Sheik

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This article is about Zelda's alter ego. For information about mouse character from Paper Mario, see Sheek.
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Super Smash Bros. Character
Sheik
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Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Special Moves
Standard:  Needle Storm
Side:  Chain (SSBM, SSBB), Burst Grenade (SSB3DS, SSBWii U)
Up:  Vanish
Down:  Transform (SSBM, SSBB), Bouncing Fish (SSB3DS, SSBWii U)
Final Smash:  Light Arrow
Battle Entrance
Appears onto the stage, as if Zelda had just transformed into Sheik.

Sheik is the alter ego of Princess Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, a major game in The Legend of Zelda series. Throughout the game, Sheik would appear unexpectedly and aid Link in his quest in defeating Ganondorf. Link (and the player) do not discover that Sheik is Zelda, until near the game's finale. She resembles a male, and was made that way in order to make the reveal at the end more surprising. She serves as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. In the first two games, using the Transform move, Zelda could become Sheik midbattle, but in both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games, Sheik is a separate character.

History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Artwork for Super Smash Bros. Melee
Main article: SmashWiki:Sheik (SSBM)

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Zelda is able to use her down special move Transform to turn herself into Sheik at any point, or automatically at the start of a match by holding down A on the stage select screen, giving her a completely different moveset and playstyle. Compared to Zelda, Sheik is more agile, with quick movements and attacks, but she lacks Zelda's power.

Sheik's neutral special move is Needle Storm, in which she gathers and tosses needles at opponents. Her side special move is Chain, in which she tosses a chain that can grab opponents. Her up special move is Vanish, in which, similar to Zelda's Farore's Wind, Sheik disappears in an explosion and reappears in a different location depending on the direction held. Finally, her down special move is Transform, which turns her back into Zelda.

According to the Star Rod's trophy information, it has most power when Sheik or Captain Falcon perform a Smash Attack with it.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Sheik (SSBB)
Sheik SSBB.png

Sheik returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with the same role as before. Matching with Zelda's design, Sheik's design in this game is based upon unused concept artwork for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. In this game, Sheik can now be chosen from the character select screen, by choosing Zelda and selecting Sheik's portrait. Sheik is voiced by Jun Mizusawa, who also did the voice of her counterpart, Zelda.

Sheik can now wall jump, crawl, and her Chain move can be used as a tether recovery. In addition, she shares her Final Smash with Zelda, Light Arrow, though Sheik's Light Arrow deals greater damage and knocks back at a more horizontal angle than Zelda's.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]
Sheik's introduction in The Subspace Emissary.

At any point in The Subspace Emissary at which the player can control Zelda, they can transform into Sheik using the Transform move, and vice versa. However, Sheik is not properly introduced until later in the story.

After being turned into Trophies and kidnapped, Peach and Zelda are being held in cages in the Halberd, until they are freed by Meta Knight, Lucario, and Snake. Snake tells them to stay where they are, but Zelda transforms into Shiek and sneaks out of the room with Peach, moving around the outside of the Halberd until they reach the main deck. While Fox is battling the Halberd in his Arwing, he almost blasts Peach, prompting Sheik to appear on top of his Arwing and attack him. Both of them leap down onto the bridge and start to fight, but Peach stops them by offering them both tea. While this is happening, Snake punches the Mr. Game & Watch copies onto the deck from the bridge, the Shadow Bugs forming together into Duon. Sheik, Fox, and Peach, along with Snake and Lucario, fight Duon, and after it is defeated the Trophy of the actual Mr. Game & Watch appears, which Peach returns to normal. After this point, the rest of The Subspace Emissary's storyline features Zelda.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Sheik (SSB4)

“Sheik Appears on the Scene!”
Introduction, Super Smash Bros. Direct

Sheik is now a separate character from Zelda in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. This means she and Zelda can no longer transform between each other. Instead of transforming, her down special attack is now a move called Bouncing Fish, in which she leaps with a backflip and strikes with the heel of her foot. In addition, her side special has been changed to Burst Grenade, in which she tosses a small grenade attached to a string that explodes after a certain time.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

One of the 8-bit costumes Mario can receive from a Mystery Mushroom is Sheik, which can be unlocked either with a Sheik amiibo or by clearing 100 Mario Challenge on Normal difficulty. All of Sheik's sounds are from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The costume's transformation sound is the sound clip that plays when collecting an important item. Pressing +Control Pad up will have her turn into Zelda (using her sprite in this game based on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess), which briefly plays "Zelda's Lullaby" as it would sound on Link's ocarina. The sound that plays when she jumps is her voice clip when throwing a Deku Nut before disappearing. The death tune is Sheik's theme, and when clearing a level, the theme in which Link initially meets Zelda plays.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Name Image Game / Moves Description
Sheik (Classic) Trophy43.PNG The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
11/98
This is Zelda's alter ego. Using a variation of the name of the ancient Sheikah tribe, she appears before Link and teaches him melodies instrumental to his success. It's believed that she's not just a quick-change artist, but rather that she is able to instantaneously alter her clothing and her eye and skin color by using her magical skills.
Sheik (Adventure) Trophy44.PNG B: Needle Storm
Smash B: Chain
Strategically switching between Zelda and Sheik is key. Compared to her Zelda form, Sheik is nimble and has gorgeous moves, but she lacks a strong knockout attack. The number of needles thrown in Needle Storm is based on how long you hold the B Button before releasing it. Use the Control Stick to wave the Chain after brandishing it.
Sheik (All-Star) Trophy45.PNG Up & B: Vanish
Down & B: Transform
The best strategy to use when playing as Sheik is to let her flow from one powerful attack into another, like a river of quicksilver. Zelda has some techniques with more punch, however, so in one-on-one battles, use Transform as needed. Sheik only travels a short way when using Vanish, but the move comes with a small explosion that damages foes around her.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Sheik BrawlTrophy023.png N64 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The persona Zelda adopted to escape from Ganondorf. She completely hid all traces of her Zelda identity and appeared to Link as the last member of the Sheikah tribe. She taught Link essential ocarina melodies and then vanished in an instant. She didn't appear very often--rather, she would show up to support Link in crucial situations.
Light Arrow (Sheik) BrawlTrophy024.png Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Sheik's Final Smash. After grabbing a Smash Ball, Sheik will be able to wield a bow of light. The arrow fired from this bow has the power to pass through multiple targets, so it will damage all enemies in the direction it flies. This, coupled with its shield-breaking power, makes it even more terrible. Even in Sheik form, Zelda's ability as an archer is undiminished.

