3% → 1.3%).
    • Change Zelda grabs and pummels opponents with one hand instead of two.
  • Change Forward, back, and up throws have altered animations, and Zelda's hands emit brighter trails of magic.
  • Forward throw:
    • Nerf Forward throw deals less damage (12% → 10%) and knockback (70 base/50 scaling → 100/30). This significantly hinders its KO potential despite launching at a lower angle (45° → 42°), to the point it can no longer KO under 215% even near the edge.
  • Back throw:
    • Buff Back throw deals more damage (11% → 12%) and has less base knockback (80 → 40), but more knockback scaling (60 → 90), greatly improving its KO potential from center stage.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw has much higher knockback scaling (60 → 82), allowing it to KO middleweights at around 150% without worsening its combo ability due to the change below, while in SSB4, it was unable to KO until around 200%.
    • Buff It has increased combo potential due to Zelda's faster jumpsquat and jump speed.
    • Change It sends opponents at a marginally less vertical angle (88° → 87°).
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw's four looping hits deal more damage (1% → 1.5%), increasing its total damage output (6% → 8%).
    • Change It has less base knockback (85 → 75), but more knockback scaling (55 → 85), increasing its combo potential at lower percents in combination with Zelda's faster jumpsquat and jump speed, but reducing it at higher percents.
    • Change It sends opponents at a less vertical angle (100° → 104°), leaving it unable to combo into an up aerial at low-mid percents, but allowing it to combo better into a sweetspotted back aerial.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Nayru's Love:
    • Buff The hitboxes of Nayru's Love have less startup lag (frame 13 → 11), with their total duration reduced as well (FAF 60 → 58).
    • Buff Its intangibility starts one frame earlier (frame 5 → 4).
    • Buff It no longer halts vertical momentum, allowing Zelda to move in the air while using the move.
    • Nerf Its reflective hitbox timing (frames 5-43 → 5-40) has a shorter duration. The intangibility also ends two frames earlier, reducing its duration by one frame (frames 5-15 → 4-13).
  • Din's Fire:
    • Buff Din's Fire no longer leaves Zelda helpless in the air.
    • Buff It travels a slightly longer distance.
    • Buff Its hitboxes are larger, especially the sweetspot (2.1u → 3.5u (sweetspot), 4.5u → 4.8u (sourspot)).
    • Change The flame has a more stylized appearance.
  • Farore's Wind:
    • Buff Farore's Wind has less startup lag with the first hit having a longer duration (frame 8 → 6-7 (hit 1), 41-42 → 35-36 (hit 2)), and its total duration reduced as well (FAF 81 → 76).
    • Buff Its intangibility starts earlier and lasts longer (frames 21-39 → 11-35).
    • Buff Zelda can drift in the air much sooner after reappearing.
    • Buff Zelda has more precise angles of reappearance, allowing her to land its second hit on enemies who DI the initial hit.
    • Nerf The second hit has less base knockback (90/70 → 80/60), hindering its KO potential despite the aerial version's sweetspot having higher knockback scaling (90 → 94).
    • Change It shows small green orbs that move in the direction Zelda is moving while before reappearing.
    • Change A more intense green/yellow vortex is produced at the start and end of the move.
  • Phantom Slash:
    • Change Phantom Slash has been heavily reworked. The Phantom armor assembles itself behind Zelda rather than appearing fully formed out of a portal in front of her. It is a single-press chargeable move; pressing the special move button again will cause the incomplete armor to attack at its current charge level. The move has five charge levels, each resulting in a different attack:
      • 1st: Kick (frame 15)
      • 2nd: Punch (frame 20)
      • 3rd: Outward slash (frame 28)
      • 4th: Downward slash (frame 38)
      • 5th: Upward slash (frame 50, can be delayed up to frame 120)
    • Buff The move reaches full charge much faster and with less ending lag (FAF 67), and the Phantom can be delayed in place even after the charge is finished, allowing Zelda to move around before it 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 improves Zelda's neutral game and advantage state, and also discourages the opponent from reflecting the Phantom since she has enough time to respond with Nayru's Love.
    • Buff All levels have a longer hitbox duration, and all after the first also have less startup (frame 11 (1st), 13-14 (2nd), 18-19, 24-27 (3rd) → frames 11-12 (1st), 8-12 (2nd), 8-11 (3rd & 4th), 7-17 (5th)).
    • Buff Releasing the Phantom has less ending lag (FAF 47 → 40).
    • Buff There is no longer a cooldown if the Phantom is destroyed. Once the armor disappears, the move can be used again immediately.
    • Nerf Phantom Slash deals less damage overall, especially when fully charged (≈6%-≈8% (1st level), ≈11%-≈15% (2nd), ≈24% total (3rd) → 5.9% (1st), 8.2% (2nd), 10.5%-11.8% (3rd), 14.1%-15.4% (4th), 17.7% (5th)), as the fully charged hit only hits once. It has also received negative shield damage (0 → -1, -1.5, -2, -2.5, -3).
    • Nerf The Phantom charges behind Zelda instead of in front, leaving her more vulnerable since it has to travel a short distance before it can hit in front of her.
    • Change The last level has more base knockback (32 → 60), but less knockback scaling (100 → 75), and launches at a lower angle (50° → 46°). This make it better for KOing at the ledge, but worse from afar.
  • Final Smash:
    • 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 "sealed away" and instantly KO'd; otherwise, they receive set knockback. Other opponents above 100% damage can be launched significantly if they are within a certain radius of the portal when it closes.
    • Buff Compared to Light Arrow, Triforce of Wisdom has a significantly longer duration and more range covering the entire stage, making it almost impossible to avoid. It also deals more total damage (40% → 67%).
    • Nerf Triforce of Wisdom can only trap one opponent, making it less effective in battles with more than two players.
    • Change Triforce of Wisdom does not produce the Home-Run Bat sound effect, unlike Light Arrow.

