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Super Smash Bros. Character
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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:  Nayru's Love
Side:  Din's Fire
Up:  Farore's Wind
Down:  Transform (SSBM, SSBB), Phantom Slash (SSB4)
Final Smash:  Light Arrow
Battle Entrance
Zelda teleports with her eyes closed, and hands clasped to her chest.

Princess Zelda is a major character from The Legend of Zelda series created by Nintendo. Many different incarnations of Zelda have existed throughout the course of the series, but they commonly share traits such as they all rule over the kingdom of Hyrule, and they all have the power of the Triforce of Wisdom within them. The plot of her series is that she and Link must protect the kingdom of Hyrule from Ganon and prevent him from obtaining the two pieces of the Triforce not inside him.

Though her series is named after her, the titular starring role in the games is Link. Zelda serves as more of the series' equivalent of Princess Peach, but she usually has active supporting roles in the plot, sometimes even being somewhat of a sidekick to Link, rather than being solely a damsel-in-distress. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Zelda disguises herself as her alter-ego Sheik to aid Link without revealing her true identity to him.


Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Zelda as she appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Main article: SmashWiki:Zelda (SSBM)

Zelda is one of the newcomers introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Her design is based upon her appearance as an adult in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. She is a tall lightweight character with slow movement but powerful attacks.

Zelda's moveset mostly uses her magical abilities, while her special moves are mostly based on the spells Link can acquire in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Her neutral special move is Nayru's Love, which puts up a magical barrier that reflects attacks and damages opponents. Her side special is Din's Fire, which launches a fireball that explodes after a time. Her up special move is Farore's Wind, which causes her to disappear and reappear higher a distance away. Finally, her down special is Transform, which causes Zelda to turn into Sheik, giving her a completely different moveset.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Zelda (SSBB)
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Zelda returns as a default fighter for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Her design in this game is based on her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. While Zelda's moveset has not been changed, her Final Smash is Light Arrow, which fires a Light Arrow that strikes any opponents in its path.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Zelda's snapshot in The Subspace Emissary, alongside Peach.
Zelda and Peach were watching Mario and Kirby. However, at the arrival of the Halberd, both princesses ran down to assist them after the arrival of the Primid. However, Zelda is soon captured by Petey Piranha and put into a cage along with Peach. Kirby, who battles Petey Piranha, has the choice to rescue either Peach or Zelda.
Mario, Zelda, Peach, and Kirby preparing to fight Primid.

If Zelda is not rescued, Wario appears and uses a Dark Cannon to transform her into a trophy and runs off with her. She is later seen on Wario's Cargo alongside Ness, who was also turned into a trophy by Wario shooting a Dark Cannon. However, King Dedede distracts Wario by turning Luigi into a trophy and using him to lure Wario off the Cargo. Dedede steals the Cargo, takes back Luigi, and drives off. Link later spots Zelda on the Cargo before Dedede takes Mario and Pit, who were defeated by Link and Yoshi just prior. Although he loses both his newly acquired trophies to Kirby, and the engine of the Cargo is then wrecked by Pit, Dedede manages to get away with the remaining trophies he does have and makes it to his castle, where he pins badges on Luigi, Ness, and Zelda to revive them later. Unfortunately, Bowser arrives, steals Zelda and brings her to the Halberd, having a short scuffle with Mario's team along the way (and causing Zelda to lose her badge to Kirby).

Zelda transformed into a trophy by Wario.

If Zelda is rescued, she will team up with Kirby and escape the stadium the Warp Star right before it explodes. They fly through the sky, and are chased by the Halberd, which both Kirby and Zelda land on. However, the Arwing with Fox McCloud inside is also following the Halberd. The Halberd shoots down the Arwing which falls down and crashes into the duo, and soon, Kirby and Zelda are back on the ground now in a grassland. While Kirby wanders off looking at other things, Zelda is shot by Bowser and she turns into a trophy. Bowser sends Shadow Bugs which take over Zelda and clones her.

