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Update: Fi, the spirit of the Skyward Sword's Goddess Sword, twirls onto the battlefield alongside Impa, Agitha, and others this fall.
Ever since traversing Hyrule in 3D for the first time in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, fans have been clamoring for more action-oriented Link. He made an appearance in Soul Calibur II, but now, in Wii U's Hyrule Warriors, he’s bringing some friends (and enemies) with him onto the battlefield to take down hordes of Moblins, Lizalfos Knights and Dodongos.
We'll continue to update this as more characters are confirmed. For now, check out some of the fighters and their more powerful attacks.
LinkThe Hero of Time, Link is a master of both swords and staves. He can wield his trusty Master Sword, using his signature spin attack to take out surrounding enemies.
He also wields the classic fire rod, which offers more versatility than the master sword, acting as both a projectile weapon and a close-range flamethrower. In terms of garb, Link can ride into battle wearing his traditional green tunic (now adorned with a spiffy blue scarf) and the Twilight Princess version of the Zora’s Tunic.
Pulling another item from his seemingly unending inventory, Link can also equip his ball and chain weapon from Twilight Princess. Though a bit unwieldy, it has a wide swing radius and crushes foes easily.
ImpaOnce portrayed as a frail, elderly nanny in the original Legend of Zelda, Hyrule Warriors’ Impa draws most heavily from the fierce guardian incarnation of Skyward Sword. Her movements are much more deliberate than Link’s, throwing her weight into each swing of her giant blade.
ZeldaThe princess of Hyrule, Zelda brings both rapier and arrows of light into combat. Her movements are quick and swift, using the Triforce of wisdom and spells like Farore’s Wind to finish off hordes of foes.
MidnaThe princess of Twilight, Midna returns to cause some mischief on the battlefield. She rides atop a twilit wolf, who delivers lighter attacks, while she uses her ponytail and fused shadow relic on her crown to deal heavy damage.
AgithaWho would’ve thought that someone with a hobby as innocuous as bug collecting could take on Poes? Agitha fights with her parasol in hand, summoning bugs to fend off enemies.
ZantThe Usurper King slithers onto the scene with a scimitar in each hand. Whether he uses his previously seen abilities, like teleportation and energy blasts, remains to be seen.
It also seems like he will be an antagonist, though in Musou games, that doesn't mean he won't also be playable. We know that Skyward Sword's Ghirahim and The Imprisoned will also appear as enemies, but we don't yet know for certain whether they'll be playable.
LanaA brand new, tome-wielding character, this blue-haired mage looks to bring a new twist on the crossover adventure. Lana conjures translucent blocks to squash her enemies and aid in acrobatics, shattering them with her magic to damage enemies with its shards. She figures into the story as a foil for antagonist Cia.
FiLink’s faithful companion from Skyward Sword, Fi is the spirit of the Goddess Sword incarnate, which Link and Fi would go on to forge into the Master Sword itself. Fi dances around the battlefield damaging enemies with magical pirouette strikes and transforms into the Goddess Sword to land finishing blows.
Link and Zelda will receive their respective Twilight Princess costumes in the form of downloadable content in Japan, but there's no word on whether the DLC will come to the US. Hyrule Warriors comes to Wii U September 26, but until then, you can dig even deeper into Hyrule Warriors by reading our story on where the title fits into the expansive Zelda timeline and revisit our discussion of our readers’ thoughts on the game now that we’ve seen more of it.
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