Toon Link is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series Toon Link amiibo was released alongside Bowser, Ike, King Dedede, Lucario, Mega Man, Meta Knight, Rosalina & Luma, Sheik, Shulk, and Sonic on February 19, 2015.
In Super Smash Bros. 4
Toon Link is currently ranked in the B+ tier in Super Smash Bros. 4. Toon Link’s greatest strength is his varied projectile game. Arrows can be used to gimp opponents off-stage (and is especially effective at sniping Ness and Lucas) and Bomb can catch aerial enemies. Boomerang, however, is Toon Link’s strongest projectile, as it can be thrown in any direction. Toon Link’s smash attacks are also quite strong, making him a rare instance of a projectile character with strong close-ranged finishers.
While Toon Link is in no way a bad character, he is almost entirely outclassed by Link, who has a higher weight and stronger moves. As a result, Toon Link was unexplored and underrepresented with few exceptions. If not for Link’s existence, Toon Link would likely have enjoyed increased tournament representation.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Toon Link received a variety of changes for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The most notable of these changes is to his forward smash, which is now a single strike. Furthermore, Toon Link is no longer directly outclassed by Link; Link received a multitude of changes to set the two apart, and Young Link (who is considered bottom-tier due to an AI flaw) was introduced to further improve Toon Link’s standing.
Unfortunately, Toon Link does not benefit from Ultimate’s AI changes, as he now vulnerable to being gimped by characters such as King K. Rool and Dr. Mario. He also struggles against fighters who outrange him; Lucina, Roy, and Shulk are considered poor Toon Link matchups.
Just like in Smash 4, Toon Link has accrued decent tournament results, though he is still underrepresented compared to other characters. Riparo and Blank are thought to have the strongest Toon Link amiibo in the metagame, but trainers still seem to prefer training the top-tier Link instead.
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