********************************** Super Smash Bros. Brawl Link Character Guide Latest Version: 2.1 Written: Matt J.D. (TakerV1) Copyright© TakerVersion1 2008 ********************************** ================================== DISCLAIMER ================================== This document was written entirely by me, and thus I own and reserve all rights to it. If anyone wishes to use this guide for any reasons, on any site, please ask me for permission. If permission to reuse this guide by me, I request that the entirety of this guide, including this disclaimer, remain intact. If I see or suspect any misuse of this guide or it posted without proper accreditation, I retain all rights to request its subsequent removal. ================================== VERSION HISTORY ================================== Version 0.8: March 23, 2008 ---Basics done, everything except for the moveset all finished up. Version 1.0: March 24, 2008 ---Everything done, awaiting corrections and questions from people. Version 1.2: March 24, 2008 ---Added some more in-depth details about attacks. Version 1.5: March 26, 2008 ---Added the Stadium Guide and fixed a few things. Version 2.0: April 01, 2008 ---Finalized everything, made some changes. Version 2.1: April 05, 2008 ---Minor changes, added some questions. ================================== ~~~ Table of Contents ~~~ ================================== 1: Introduction...................... {INTRO} 2: About Link........................ {2LINK} 2a: Fighter Background............ {FIGHB} 2b: Character Background.......... {CHARB} 2c: Appearance.................... {AP2CL} 3: Link, Pros & Cons................. {PVC3L} 4: The Moveset....................... {MOVE4} 4a: Standard Attacks.............. {STANA} 4b: Special Attacks............... {SPECB} 4c: Final Smash................... {SMASH} 5: Stadium Guide..................... {STADG} 5a: Break the Targets............. {BTT7A} 5b: Homerun Contest............... {HOMEB} 5c: Boss Rush Mode................ {BOSSM} 6: Recommended Tactics............... {RTAT6} 7: Character Match-Ups............... {MATCH} 8: Frequently Asked Questions........ {BFAQ8} 9: Credits, Contact, and Closing..... {1CCAC} ================================== ~~~ Introduction {INTRO} ~~~ ================================== Welcome, and first let me say thank you, yes, YOU, for reading this guide. In this guide it will be my intention to give you a comprehensive look at Link, the Hero of [Noun], wielder of the Master Sword and the Triforce of Courage. I hope you will find not only the stone cold facts about Link to be useful, but also, some of my own personal tactics that I feel work very well in the heat of battle. Sure, people say Link sucks as a fighter, but I think it is my job to show you, given proper training, that Link can be a beast, plain and simple. ================================== ~~~ About Link {2LINK} ~~~ ================================== -------------------------- Fighter Background {FIGHB} -------------------------- Link has been a part of the Smash series since it’s inception in 1999 and like many of the veterans, our Hylian friend hasn’t undergone many serious changes. In 1999 Link was known for being the only sword fighter, his unique disjointed hitbox, and range of projectiles matched only by Samus. However, if there was another thing Link was known for it is being considered the absolute WORST character of that generation. Let’s be honest, Link had terrible speed, slow attacks, and a horrendous recovery. Link may have been terrible, but many of us still used him regardless, and made him a force to be reckoned with. Fast-forward now to 2001, and the arrival of Super Smash Bros. Melee. If there was ever a character unchanged it was Link (and most of the vets for that matter.) Link returned in Melee with his range, yet now this was matched by several other swordsmen named Marth and Roy. Likewise Link’s wind down time seemed to be increased two-fold, and by missing moves, he could be punished. Sure, Link had the most projectiles in the game (excluding Young Link, with whom he tied), and a very unique play style, but he still suffered. Link became the 16th ranked character in Melee, and while not terrible, Link was overshadowed by the widely popular Fox, Marth, Falco and Captain Falcon. Link didn’t change too much though, his range remained the same, but he also developed a pretty unique second swing for his Forward Smash, he also became one of three characters with the semi-useful tether recovery option at the time (alongside Samus and Young Link). Now jump to 2008, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. What happened to Link, well just about nothing. Once again Link retained more or less the same move set, though now with a new boomerang and stronger bombs. Link retained most of his former characteristics, relatively slow attack speed and decent weight. However, his overall speed increased a small bit this time around, at the cost for some strength, yet seemingly no knockback. Likewise his Spin Attack became chargeable, though generally it seems nerfed. In the long run however our green clad hero retained most of his best qualities, a ranged grab, bomb recovery, his double-attack Forward Smash, his godly nair and dair, and of course the wide arrange of projectiles. I guess one could say that Link was both nerfed and buffed in some places, but in the end, this long time Link mainer believes he broke even and is no worse, or better, than Melee. Link is easy to learn like he always has been, however it can take some time to learn to properly use his projectiles, aerials and killing moves effectively with eachother. ---------------------------- Character Background {CHARB} ---------------------------- While Link dates back to the original Smash 1999, his personal history dates back more than a decade earlier. 1986, Nintendo releases an action adventure game starring a silent (in more ways than one) young man on an adventure to save the land of Hyrule from the villain named Ganon. (no, not “Gannon”.) Since this game there have been 14 major Zelda titles, some following a similar plot to the original, some bearing no relevance to Ganondorf, Hyrule, the Triforce, or even Zelda altogether. Yet no matter what the circumstance, be it a moon falling, a princess turned to stone, or giant pig demon taking over the world, one hero has always been there to save the day, and his name is Link. (we don’t include CD-i, because.... well... come on?) Of course, over the decades the timeline of Zelda has become complicated, primarily because there was no timeline in mind when creating the games. And sure, we could sit for hours debating the timeline of Zelda, but there is one fact we can all agree on. Throughout Hyrule’s long and turbulent history there have been multiple Links, there has been more than one hero to save the day, but these young men, be they 10 or 17, are all from the fabled Line of Heroes, destined to save Hyrule. Links are known for being silent and polite, yet extremely smart, skilled, and courageous to a fault. And over the years, and Links past, the green tunic and floppy green cap donned by so many heroes has become iconic, even at the level of Sonic’s blue fur, or Mario’s red cap and overalls. The tunic has become a part of Link, and the only thing to remain consistent with the character. (or the most important at least) Link is often depicted as a young man around the age of 16 or 17, or a young preteen boy roughly the age of 11 or 12. While he usually takes on the latter appearance, however the former has become just as popular, if not more so, with the legions of Zelda fans. And despite age Link always looks more or less the same. Blue eyes, pointed Elf-like ears, brown, light brown or blonde hair, a fair complexion and of course, a sword in his left hand (screw the Wii). The silent Elf-like hero has become iconic in the video game world, and the Legend of Zelda, has made him legend. Bet it the Hero of Time, Winds, Twilight or Ages and Seasons, Link is always ready to put his own life aside to save the realm from evil. ------------------ Appearance {AP2CL} ------------------ I’ve covered Link’s basic appearance, but let’s get into more detail. Contrary to Melee and the original, this Link does not borrow his appearance from Ocarina of Time, but rather, Twilight Princess. For the most part the two look much alike; however this Link has darker blonde hair and appears to be a pretty short guy. (or people are really tall) His outfit also looks a bit different in the sense his tunic is a darker green, his leggings and sleeves are tan instead of white, and his gloves are primarily black though brown around the fingers. Likewise, a brown guard covers his left forearm. Link, like most characters, has six outfits to choose from, four of which go all the way back to the 1999 Smash. Green Tunic -Link’s default attire, looks as I described