False Zelda takes out a Dark Cannon and tries to shoot Link and Yoshi, however is stopped by Pit and Mario. False Zelda and the two fight however she is soon defeated and turned into a trophy, which soon dissolves. However, Link saw this and thinks that Mario is a member of the Subspace Army and that he killed Zelda, so he tries to turn Mario and Pit into a trophy with Yoshi's help. They are both defeated, however, and taken by King Dedede before Kirby's intervention, after which Link attacks the Cargo's engine.

Regardless of whether or not she is rescued from Petey Piranha, she still ends up in the Halberd with Peach. Meta Knight soon arrives with Lucario and Solid Snake as his entourage, fighting off both False Zelda and False Peach before freeing the real princesses. Zelda then goes off on her own with Peach until they are united by Fox, Falco Lombardi, Lucario, and Snake to fight Duon and have Mr. Game & Watch join their team, and Meta Knight retakes the Halberd. She then goes into Subspace and finds Tabuu, but is turned into a trophy along with everyone else by him soon after, leaving it up to Kirby, revived by the badge from earlier, to revive her. If Kirby also rescued Link, then both of them will revive Ganondorf, who learns of Tabuu and joins the other heroes into the Great Maze.

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

Zelda as she appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Main article: SmashWiki:Zelda (SSB4)

Zelda returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, retaining her appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess that was used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Although Sheik also returns, they are now completely separate characters, meaning that she can no longer transform into Sheik; her down special attack is instead Phantom Slash, which summons a Phantom to charge forward and attack.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Zelda appears as a Costume in Super Mario Maker. Zelda's costume can be unlocked by scanning her respective amiibo or randomly by completing the 100 Mario Challenge on expert difficulty.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Instruction booklet bio[edit]

A graceful princess with powerful magical attacks.


Name Image Game / Moves Description
Zelda (Classic) Trophy40.PNG The Legend of Zelda
The crown princess of Hyrule. Zelda entrusted Link with the future of Hyrule after a revelation came to her in the world of dreams. She knows much about the Triforce; in fact, the only person who likely knows more about Triforce lore is Ganondorf himself, whom Zelda evaded in Ocarina of Time by transforming into her alter ego, Sheik.
Zelda (Adventure) Trophy41.PNG B: Nayru's Love
Smash B: Din's Fire
Zelda is a bit slow and, because of her light frame, easy to send flying. On the other hand, her magical skills lend her reliable and explosive attack power. Zelda's easier to use if you focus on waiting and countering rather than pressing attacks. She can use Nayru's Love to reflect projectile attacks or as an offensive weapon.
Zelda (All-Star) Trophy42.PNG Up & B: Farore's Wind
Down & B: Transform
Zelda's midair Lightning Kick centers immense magical power in the ball of her foot. If she strikes perfectly, the attack is as strong as can be. If her aim is slightly off, it'll be exceedingly weak. Farore's Wind again utilizes Zelda's magical prowess, this time by transporting her great distances. It's vital to know the lay of the land before using this move.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


  • Instruction booklet: The queen[sic] of Hyrule. Her light movements belie devastating magical attacks.
  • Smash Bros. DOJO!: Just like Link, Zelda’s design has also changed.

She has a slightly more subdued color scheme.

Her movement capabilities are not that good, but her magic adds power to her physical attacks. There’s a reason why her hands and feet glow, after all.


Name Image Game Description
Zelda BrawlTrophy021.png NES The Legend of Zelda The princess of Hyrule. In other games, her role changes between titles. In Ocarina of Time, she was hunted by the would-be conqueror, Ganondorf. She deceived him, however, by adopting the persona of Sheik. In Twilight Princess, she surrendered to Zant and was held as his prisoner.
Wii The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Light Arrow (Zelda) BrawlTrophy022.png Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Princess Zelda's Final Smash. She wields a mighty bow of light with which she can attack from afar. Her arrow travels in a straight line and flies through all characters unlucky enough to be in the way. This attack cannot be blocked. The more enemies there are, the higher the chances to get them all with one shot. More is always better!
Robed Zelda (with hood) BrawlTrophy340.png Wii The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess The princess of Hyrule, loved and trusted by the people. When Hyrule is invaded by Zant from the Twilight Realm, Zelda is resolute in opposing him...but she chooses to protect her people and must surrender. From then on, she is imprisoned in the Twilight Hyrule Castle. In memory of the lost people of Hyrule, Zelda wears a black robe of mourning.
Zelda (Wind Waker) BrawlTrophy359.png GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker The rightful successor of the throne and descendant of the true royal bloodline of Hyrule. She strove to put an end to the ongoing battles with Ganondorf. As the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom, she became a target of the resurrected Ganondorf. Although she was hidden in Hyrule Castle, Ganondorf managed to find and kidnap her.


