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Jump Slash

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Not to be confused with the Jump Strike
Jump Slash
Link Jump Attack.png
Artwork of Link performing a Jump Attack from Ocarina of Time
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Comparable AbilitiesJump Strike

The Jump Slash,[1] also known as the Jump Attack and the Targeted Attack,[2][3] is a recurring ability in the The Legend of Zelda series.


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.[4][5][6]

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, after Link performs a Jump Slash, he for a short while and is vulnerable to enemy attacks.[6][7]

Performing a Jump Slash

Nintendo 64 Z + A
Nintendo Gamecube Gamecube Button L.png + Gamecube Button A.png
Four Swords Adventures Tap + Gamecube Button B.png
Soulcalibur II Hold Control PadOpen ParenthesisHold Down RightComma.pngHold Up RightClose ParenthesisVertical Attack Button
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.[5][8][9] When both conditions are met, a simple press of the action button will unleash a Jump Attack.

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.

Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks also feature the Jump Attack. This time it can be performed simply by tapping on an enemy with the stylus, but only while Link is distant from his target.[2][3] At closer range, Link will do a more modest sword thrust instead. In Spirit Tracks, Dark Link is also able to perform this move; however, he jumps much higher and slower than Link does.

In Skyward Sword, a Jump Attack can be performed by Z-Targeting, jumping forward and then shaking the Wii Remote. The Jump Attack in Skyward Sword isn't any more powerful than a normal slash.

In Breath of the Wild, Link must jump manually with the X Button and then attack with the Y Button 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.

Non-canon Appearances

Soulcalibur II

In Soulcalibur II, one of Link's moves is similar to the Jump Attack, although it is known as the Running Hack. The young hero can perform it by running up to the enemy and then pressing the vertical attack button. It can deal up to 42 HP worth of damage and is considered to be a mid-attack.

Super Smash Bros. Series

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Link can perform a Jump Attack for the first time in the Super Smash Bros. series. It serves as his dash attack, which is executed by running and pressing the attack button.



  1. "Jump Slash
    Perform a jump slash by pressing Y Button after jumping or while in the air. The shock wave created when you hit the ground can affect
    " — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "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)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "To do a targeted attack, you just tap on the target you want to hit!" — Captain Russell (Spirit Tracks)
  4. "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)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "To execute a powerful jump attack, hold Z and press A. A jump attack has twice the power of the other attacks." (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Official Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 10)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "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)
  7. "While holding the sword, press Z + A. Offensive power will double." (Ocarina of Time manual, pg. 20)
  8. "And finally, the jump attack. Press (A) after drawing your sword and Z-Targeting with (Z). Begin." — Swordsman (Majora's Mask)
  9. "For a jumping, overhead sword-slash attack, press and hold Z then hit A. The jump attack is powerful and fast." (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 9)
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