it. -Green tunic and hat, tan sleeves and leggings, brown boots. -Default Attire / Green Team Attire. Red Tunic -Link’s secondary attire, very similar to the green one. -Red tunic, hat and shield, reddish-brown sleeves and leggings, brown boots. -Red Team Attire and alternate for the Comp is the player uses Green Link in Classic or All-Star mode. Blue Tunic -Another secondary attire, like most only the tunic and outfit changes. -Blue tunic and hat and shield, blueish sleeves and leggings, purple boots. -Blue Team Attire. Cobalt Tunic -Another secondary attire dating back to the 1999 Smash, intended to look like the “Blue Ring” attire from LoZ. -Light blue tunic, hat and shield, whitish-blue leggings and sleeves, purple boots. Golden Tunic -A new attire, entirely gold including the shield. -Gold tunic, hat, boots and shield, black sleeves and leggings. Dark Link -A new attire, replacing the Black Tunic from Melee. -Black tunic, hat, shield and boots, red eyes, white hair, “dark” complexion. -Popular amongst Goths and 16-year-olds. ================================== ~~~ Link, Pros & Cons {PVC3L} ~~~ ================================== Like the other 35 smash characters, Link comes coupled with his good qualities and bad ones. However, compared to some of the higher tier characters, Link has a decent deal of cons, and they hurt him, big time. Pros: -------- -Very good range on many of his attacks. -His nair and Spin Attack have good knockback and damage on the first few frames, and are still good on the latter frames. -His up and down thrusts have great duration compared to other aerials. -Down Thrust can “pogo” enemies for added damage at low %. -Three different projectiles to use different ways. -A ranged grab and tether recovery option for some situations. -Good falling speed. -Gale Boomerang can draw in opponents and items. -Great edge guarder with projectiles and Spin Attack. -Down-Tilt can spike. -Hylian Shield can auto-defend against most projectiles. -Can use character unique techniques (to himself and Toon Link) like the Bomb Recovery and Boomerang Cancel. Cons: -------- -Most of his best killing moves are slow and predictable. -Huge lag on many moves such as the Spin Attack, Up-Smash, Grab, Forward- Smash and Dair. -Spin Attack needs to be charged for sufficient damage. -Boomerang no longer deals damage upon returning. As you can see, compared to his Melee-self, Link has many more pros compared to his cons. However, his cons are killer, such as missing with most of his killing moves can be easily punishable. Likewise, most of his good killing moves need to be charged, primarily the Spin and Forward Smash swings. As I’ve also said, he has become a bit faster at a sacrifice for somewhat weaker attacks, and this can affect the Link-players game until they adjust. ================================== ~~~ The Moveset {MOVE4} ~~~ ================================== ------------------------ Standard Attacks {STANA} ------------------------ Standard attacks encompass all of Link’s basic attacks that don’t involve the “B” button. Smashes, tilts, grabs, aerials, everything. Damage is done at the base for neutral and tilt attacks, and might vary a bit based on how much you’ve been using it in battle due to the damage reduction mechanic to discourage move spamming. Damage may vary slightly. Legend: [Letter] = Standard Attack >, < = Letter + Control Stick left or right. ^ = Letter + Control Stick up. V = Letter + Control Stick down. Neutral and Tilt Attacks ------------------------- Standard A: 4% ---This is a very basic move where Link takes one quick swipe of his sword. It has decent knockback at high damages like most standard attacks, and can be used to push faster annoying character away. A-A-A Combo: 4%, 3%, 5% (12%) ---Another basic skill where Link takes two swings at his opponent and finishes off with a nice stab. This used to flow into an endless rain of sword stabs, but it was removed. This move is good for dealing moderate damage, pushing away annoying enemies at low damage, and dealing decent knockback and setting up for combos at higher damages. It’s good to get used to using this move, because it can give you time to get a moment of rest to launch your next attack or move in for the kill. On another note, all three strikes will usually hit if you hit the first one, however even the final stab alone does good knockback if someone walks into it. Side-Tilt - A<, A>: 13% ---This move is a lot like the standard A, however Link takes a little bit more time to swing the sword downward in a more arc like motion rather than a slashing one. It’s a good attack and comes out at a decent speed, and actually has surprising knockback at high damages and can make a nice substitute if you’re having trouble connecting with the Side-Smash. It serves as a good edge-guarding tool as well and can string up some decent combos when followed up by projectiles (preferably bombs) and aerials. Up-Tilt - A^: 9% ---A good move and a nice way to trick your opponent if you’ve been spamming the Up-Smash. It has okay knockback considering the damage, but it can be good for stunning an airborne opponent long enough to combo them or even kill them with a good Nair or Fair at some damages. If you can’t follow up well with it, mainly reserve the move for keeping away annoying aerial characters. Down Tilt - AV: 12% ---This move is very underrated by some people, and can do some amazing things. For this Link takes one low swing forward at his opponent’s legs, knocking them upward slightly and dealing good damage. This move like most of his tilts is great for stringing combos along with Link’s projectiles and his aerials. At low damages it’s also possible to follow up with a well placed Spin Attack which is always nice. This move can also serve as a spike, however it’s very hard to make it spike. Obviously the opponent must be airborne, and I need confirmation, but I believe you must hit them towards the top of their body to send them downward. Obviously this makes for a great edge guarding tool, because even if the spike misses, the opponent is still venerable in front of you, mid-air. >:) Smash Attacks ---------------- The following damage is recorded on a scale between a charge and no charge. Again, damage may vary slightly due to move spamming or lack of. Also, the only Smash attack likely to consistently make all the hits is Link’s Up- Smash, the other two will often only connect with one of the hits. Forward-Smash First Hit: 15% - 21% Forward-Smash Second Hit: 18% - 23% Forward Smash Both Hits: 33% - 44% ---One of Link’s more unique qualities is that his Forward Smash is actually two attacks, a trait he shares with Toon Link. The first swing is a double- handed, over-head swing that, if fully charged, can kill at good damages if coupled with proper edge-guarding techniques. The second swing is a side-ways slash at the opponent’s mid-section that is a more vertical hit when compared to the first swing. It isn’t common to hit with both swings, especially at high damages, however both swings are great killing moves AND can be hard to dodge of the opponent is coming out of a roll, dodge or shield. Likewise, the second swing can actually be done a few seconds after the first swing, so timing the second swing differently each time can keep an opponent off guard. Alternatively, you can ignore the second swing entirely and keep the opponent off balance. You might not use it when they expect it and follow up with something else, or you might throw it out when they aren’t expecting it. A very versatile move and one of Link’s best IMO. The downside to this move is that it’s very slow, very predictable, and very punishable if both swings miss. Down-Smash Front Hit: 14% - 18% Down-Smash Back Hit: 16% - 22% Down-Smash Both Hits: 30% - 40% ---This isn’t unique like the Forward-Smash, since, well most people have “dual-swing” Down-Smashes. At any rate this move isn’t to be taken lightly because the timing of it. Link swings in front of him, then immediately draws back and takes another behind him. So, really it can be used to not only hit an opponent in either side, but also as a crowd-clearer. It’s also a good killing move, and can be strung up with combos are lower damages. Like the Forward-Smash the dual-swing can cause a rolling or approaching opponent to get hit, making it even more useful. I consider this one of Link’s other best moves because it has so many uses: crowd-clearing, edge guarding, killing, comboing, etc. Great move overall, like most Down-Smashes. It has a great hitbox and even if the opponent shields, it can do some damage to it. (the shield) It has similar drawbacks as the Forward-Smash, however the wind down time isn’t as terrible, but still pretty bad. Up-Smash First Hit: 4% - 6% Up-Smash Second Hit: 3% - 4% Up-Smash Third Hit: 9% - 14% Up-Smash All Hits: 16% - 24% ---This move is just awesome, and buffed from