Update history[edit]

Aside from minor animation adjustments and Phantom Slash's shield damage output being decreased per charge level, Zelda was buffed via update 7.0.0.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Phantom Slash deals less shield damage (0 (all) → -1 (1st charge)/-1.5 (2nd charge)/-2 (3rd charge)/-2.5 (4th charge)/-3 (5th charge)).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Change Medium and fast walking animations have been adjusted to prevent her dress from clipping.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Overall shield size has been increased.
  • Buff Forward tilt deals more damage (10%/12% → 11.5%/15%), with knockback scaling not fully compensated (70/70 → 68/69). This significantly improves its KO potential to the point it is even stronger than in Smash 4, with the sweetspot KOing at around 120% from the center of Final Destination.
  • Buff Neutral aerial's looping hits launch at more horizontal angles (70°/92°/270°/92°/270° → 70°/132°/230°/152°/210°), allowing them to connect more reliably.
  • Buff Neutral aerial has less landing lag (15 frames → 12), matching its Brawl counterpart. This improves its combo potential, making KO setups into Lightning Kicks more reliable.
  • Buff Up aerial has a bigger hitbox (8u → 9u), increasing its range.
  • Buff Up aerial's clean hit has more knockback scaling (70 → 73).
  • Buff Up aerial has a new late hit that increases its duration (frames 14-16 → 14-19), and deals less damage (17% → 12%) with knockback not compensated.
  • Buff Din's Fire's sweetspot is larger (2.6u → 3.5u), and the explosion's hitbox is active for longer (3 frames → 5).
  • Buff Phantom Slash deals more damage on all charges (4.7% → 5.9% (level 1), 6.6% → 8.2% (level 2), 8.5%/9.4% → 10.5%/11.8% (level 3), 11.3%/12.2% → 14.1%/15.4% (level 4), 14.1% → 17.7% (level 5)), with knockback scaling partly compensated on the highest two charges (60 → 57 (level 4), 75 → 68 (level 5)).


