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Crimson Loftwing

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

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


Skyward Sword

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.[5]

Before the Wing Ceremony begins, Groose, Cawlin and Strich kidnap the Crimson Loftwing to impede Link from competing in the race.[6] With the help of Pipit and Fledge, Link learns that Groose and his gang hid the Loftwing near the Waterfall Cave.[7] The young hero then ventures into the Waterfall Cave and frees his Loftwing from its imprisonment, 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 a parasite known as Bilocyte. Although it is an advanced move that only senior Knight Academy students may learn, Owlan teaches it to the Crimson Loftwing due to the dire circumstances.[8]


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 that can also be used to damage enemies, usable by pressing the "A" button. 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 the Loftwing at any time by pressing down on the Wii Remote's directional pad, which he must do to land on an island or access the surface from the Sky.

Other 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 (Himekawa)

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
221 N/A SSBfWU 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

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Main article: Loftwing#Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Crimson Loftwing appears as the Loftwing Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


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



  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. "Skillfully handling his rare Crimson Loftwing, Link was victorious in his year’s Wing Ceremony and so won the honor of performing the ceremony of the goddess opposite Zelda." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 73)
  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. "Of course, that Crimson Loftwing of yours is something special. I'd feel pretty confident riding him, too!" — Pipit (Skyward Sword)
  6. "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)
  7. "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)
  8. "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)