Melee. Link takes two quick overhead swings and finishes up with a big third one. The real great thing is that the first two hits “trap” the opponent and almost guarantee that the third, stronger, and killing attack will hit. Even uncharged it does good damage and like the Up-tilt it can lead to some nice aerial combos at lower damages. This is great for hurting people hiding on platforms above you, and if used in conjunction with the Up Thrust, can be deadly. This wind down isn’t too terrible at all, but try not to spam the move or the enemy can time you right then punish big time. Aerial Attacks ---------------- Any move marked with an asterisk(*) will do more damage on the first initial frame, this is known as a “sex kick.” Again damage varies, however for the sex kicks assume the damage gap is because some hits were in the first frames while others were not. Finally, some of Link’s aerials have more than one hit, so damage will be separated by a comma, though you will not always make all hits at high a %. *Neutral-Air (Nair): 5% - 10% ---This is a sex kick, and a surprisingly good killer. Link extends his leg mid air and kicks the opponent, plain and simple. However it has a very long duration for an aerial and if hit on the first few frames, deals great damage and can kill. In addition to killing this also makes a decent edge guarding move for airborne opponents and makes a good move to use in combos in conjunction with bombs and quick ground attacks or grabs. Forward-Air (Fair): 9%, 12% (21%) ---This move is a killer, literally. Link spins in mid-air, hitting his opponent with his sword, twice. The first hit is much stronger than the second, and much stronger. It is a great way to end combos, and kill opponent trying to recover. However, the downside is it has rather long duration and if used after a short hop off the platform MIGHT lead to an SD, so aim and jump wisely. Backward-Air (Bair): 4%, 7% (11%) ---A great combo move, Link spins backwards in mid-air, kicking behind him twice. The damage is decent, and the real reason to use this move is, as I said, comboing. It’s not as Godly as his Toon counterpart, but still effective all the same. The experience Link player makes sure to use this on a regular basis to rack up damage, and then follow up with a Nair, Fair, Dair or grounded killing move. Due to it’s short duration it’s hard to punish and can even be used multiple times if Link has a good enough fall ahead of him. However, the downside is that like most of Link’s aerials it only has decent priority. *Upward-Air (Uair): 13% - 15% ...(not a kick, but functions like a sex kick) ---This move is an awesome killer, and should be avoided in most cases at low damage. Like the Dair this move has a long duration, and works well is used as a follow up to the Up-Tilt, Up-Smash or even the Up Throw. It’s also good for attack enemies through platforms by short hopping. The damage is good; the knockback is good and can vertically kill easily. However, it doesn’t have too many practical uses (IMO) because it’s easily punishable and Link remains exposed on most sides. Also, for some reason, it lacks priority and a lot of enemy aerials will beat it out, especially if you don’t hit in the first few frames. (after all it IS a sex kick, IMO) This is best used to kill or in some cases, end a combo and get the opponent away for long enough to follow up. Downward-Air (Dair): 18% - 22% ---Without a doubt, one of Link’s most popular moves and I guarantee it gets spammed on WiFi. This move is a great killing; Link throws his sword down and crashes onto his enemy. The damage is effected slightly by falling speed and how long the sword has been held out, but the knockback is always usually good. If you can short hop then hit a heavily damaged enemy this is almost a guaranteed kill. The downside is that the move has REALLY bad wind down time and if you miss or do minor knockback you will take the damage back. However, there are some methods to use to avoid the wind down that can help a bunch. IMO this move is used best on an unsuspecting opponent, especially if you haven’t been using it a whole lot or simply if they’re a big target. (Dedede, Ganondorf, Bowser, Yoshi, etc.) Grab Attacks -------------- Hilt-Smash (A when grabbed): 2% ---After Link grabs an opponent he can smash their skull with the hilt of his sword. This is good for minor damage, and like most grab attacks serves no purpose other than doing a small bit of damage. The more hurt the target is, the longer you can hold and wail on them. Forward Throw: 7% ---This is a decent throw, after the Grab, Link will simply throw the opponent forward for decent damage and knockback. This is good to use at high damage over a gap to string up combos and start edge guarding. It can also kill, however don’t rely on this move to kill, rather just to start combos and deal damage. Back Throw: 4% ---Pretty sure the damage on this is wrong, but let’s ignore that. After the Grab, Link moves his target and kicks him or her outward behind himself. The damage is okay, as is the knockback, and, like the forward throw, this is best used for combos. This followed up by a well placed bair or dair can make a great combo at high damage, and at low a nice dash attack or in some cases a Spin Attack will do well too. Up Throw: 7% ---This is another good move Link has at his disposal, after the Grab he hurls them up, and swipes twice, sending them upward. This move is good to us before following up with an Up-Tilt or Smash, Uair, or some other combo stringing move. The damage and knockback is also quite sufficient, this should be used often if you grab. Down Throw: 6% ---Sadly, this was nerfed from Melee because it’s no combo-rific anymore. Link throws his target to the ground then elbow drops them, causing them to fly upward quite a bit. Sadly this move doesn’t have too much use IMO, especially when compared to Melee where it could easily be chained with a Down-Smash or Spin Attack to kill your opponent. It’s still good and you can string some decent combos out of it, but in all I rarely use this move anymore. Good night sweet prince. Other Attacks ---------------- They really lack a category…I tested each move a few times so that explains any range. These attacks are NOT chargeable. Dash Attack: 10% - 12% ---Good move for continuing the attack and keeping your opponent from getting the offense. The damage is good, knockback is decent, and it can even kill in some situations. Like all dash attacks it is a solid move. Ledge Recovery: 8% ---In most cases, attacking upon recovering from a ledge works. For Link he pulls himself up and takes a swing at his enemy, dealing decent damage and giving enough of a delay to recover fully. I’d mainly use this like most Ledge Recoveries, which means it varies from situation to situation. At high damage it might be best to simply roll onto the ledge, rather than attack, and try to get behind the enemy. Mid-Air Clawshot: 4% ---This is pretty useless, primarily because if you miss, and get hit away still in mid air you LOSE the tether recovery option until you get ground beneath you. There’s no real sense in using this, so don’t, unless you accidentally hit an opponent while grabbing for the side of the stage. Taunts -------- Not really attacks, but fun. Up-Taunt: Link swings then twirls his sword and sheaths it, similar to a pose from Twilight Princess. Side-Taunt: Link summons a fairy that flies around him. Down-Taunt: His “mysterious” pose from the original Smash. ----------------------- Special Attacks {SPECB} ----------------------- Most of Link’s special attacks have varying damage because most of them can be charged or thrown with more force. Also, the Spin Attack is strongest in the first few frames much like a sex kick, it also cannot be charged in the air and deals different damage when used in the air. B (Hero’s Bow): 4% - 12% ---This has many uses. It can hinder rushing opponents, stun opponents, AND build up good damage. It’s also pretty fast, though easy to dodge if you’re ready for it. Link’s wind up and wind down is pretty poor though and it’s easy to intercept the move. Still, it’s good to have and good to use to keep an opponent off balance, which IMO is a big part of Link’s game. (Gale Boomerang): 4% - 7% (depends on range and force) ---Sadly, by becoming the Gale Boomerang Link’s side-B got nerfed. Why? The damage has been reduced and because the pulling back effect of the wind isn’t too useful in competitive play, especially without items. And, because the Boomerang doesn’t damage on the way back it loses usefulness in combos, stunning attacking and unfocused opponents, and being overall helpful. Still, like the Bow it’s good for slowing down advancing opponents and dealing very minimal damage. However, the biggest feature is the Boomerang Cancel, which I talk about below. B^ (Spin Attack): 12% - 19% on the ground, roughly 13% if all