- "Fearsome demonic weapon said to excel in offense an defense..."
- — Weapon Gallery description
The Soul Edge is one of Link's weapons in Soulcalibur II. It is a modified, demonic form of the Master Sword and Hylian Shield.
In Soulcalibur II, many warriors set out to destroy the sword, but almost none prevailed. The sword began to control an evil wizard, who was defeated by Link. To prevent this from happening again, Link set out to destroy it, migrating to the world of the Soul Edge. He managed to destroy a fragment of the sword, ending the evil that threatened Hyrule. According to the game, it was, without doubt, the strongest and most dominating sword Link had ever encountered. It was powerful enough to control the wizard being worlds apart. Link set out on a quest to destroy the sword for good.
As one of Link's unlockable weapons, the Soul Edge takes the form of a sword and shield that is similar to the Master Sword and Hylian Shield, both made from Soul Edge's characteristic fusion of metal and flesh. The version that Link wields appears to be nearly fully organic.
It is notable that although Link and Hyrule were featured in the same story as this Soul Edge, its canonicity with the rest of the Zelda universe is disputed.
The relation between the Soul series and the Legend of Zelda series is mainly created to explain the appearance of Link in Soulcalibur II. Since the two series are completely different, except for the pseudo-medieval setting, the relation is not solid and should not be considered as part of the Legend of Zelda timeline.
An evil blade with a reputation for devouring souls. This weapon is also known to be a shape shifter – which form it takes depends on its owner. The forms it has taken are legendary, as are the souls of the renowned warriors it has consumed. Only those with great mental discipline can retain their will while wielding this weapon. It is an evil weapon which saps the strength of the enemy it wounds and rends the soul of the one who holds it.
For Link, Soul Edge takes on the form of a sword and shield. Unlike most forms of Soul Edge, this weapon does not have any eyes.
This weapon has very high offensive and defensive capabilities, but Link loses HP while he wields it. This leads to an extremely offensive play.