The Hero's Bow, simply referred to as Bow in Super Smash Bros. Melee, is Link's neutral special move from Super Smash Bros. Melee through Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. It replaces the Boomerang from Super Smash Bros. The move is based upon Bows that Link uses throughout The Legend of Zelda franchise. Starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it is also the neutral special move of Toon Link.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Link's Bow is designed after the Fairy Bow in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Link's Hero's Bow takes its design from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Toon Link's Hero's Bow is designed after the one from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Whenever Link or Toon Link uses Hero's Bow, they fire an arrow from the Hero's 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 move button. Toon Link fires his arrows at a higher angle, although his arrows do not travel as far, and they deal less damage.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Link's first custom variant for this move is the Power Bow, which has less range than normal but increases the power of the arrow. His second is the Quickfire Bow (parsed Quick-Fire Bow in the British English version), 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; Toon 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.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Link's neutral special move was replaced with the Bow and Arrows, in which he uses the Traveler's Bow from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild instead. However, Toon Link retains Hero's Bow as his neutral special move.
Names in other languages
Yūsha no Yumi
- Super Smash Bros. Melee North American instruction manual, page 42.