Image Game Effect
Young Zelda Minish Cap Sticker.png Zelda: The Minish Cap Battering Resistance +16
Usable by: Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Toon Link
Young Zelda OoT Sticker.png Zelda: Ocarina of Time [Electric] - Attack +20
Zelda Link to the Past Sticker.png Zelda: A Link to the Past [Magic] - Attack +27
Usable by: Peach, Zelda
Zelda OoT Sticker.png Zelda: Ocarina of Time [Flame] - Resistance +18
Usable by: Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Toon Link

Snake's codec[edit]

  • Colonel: Snake, I see you're fighting Zelda.
  • Snake: Yeah, I guess. Doesn't feel right fighting someone in a dress, though.
  • Colonel: Don't underestimate her just because she's a woman. Zelda's attacks are backed by powerful magic. Her hand-to-hand combat may look weak, but her magic makes it cut to the bone.
  • Snake: So this rose has thorns... Interesting...
  • Colonel: ...This is no time for pickup lines, Snake.
  • Snake: Don't worry. I know from experience that it's the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

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

Trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In
(Wii U version only)
NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Zelda ZeldaTrophy3DS.png ZeldaTrophyWiiU.png NES The Legend of Zelda (8/1987)
Wii The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (11/2006)
This is the namesake of the Legend of Zelda games. Her appearance may change, but she always plays an important role. In Smash Bros., she's quick on the draw when it comes to magic, though a bit slow when moving. She has a new move that summons a Phantom to her aid. This is the Zelda they're talking about in the titles of all the Legend of Zelda games. Though her appearance can change from game to game, her importance in the story usually doesn't. In this game, she's a bit slow, but her impressive magic skills make up for it. Power up her brand new special, Phantom Slash, by holding down the button.
Zelda (Alt.) ZeldaAllStarTrophy3DS.png Zelda(alt)TrophyWiiU.png NES The Legend of Zelda (8/1987)
Wii The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (11/2006)
Zelda's forward air attack, Lightning Kick, is a valiant kick with a magically charged tip. Striking with just the glowing spot will deal heavy damage and launch your opponent. Din's Fire, her explosive side special, can be guided up and down and has a greater blast if the button is held. Zelda's forward air attack, Lightning Kick, is a single-footed, electrically charged strike. Hit your opponent with just the glowing spot to deal heavy damage and launch them. Her Din's Fire side special can be guided up and down, and makes a bigger blast the longer you hold the button. It'll explode as soon as you let go.
Light Arrow (Zelda) N/A LightArrowTrophyWiiU.png In many of the Legend of Zelda games, the sacred Light Arrows are required to defeat the final boss. In this game, Zelda fires one straight across the screen for her Final Smash. If it passes through multiple foes, the ones hit first will take the most damage. The Light Arrow has a lot of launching power, making it great for getting KOs!
Young Zelda (Ocarina of Time) YoungZeldaTrophy3DS.png N/A N/A The Princess of Hyrule chosen by the goddesses. Zelda dreams of a darkness descending on Hyrule and tells Link where he must travel next. Fleeing Ganondorf, she gives Link the Ocarina of Time. It is seven long years before he is heard from again... The Princess of Hyrule. Having dreamt of the world being engulfed by darkness, she asks Link for his help and tells him the secret to entering the Scared Realm. Later, while fleeing from Ganondorf, she frantically throws the Ocarina of Time for Link to take. Seven long years pass before the two meet again.
Adult Zelda (Ocarina of Time) ZeldaOOTTrophy3DS.png N/A N/A In the seven years following Link's disappearance, Hyrule falls under the rule of the evil Ganondorf and Zelda grows into a young woman. To help Link in his quest to find the seven Sages, she takes on the guise of a young man named Sheik. The real identity of this mysterious helper is just one of the surprises awaiting Link. In the seven years after Link's vanishing, Hyrule falls under the rule of the evil Ganondorf, and Zelda grows into a young woman. To help Link in his quest to find the seven Sages, she takes on the guise of a young man and becomes Sheik. The real identity of this mysterious helper is just one the surprises awaiting Link.
Zelda (Spirit Tracks) ToonZeldaTrophy3DS.png N/A N/A This Princess Zelda lives a suitably peaceful royal existence in Hyrule Castle. "Existence," however, is relative, and her life gets turned upside down after something awful happens along the way to the Tower of Spirits with Link. What will this spirited young woman do as only a spirit?! This Princess Zelda lives a suitably peaceful royal existence in Hyrule Castle. "Existence," however, is relative, and her life gets turned upside-down when she heads to the Tower of Spirits with Link and something awful happens along the way. What will this spirited young woman do without her body?!
Zelda's Spirit (Spirit Tracks) GhostZeldaTrophy3DS.png N/A N/A In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Chancellor Cole casts Zelda out of her body, so she agrees to join Link on his quest in her spirit form. On the plus side, Link (and you!) can still see and hear her as you explore temples together. She'll even possess a Phantom or two if it helps Link get the job done!
Zelda (Wind Waker) N/A ToonZeldaTrophyWiiU.png GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (03/2003) Princess Zelda plays a variety of roles throughout the games bearing her name. In the Wind Waker, she's a pirate who travels the seas without knowing her true identity. Even when she learns she's a princess, she quickly returns to her piratey ways. In the end, she takes up a bow to fight beside Link. Princess Zelda has had quite a variety of incarnations, but this one doesn't even know she's a princess! When Link meets her, she's a wild and fearless pirate. In a certain sealed land, this Zelda discovers her true identity, but doesn't act like a princess for very long, and even fights alongside Link in the final showdown!
Hooded Zelda N/A HoodedZeldaTrophyWiiU.png Wii The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (11/2006) When a dark shadow invades Hyrule, Zelda sacrifices herself and is imprisoned in the world of Twilight. Her dark attire while a prisoner is appropriate to the title of the game, but Link's bravery convinces her to toss the robes and take up her bow and arrows instead. After failing to protect Hyrule from the encroaching Twilight, Zelda lays down her sword and shield and hides behind a dark robe, mourning those who were lost due to her failure. In the end, Link's brave acts inspire her to cast the robe aside and take her bow in hand, but she never forgets the dark times when all hope seemed lost.