five mid-air hits connect. ---Some call this move nerfed, some buffed, I say it broke even. Sure the damage sucks unless you charge it, however the knockback is still pretty damn good even if it’s uncharged. The Spin Attack is probably Link’s best move because it can not only hurt big time, but clear a crowd, be used for edge guarding and it can kill. Plus, charging it already adds to the already superb knockback. On the downside however damage and knockback both lack unless this move connects in the first few frames, likewise if you miss you can easily be punished for missing. If used in balance the move can be great, do not neglect it, and do not spam it. BV (Bomb): 6% - 9% (varies from force thrown, and if it was thrown airborne or on the ground and how it hits the target.) ---Bombs are horribly underrated and they have so many uses. They can damage, help with combos and even kill, albeit at really high damage. Bombs can be used to put opponents in bad situations, where they either dodge the bomb and walk into an attack, or get hit by the bomb and let you follow up with another attack. Bombs stun, so don’t hesitate to follow up and take advantage. ------------------- Final Smash {SMASH} ------------------- Link’s Final Smash is an attack called the Triforce Slash. Provided this move connects, it is almost a guaranteed instant kill from even the center of any stage, however it is possible to survive on larger stages, or with some good DLing and luck. Link fires a beam from his hand, and provided it hits, traps the target between two Triforces, and Link goes on a relentless assault before shattering the Trifroces by sending the target flying off-screen. If the attack connects Link will deal a whopping 81% damage (one of the highest) and guarantee to kill the opponent, or at least put him at death’s door. However, the move is somewhat easy to dodge, and won’t work if the opponent isn’t lined up with Link, if Link isn’t facing them, or if they have an invincibility frame happening. (teching, ledge recover, dodge, etc.) Name: Triforce Slash Damage: 81% Knockback: Insane Show-Offy: 4.5/10 Dodgeability: Medium Recovery (if missed): Small (you lose maybe two seconds if you miss) ================================== ~~~ Stadium Guide {STADG} ~~~ ================================== ------------------------- Break the Targets {BTT7A} ------------------------- Level 1 Time: 10 seconds You can nail this in roughly ten seconds with Link. First jump up and fire an Arrow between the hole near Target #1. Run down the platform and hit #2, then jump and use your fair on #3. Fail and hit #4 with another fair, then run, jump and hit #5 with the Boomerang (above the platform) and land near #6. (below #5) Hit #6, and then turn right and hit #7 with an Arrow. Turn around, run and jump up to hit #8 with another fair. Now, go to jump near the lower target but don’t hit the ground, and use the Spin Attack last second to hit the last two. This should take near ten seconds. Level 2 Time: 15 seconds This is a bit harder, but you use the same strategy that you use for Toon Link. Start, go right and Spin Attack Target #1 and land on the platform. Jump up to the Smart Bomb and toss it to hit #2 and #3. Jump left now and hit #4 with a fair or nair. Now land and fire an Arrow towards the target, but don’t hit it. This will knock a sliding box down and it will break two more targets along the bottom. Now jump up, and grab the Beam Sword. Toss it to the right to make it bounce and hit the target near the sliding box (#7), then grab the Cracker Launcher, shoot the left and middle targets, then toss it at the right one for all 10. Remember, this also works with Toon Link, and he can do it much faster due to his agility and superior jumps. Level 3 Time: 21 seconds This is pretty much a universal strategy for everyone, but since Link is so slow and bad with his jumps it takes him a while. Start by falling off the platform to the right, then double-jumping up to Spin Attack Target #1. Fall left and land on the platform that looks like a staircase. Go up to the left, and use a fair to nail both targets near the exploding box. Continue left, hit the target on the ledge with a nair, fair or Boomerang (I recommend one of the former), then fall and hit #5 with any attack. Now, face right, jump up through the hole you just went threw and charge an arrow. Fire once your just lined up under the spikes to hit a distant target. Now fall along the left wall, hit #7 and ride the conveyer belts. Just as you fall throw the Boomerang down and jump to safety. Run to the conveyer belt and use your uair to hit #9. Now jump to the right and finally hit the final target with a nair located on the platform under the spring. Level 4 Time: 33 seconds First off, I assume there are much better strategies than mine out there, so please, if you have one submit it so I can give it a few test runs. Anyway, start and go right and jump to hit #1. Quickly run left and fire an Arrow or use the Boomerang to hit #2. Drop down, quickly run left some more and hit #3. Turn around, and wait under the gap you fell down. At about 8 seconds a target should appear, hit it and run right. Drop, and hit the target in the ice moving your way. Turn, run left and hit the target heading right at you, then jump to hit #7. Drop down left, dodge the hole and go right. Bomb, Arrow or Boomerang this target and jump across. Now, go up on the platform near the giant wall. At roughly 26 seconds, jump up to the right and a target should head down just in your reach. Break it and land on the platform. Now jump out under the final target, then jump up to it, and Spin Attack it for the tenth. Level 5 Time: 30 seconds Again, like the last one I’m sure there are better tactics out there. Anyway, start out and jump to use your uair on the target above you. Now jump over to the Cracker Launcher and fall down to the right platform. Shoot at #2 just above you, then drop the Launcher so it goes backward and hits #3. Drop down while this happens and grab the Beam Sword. Toss it at the wall on the right and it should ricocheted and it targets #4 and #5. Jump on the platform when you can, then jump up and to the right to hit a high target. When you land jump again and fair or Spin Attack the target on the other side of the wall. (7 total) Now run right, ride the platforms up a bit and to the left in a small corner should be another target. Go hit it, then navigate back to where you started. Jump down to the far left, nail the ninth target, continue to fail and you’ll see the final target mid-air in perfect range for a nair or fair. ----------------------- Homerun Contest {HOMEB} ----------------------- Okay, this strategy isn’t the greatest, but it’s still good. -Grab the bat and toss it at the Sandbag. -The Sandbag should fly right while the bat goes back to you. Grab it again three times and toss it at Sandbag. (for a total of four throws) -Sandbag should land behind you, so turn around and do a fully charged Forward-Smash to get the Sandbag near 100%. (only the first hit) -Grab the bat and approach the bag. Get within “tipper” range and hit the bag for roughly 1700 feet. This is a tipper |__L_B| By not standing right next to the bag, you hit it with the tip of the bat, and cause the Sandbag to fly farther. ---------------------- Boss Rush Mode {BOSSM} ---------------------- This is just a general guide and does not reflect difficulties; I will merely give you the best strategy for attacking the bosses with Link. I will admit that Link is not ideal for Boss Rush, however it is possible to clear it on Intense with anybody (obviously). Name: Master Hand Difficulty: 1 – 2 This guy should be a pushover after a decade of practice, on ANY difficulty. With Link, simply keep using you dair on him, you should pogo him, and then after two or even three hits, be able to use your uair before landing on the ground. This is GREAT for when he uses his finger beams, and for some reason the dairs always seem to hit him HARD. --- Name: Crazy Hand Difficulty: 1.5 – 2 He is no harder than Master, but since he is a bit more erratic I changed his ranking. Use the same strategy for Master as you do for him, BAM, pushover. And since Crazy sometimes seems to attack slower, you should be able to slaughter him in a matter of seconds. --- Name: Petey Piranha Difficulty: 2 This guy isn’t two hard either. His only attacks are swinging the cages or trying to jump on you, and even Link can dodge these easily. Your tactic should be to use A LOT of Smash Attacks, Forward and Downward both work well. Try to focus on one cage too, and if he knocks you up in the air, counter with a dair that might just pogo if you’re lucky. Watch out, because at low damages the knockback from the cages can be big if he hits you right. --- Name: Porky Difficulty: 2 – 3 At low difficulties, the mechanized-arachnid Porky is simply. He won’t do too much knockback