Link performing the
Downward Thrust in The Adventure of Link
The Downward Thrust, or Down Thrust, is a sword technique featured in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and The Minish Cap whereby Link can attack enemies from below.
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link it can be performed by jumping and then holding the down button. Link must learn the Downward Thrust to complete the game as there are keys as in the Island Palace that cannot be reached without it.
The technique can be obtained in the Harbor Town of Mido by casting the Jump Spell to reach the top of the bell tower. Once inside, Link is taught the technique by the knight that resides there.
The Minish Cap
In The Minish Cap, it is performed by jumping with the Roc's Cape, and pressing the sword button. It is useful against many enemies.
Link receives a cryptic hint about a bell tower that operates without a ringer.
If only Link could jump high to reach that door...
Link Receives the technique from the Knight.
Link performing the Downward Thrust against a Goriya.