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]

  • Palutena: This isn't quite the Zelda you're used to.
  • Pit: I hear she no longer changes form in battle.
  • Palutena: That's right, but she's got a new special move: the Phantom Slash.
  • Pit: Where does she get the Phantom from?
  • Palutena: It's hard to say. Magic?
  • Pit: WOW! I didn't realize she was such a powerful magician.
  • Palutena: I could do something similar, I'm sure. But it's pretty dark magic. Now, what part of you should I use to make your Phantom?
  • Pit: My Phantom?! Uh, you don't have to do that for me, Lady Palutena!
  • Palutena: Oh, don't be scared! I'll just equip you and-
  • Pit: Uh what will it cost me?
  • Palutena: Oh, I don't know. Maybe just your...soul?
  • Viridi: Hahahaha! Look how pale he got! You're really scaring him! Listen, Pit, if you can knock Zelda's Phantom out, she won't be able to call it back for a bit. Keep an eye on her.

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゼルダ姫
Zeruda Hime
Princess Zelda
Spanish Princesa Zelda Princess Zelda
French Princesse Zelda Princess Zelda
Dutch Prinses Zelda Princess Zelda
German Prinzessin Zelda Princess Zelda
Italian Principessa Zelda Princess Zelda
Portuguese Princesa Zelda Princess Zelda
Russian Принцесса Зельда
Printsessa Zelda
Princess Zelda
Korean 젤다 공주
Jelda Gongju
Princess Zelda
Chinese 薩爾達公主 (Traditional)
塞尔达公主 (Simplified)
Sài'ěrdá Gōngzhǔ