but he can put a hurting on you. Some of his attacks come surprisingly fast and Link is an easy target so be ready. On higher levels he can utterly pwn you by getting your damage high fast, and then use a beam of death. I suggest working him over fast as possible, use Smashes and the dair if he launches you upward, remember to watch his movements and learn his attack patterns. --- Name: Rayquaza Difficulty: 2.5 This guy isn’t much for knockback; his killing moves are pretty predictable so you can dodge them easily. However, like Porky he can rack up damage on you pretty quickly, so be ready. One good strategy with Link is to stay close and work him over with alternating Smash Attacks as usual, or alternatively you can stay far away and work him over bit by bit. I wouldn’t recommend the latter tactic for higher levels, since he can devastate you from long distance. There is no sure-fire tactic for beating him, just work him over and watch out for his killing moves. --- Name: Golleom Difficulty: 3.5 - 4 It doesn’t matter if you fight him in the desert or the ruins, this guy is a dick. He goes down pretty fast, however his attacks are brutal and even worse he isn’t shabby at killing at low damage. It is crucial you dodge his jumping attacks. Link isn’t very mobile, however the objective is to stay moving, because he can come out of nowhere and crush you, literally. Rack up damage when you can, and focus on dodging his attacks. Eventually the big lug will go down, and fast too, but this short fight can really take a toll on you. --- Name: Ridley Difficulty: 1.5 – 3 For some reason his progression through the difficulty levels is very noticeable. However, he is very predictable and he gives you long pauses to rape him with your aerials. Simply dodge his predictable attacks then go to work with nairs, bairs and fairs, and the over-sized boss will go down. --- Name: Meta-Ridley Difficulty: 2.5 – 4 Yikes, this fight isn’t easy, but it’s fun. At any level it’s pivotal to dodge his attacks, but the problem is many of them can come out of nowhere and it’s hard to predict his attacks compared to the first fight. You’re best bet is to work him over between attacks on the left side of the screen, so use any aerials to get the job done. Also, when he clings onto the back of the ship use the chance to hit him square in the ugly face with a Forward Smash. --- Name: Duon Difficulty: 2 – 5 Wow, that’s some range there. Well, this guy is always a bitch to fight, however at low difficulties he will rarely kill you, just rack up the damage. Use a combo of aerials and smashes, and also use a nice blend of dodging and attacking. Unlike many bosses his attacks aren’t very predictable, especially for his blue face. Remember to try and dodge his jump attacks and if you can make his bombs hit himself even better. Also, if you can manage to land behind him go to school, because the inactive face won’t attack, though eventually he will move or use his spin attack. Eaither way this won’t be easy, and be very cautious on Very Hard and Intense. Pray you fight this douche early on. --- Name: Tabuu Difficulty: 4 – 5 Never easy, this guy can literally rape you, even on Easy. The idea here is simply, do not worry about attacking. Your time to attack is when he pauses and teleports around (though on higher levels he can attack with the teleport, so be careful.) If he isn’t teleporting or sitting still dodge like hell. His Red Ring of Death and Gold Barrier attacks are usually guaranteed kills, and his other attacks can rack up the damage quickly. If you can get behind him during any of his rapid attacks, work him over because all the damage helps. Also, like the Hands he is very venerable if he does his Eye Beam attack, so beat on his big old head when the time comes. Other than that, slowly work him over and make sure to use well-timed dodges and you’ll be fine. =================================== ~~~ Recommended Tactics {RTAT6} ~~~ =================================== Pogoing ---------- One of Link’s most useful features is that his Down Thrust can pogo from time to time. This means it’s possible to hit someone for say 20% damage, and instead of crashing to the stage, Link will pop up and be able to hit them again for more damage. It’s possible to do this three times, however it’s rare and only easy to do on large characters. (eg Bowser or the Hands) This is best done to an opponent with low damage. Sword Retrieval Negation -------------------------- A bad name, but useful technique. If you time your Down Thrust correctly, Link can connect with the opponent, pogo up and then stop the attack before landing, thus saving you tons of time on your recovery. This is best done at high damages since, if you hit your opponent with the first hit, there’s almost no way to hit them with the pogo attack, and thus you can land easily. This is possible to do with the pogo attack however, and can be useful if the opponent is at low damage. Boomerang Cancel ------------------- Another technique related to the Down Thrust. Normally it takes a long time to recover from this move, however if you toss the Boomerang at the right time, Link can catch it upon his landing and the catching animation overrides the sword retrieval animation. Because of this you can go through the shorter animation and save a few seconds and punishment. Bomb Recovery ---------------- I know this has been changed from Melee, but it works more or less the same way. Essentially you can either toss up and jump into (via Spin Attack) a bomb, or simply hold onto it and let it explode mid-air. By doing so the game allows you ANOTHER spin attack or grapple to save yourself. I do not however think it allows for another mid-air jump like Melee, thus making it harder to do multiple bombings in mid-air. I would like confirmation on this please. Tilt-Spike ------------- For some reason a lot of people think Link lacks a spike, however he does have one. If hit correctly Link’s down-tilt can act as a spike, and thus, a great edge guarding tool when a person is coming up from under the stage. Time the hit right and you’ll send them straight downward, not as good as some other spikes granted, but effective if used correctly. =================================== ~~~ Character Match-Ups {RTAT6} ~~~ =================================== Here is a good list of some of my personal tactics against characters and things to watch out for. These strategies mainly apply to the AI, however can also apply in most cases to the average and skilled players. If you have any tactics of your own feel free to e-mail them to me. Mario --------- Mario is the most average character in Brawl, so there isn’t much for you to worry about. A few things to watch out for is his Cape, which can not only deflect Link’s projectiles, but also spin Link around. This is something to watch for because the skilled Mario will Cape Link during his grab and most of his Smashes, making him miss. The Cape can also hinder Link’s predictable recovery, so I suggest getting lower than the ledge and using Link’s tether option, then rolling to safety. Link’s shield can block Mario’s fireball if your standing still or crouching. Other than that, Mario isn’t too hard, he’s very basic, so he isn’t too hard to kill, too strong, or too fast, the perfect kind of target for Link. Luigi --------- Luigi has an insane aerial game, most of them have high priority and will most likely hit through Link’s aerials. I highly suggest not worrying about most aerials unless Luigi is helpless or winding-down. The uair and dair are good moves to use however, and due to Luigi’s light-floaty nature can kill and juggle him. Try to fight Luigi at a distance since his strongest attacks are relatively close ranged. His fireball can be blocked like Mario’s. Luigi can’t edge guard as well as Mario, however he has an insane recovery if played by a familiar-human, you might want to try edge-hogging him. Peach --------- Despite her insane horizontal recovery Peach KOs relatively easy, a good Forward-Smash, Spin Attack or dair is enough to take her out. However, Peach is one of those deceptive characters and do not take her lightly. Avoid her turnips and try to stun her with projectiles to allow for a follow-up. Peach isn’t the best edge-guarder, but she isn’t easy to edge guard herself. Her Parasol has deceptive priority and might even hit through most of your aerials from time to time, even if you do hit her. Bowser ---------- Bowser is a massive target, which makes him perfect prey for Link. Stay at a distance and keep stunning the Koopa King with projectiles. Stay at a distance and punish him during his massive wind down times. Also, Bowser is very easy to juggle with about anybody, but especially Link. You can hit Bowser form a distance with Link’s fair and nair. Also, a good strategy is to hit Bowser with a fair while he tries to recovery since you’re almost guaranteed