Snake's codec[edit]

  • Snake: What's going on here? What happened to Zelda?!
  • Mei Ling: Snake, Princess Zelda transformed into Sheik. I can understand the clothes, but to change her skin and eye color? That must take some powerful magic.
  • Snake: ...Magic...?
  • Mei Ling: Come on, Snake! Don't get all grumpy and start talking about how unscientific it is. Science is basically just another form of magic that makes our lives easier.
  • Snake: I never thought I'd hear that coming from you, Mei Ling.
  • Mei Ling: Don't you think talking to someone halfway around the world is a kind of magic? Or flying across entire continents?
  • Snake: No, I think this is completely different.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Name Image Appears In
(Wii U version only)
Description
Sheik SheikTrophy3DS.png
(3DS)
N64 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (11/1998)
3DS The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (6/2011)
NA: In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Sheik claimed to be a surviving Sheikah. However, this was just a cunning disguise for Princess Zelda so that she could escape Ganondorf. In Smash Bros., she's the complete opposite of Zelda, striking with fast attacks that can keep an opponent off balance.

PAL: Sheik is introduced in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as the "survivor of the Sheikah", although it turns out to be Zelda, who took on the disguise to hide from Ganondorf. Sheik's ninja-like speed is a real contrast with Zelda's, and it allows for sneaky, fast-paced attacks that overwhelm opponents before they can even react.

SheikTrophyWiiU.png
(Wii U)
NA: In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Sheik claimed to be a surviving Sheikah. However, this was just a cunning disguise used by–SPOILER ALERT!–Princess Zelda so she could hide from Ganondorf. In Smash Bros., she's the complete opposite of Zelda, striking with fast attacks that can unbalance her foes.

PAL: Sheik is introduced in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as the "survivor of the Sheikah", although it turns out to be Zelda, who took on the disguise to hide from Ganondorf. Sheik's ninja-like speed is a real contrast with Zelda's, and it allows for sneaky, fast-paced attacks that overwhelm opponents before they can even react.

Sheik (Alt.) SheikAllStarTrophy3DS.png
(3DS)
N64 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (11/1998)
3DS The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (6/2011)
NA: Sheik's Burst Grenade side special throws a small grenade that draws in nearby fighters before exploding. Once the button has been released, it'll hop or explode after a time. The down special Bouncing Fish is an attack where Sheik strikes with both heels, falling similarly to the way a fish might flop around.

PAL: Sheik's Burst Grenade side special throws a small grenade that draws in nearby fighters, then explodes. Hold the button longer to thrown it further. The down special Bouncing Fish is a fish-like flop forwards that has Sheik attack with both heels on the way down. If the move connects, Sheik will bounce back up into the air.

Sheik(alt)TrophyWiiU.png
(Wii U)
Light Arrow (Sheik) LightArrowSheikTrophyWiiU.png NA: Sheik's Final Smash uses a gigantic bow to fire a Light Arrow across the screen. If multiple foes are in its path, it will strike them all, ignoring shields like they're not even here. Sheik's Light Arrow is more damaging than Zelda's, and it launches its victims at a lower angle.

PAL: Sheik's Final Smash uses a gigantic bow to fire a Light Arrow across the screen. If multiple foes are in its path, it will strike them all, even penetrating straight through their shields. Sheik's Light Arrow is more powerful than Zelda's and it launches its targets at a more shallow angle.

Red indicates the Trophy or description is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.
Blue indicates the Trophy or description is exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: I wish I knew Sheik's true identity.
  • Palutena: It is one of the great mysteries of our time.
  • Viridi: Are you guys for real? You can't be serious.
  • Palutena: Compared to the other fighters, Sheik moves very quickly. Don't get overwhelmed by Sheik's speed, especially one-on-one.

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シーク
Shīku
Spanish (NOA) Sheik
French (NOA) Sheik
German Shiek
Russian Шейк
Sheyk
Korean 시크
Shikeu
Chinese 希克
Xīkè

Trivia[edit]

  • Sheik's name can be seen in the Mario Golf 64 and Mario Golf GBC game scorechart.
  • Sheik never gets turned into a trophy in the main story of the Subspace Emissary. Likewise, Zero Suit Samus, Squirtle, and Sonic never get turned into trophies either.
  • In the Melee Home-Run Contest, Sheik ends up sending Sandbag flying vertically with the Home-Run Bat. Therefore, she needs to transform into Zelda to use the Home-Run Bat properly.