For a gallery of Zelda's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2.5% (hits 1-2) Extends her palm to emit a burst of magical energy, then follows up with a series of several magical bursts before finishing with a slightly larger blast, which can KO near the edge at reasonable percentages. Unlike in the previous games, where it was the slowest at frame 11, it now comes out quickly, at frame 4. Decent range, although it can miss small characters due to its high hitbox placement.
0.2% (loop), 3% (end)
Forward tilt   15% (hand, blade), 11.5% (arm) A magically-infused outward knifehand strike. It can be angled and has two sweet spots (one on her hand and the other being a blade of magic) that possess respectable power. Its sweet spot KOs middleweights at around 93% while near the edge of Final Destination. It has three sour spots, which are located on Zelda's arm and take priority over the sweet spots, is also reliable for KOing in spite of being noticeably weaker. Its sour spots KO middleweights at around 109% while near the edge of Final Destination. Due to its somewhat low ending lag for its power (24 frames), it's safe on shield with good spacing, and thanks to its five hitboxes sharing almost identical knockback values, it has good range. However, it has noticeable startup lag at frame 12, as well as small and narrow hitboxes, and it can sometimes miss small or crouching characters.
Up tilt   7.2% Waves her arm in an overhead arcing motion while her hand is infused with magical energy. Due to it hitting on frame 7 and having very long active duration and almost no ending lag, it is one of Zelda's most reliable combo starters. It can combo into itself, neutral attack, forward smash, Nayru's Love, and Farore's Wind at low percentages; into neutral aerial from low to medium percentages as well as into s Lightning Kick out of a reversed up tilt; and up aerial at medium percentages out of a reversed up tilt. It is also good as an anti-air attack thanks to its long active duration.
Down tilt   5.5% A kneeling low-level roundhouse kick. Due to it hitting on frame 5, it is Zelda's fastest tilt attack. However, unlike in SSB4, it has noticeably less combo potential, mostly serving as a fast safe poke. It can, however, combo into a dash attack or neutral aerial at mid percentages. With proper timing, it can also be a KO combo into forward aerial.
Dash attack   12% (clean sweet spot), 9% (clean sour spot), 6% (late) A double palm thrust that emits a blast of magical energy from her hands, similarly to Peach's dash attack. The sweet spot lasts for two frames and is located on Zelda's hands. Due to it hitting on frame 6, it is one of the fastest dash attacks in the game. To complement this, its sweet spot's base is strong enough to KO middleweights at around 99% while near the edge of Final Destination. However, it has a noticeable ending lag, while its other hitboxes lack KO potential.
Forward smash   1% (hits 1-4), 13% (hit 5) A palm thrust that emits a multiple-hitting blast of magical energy. Its last hit's respectable damage output and very high knockback growth make it strong enough to KO middleweights at around 65% while near the edge of Final Destination. Its multiple hits also make it useful for pressuring shields, especially when it is charged, which combined with its moderate ending lag, with 26 frames, it is safe on shield and very hard to punish with good spacing. Due to it hitting on frame 16, however, it has the highest start-up lag out of Zelda's smash attacks.
Up smash   2% (hits 1-4), 0.8% (hits 5-6), 5% (hit 7) Waves her arm twice in an overhead fanning motion while her hand is infused with magical energy. It hits on frame 9, which is fairly fast for a smash attack. When coupled with its multiple hits and its last hit's extremely high knockback growth, it is useful for both KOing and pressuring shields. Its last hit KOs aerial middleweights at around 104% from anywhere on Final Destination. It also has some combo potential at low percents, and the looping hits of neutral aerial can connect into an up smash. However, it has minimal horizontal range, long duration and 30 frames of ending lag, thus making it punishable if not used properly.
Down smash   12% (front), 10% (back) A spinning, low-level roundhouse kick. Due to it hitting on frame 5, it is tied with Mario, Dr. Mario, Pit, Dark Pit, Ryu, and Ken's down smashes for the second-fastest smash attack of any kind in the game, being surpassed only by Meta Knight's buffered down smash. It is also a semi-spike that hits on both sides, which makes it very useful for punishing rolls or setting up an edge-guard. Although it is Zelda's weakest smash attack, it is still quite powerful and has a rather low ending lag. Its front hit KOs middleweights at around 117% while near the edge of Final Destination. In comparison, its back hit KOs them at around 122% while near the edge of Final Destination.