to hit, kill him, AND recover safely. The dair also works well on Bowser since he is such a massive target. Fully charged attacks from Link can kill Bowser around 100%. So, essentially just stay swords-length away from the behemoth and rely on a team of grounded and aerial combos coupled with projectiles. Donkey Kong -------------- You should fight DK a lot like you fought Bowser. He is a very big target and is subjectable to Link’s projectiles. However, DK has deceptive range, so you might want to rely more on a hit and run technique and stay out of direct range. Relying on the second swing of the Forward Smash is a decent strategy. Other than that fight DK like you would Bowser, rely on combos and watch out for his many aerial spikes due to Link’s horrid recovery. Diddy Kong ------------- A faster character now, as much as I hate to say it, Link does not far well against fast characters. However Diddy is not too much of a problem. Watch out for his aerials, especially his bair due to its good knockback. I suggest a grounded game against Diddy, rely on tilts and projectiles, and if you get a good opening, a Forward Smash or Spin Attack. Due to Diddy’s speed he might roll or run from side to side of Link, a well-placed Down-Smash can fix that and hit Diddy as he comes out of a roll. Other than that, try to edge guard his predictable recovery, and don’t give him time to set up combos. Yoshi --------- Yoshi is a decent target to hit, however he has a lot of super-armor frames, making Link’s aerial game against him suffer. Yoshi also has decent range, and a ranged grab AND Neutral B. Stay at a distance to avoid these attacks and his various tail attacks, which often tend to hit on both sides of him. Yoshi also has decent priority on a lot of his moves. He isn’t easy to edge guard due to his mid-air jump so you might not want to rely on this tactic. Simply work him over, and maybe try to kill him from above, aka, with a dair. Wario --------- For some reason AI controlled Wario’s are annoying. I have yet to face any decent Wario players however, so this mainly applies to the AI. Wario has a decent recovery due to the Chopper, however if you can disable the Chopper and edge hog him his recovery suffers greatly. I would recommend attack at decent range with projectiles, then following up with smashes and tilts. Wario has a shockingly good aerial game, so don’t be surprised if he works you over if you get sloppy in the air. Stay away form him because his Forward Smash is devastating, and after two minutes the WarioWaft can kill you easily. Link ------- Honestly, I can’t really give you advice against yourself. You know what Link can do, and the other player or AI undoubtedly knows what you can toss at them. Just don’t leave yourself venerable to anything you’d do. Zelda -------- Zelda, while not very maneuverable, can pack a punch. Almost all of her close range attacks can devastate you, so rely on Link’s distance game. Do not spam projectiles too much unless Zelda leaves herself wide open. Watch out for Din’s Fire, because Link has no counter like Nayru’s Love. Her aerial game also suffers unless she sweet spots most of her moves, so use this to your advantage and use Link’s superior range. Also, his zair (Mid-air grapple) might be a good way to stun Zelda and open for a follow up. She is deceptively heavy and has amazing recovery, so don’t get frustrated if you can’t kill her, just take the time to work her over and kill her when you get the chance. Sheik -------- Another fast character, and another disadvantage for our green-clad hero. For a fast character Sheik actually deals solid damage, she can also combo you easily. Fight her defensively and when she has a good wind down going on punish her. Grabbing might also be a good way to toss a wrench into her game, take away Sheik’s momentum to beat her. Her aerials are beastly and don’t have to sweet spot, and like Zelda she also has a pretty solid recovery. Sheik also has projectiles, her long-ranged whip attack, and a tether option. (can someone verify this?) Try to edge guard her, and simply don’t let her get momentum, because it will hurt you. She KOs much easier than Zelda, which is good, and also has a few less killing moves. Ganondorf ------------ Yes, another huge, slow, lumbering target. Like Bowser and DK you can combo the hell out of Ganondorf. However, you must remember that the King of Evil also has insane priority on almost all of his moves! One thing to make not of is that he has a lot of lag on his landing from aerials, so take that chance to punish him. His recovery is predictable, and it’s easy to edge guard him. Comboing with aerials is good, but watch for Ganon’s dair when you don’t have land under you. Take advantage of his horrid wind down times to dish out a strong Smash or Spin Attack. Toon Link ------------ Yikes! As much as I hate to admit it, Toon Link is superior to Link, so this is going to be a fight. You’re stronger and you have better reach, but Toon can jump higher, run faster, attack faster, and two of his three projectiles are better. (all but the Bow, which is more floaty.) Also, his dair is one of the fast-fall moves, so it can come from nowhere. Likewise, do not leave yourself open mid-air over nothing because the dair can spike, and due to Toon’s unique aerials he can combo you to death. Other than that fight him like you would a faster Link, remember that he KOs easier, and try to take advantage of your superior reach. Samus -------- Wow, if there was every a floaty character, its Samus. She hasn’t changed at all from previous installments, save for she sucks even more now. She is stronger and heavier than you, however she’s stupidly easy to not only juggle, but kill. Her recovery is predictable as ever, and it’s easy to edge guard. Other than that, dodge her predictable projectiles, watch for her grab, and remember that she has a tether option. Her reach might beat you a bit, so slow her down and stun her with a Boomerang or Bow shot. Zero Suit Samus ------------------ I wish I could say fighting her was easy as fighting Samus, but it isn’t. Zamus is not only faster, but most of her attacks have great reach, and her paralyzer is devastating. I honestly believe this is one of the more evenly matched fights. You both have good range, at least one projectile, she’s just faster, but easier to KO. One thing you should remember is that her primary recover is tether, so edgehog the crap out of her and force her to use the crappy VB Special. She can also use a distanced grab, so obviously watch out for that. I guess, I’m saying play defensively, use projectiles, hit and run, and watch out for her paralyze her. Pit ------ Yikes, I hate this annoying little angel too much. He’s fast, most players and the AI will spam his Arrows and Angel Ring moves, his recovery is insane, and he can rack up damage fast. Try playing the distance game, however your projectiles will not work too well since both Angel Ring and Mirror Shield can block them. Fight him a lot like you did Sheik, don’t let him get on the offensive for too long, don’t get frustrated no matter how cheap he is and just be patient. Grabs work okay here, but you can’t really follow up with most aerials, though uair works pretty well. Pit can edge guard very well and with Wings of Icarus it’s hard to guard him. However, if you can hit him mid- air without a platform under him while he uses the Wings you’re almost guaranteed to make him die, even at 0%, because he’s helpless after using the move and it can be interrupted. Watch out for his F-Smash, dash attack, and bairs, since those are his best killing moves. Ice Climbers --------------- First, despite their awesomeness, I don’t think you’ll be fighting a lot of Ice Climber humans. The two can deal some good damage, however they’re fairly slow compared to other small characters. One thing to remember is even it is possible to desynch the Climbers, so Nana can still attack after Popo has. I suggest focusing your attention on Popo, however if you separate the two and get the chance, kill Nana. Without her Popo cannot chain grab, he essentially loses half his power, and his recovery suffers a ton. Remember that the duo can attack well in close range, so I suggest sticking with projectiles and aerial combos. Remember, separated the two can’t do much, and if Nana get’s too far away from Popo she’ll be wide open. R.O.B. -------- One thing to note is that R.O.B. has the best recovery in the game. It has amazing duration and the cute little guy can attack you mid-air, and still use the Up-B again so long as he has fuel. That being said, if he has been in the air for a long time using the Robo Burner, attack him and provided he runs out of gas, he has no recovery. Both of his projectiles require charging, one manually and one auto. The Beam attack can come out of nowhere so be ready for it. Remember that ROB is heavy and he can