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Farore's Wind is Zelda's Up Special Move. A yellow ribbon of magic spins around Zelda, causing her to disappear. After that, she will reappear in the direction held on the control stick (or above if the control stick is not moved).

Overview

The initial ribbon spinning is capable of damaging opponents that touch it. In Brawl, it teleports slightly less distance but also creates a small explosion (similar to the one made by the initial part of Sheik's Vanish) upon reappearing, dealing some damage and knockback. It is hard to sweetspot the ledge with this move. In Smash 4, it is easier to sweetspot the ledge and the explosion as Zelda reappears is still present from Brawl.

Zelda's Special Moves
Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS
Standard Special Nayru's Love
Side Special Din's Fire
Up Special Farore's Wind
Down Special Transform Phantom Slash
Final Smash Light Arrow

Custom Variations

In Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U, Farore's Wind can be customized into Farore's Squall or Farore's Windfall.

Farore's Squall

Farore's Squall will not damage opponents, but can push them away with a gust of wind.

Strengths:

  • Can set up grabs
  • Opponents near Zelda when she reappears are launched upwards

Weaknesses:

  • Slower to start
  • More obvious where Zelda will reappear
  • No damage

Farore's Squall deals no damage but instead pushes opponents around with windboxes as Zelda passes through them. A small orb of light travels from where Zelda vanishes to where she will reappear, making it more obvious to opponents where she will reappear; it is also much slower to start, making it a poor recovery that is easy to gimp and predictable. As the orb of light passes opponents, it pushes them towards where Zelda will reappear; at certain distances, it will push them close enough that when Zelda reappears she can execute a grab or pivot grab, making the move useful as a combo setup. Opponents close to Zelda when she reappears are launched into the air, and though still not receiving damage, can set up some aerial combos. This makes Farore's Squall more useful on stage as a maneuver for setting up combos than as a recovery move.

Farore's Windfall

Farore's Windfall only teleports Zelda upward, but will Meteor Smash any opponent hit by Zelda reappearing. Does 4% when disappearing, then 7% upon reappearing.

Strengths:

  • Meteor smashes opponents hit when Zelda reappears
  • Fast

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn't sweetspot ledge
  • Very restricting in recovery movement and options
  • Predictable
  • Difficult to even hit an opponent with

Farore's Windfall is perhaps the least useful of Zelda's up special custom variations because of its obvious weaknesses. Though it meteor smashes opponents when Zelda reappears, it is highly unlikely that it will even hit an opponent because an opponent would have to input no DI after an up throw and be at a high enough percentage for the move to connect at all, and even then the meteor smash is only useful near an edge. Speaking of edges, this move does not sweetspot the edge, and only teleports upwards, so Zelda has to use the move from very deep down on the stage in order to safely recover. If used at a height any higher than this, Zelda will teleport above the edge and leave her wide open for an edge-guard. The fact that the move only teleports Zelda upwards makes it very restricting to her recovery options and movement, especially considering her low horizontal air movement. This also makes the move predictable as the opponent will know that she will always go upwards when the move is used. The only real upside to this move is that it is executed very quickly which makes it difficult to gimp.

Zelda's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Nayru's Rejection Nayru's Passion
Side Special Din's Flare Din's Blaze
Up Special Farore's Squall Farore's Windfall
Down Special Phantom Breaker Phantom Strike

Origin

It is based on a spell with the same name from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Link could use it to mark a place in a Dungeon and then return to that warp point at a later time. It is the spell which is representative of Farore, the Goddess of Courage.

Application

This move can be used to play mindgames with opponents because of the unpredictable nature of the move. It is also a good move to use so that you can close the distance with an opponent

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