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Roll Attack

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Roll Attack
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Other appearance(s)

The Roll Attack is a recurring ability in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]


Unarmed Roll Attacks were first introduced in Ocarina of Time. In most games, this can be performed by moving forward and pressing the action button. The Nintendo DS games, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, require different techniques to roll. The player can cause Link to roll by drawing a small circle at the edge of the DS screen in Phantom Hourglass, and by tapping the edge of the screen while running in Spirit Tracks.

It is rarely used as an attack, but is instead an action that Link can use to "tackle" some objects, an action that was formerly done with the Pegasus Boots in A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening. In most of its appearances, it can also be used repeatedly to travel faster than walking. Although it does not seem to be intended as an attack, this technique has been known to cause some damage to the occasional enemy.

Ocarina of Time

Majora's Mask

Four Swords

The Wind Waker

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, if Link presses B as he finishes rolling, he will perform a Spin Attack.

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, a Tiger Scroll technique known as the Roll Attack is featured and can be learned from Grayblade. To use it, Link must roll and swing his Sword just before the roll finishes.[2] If he does so, he will slide forward with his Sword outstretched, and will perform a Spin Attack if he runs into an enemy or item.

Twilight Princess

A similar technique later appeared in Twilight Princess, but instead of a Spin Attack, Link performs a forward thrust upon rising. Unlike most of the Sword techniques in the game, this is not a {{Term|TPHD|Hidden Skill|link}; it can be used from the first moment Link picks up a Sword.

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, if Link rolls four times in a row, he will halt momentarily and become dizzy. Coincidentally, this also happens when he attempts to perform a Spin Attack four times consecutively.

Spirit Tracks

Skyward Sword

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors


  1. "Roll Attack" — Tiger Scroll (The Minish Cap)
  2. "Roll! Then swing your sword as you start to get up!" — Tiger Scroll (The Minish Cap)