pack a punch. His aerials are devastating and he has one of the best dair spikes in the game, and if used in conjunction with Robo Burner, it’s amazing. Grabs work pretty well, and other than that just try to kill him quickly before he can set you up for an easy kill. Kirby ------- Remember how Kirby was horrendous in Melee, but Godly in the Original, well the cute pink puffball is once again, amazing! Don’t bother trying to edge guard him to death, because he has amazing recovery all around, and in turn you might let him get on the offensive and edge guard you. I’d stick with a distance game because many of Kirby’s attacks are close range. Remember he is light, so a lot of Link’s moves can kill at reasonable damage, don’t be afraid to try other moves than his Smashes, Spin Attack or dair to try and kill him, even the F-Tilt can take him out. Meta Knight -------------- Meta is a lot like Pit, he can combo the hell out of Link and rack up damage fast. However, due to the fact that Meta lacks a great killing move at moderate damage, it can be hard to KO the decently weighted Link. One thing you might not want to try is an aerial game, Link’s aerials are more or less nerfed from Melee, and since most of Meta’s can come out fast and combo you if you miss or act to slow. Another thing to remember is that Meta has good reach and one of the best recoveries. If you can hit him while he glides it could kill him like with Pit, but don’t forget he can recover with all of his Special Maneuvers. So, really there’s no easy way to deal with him, you won’t get too many openings to hit him with an F-Smash or Spin Attack, but try to take advantage of the fact that all of his Specials leave him helpless. King Dedede -------------- I know what you’re thinking, “great another big guy; easy pickings for Link.” Well not really, compared to some of the other big guys Dedede has great range and a very disjointed hitbox. Also, his great recovery coupled with his weight makes it REALLY hard to kill Dedede. He has slow aerials however, so some good combos in-between his jumps can take care of him. Remember, Dedede has a predictable recovery, and unless the player cancels, Dedede can’t grab the ledge. In addition, most of his moves make him venerable so take the chance to follow up with a F-Smash. Dedede has spammable projectiles; the Waddle Dees can be a nuisance, so try to avoid them, especially the electrical ones. Captain Olimar ----------------- Don’t let Olimar fool you, sure, he’s from Pikmin, and sure, he isn’t “badass”, but he can and will mess you up if you take him lightly. First know that Olimar has unarguably the best spammable projectile, and said projectiles can really rack up damage. Another thing to remember is that his aerials can kill easily (especially Red and White Pikmin) so as Link you might not want to stick with aerials. Olimar can also be unpredictable because a lot of his animations look alike. If you can deprive him of Pikmin, Olimar KOs easy, you can also edgehog to block his tether recovery. Don’t underestimate him, and you’ll do fine, remember that Olimar is a beast if in the hands of a high level AI, or the skilled player. Fox ------ I bet, if you’ve played Link a few times against Fox, you probably hate the fast little dude. One thing you need to know is that Fox’s aerial game has been nerfed, but can still destroy you, but don’t be afraid to try some nairs and fairs. Fox has one of the better spammable projectiles, his Blaster, so do not, under any circumstance, stand far away and let him spam that crap. A close game might work because Fox’s close combat is decent. Rely on Link’s good tilts and a close-ranged Boomerang shot to stun Fox, and then follow up with a stronger attack. Don’t bother using projectiles at a distance, since he can reflect them back to you. Falco -------- Falco is, as you’ve probably guessed, a lot like Fox. He’s quick, has fast and strong attacks, and he also has the best animation in the game. Fight him like you would Fox, though you shouldn’t worry about his Blaster as much because he doesn’t spam it as much. He’s a bit different than he was in Melee, but don’t change your strategy. Remember that he can also spam his distanced Reflector, and most Falco players were. Most Falcos will also fight defensively, and since you can’t rely on projectiles, he might be hard to approach. Try to follow up and rack up damage when you can, other than that, there isn’t much I can say for fighting Falco. Wolf ------- Wolf is more different from Fox and Falco than you may think, and one strategy I like to use against him is a restless one. Don’t let up and stay in Wolf’s face. His aerials aren’t as good as the other two, but his dair is a deadly spike that Link probably won’t recover from. A lot of Wolf’s attacks have nice lag, so stay close, dodge those, and follow up with an attack of your own. Also note that Wolf’s F-smash propels him forward a good deal, so be wary for that. Play smart, and you can beat Wolf no problem, he’s hard, but some people overrate him. He’s good, but you’re better! Captain Falcon ------------------ Falcon has a lot of quick attacks with little to no starting lags. Raptor Boost, Should Bash and Falcon Kick can come from nowhere, and the Captain also has a lot of combos to follow up with. Also watch for his dair, and remember that he can reverse the Falcon Pawnch! An aerial game might help a bit, but be wary for the Knee of Justice, which is one of the best horizontal killers in the game. Falcon is fast, but also heavy so you have a fight ahead of you. However his recovery is predictable so you might be able to edge guard him well enough to kill him at low damage. Pikachu ---------- Guess what? Like Kirby, Pikachu is back to his awesome, former glory. Chances are if you’re playing a human, he’ll spam Thunder, in which case, wait for the ending wind down and punish him. For the experienced player or the AI you have a fight ahead of you. His standard attacks are dangerous, quick, and can come from literally nowhere. I recommend fighting at a distance and defensively since the Hylian Shield can block Pikachu’s projectile on its own. He’s fairly light too, so KOing him shouldn’t be a problem. Lucario ---------- Lucario has decent range, but the attacks themselves are horribly slow. Your strategy should be a defensive one, dodge attacks, and then punish Lucario while he winds down. He’s also slow and floaty, so comboing shouldn’t be too hard. Remember to watch for his Double-Team Attack, and note that his power increases as he takes damage. His aerials can kill, but again he’s slow, so it’s not hard to dodge. I suggest grabbing him, then following up with a quick bair/fair/nair to catch him off-guard and to start combos, since he can’t counter if you grab him during the Double-Team. Squirtle ----------- Squirtle is probably your biggest threat, because he’s wicked fast all around, attacks, movement, everything. He’s very small, and you’ll probably miss him a lot, so stick with quick tilts and only go for Smashes and the Spin Attack when he’s stunned. Squirtle is invincible while using Withdraw, and he has a far superior aerial game, so don’t try to match his. Rely on quick combos, and take advantage of his light weight to kill, though chances are most experience Pokemon Trainer mainers will switch to Ivy or Charizard when damage is high. Ivysaur ---------- You should be able to dominate Ivy. His attacks aren’t fast, and he’s a surprisingly big target for his speed and weight. Play offensively, mix projectiles and smashes well, and Ivy will fall. Most of his aerials are fairly slow, so you can beat those, and his recovery can be edge guarded because it’s a tether. The only thing to really watch for is his Goldy Up- Smash, and the Up-Throw, Bullet Seed combo. Charizard ------------ Not as big a challenge as Squirtle, but Charizard is the Ike to Squirtle’s Marth. He’s still very deadly, yet slow as all Hell. However he’s a heavyweight with an amazing recovery, so killing him won’t be simply. He’s a large target, so you can combo him, but remember to watch for his killer moves, like Rock Smash. This should be a decent match, and a skilled Charizard can put up a fight. One thing to note, like most flyers, if you interrupt his glide, he becomes helpless, and thus can die at relatively low damage. Jigglypuff ------------- Rule of thumb, do not underestimate the Puff. While Jiggs is the lightest character in the game, she has the best aerial mobility and deceptively strong attacks. Wall of Pain is the main thing to watch for, but Rest and Rollout can also mess you up. Remember that she’s light, so you can kill her easily, wait for the open chance, and kill her, real simple. Marth -------- Ouch, what can I say about Marth? Anyone maining Link from Melee won’t like this match-up. Marth is faster all around, has slightly better reach, and his grab is great for someone without