Neutral aerial   2.5% (hits 1-4, front), 1.5% (hits 1-4, back), 5% (hit 5) Twirls with her arms outstretched and her hands infused with magical energy. Due to it hitting on frame 6, it is tied with forward and back aerials for the lowest amount of start-up lag out of Zelda's aerials. It has a decent amount of utility: it has a great damage output, especially if the opponents are hit from the front, can be used as a follow-up from down throw; as a combo starter when SHFF'd, or as an edge-guarding option, and it can autocancel in a short hop. The last hit also has decent knockback for its type, as it can KO middleweights at around 150% at the edge of Final Destination without rage. However, at higher percents, opponents can get launched out of the multi-hit portion, reducing its consistency and reliability.
Forward aerial Lightning Kick 20% (clean foot), 4% (clean leg, late) A magically-infused flying kick. Its sweet spot is at the tip of her foot, has both an outstanding damage output and high knockback growth, KOing middleweights at around 59% while near the edge of Final Destination, similarly to Captain Falcon's Knee Smash, although faster and marginally stronger, making it the strongest forward aerial in the game. Due to coming out on frame 6, it's also extremely fast for its power. Compared to back air, it has slightly less knockback, but autocancels slightly earlier and have less landing lag. However, the sweet spot only lasts for one frame when the hitboxes become active, and the sour spots lack KO potential and are very unsafe because of their extremely low damage outputs and average knockback growth. Its considerable ending lag also makes it punishable at low percentages, even if it is sweet spotted, and due to the aforementioned very low damage and knockback, the sour spot can lock opponents and set-up in other moves, lacks utility otherwise. Autocancels in a full hop fast fall, just one frame after Zelda reaches the peak of her short hop, similarly to Kirby's forward aerial.
Back aerial Lightning Kick 20% (clean foot), 4% (clean leg, late) A magically-infused flying kick. It functions almost identically to forward aerial, with the only difference being that its sweet spot has slightly more base knockback and knockback growth. Its sweet spot KOs middleweights at around 54% while near the edge of Final Destination. However, it has the highest amount of landing lag out of Zelda's aerials.
Up aerial   17% (clean hit), 12% (late hit) Leans back and turns slightly to extend her arm in order to use her magic to create a fiery explosion from her index and middle fingers. It is the most damaging and second strongest up aerial in the game, only slightly weaker than Shulk's up aerial if the second hit is sweet spotted. When coupled with its consistent hitbox, it is Zelda's most reliable aerial KOing option, KOing middleweights at around 100% from a full hop. It can also clip through platforms or the bottom of a stage's edge and has a great vertical range thanks to its large hitbox. However, it is slow, hitting on frame 14, which makes it tied with down aerial for the highest amount of start-up lag out of Zelda's aerials. It also has high ending lag (40 frames), a short duration, and a fairly short horizontal range. It autocancels in a full hop.
Down aerial Meteor Heel 16% (clean), 5% (late, leg), 4% (late, foot) A magically-infused stomp, also known as the Lightning Stomp. All of its hitboxes are meteor smashes, with its sweet spot being the most powerful among them and they can also lock opponents. Its sour spot, though significantly weaker, lasts deceptively long, allowing it to potentially gimp fighters with poor recoveries. It also has low ending lag and the lowest landing lag out of Zelda's aerials, which enables its sweet spot to start combos on grounded opponents quite reliably, as it can lock. Safe on shield with proper spacing. It hits on frame 14, which ties it with up aerial for the highest amount of start-up lag out of Zelda's aerials but combined with its deceptively long duration and its low ending lag, it's somewhat fast for a meteor smash. It can also autocancel in a short hop.
Grab   Restrains the opponent with magic. Zelda's grabs have long-range and are somewhat disjointed, with her pivot grab being one of the longest non-tether pivot grabs, but also have a noticeable start-up and ending lag.
Pummel   1.3% A blast of magical energy. Moderate speed and damage.
Forward throw   10% Magically spins the opponent in front of herself and then throws them away. It is useful for setting up edge-guards thanks to its high base knockback and good damage output but lacks KO potential because of its low knockback growth, often not KOing until 200% without rage. However, it puts the opponent in a dangerous position.
Back throw   12% Magically spins the opponent and turns around with them in tow before throwing them away. In addition to being good for setting up edge guards, it is among the strongest throws in the game, KOing middleweights at around 105% while near the edge of Final Destination.
Up throw   11% Magically spins the opponent overhead and then throws them upward. It is one of the most damaging up throws in the game and has both excellent KO potential and decent combo potential, but it only applies to heavyweights and fast-fallers, as it can combo into neutral aerial at low percentages against such characters; In addition to its combo potential, it can KO middleweights at around 146% from anywhere on Final Destination, and is tied with Incineroar and Lucas's up throws for the fifth strongest up throw in the game. Overall, these attributes make it one of the best up throws in the game.
