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Crimson Loftwing

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Crimson Loftwing
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Species Loftwing
Gender Male[1]
Game(s) Skyward Sword
Other Media Skyward Sword manga
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Era Sky Era

The Crimson Loftwing is the Loftwing that belongs to Link.[2] It is a member of a rare breed of Loftwing that was believed to be extinct for some time.[3]

Biography

Link and his guardian bird share a special connection that is noted by several Skyloftians. When Link first met his Loftwing, they formed an immediate bond and the young boy was able to fly on the bird without even needing instructions.[4] Because the Crimson Loftwing is so rare, it makes Link stand out among the rest of the citizens.[2]

Before the Wing Ceremony begins, Groose and his friends kidnap the Crimson Loftwing to impede Link from competing in the race.[5] With the help of Pipit, Link finds out from Fledge that they locked the Loftwing near the Waterfall Cave.[6] The young hero then ventures past the Waterfall Cave to free his Loftwing, allowing him to participate and eventually win the Wing Ceremony. From then on, Link is able to travel to numerous islands or to The Surface with the help of his Loftwing.

When Link has to meet Levias, Owlan teaches Link's Loftwing the Spiral Charge which he must master in order to confront the sky spirit infested with parasites. Although it is an advanced move that only senior Knight Academy students may learn, he teaches it to the Crimson Loftwing due to the circumstances.[7]

Controls

The Loftwing is controlled by tilting the Wii Remote in the desired direction. Similar to Epona in past games, the Loftwing possesses a limited number of three boosts, usable by pressing the "A" button that can also be used to damage enemies. The Loftwing will only fly a certain height into The Sky, and will not fly below the Cloud Barrier. Link can speed up while riding his Loftwing by using one of the aforementioned boosts, by flying high and then diving, or by flying through one of the circular rocks across The Sky. Link can dive off of the Loftwing at any time by pressing down, usually used to land on an island.

Non-canon Appearances

The Crimson Loftwing appears as a cameo in other Nintendo series.

For more information, visit the Cameos of The Legend of Zelda page.

Skyward Sword Manga

The Crimson Loftwing appears in the Skyward Sword manga. It first appears when the Goddess Hylia is seen riding it through a great battle. Shortly after, the Crimson Loftwing accepts a previous Link as its rider. It also appears at the end of the manga as Link, the hero from Skyward Sword as a child, gazes up into the skies and sees the Loftwing. It lands near Link, depicting the moment when they first meet. Both Links in the manga are able to sense what the Crimson Loftwing is trying to say to him.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Crimson Loftwing appears flying in the background of the Skyloft stage. It also appears as a Trophy.

Trophy Information

# Trophy Appears in Description How to unlock
SSB3DS SSBU
221 N/A SSBU Crimson Loftwing Trophy Model.png Skyward Sword The red guardian bird that carries Link through the skies. Given that this rare crimson breed was thought to be extinct, the people of Skyloft were quite suprised when this bird showed up and became Link's partner. In the real world, there's a type of bird called a shoebill that has a face almost identical to a Loftwing's. Random
Crimson Loftwing

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 紅いロフトバード (Akai Rofutobādo)
紅族 (Kurenai-Zoku)
Crimson Loftbird
Crimson Race
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Neburí rojo Red Neburi
Canada FrenchCA Célestrier vermeil

Gallery

References

  1. "This is very odd, Link. What could have possibly happened to your Loftwing? For a bird to ignore the call of his master... It's unheard of!" — Gaepora (Skyward Sword)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Of course, that Crimson Loftwing of yours is something special. I'd feel pretty confident riding him, too!" — Pipit (Skyward Sword)
  3. "The bird that came to him was a Crimson Loftwing. It is a breed so rare we were sure for some time that it had vanished from the line." — Gaepora (Skyward Sword)
  4. "Yes, and the boy and his bird seemed to share a profound connection from the moment they met. Do you recall seeing Link and that Loftwing of his when they first met? What a sight! The little boy just hopped up on that bird and gracefully flew away, without even a moment of instruction! They were meant for each other." — Gaepora (Skyward Sword)
  5. "I hate to say it, but I'm beginning to suspect that those blockheads had something to do with your Loftwing's disappearance." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  6. "It sounds like Groose and his buddies had a plan to capture your bird and hide him near a waterfall. Well, near a waterfall would mean... Quick--let's take a look at your map." — Pipit (Skyward Sword)
  7. "However, the acceleration effect lasts longer than any attack move you've used so far. Maintaining stable flight can be tricky. This is a technique that only senior Knight Academy students who have mastered high-level flight skills are allowed to perform. It's still a bit too early for you, but... This is an extraordinary circumstance, so I'll make an exception this time. However, I will test you." — Owlan (Skyward Sword)