A complete summary of Link’s performance in Super Smash Bros. 4 can be found on the character’s information page. It includes strengths and weaknesses, AI quirks, and an archive of tournament representation and results.
Stats & Bonus Effects
Link’s most optimal equipment setup involves a balance of Attack, Defense, and Speed (+50 Attack / +50 Defense / +20 Speed). In terms of bonus effects, Auto-heal capability, Lifesteal, and Improved escapability are essential.
Link benefits from the Boomerang custom move. Unlike Gale Boomerang, it does not have a wind effect and thus has increased damage-racking capabilities. It should be used repeatedly as a primary neutral option.
An amiibo becomes strongest if it is mirror matched all the way to Level 50. This is done to teach the AI which moves to rely on; after reaching Level 50, it will use this training as a base and expand upon it with matchup experience. While training your amiibo, do not play aggressively or go off-stage; instead, remain grounded and keep the following moves in mind:
- Neutral options: jab and side special (Boomerang). Link’s most reliable method of racking up damage is his jab: it’s fast, moderately powerful, and has low ending lag. Link’s AI doesn’t have the greatest grasp on its arrows and bombs, but it can use its Boomerang to great effect – almost to a point of spamming. Encourage the use of Boomerang by frequently attacking with your own.
- Main KO moves: forward smash (Sword Slice) and up smash. When you try Link’s forward smash, be sure to use both hits of it by pressing the attack button twice. Up smash is one of the best aerial punish moves available. When your amiibo jumps, strike with a well-timed up smash.
- Moves to avoid: grab, grab aerial, neutral special (Hero’s Bow), and down special (Bomb). Since Link doesn’t benefit from using his grab, it’s best to stay far away from it. When recovering, use up special and not the tether recovery, as it will encourage your amiibo to jump around more often. As mentioned before, Link’s amiibo struggles to properly use its Hero’s Bow and Bomb attacks – Boomerang is the only projectile it can consistently put to good use. As a result, it is best that you avoid attacking with any projectile other than Boomerang.
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