Down throw   1.5% (hits 1-4), 2% (throw) Magically shoves the opponent underneath herself and then blasts them with fiery, magical energy from her hands. It launches up and behind Zelda, which allows it to combo into neutral aerial, up aerial and if timed precisely back aerial. Its neutral aerial combos are easily avoidable with correct DI, especially past low percentages. In comparison, its up aerial and back aerial combo at mid percentages are more consistent, especially with proper timing. Its up aerial combo also boasts the ability to KO any character at high percentages. However, this combo will lose its effectiveness if Zelda has too much rage.
Floor attack (front)   7% Kicks in front of herself and then behind herself.
Floor attack (back)   7% Kicks in front of herself and then behind herself.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Kicks around herself.
Edge attack   9% Performs a kick while climbing up.
Neutral special Nayru's Love 2% (hits 1-3), 5% (hit 4, close), 4% (hit 4, tip) 1.25× (reflected projectiles) Creates a crystalline barrier around herself. The barrier deals damage and reflects projectiles with 25% more power and speed than they originally had. It also grants intangibility on frames 4-13, making it good as a defensive option against combos. However, it has a moderate start-up for its hitboxes (frame 11) and considerable ending lag, making it punishable if used recklessly, so it must be used carefully and not overused to avoid punishment.
Side special Din's Fire 7%-14% (sweet spot), 3.5%-7% (sour spot) Launches a magical fireball. It can be aimed up or down, and releasing the button causes it to explode. It has a large hitbox, and despite being a projectile, it cannot be reflected but only absorbed. The longer the button is held down, the farther the fireball will travel, and it will automatically detonate when it reaches its maximum distance. Its sweet spot, which is located in the inner part of the explosion, is quite powerful, especially when fully charged. It is very useful for edge guarding. Fully charged sweet spotted Din's Fire KOs middleweights at around 87% while near the edge of Final Destination. However, it is very predictable, and its sour spot is very weak regardless of its charge.
Up special Farore's Wind 6% (hit 1), 10% (grounded hit 2 near), 7% (grounded hit 2 far), 12% (aerial hit 2 near), 8% (aerial hit 2 far) Warps in a given direction. It travels a long distance and can be angled in eight directions similarly to Fox's Fire Fox, but is much faster compared to it. It deals damage upon contact while disappearing and while reappearing, and grants intangibility on frames 21-39. When combined with a jump, its travel distance is greatly increased. Its grounded disappearance has very high base knockback, very low knockback growth and launches at 91°, all of which enable it to combo easily into its reappearance when it is aimed upward. In comparison, its reappearance has a sweet spot near Zelda that has a decent damage output, high base knockback, and high knockback growth, all of which makes it very reliable at KOing, especially near the upper blast line. Its sweet spotted reappearance KOs middleweights at around 68% while near the upper blast line of Final Destination and in conjunction with the initial grounded hit, while the grounded reappearance can KO middleweights at around 71% from the edge of Final Destination. However, its reappearance has a sour spot that, although safe, lacks KO potential because of its lower damage output and average base knockback, and due to it incurring helplessness, it is highly punishable if whiffed. It can be edge-canceled, a trait it shares with Sheik's Vanish, Mewtwo's Teleport and Palutena's Warp.
Down special Phantom Slash 5.9% (level 1), 8.2% (level 2), 10.5%/11.8% (level 3) 14.1%/15.4% (level 4), 17.7% (level 5) Conjures a Phantom piece by piece and propels it forward with another button press. Serves as a projectile with varying attacks reaching various levels of damage and distance depending on the charge. When fully charged, the phantom will delay its attack for around a second, giving Zelda time to add pressure, perform combined combos or to retreat behind it for protection, and if the opponent tries to reflect it, she can react by using Nayru's Love. When fully charged, the phantom can KO middleweights at around 84% from the edge of Final Destination. Very versatile and one of Zelda's best options in the neutral game and advantage state.
Final Smash Triforce of Wisdom 7% (initial vacuum), 3% (subsequent vacuum), 60% (main) Uses the Triforce of Wisdom to generate a triangular portal that sucks in opponents using massive periodic shockwaves. Upon catching an opponent, they will either be launched with poor knockback. However, if they reach 100% or higher during it, they are instantly KO'd. Very difficult to avoid on smaller stages (such as Dream Land or Mushroom Kingdom II), due to its long duration and large vacuum hitboxes.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Appears facing the screen, generating magical sparkles from between cupped hands. Zelda then flourishes her hands while smiling before assuming her idle pose.


