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The Down Thrust is a recurring ability in the Zelda series, first appearing in The Adventure of Link. It is performed by Link by jumping into the air, positioning his sword underneath him pointing downwards, and landing on enemies sword-first to stab them from above.
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link, the Down Thrust is taught to Link by a Hyrulean Knight living in the Harbor Town of Mido. However, since the main door is locked from the inside, Link must use the Jump Spell to reach the second story of the house and thus enter through its open door. The knight at the end of the basement will on Link's new skill upon talking to him. This technique proves to be useful when fighting enemies such as Daira, Fokka, Moas or enemies that are too small to attack normally, such as Myu. When used with the Power Glove, the down thrust allows Link to crush rocks inside the many temples of Hyrule.
Four Swords Adventures
Four Swords Adventures also features the Down Thrust: while Link is jumping with the Roc's Feather or falling from ledges, the player can perform this technique by pressing down on the Control Stick and the attack button at the same time. Upon landing, the attack will send out shockwaves, although they will not cause any damage to the enemies nearby. Like in The Adventure of Link, the down thrust can be used to break rocks that are beneath the young heroes.
The Minish Cap
- The Ending Blow taught by the Hero's Spirit in Twilight Princess works similarly to the down thrust, but is only used on enemies that are knocked down.
- Some believe that in A Link to the Past, Link performs this move to use the Quake Medallion.