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

Jump Slashes,(BotW)[1] also known as Jump Attacks,(SS)[2] Targeted Attacks,(PH | ST)[3][4] and Running Hacks,(SCII)[citation needed] are a recurring ability in 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.[5][6][7]

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.[7][8]

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.[6][9][10] 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.

Twilight Princess

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

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.[3][4] At closer range, Link will do a more modest sword thrust instead.

Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, Dark Link is also able to perform this move; however, he jumps much higher and slower than Link does.

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, Jump Attack 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 X Button 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.

Other Appearances

Soulcalibur II

The Running Hack is one of Link's moves in Soulcalibur II. 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. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

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

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Jump Attack returns as Link's dash attack in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.



  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. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Prima Official Game Guide by Prima Games , pg. 12
  3. 3.0 3.1 "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)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "To do a targeted attack, you just tap on the target you want to hit!" — Captain Russell (Spirit Tracks)
  5. "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)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "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)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "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)
  8. "While holding the sword, press Z + A. Offensive power will double." (Ocarina of Time manual, pg. 20)
  9. "And finally, the jump attack. Press (A) after drawing your sword and Z-Targeting with (Z). Begin." — Swordsman (Majora's Mask)
  10. "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)