  • Scoffs with a hand on her hip, while generating magic and twirling it in front of her.
  • Closes her eyes and summons Din's Fire between cupped hands.
  • Giggles and waves with a smile.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Brushes her hair while looking back.
  • Smiles and performs a pondering gesture with a finger tapping her cheek.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Creates magic with her fingertips and waves it around.
  • Up: Creates fire from her fingertip and waves it around while giggling.
  • Right: Summons a Phantom behind her with a snap of her finger and poses with it.
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]

As one of the characters playable in the E3 demo build, players were fairly divided early on regarding Zelda as a competitive character. Much of the optimism surrounding the character could be attributed to noticeably improved frame data, particularly on her jab and out-of-shield options, which were key points of grievance with the character's past iterations, as well as Phantom Slash's changes. However, just as players took notice of the character's improvements over SSB4, they found that some of her key issues, such as her mobility and poor endurance, were retained from previous games as well. In spite of this, players such as ven used to her to a fair degree of success in the early metagame. This left consensus on Zelda as a mid-tiered character. However, as time went on and the metagame progressed, her flaws were only further exploited, and her success was not as high in comparison to the early metagame. This led to a more negative perspective early on, with the general consensus of professionals considering her as a low-tier character.

In more recent times however, opinions on Zelda began to improve, as players such as ven, Naskino, Marf, and ZeroTwoNone continued to place well with her. ven, in particular, has won sets against ESAM and Megafox and has had close sets with MkLeo and Glutonny. Furthermore, she has received noticeable improvements towards her consistencies in 7.0.0, which is one of her major weaknesses. As such, many players now have a more positive opinion on Zelda, and she is widely considered as at least a mid-tier character, with some such as Mew2King, Salem, and Goblin considering her a high-tier character due to her out of shield options, KO power, and ledge trapping. ESAM, who once viewed her as a low-tier now believes that she has the potential to be an upper mid or even high-tier character, although some players claim that Zelda is still too polarizing as a character and believe she’s still a mid-tier at best. For now, her viability remains debatable, although it is widely agreed that Zelda is much better than all of her previous incarnations.

Notable players[edit]


Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Fall 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from July 13th, 2019 to December 15th, 2019.


Classic Mode: Wisdom Prevails[edit]

Zelda's congratulations screen.

All of Zelda's battles are on The Legend of Zelda-themed stages, and all her opponents are antagonists. The final battle is against Ganondorf, who transforms into Ganon upon defeat.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Wario WarioHeadSSBU.png Great Plateau Tower Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2 Bowser BowserHeadSSBU.png Skyloft Ballad of the Goddess
3 Mii Swordfighter MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png (x5) Temple Temple Theme Mii Swordfighters are dressed in Yiga Clan Mask and Yiga Clan Outfit.
4 Giant King K. Rool KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png Bridge of Eldin Dark World (for 3DS / Wii U) A possible reference to King Bulblin.
5 Dark Samus DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Gerudo Valley Hidden Mountain & Forest
6 Link LinkHeadBlackSSBU.png (x4) Hyrule Castle Great Temple / Temple
Bonus Stage
Final Ganondorf GanondorfHeadSSBU.png, then Ganon Sacred Realm Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form (Ganondorf)
Death Mountain (Ganon)
Ganondorf transforms into Ganon upon defeat.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Zelda has Hidden Mountain & Forest accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Zelda 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!" ("ここまで来たらやるしかないでしょう!"), and was present on the cliffside 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 Dark Realm at Sacred Land, 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 Zael and Uxie, Mesprit & Azelf spirits. 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.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Zelda SSBU.png
10,100 Temple (Ω form) Ocarina of Time Medley


