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The Hero's Bow (simply referred to as Bow in Super Smash Bros. Melee) is the neutral special move used by Link throughout the Super Smash Bros. series since Super Smash Bros. Melee, replacing the Boomerang from Super Smash Bros., and Toon Link's neutral special move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. The move is based upon the recurring Bow item throughout The Legend of Zelda series. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Link's Bow is based on the Fairy Bow in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; in the later games, Link's Hero's Bow takes its design from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, while Toon Link's is from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
When used, Link or Toon Link fires an arrow from the bow at opponents to damage them. The player can charge the attack to increase the distance the arrow travels and its damage output by holding down the special attack button. Toon Link fires his arrows at a higher angle than Link; his arrows also do not travel as far and do not deal as much damage.
Link and Toon Link both have separate custom variants for this move, introduced in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Link's first custom variant is the Power Bow, which has less range than normal but increases the power of the arrow. The second is the Quickfire Bow, which allows Link to fire arrows more quickly that can travel through opponents. Toon Link's first custom variant is the Fire Bow, Young Link's variant of the move in Super Smash Bros. Melee; Young Link fires an arrow that does not travel as far but instead burns on the ground until it disappears, which can damage opponents. The second is Piercing Bow, which fires an arrow that travels straight and quickly and can travel through enemies, but is not as powerful and does not go as far.