Young Link

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Young Link
Young Link.jpg
Full Name Link
Species Hylian
First Appearance The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, The Legend of Zelda series)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Super Smash Bros. series)
Latest Appearance The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011, The Legend of Zelda series)

Young Link is the incarnation of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, this young, child version of Link turns into the adult version of him about midway through the game, after pulling out the Master Sword. In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the player plays as Young Link throughout its entirety.

Young Link appeared as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee, being a separate character than the adult Link. Young Link is shown to be quite skilled with a short sword, as well as many other weapons.

History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Young Link (SSBM)
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Super Smash Bros. Character
Young Link
Young Link.jpg
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (unlockable)
Special Moves
Standard:  Fire Bow
Side:  Boomerang
Up:  Spin Attack
Down:  Bomb

In Super Smash Bros Melee, he is an unlockable character, unlocked by beating Classic or Adventure Mode with 10 characters. He is shown to have a fighting style similar to Link's, but he is weaker and cannot throw Bombs as far. His sword is also shorter, and his Boomerang cannot be thrown as far. However, he is much faster than his older self, and has better control over his Boomerang. He also shoots fire arrows instead of the normal ones that adult Link uses. Like his older self, Young Link can use a variety of weapons, including Arrows, a Boomerang, and a Deku Shield. He is also able to perform the Wall Jump, which the adult Link is not able to do. Young Link was voiced by the female voice actress, Fujiko Takimoto.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Young Link is one of the five playable characters from Super Smash Bros. Melee who is no longer playable (the other four being Dr. Mario, Pichu, Mewtwo, and Roy), possibly being replaced by Toon Link, another younger incarnation of Link who is actually the Hero of Time's reincarnation. However, he does have a collectible Sticker, and is playable in a demo of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[edit]

Young Link appears in the microgame Ocarina of Time in WarioWare: Smooth Moves (found in 9-Volt's stage), where he has to pull the Master Sword out by the Janitor form and will transform into either the current Link, an elderly Link, or a Cucco (a Hylian chicken).

Special Moves[edit]

Fire Bow[edit]

Fire Bow
Main article: SmashWiki:Fire Bow

Fire Bow is a move used by Young Link in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is his standard B move. Compared to Link's Bow, it does not go as far and inflicts less damage, but burns the enemy, comparable to Ness's PK Fire. The attack can be charged up by holding the B Button. It won't power the move up, but it will be able to go further if it is charged up. At times, not charging it up can be the best strategy. The attack can be done in mid-air as well, but it is harder to control the firing.

Kirby can also use the attack when he Swallows Young Link.

Boomerang[edit]

Boomerang
Main article: SmashWiki:Boomerang

Boomerang is a special move performed by both Link and his younger counterpart, Young Link, and will be used by Toon Link in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Super Smash Bros., it was Link's Standard B move. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, it was replaced by the Bow as the Standard B move and became his Side B move. It is also Young Link's Side B move in Melee. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Link's Boomerang will be replaced by the Gale Boomerang, but the Boomerang returns as Toon Link's side special move. In the first Super Smash Bros. only, Kirby was able to use Boomerang if he sucked up Link's abilities. Once the move is executed, Link, Young Link or Toon Link will throw a Boomerang sideways, which will hit a nearby opponent and then hit them again on the way back. The attack can also be moved slightly upwards and downwards. There are a few differences between Link's, Young Link's and Toon Link's versions of the attack. Link's can be thrown farther and does more damage, but lacks control. Young Link's cannot go as far as his adult counterpart's attack, nor can it do as much damage. However, Young Link is able to control it better, being able to tilt it up or down easier than Link. The difference between Link and Toon Link's attacks in Super Smash Bros. Brawl are the same as Link and Young Link's differences from Super Smash Bros. Melee, with the added effect that Toon Link's Boomerang doesn't wrap opponents up in a small twister.

Spin Attack[edit]

Spin Attack
Main article: SmashWiki:Spin Attack

Spin Attack is an attack that can be used by Link, Young Link, and Toon Link in the Super Smash Bros. series. It is their Up Special Move. Link or Young Link will then spin around with their swords held out, severely damaging anyone who gets hit. The attack can also be used while jumping, acting as Link and Young Link's third jump. When an opponent is hit by Young Link's ground attack, the attack will last longer. The attack returns as Link and Toon Link's Up Special Move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but this time, the move can be charged up for a stronger hit. If used in the air, Young Link will be put into a helpless state once the move finishes.

Bomb[edit]

Bomb
Main article: SmashWiki:Bomb (Link)

Bomb is Link's, Toon Link's and Young Link's Down Special Move. They will pull out a Bomb with its fuse lit. They hold the Bomb until it is thrown. Once thrown, the Bomb will either stay at the spot it was thrown to and explode a few moments later, or it will explode on impact. The former is more common in Super Smash Bros. However, the Bomb will explode even if Link, Toon Link or Young Link are holding it. Additionally, the two will be unable to pick up items while holding the Bomb. Young Link and Toon Link can not throw their Bombs as far, and it does not do as much damage, but he is able to run away from the explosion quicker. Toon Link's blast radius, however, is twice as big as Link's blast radius, and the Bomb's are harder to see. When using this bomb however, the player must be careful not to get caught in the blast.

Official Profiles and Statistics[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Name Image Game / Moves Description
Young Link (Classic) Trophy70.PNG The Legend of Zelda
07/87
Link's younger incarnation is often considered to be the true Link: he was a young boy in the very first Legend of Zelda game, and he has appeared as a youth in most of the subsequent games. Since his debut on the original NES in 1987, Link's appearance has changed over and over again, each time adding to the mystique of his incomparable story.
Young Link (Adventure) Trophy71.PNG B: Fire Bow
Smash B: Boomerang
Young Link is lighter and faster than his older self, and his Kokiri sword packs less punch. Even though his Boomerang has a shorter range, he has greater control over it. He's a smaller target, and while his Hookshot has less reach than older Link's, you can still use it in midair as a last ditch attempt to grab a ledge.
Young Link (All-Star) Trophy72.PNG Up & B: Spin Attack
Down + B: Bomb
With a youthful spring in his step, Young Link can perform amazing wall-jumps. Once he hits a wall, tap the Control Stick in the opposite direction to send him leaping upward; you can practice to your heart's content in Target Test. His Spin Attack can strike multiple times even on the ground, and although it's hard to discern, so do his Bombs.

Brawl Stickers[edit]

Image Game Effect
Link MM Sticker.png Zelda: Majora's Mask [Slash] - Attack +17
Usable by: Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Toon Link

Mario Series Appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Smash Bros. Melee Unlockable Playable Character 2001 Gamecube
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Cameo in Microgame 2006 Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Playable Character in Unlockable Demo of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and cameo as Sticker. 2008 Wii

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese こどもリンク
Kodomo Rinku
Child Link
Spanish (NOA) Link niño Kid Link
Spanish (NOE) Link joven