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 appear as 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
Marin Spirit.png
Marin The Legend of Zelda Series Zelda ZeldaHeadVioletSSBU.png
Link LinkHeadGreenSSBU.png
4,600 Tortimer Island (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing
•Timed battle
Tal Tal Heights
Young Zelda.png
Young Zelda The Legend of Zelda Series Tiny Zelda ZeldaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Young Link YoungLinkHeadRedSSBU.png
3,700 Hyrule Castle N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Ocarina of Time Medley
Malon Spirit.png
Malon The Legend of Zelda Series Zelda ZeldaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,600 Smashville •Item Tidal Wave
•Item: Cucco
•The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•Certain items will appear in large numbers
Ocarina of Time Medley
Great Fairy The Legend of Zelda Series •Giant Zelda ZeldaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
9,500 Fountain of Dreams (Battlefield form) •Health Recovery •The enemy's special moves have increased power
•The enemy is healed significantly when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
Ocarina of Time Medley
Din Spirit.png
Din The Legend of Zelda Series Zelda ZeldaHeadRedSSBU.png (×2)
4,000 Bridge of Eldin (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy favors side specials
Ballad of the Goddess (Remix)
Nayru Spirit.png
Nayru The Legend of Zelda Series Zelda ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png (×2)
3,500 Bridge of Eldin •Temporary Invincibility •The enemy will occasionally be invincible after a little while
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Ballad of the Goddess (Original)
Hilda (The Legend of Zelda) The Legend of Zelda Series Zelda ZeldaHeadBlackSSBU.png
•Bunny Young Link YoungLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
9,100 Temple •Assist Trophy Enemies (Nightmare) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Lorule Main Theme
Zelda (Breath of the Wild) The Legend of Zelda Series Zelda ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Link LinkHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Inkling InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadBlueSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsBlueSSBU.png
9,200 Great Plateau Tower N/A Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•Defeat an army of fighters
Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Phantom The Legend of Zelda Series •Clear Zelda ZeldaHeadBlackSSBU.png
3,800 Spirit Train (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's down special has increased power
•The enemy favors down specials
•The enemy is invisible
Full Steam Ahead
Hinawa EarthBound Series Zelda ZeldaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Lucas (×2) (LucasHeadOrangeSSBU.pngLucasHeadBlueSSBU.png)
13,100 Yoshi's Island •Easy to Launch •All fighters are easy to launch Mother 3 Love Theme
Mist Fire Emblem Series Zelda ZeldaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Ike IkeHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,500 Reset Bomb Forest (hazards off) •Health Recovery
•Defense ↑
•The enemy has increased defense when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy is healed when the enemy's at high damage
Victory Is Near
Maria DX.PNG
Maria Renard Castlevania Series Zelda ZeldaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadBlueSSBU.png
Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,700 Reset Bomb Forest (hazards off) N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Cucco Slash
Charlotte Aulin.png
Charlotte Aulin Castlevania Series Zelda ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Richter RichterHeadBlueSSBU.png
3,700 Bridge of Eldin (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's special moves have increased power
•The enemy favors side specials
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Hail from the Past
Jenna Spirit.png
Jenna Golden Sun Series Zelda ZeldaHeadRedSSBU.png
3,500 Temple (Battlefield form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Isaac) •Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy favors side specials
Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun
Shop Assistant Style Savvy Series Zelda ZeldaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
3,600 Tomodachi Life •Item: Transforming Types •The enemy is easily distracted by items Style Savvy: Trendsetters
Yuri kozukata fatal frame.png
Yuri Kozukata Fatal Frame Series Zelda ZeldaHeadRedSSBU.png
9,200 Luigi's Mansion •Assist Trophy Enemies (Yuri Kozukata) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Main Theme - Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
Nakoruru Spirit.png
Nakoruru SAMURAI SHODOWN Series Zelda ZeldaHeadRedSSBU.png
•Tiny Falco FalcoHeadOrangeSSBU.png
3,800 Yoshi's Island (winter) •Attack Power ↑
•Item: Swords
•Defeat the main fighter to win
Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage
Banquet of Nature - SAMURAI SHODOWN

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SPI-Fighting Alloy Team.png
Fighting Alloy Team Super Smash Bros. Series Captain Falcon Team CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png (×4)
Zelda Team ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png (×4)
Mario Team MarioHeadYellowSSBU.png (×4)
Kirby Team KirbyHeadGreenSSBU.png (×4)
3,300 Final Destination (Battlefield form) N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Cruel Smash Blue Alloy
Orville Spirit.png
Orville Takt of Magic Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Pit PitHeadBlueSSBU.png
Zelda ZeldaHeadRedSSBU.png
3,400 PictoChat 2 N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win Struggle Against Chaos Charlotte (Takt of Magic)
Hero's Comrades Spirit.png
Hero's Comrades DRAGON QUEST Series Ike IkeHeadBlackSSBU.png
•Tiny King Dedede KingDededeHeadPinkSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsBlueSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadRedSSBU.png
•Tiny Robin RobinHeadRedSSBU.png
Zelda ZeldaHeadGreenSSBU.png
Link LinkHeadTealSSBU.png
13,300 Yggdrasil's Altar N/A •The enemy has increased melee-weapon damage and move speed
•The enemy's smash attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
The Hero Goes Forth with a Determination Serena
Duran Angela Spirit.jpg
Duran & Angela Mana Series Roy RoyHeadGreenSSBU.png
Zelda ZeldaHeadRedSSBU.png
•Tiny Bunny Kirby KirbyHeadYellowSSBU.png×2
9,200 Gaur Plain (Ω form) •Item: Ramblin' Evil Mushroom •Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd Filled with Hope Angela

