Jump Slashes,(BotW) also known as Jump Attacks,(OoT | SS) Targeted Attacks,(PH | ST) and Running Hacks,(Soulcalibur II)[name reference needed] are a recurring ability in The Legend of Zelda series.
Artwork of Link performing a Jump Attack from Ocarina of Time
Link performs the Jump Slash by leaping forward into the air, then bringing down his Sword towards the enemy. In all cases of this move's appearance, it deals twice the damage of a regular sword strike.
The technique is effective against most enemies, but some foes, such as Darknuts in Twilight Princess, are able to dodge or counter it if not timed correctly. Moreover, for a short while after Link performs a Jump Slash, he is vulnerable to enemy attacks.
Performing a Jump Slash
|Nintendo 64||Z + A|
|Four Swords Adventures||Tap +|
|Nintendo DS||Tap with stylus|
|Ocarina of Time 3D||L + A|
|Wii||Z + A|
To perform this attack in any the 3D Zelda games, Link must have his Sword drawn, and he must be targeting the enemy. When both conditions are met, a simple press of the action button will unleash a Jump Attack.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, the Jump Attack can be performed by "tapping" the control stick of a GameCube controller, or D-Pad of a connected Game Boy Advance, and simultaneously pressing the sword button. It is much harder to pull off than in other incarnations, but serves less of a purpose now, as the Roll Attack is better at dealing damage from a distance, and multiple regular strikes up close are comparatively equal in dealing damage up close.
Link performs the Jump Attack in Twilight Princess with only one hand instead of two, and this time around less enemies are affected by it. While in mid-air, if the player moves the Control Stick in a circle, Link will do a Spin Attack upon landing.
The Jump Slash can be performed by tapping on an enemy with the Stylus, but only while Link is distant from his target. At closer range, Link will do a more modest Sword thrust instead. Dark Link is also able to perform this move; however, he jumps much higher and more slowly than Link does.
In Skyward Sword, Jump Attacks are one of Link's Special Sword Strikes. They can be performed by Z-Targeting, jumping forward and then shaking the Wii Remote. The Jump Attack in Skyward Sword does the same amount of damage than a normal slash.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, Link must jump manually with the button and then attack with the button to execute a Jump Slash. Its execution varies slightly depending on the weapon used, but it always deals double the amount of damage and creates a small shock-wave upon impact.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- "Jump Slash
Perform a jump slash by pressing after jumping or while in the air. The shock wave created when you hit the ground can affect" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
- "If you have your sword ready while Targeting, you can do a jump attack by pressing ! A jump attack does double damage!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword — Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 7
- "Let's begin with the targeted attack. I'm going to bring out some targets for sword practice. Far safer than real foes... Just tap a target to lock on and close in for the attack. Try it now." — Oshus (Phantom Hourglass)
- "To do a targeted attack, you just tap on the target you want to hit!" — Russell (Spirit Tracks)
- "If you have your sword ready while (Z) Targeting, you can do a jump attack by pressing (A)! A jump attack does double damage!" — Kokiri (Ocarina of Time)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 10
- "The jump attack does twice as much damage as a normal swing, but it will take a moment to move again afterwards." (Majora's Mask manual, pg. 23)
- "While holding the sword, press Z + A. Offensive power will double." (Ocarina of Time manual, pg. 20)
- "And finally, the jump attack. Press (A) after drawing your sword and Z-Targeting with (Z). Begin." — Swordsman (Majora's Mask)
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask — Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 9