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This article is about Zelda's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For general information about the character, see Princess Zelda.
Zelda
in Super Smash Flash 2
SSF2 Zelda
The Legend of Zelda symbol
Zelda's official pixel art.
Universe The Legend of Zelda
Stock icon SSF2 Zelda head
Alternate form of Sheik
Availability Starter
Weight class Medium-light
Final Smash Light Arrow
Tier S (4)

Zelda is a veteran stater character in Super Smash Flash 2. Hailing from The Legend of Zelda series, she is a slow but powerful magic centered fighter and has a unique mechanic that allows her to transform into Sheik. Her sprites in Super Smash Flash 2 are custom-made, based on her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Her moveset and voice clips are taken directly from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Zelda currently ranks 4th of S tier on the current tier list, an enormous jump from her 22nd-place position of B+ tier on the last tier list. She has transcendent priority in a great number of her attacks, good range and many strong kill moves such as her Lightning Kicks. Her combo game is above average, often enabling her to link into her strong attacks for early KOs. She has a good projectile game with Din's Fire and the ability to reflect projectiles with Nayru's Love. Her edgeguarding options are very strong and she herself is hard to edgeguard due to having one of the best recoveries in the game.

However, Zelda suffers from poor mobility, having the worst walking speed and one of the slowest dashes. Her tall frame makes her easy to hit and her slow accelerated falling speed combined with below average weight (though she is close to being a medium weight) makes her easy to KO both vertically and horizontally. Zelda has problems dealing with characters who can out-range her attacks and fast characters who can easily rush her down while evading her somewhat slow defensive options.

Attributes

MG icon See also: Zelda (Super Smash Flash 2)/Hard data

Zelda is a very defensive character. She has good range in a number of her attacks, along with many of them possessing high priority and high knockback. She has KO moves in all of her smash attacks, her forward, back and up aerial, and her back throw.

She has a controllable projectile in Din's Fire which she can use to force her opponents approach. She can use Naryu's Love to reflect projectiles and approach due to its disproportionately large hitboxes that pull opponents in. Farore's Wind is a great recovery move due to its unpredictability and intangibility frames, which make it hard to punish.

She has arguably one of the best punish games in the current demo, as she is able to make her opponents approach and use one of her many tools to punish them for it. This is due in part to her strong combo game, which allows her to zero-to-death certain characters due to being able to combo into her strong kill moves, most notoriously back aerial.

However, Zelda is brought down by her poor mobility and slow attacks which allows characters with great mobility to rush her down.

This also gives her poor approach options which gives her the need to force her opponents to approach, especially when it comes to characters with disjointed hitboxes.

Her height makes her somewhat easy to hit, while her slightly below average weight and low accelerated falling speed makes her easy to KO.

Moveset

Ground attacks

Attack Description Damage
Standard attack Thrusts a hand in front of her, zapping opponent with magic. 4%
Down tilt Thrusts her foot in front of her. 7%-11%
Down smash Low spin kick. 11%-20%
Forward tilt Swipes her arm in front of herself. 15%
Forward smash Thrusts hands forward, blasting the opponent with magic. 13%-27%
Up tilt Waves hand in an overhead arc. 14%
Up smash Sweeps her hand above her head multiple times, damaging the opponent with magic. 9%-21%
Dash attack Thrusts hands forward at opponent. 11%

Aerial attacks

Attack Name Description Damage
Neutral aerial N/A Spins horizontally, while releasing magic from her hands. 8%
Forward aerial Lightning Kick Spins, then kicks forwards while releasing magic from her foot. Has a sweetspot on that foot. 16%
7%
Back aerial Lightning Kick Kicks backwards while releasing magic from her toes, which forms a sweet spot there. 15%
6%
Up aerial N/A Points finger upwards, as a ball of fire appears and explodes above her. 15%
Down aerial Meteor Heel Kicks downwards, has a sweetspot similar to forward/aerial. 5% 16%
5%

Grab and throws

Attack Description Damage
Grab A unique hand motion that holds her opponent with magic. N/A
Pummel Zaps the opponent with magic. 1%
Forward throw Throws opponent forward with magic. 11%
Back throw Turns herself and opponent 180 degrees around and throws them with magic. 12%
Up throw Lifts opponent above her head and throws them upward with magic. 10%
Down throw Throws opponent beneath her and repeatedly strikes them with magic. 9%

Other attacks

Attack Description Damage
Ledge attack Zelda climbs onto the stage and kicks her opponent. 8%
Floor attack Does a low kick. 6%

Special moves

Special move Name Description Damage
Standard special move Nayru's Love surrounds with a blue barrier that damages opponents and reflects projectiles. 5%
Side special move Din's Fire Projects a fireball across the stage that explodes when released near an opponent. 9%-15%
Up special move Farore's Wind Spins around with magic surrounding her and then disappears, reappearing a distance away. 14%
Down special move Transform Surrounds herself in magic and transforms into her alternate form. Can be used to switch between Zelda and Sheik and vise-versa mid-match. N/A
Final Smash Light Arrow A Light Arrow is shot in a straight line, dealing high damage and knockback to opponents hit. 42%

Misc.

Misc. Description
On-screen appearance Concentrates a ball of fire.
Taunts Standard Creates a fireball between her hands.
Side Looks to the side and waves her right hand in the air.
Down Leans her head downwards, while closing her eyes.
Idle pose Leans her head downwards, while closing her eyes.
Victory theme Remix of victory fanfare from Super Smash Bros Brawl.
Victory pose Looks to the side.
Lose Claps for the winner.

Changes from v0.9a

Zelda has mainly received buffs compared to last demo. Her combo game was made better by reducing the knockback in her tilts and dash attack, while her KO moves were buffed. Her special attacks were also buffed.

Ground attacks

  • Buff Forward smash is harder to SDI out of and is stronger.
  • Nerf Down smash is slightly slower.
  • Nerf Up smash is easier to SDI out of.
  • Buff Dash attack is better for comboing due to reduced knockback
    • Nerf As a side effect, it is a worse KO tool.
  • Buff Up tilt does less knockback leading to more followups.
    • Nerf As a result, its' KO power has been reduced.

Aerial attacks

  • Buff Forward aerial has a bigger sweet spot and is easier to land.
  • Buff Back aerial has a bigger sweetspot, is easier to land, and does more knockback.
  • Buff Neutral aerial has more range.
  • Buff The sweet spot of down aerial has more freeze frames.

Grab and throws

  • Buff Grab range was significantly increased.
  • Buff Back throw is stronger.

Special moves

  • Nerf Nayru's Love no longer has Transcendent priority.
    • Buff The move is slightly stronger and harder to SDI out of.
  • Buff Din's Fire travels faster and the hitbox grows in size the farther it has travelled.
    • Nerf The player has less vertical control of Din's Fire's trajectory. The hibox also terminates earlier.
  • Buff Farore's Wind has bigger hitboxes and more priority.
    • Nerf Farore's Wind has a couple of frames on ending lag when Zelda reappears on the ground. The reappearance hitbox also has much less knockback, no longer KOing until very high percents.

In competitive play

Zelda is considered a high tier character in competitive play. She has a growing player base and good representation in online tournaments, having above average results and placements.

Match ups

Notable players

Tier placement history

Gallery

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Screenshots

Early designs

Misc.