As an ally[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Calamity ganon.png
Calamity Ganon The Legend of Zelda Series •Giant Ganondorf GanondorfHeadGreySSBU.png
•Ally: Zelda ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png
13,900 Great Plateau Tower (Ω form) •Sudden Damage •You lose if your CPU ally is KO'd
•You'll occasionally take sudden damage after a little while
•The enemy is giant
Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form Zelda (Breath of the Wild)

Alternate costumes[edit]

Zelda Palette (SSBU).png
ZeldaHeadSSBU.png ZeldaHeadRedSSBU.png ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png ZeldaHeadVioletSSBU.png ZeldaHeadGreenSSBU.png ZeldaHeadBlackSSBU.png ZeldaHeadPurpleSSBU.png ZeldaHeadWhiteSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Masahiro Sakurai chose to base Zelda's design in Ultimate off of her A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds incarnations instead of her more recent Breath of the Wild incarnation because that version of Zelda, according to him, "is more into research than fighting."[1][2][3][4] He also mentioned in a subsequent Nintendo Treehouse Live event that he chose this design to better represent The Legend of Zelda franchise as a whole instead of having all of its representatives come from the same game.
  • Zelda's current default design was previously an alternate costume in terms of coloration of her model, whereas her previous default design based on Twilight Princess has now become an alternate costume in that same regard.
    • Coincidentally, Zelda was revealed in SSB4 at the same time A Link Between Worlds was released, which inspired her current design.
    • Ironically, despite her Twilight Princess incarnation being retired after this game, even though Ganondorf's design from that game is still directly referenced via a spirit, as well as Link's Wolf from that game, Zelda is the only returning Zelda character from SSB4 that doesn't have her Twilight Princess design directly referenced in Ultimate at all.
  • Zelda can be unlocked by Kirby via his Classic Mode route, which may reference their team-up from Brawl's Adventure Mode, The Subspace Emissary.
  • Zelda is currently the only playable The Legend of Zelda character in Ultimate whose design originates from either a handheld game or a non-3D game.
  • The World of Light opening marks Zelda's first spoken line of dialogue in the Smash series. This is also the first time in the series that any Zelda character is voiced in English.
    • She is one of the few characters to have her cutscene dialogue dubbed in English, but otherwise keep her Japanese voice actress's battle grunts, after Fox and Falco in Melee.
    • Zelda speaks English in all Western language versions of Ultimate, unlike Breath of the Wild, which was dubbed into multiple languages.
    • She is the second Zelda character to speak in Smash, the first being Sheik in Melee.
  • Zelda is the only The Legend of Zelda character whose animations are mirrored.
  • Zelda is the only female fighter to face a boss from her own universe in Classic Mode, being Ganon.
  • Zelda's Classic Mode route is vaguely similar to Diddy Kong's, as both characters fight villains and/or final bosses of various series for opponents.
  • Zelda, Peach, Falco, Olimar, Duck Hunt, and Dark Pit are the only fighters to appear as allies in spirit battles.
  • Despite her Twilight Princess design now being retired and replaced with her A Link Between Worlds design in Ultimate, Zelda's Mii Fighter wig is still based on the former's hair, albeit colored blonde.
  • Ultimate marks the first time Zelda's Kirby hat no longer resembles Young Zelda's wimple from Ocarina of Time, despite her appearance in Melee being based on her adult design from the same game, and her Brawl and SSB4 designs both being based on her appearance in Twilight Princess, which also makes it the first time said Kirby hat is based directly on how she appears in-game.
  • Zelda and Banjo & Kazooie are the only characters who use a predetermined voice clip for aerial attacks (in her case, forward Lightning Kick).


  1. ^ a b Masahiro Sakurai (translated by Brando) (2018-06-20). "Smash is Special – Part 1" Sakurai's Famitsu Column Vol. 557. (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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b 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
  5. ^ PushDustIn on Twitter: Zelda is confirmed to be based on Link to the Past AND Link Between Worlds.