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Down Thrust
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Other appearance(s)

The Down Thrust,(TMC)[1] also known as the Downthrust,(TAoL)[2] is a recurring ability in the The Legend of Zelda series.[note 1] It is performed by Link by jumping into the air, positioning his Sword underneath him pointing downwards, and landing on enemies sword-first to stab them from above.


The Adventure of Link

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In The Adventure of Link, the Downward Thrust is taught to Link by a Hyrulean Knight living in the Harbor Town of Mido. However, since the main door is locked from the inside, Link must use the Jump Spell to reach the second story of the house and thus enter through its open door. The knight at the end of the basement will on Link's new skill upon talking to him.[4] This technique proves to be useful when fighting enemies such as Daira, Fokka, Moas, or enemies that are too small to attack normally, such as Myu. When used with the Power Glove, the Downward Thrust allows Link to crush rocks inside the many Temples of Hyrule.

Four Swords

In Four Swords, the Roc's Cape is required to use the Down Thrust, as it is they only way for the Links to jump.

Four Swords Adventures

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In Four Swords Adventures, while the Links are jumping with the Roc's Feather or falling from ledges, they can perform this technique by pressing down on the Control Stick and the attack button at the same time. Upon landing, the attack will send out shockwaves, although they will not cause any damage to the enemies nearby. Like in The Adventure of Link, the Down Thrust can be used to break Rocks.

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, the Down Thrust is a Tiger Scroll technique learned from Swiftblade. It also requires the use of the Roc's Cape.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, Link can perform the Down Thrust while using the Paraglider. When Link lands on the ground, he will send out a shockwave that will damage nearby enemies and knock them of their feet, disarming them. If Link lands on an enemy first, he will damage and disarm them before landing on the ground and creating the shockwave.

Non-Canon Appearances

Super Smash Bros. series

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Link, Young Link, and Toon Link can perform the attack by pressing the smash button and the Control Stick downward at the same time. This is considered to be one of Link's most powerful moves, as it can deal up to 22% of damage and can be used as a meteor smash. However, if Link lands while the move is still in action, he will thrust the sword into the ground and will have to pull it out, leaving him open to other attacks. Also, when using it as a meteor smash near the edge of the stage, Link can self-destruct if he misses his target. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Toon Link's Down Thrust stalls momentarily when it begins, but then it launches him downward extremely quickly.

Soulcalibur II

Link performing the Sword Plant in Soulcalibur II

How to perform: DownVertical Attack Button

The Down Thrust is one of Link's Commands in Soulcalibur II, although it goes by the name of "Sword Plant." It is considered to be a mid-attack, dealing up to 40 HP worth of damage. The Sword Plant can be used to attack from a distance, since Link jumps towards the enemy as he begins to perform this technique. Due to its powerful impact, the Sword Plant knocks enemies down to the floor if hit; moreover, if Link hits the enemy on the first strike, he can damage the opponent with this attack up to two more times by continually pressing the vertical attack button. However, like in Super Smash Bros., if the young hero misses, he will be left open to attacks while he pulls the Sword from the ground.



TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
French Republic FrenchEU Attaque Plongeante (TMC) Plunging attack
Italian Republic Italian Attacco in Volo (TMC) Flyby Attack
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Estocada Inferior (TMC) Down Thrust
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Tajo hacia abajo (TAoL)



  1. The Down Thrust was referred to as the Downward Thrust in Art & Artifacts.[3] However, as this contradicts the name given in Encyclopedia, it is not considered Canon.


  1. "Those thorny little horn monsters! Your sword doesn't hurt 'em at all! But if you bump 'em with your shield up, they'll totally flip! There are other ways, though. Flip 'em with a bomb! Or your Cane of Pacci! Or with a well-placed Down Thrust!" — Swordsman Newsletter #4 (The Minish Cap)
  2. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 108 (TAoL)
  3. Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books) pg. 386 (TAoL)
  4. "WHEN YOU JUMP PRESS DOWNWARD TO STAB." — Hylian Knight (The Adventure of Link)