Shulk 101

Zelda

Community Rating:
+1.5 (Notable Advantage)

Professional Rating:
+1.2 (Advantage)

Neutral

  • Jump, Speed, or Buster art are excellent for neutral as Zelda has pretty bad mobility, and if your aerials are spaced well in buster she shouldn't be able to punish you, as most of her options are too slow (jab, up-b, d-tilt, and f-tilt OOS don't have enough range to compete with Shulk).
  • Her main approach options are nair, Nayru's Love, & grabs.

Advantage

  • With Jump Art, you can jump over her Phantom and punish her with nair of backslash.

Disadvantage

  • If Shulk is over +75%, he is at risk of Zelda's Farore's Wind OoS (aka the Elevator). DI away. Shield Art helps, but Smash Art makes it worse. Improper spacing to her should be avoided.
  • At +100% on Shulk, her Dthrow -> Uair is a true kill combo. DI away.

  • Her SH Dair can meteor smash Shulk's Air Slash.
  • Incoming Phantom under a platform makes it difficult to punish.
  • Be careful when airdodging, because if Zelda reads it, she's most likely able to punish with a sweet-spot fair/bair (aka Lightning Kick).

Other Notes

Move Standing Crouching
Does Vanilla Full Hop Buffered Nair hit while Yes  
Does Vanilla Full Hop Buffered Fair hit while Yes  
Does Vanilla Full Hop Buffered Dair hit while Yes  
Does Jump SH/Speed FH Buffered Fair hit while Yes  
Does Jump SH/Speed FH Buffered Nair hit while Yes  

  • Down Throw (Combo Throw)
    • DI up and to Zelda’s back, you typically don’t want to go for a mix up unless you’re very sure they will mess up. At low percent watch for nair to fair/bair off of d throw which does a ton of damage but isn’t too difficult to escape. Also watch for d throw
  • Back Throw (Kill Throw)
    • Optimal DI is straight torwards Zelda
    • Kills at 132% at the ledge with no arts
    • Kills at 221% at the ledge in shield art
    • Kills at 131% at the ledge in buster art
    • Kills at 111% at the ledge in smash art
  • Up Throw (Kill Throw)
    • Kills at about 210%


Information from this guide on Smashboards

Best Stages:

  • Battlefield (Overall best, never take her to Battlefield)
  • Smashville

Worst Stages:

  • Lylat Cruise
  • Dream Land 64
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