a ranged grab. I can’t really describe this has an “offensive” or a “defensive” fight, more of a kickass hybrid. His aerials are great, and his ground game is also suburb due to his speed and grabs. An AI Marth isn’t much trouble, but the experience player can really massacre a Link. Use projectiles to stun him so he can’t Counter, now that it’s been buffed, it’s one of your biggest problems as a Link. Oh, and even though he has a predictable recovery, note that Dolphin Slash has been buffed, it has great priority still, but it can be edgehogged pretty well. Speaking of guarding, use Link’s tether to save yourself from Marth’s down- tilt, as that can be killer. Ike ------ Good news, Ike is even slower than most heavyweights in his attack speed, but he also has as much range and even more power. One thing to note, a lot of Ike players spam Aether and Quick Draw, so your first step should be finding a good counter to those two moves. I would play defensively and at a distance, Ike’s A-combo is pretty quick and strong, and at a distance most of his Smash attacks are easily dodged. Like Marth be wary of his dodge, and also Explosion, it can kill even fairly uncharged. I suggest killing him with aerials (nair or fair) when he’s at high damage since his horizontal recovery is absurdly horrendous, and Aether is best for vertical range. Ness ------- PK FIRE! PK FIRE! PK FIRE!!! Seriously, dodge this move, it can rack up damage, trap you, and all round... God it’s annoying. I’d definitely say play an offensive game against Ness, keep him from using PK Fire, and do good to dodge his Smashes, your fine. Also remember that his down-tilt can be spammed to all Hell, aka it racks up damage and both players and AI alike will spam it. Keep to a grounded game due to Ness’ unique jump and good aerials, though killing with a dair, nair or fair might work after a good combo. Ness makes a good edge guarder, but he himself can also be decently guarded, so play smart. Watch for PK Thunder 2 / PK Missile, because it’s still very devastating and almost impossible to guard against with attacks due to its insane priority. Lucas -------- Oh Gods not another one! And guess what, this little guy may not be as brave, but he’s far better than Ness, especially in the strength department. Lucas’ PK Fire spam is much better due to the damage; it can also easily set up for a nair kill, which is a good part of his aerial game. His Up-Smash also has a deceptive wind up time (slower than you’d think) and a deceptive hitbox, so watch for that. Other than that, play him like you would Ness. Keep on offense, try to edge guard when you can, and watch for Thunder 2 / Missile, especially because his is much better. Mr. Game & Watch ------------------- Guess who else is hella better this time around? Everyone’s favorite 2D resident of Flat Zone of course! He’s quicker, stronger, and his recovery has become one of the best from Melee to Brawl (poor Link (//_.)... ). His style is unpredictable in the hands of the AI, and experience players can also duplicate that, while on the other side of the spectrum, inexperienced players will spam Judgment Hammer. His main fault is his light weight; Link’s dair can pull out good kills against G&W, so use it, but don’t spam it or make it predictable. G&W also has great priority and aerials, so keeping him stunned and on the defensive might be a good strategy. His jerky roll can be exploited in some cases, so do so. Snake -------- So you know that core strategy you’ve probably been sticking to in addition to my tips? Toss it out the window. Snake is one of the most unique Smashers in the game, simply from the way he handles, and a good Snake can be deadly. Keep close because most of Snake’s good attacks have absurd wind up time, so they’re easily prevented. Also, Snake’s aerial game is totally rubbish, so go that route if he’s molesting you on the ground. Also be wary of the positions of the land mine and the remote bomb, because those can kill. Also, Snake can drop the remote bomb onto you, if that happens, your screwed. Snake also has great recovery, but the Cypher can be stole and guarded against, so do so. Sonic ------- “Lol I’m fast and edgy and cool and my games have horrible characters aside from Tails and Knuckles!!!one!” Sorry about that, but please, kick Sonic’s face in as often as possible. Anyway, Sonic’s game is speed (as he has let us know in too many occasions), and Link might have trouble with that. Likewise, a lot of Sonic’s attacks have similar animations, because you know, he just freaking spins, so it’s hard to tell what he’s going to do. I’d say make this an aerial battle, he’s a much better ground fighter, so try to use Link’s disjointed aerials to slow him down. Sonic is also light and he lacks a lot of killing moves, so take a good note of that. As for recovery, his is great, because his Spring Jump gets insane vertical range and doesn’t leave him helpless, and in addition, his Homing Attack can be used to recover. However, on the flip side, Sonic is only a decent edge guarder, so we won’t be seeing too much of a problem here, however do watch out for the spring from his Up-B because it spikes. Other than that, play defensively and wait for your opening. ========================================== ~~~ Frequently Asked Questions {BFAQ8} ~~~ ========================================== Q: I have a good tactic/strategy, will you take it? A: Absolutely, I love getting new ideas from players. Just send me an e-mail and describe the tactic or technique and I’ll try it out. I’ll take anything, character specific techniques, strategies for Boss Rush or something, anything. E-mail me, I’ll give it a few test-runs, and if I like I’ll throw it up. Q: Why should I use Link? A: Well, I personally like it when people disregard “tiers” and just use characters they like. If you like Link or the Zelda series, use him, if you don’t, but someone tells you to use Link, tell ‘em to shove it. I don’t think anyone should be forced to use anyone. At any rate though, Link is a very solid character and is usually middle-tier. He’s not to fast or floaty, he has great range and he handles really well. He’s a very balanced character and it doesn’t take much to get used to him, though it does take a lot of work to “pro” Link. Q: Are you a “pro” Link? A: Absolutely not! I’m pro-am, AT BEST, I’ve never been in any legit tournaments, only small ones run at my local University. I’ve been using Link since the original and I can pull out some great matches with him, but there’s no way I could hold my against true “pros” such as Ken, Azen or the Smash Twins. Q: I’ve heard that Toon Link is better than Link, is this true? A: Well, first off let me just say this depends on personal preference. While Toon is faster, more agile, can jump better, and two of his three projectiles are better, he loses range and strength. At the same time, despite all of that, it’s generally believed and accepted that Toon is in fact better than Link due to his combo potential, superior projectiles, and the fact that his Dair is a deadly spike if used in mid-air. Q: So, should I use Toon Link over Link then? A: Again, it all boils down to personal preference. If you’re good with fast characters, then by all means feel free to use Toon. However if you’re like me and can’t take full advantage of the speed to make up for the lack of strength and range, you might want to stick with Link. There are a lot of factors to look at, the stage, the enemy, and your play style all have a direct influence on the Toon Link v. Link debate, and it depends on your own style. I prefer Link, but I accept that Toon Link is better, though I personally cannot fight better with Toon Link due to a lack of practice. Q: Can I use your guide for my site? It’s _______. A: Honestly, I’m very lineate about letting people use my guides. Simply ask me, and nine times out of ten I’ll let you. Honestly, Google TakerVersion1 or TakerV1reborn sometime, I have my FAQs on tons of sites. Just ask me via e- mail. ========================================== ~~~ Credits, Contact & Closing {1CCAC} ~~~ ========================================== If anyone has anything to say to me, contact me at mjd111989@aol.com, that’s mjd111989 at aol dot com. I will accept questions, corrections, tactics, anything you want to help make this guide great. Give something, and chances are I’ll add it and add you to the credits. Please I do not want to receive spam or hate mail and if I get any it will not be read. I also request you use correct grammar or I will not read it. I hope you’ve found this guide helpful, if not, well, too bad because you already read it. =P Credits & Thanks -------------------- Myself: For being awesome and writing this guide. SmashWiki: For Link’s pros and cons and the Boomerang Cancel. GameFAQs: For being here. The Brawl General Board: for contributing… something… somehow… I assume.