Young Link

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Young Link
YoungLink SSBU.png
Species Hylian
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, The Legend of Zelda series)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Latest portrayal Fujiko Takimoto (Mario-related media)
“Young Link's launch power is the weakest of the Links, but that makes it easier to perform combos. He's quicker in the air, can unleash moves faster, and is less vulnerable when landing.”
Tips, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Young Link is the incarnation of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. In 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 Majora's Mask, the player plays as Young Link throughout its entirety.

Young Link appears as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee, being treated as a separate character from the adult Link. After being absent as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, he returned in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Young Link is shown to be quite skilled with a short sword, as well as many other weapons.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Zelda Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. character
Young Link
YoungLink SSBU.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Fire Bow
Side:  Boomerang
Up:  Spin Attack
Down:  Bomb
Final Smash:  Triforce Slash
Battle entrance
Young Link descends from a column of light, similar to the end-of-dungeon one in Ocarina of Time and Link's appearance in the original Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

SmashWiki article: Young Link (SSBM)
Artwork for Young Link from Super Smash Bros. Melee.

In Super Smash Bros Melee, Young Link is an unlockable character, unlocked by beating Classic or Adventure mode with 10 characters, including Link and Zelda/Sheik, or by playing 500 Melee matches, and he then must be defeated on Great Bay. Young Link's moves are similar to Link's, though while Young Link is faster and lighter, he is also weaker. As Young Link is shorter and wields the smaller Kokiri Sword, his attacks do not have as much range. Young Link's Deku Shield is also not as strong as Link's Hylian Shield, as it does not protect against stronger projectiles. Young Link, however, can Wall Jump, which Link is not able to do. Young Link is voiced by Fujiko Takimoto, who provided his voice clips for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

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 in this game (the other four being Dr. Mario, Pichu, Mewtwo, and Roy), possibly being replaced by Toon Link, who functions very similarly to Young Link. However, he does have a collectible Sticker, and is playable in a demo of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

While Young Link does not make any appearance whatsoever in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, he is referenced in the trophy "Adult Link (Ocarina of Time)". Young Link is also indirectly referenced via Link's eighth alternate costume, which is almost identical to Young Link's Fierce Deity transformation. Lastly, Toon Link's Hero Bow has a custom variation based on Young Link's Fire Bow.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

SmashWiki article: Young Link (SSBU)

Young Link, after being absent as a fighter in the previous two Super Smash Bros. games (the longest absence of any playable character alongside Pichu), returns as an unlockable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Due to Link's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-based changes, Young Link is now considered an entirely unique fighter from him, though his moveset shares a few similarities with Toon Link's. Young Link gains a Final Smash, the Triforce Slash, which he shares with Toon Link. Young Link gains his new on-screen appearance and two new taunts, and Young Link can give a battle cry during a victory animation.

Young Link benefits from universal changes: his overall mobility is faster, his short hop timing is reduced, his aerials have less landing lag, and he can use ground attack out of a run and use his aerials on ladders. Young Link's recovery is better, since his double jump grants more height, while directionally air dodging does not leave him helpless anymore. However, Young Link's air and falling speeds are decreased, unlike fellow veterans; additionally, some of his moves deal less damage and knockback, or more startup and ending lag.

In the World of Light, Young Link's puppet fighter is fought in the Triforce of Courage section of the Sacred Land, referencing his home series. He must be awoken to progress the story, along with Ganondorf, Zelda, Sonic, and Cloud.

Classic Mode route[edit]

Young Link's Classic Mode route pits him against fighters from The Legend of Zelda series.

Hyrule Smash!
Round Opponent(s) Stage Song
1 Zelda Hyrule Castle Hyrule Main Theme
2 Young Link (dark costume) Temple Song of Storms
3 Sheik Gerudo Valley (Ω) Gerudo Valley
4 Toon Link ×4 Pirate Ship The Great Sea / Menu Select
5 Ganondorf Bridge of Eldin (Ω) Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
6 Link Great Plateau Tower Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Final Ganon Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form

Special moves[edit]

Fire Arrow[edit]
Link using the Fire Bow in Super Smash Bros. Melee
SmashWiki article: Fire Arrow

The Fire Arrow, known as the Fire Bow in Super Smash Bros. Melee, is Young Link's standard special move, based on the Fire Arrow upgrade recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series. The move deals less damage than Link's Bow, and the arrow does not travel as far, but has a longer hitstun and deals fire damage.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, one of the custom variations for Toon Link's Hero's Bow is the Fire Bow, with a similar effect to Young Link's Fire Bow.

Young Link using the Boomerang in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Young Link using the Boomerang in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Boomerang

The Boomerang from The Legend of Zelda series is Young Link's side special move, shared with Link and Toon Link. It is designed specifically after the one used in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. When thrown, the Boomerang damages any opponents it hits and automatically returns to Young Link once it hits an opponent or wall. The player can hold the control stick to make it fly farther, and it can also be thrown diagonally. The Boomerang can also fly up or down while it is active by tilting the control stick just before throwing it. Compared to Link's Boomerang, Young Link's Boomerang does not travel as far, and it is not as powerful, but it can be controlled better.

Spin Attack[edit]
Young Link using the Spin Attack in Super Smash Bros. Melee
SmashWiki article: Spin Attack

The Spin Attack is Young Link's up special move. Shared with Link and Toon Link, the move is based on the Spin Attack move recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series. When used, the character spins around rapidly with their sword to deal damage. When used in the air, the move also gives the character some vertical and horizontal distance. Unlike Link's Spin Attack, Young Link's version of the move, as well as Toon Link's version, can draw in opponents to deal multiple hits, although Young Link's has less range.

Young Link holding a Bomb in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Young Link throwing a Bomb in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Bomb (Link)

The Bomb is Young Link's down special move, shared with Link and Toon Link, and based on the item recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series. Young Link's Bomb in particular is based on the ones from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. When used, Young Link pulls a Bomb out that can then be thrown at other characters to do damage, exploding on impact. Like other explosives, the bombs also deal damage to the holder; it can also be caught and thrown by opponents, or detonate in the player's hands. Unlike Link and Toon Link's Bombs, the explosion from Young Link's Bombs can hit multiple times. The player cannot use the move while holding another item, as Bombs count as an item.

Final Smash[edit]
Triforce Slash[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Young Link gains the Triforce Slash as his Final Smash. Like with Toon Link (and Link in the previous games), Young Link fires an arrow and traps an opponent between two Triforces. He then rushes forward and repeatedly slashes at them before thrusting and launching them away.

WarioWare series[edit]

Young Link appears in the microgame Ocarina of Time in WarioWare: Smooth Moves (found in 9-Volt's stage). The object is to have him pull the Master Sword by the Janitor form, and he will transform into a different form depending on the level: Adult Link on level 1, an elderly Link on level 2, or a Cucco on level 3. This microgame reappears in WarioWare Gold.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]


Name Image Game / Moves Description
Young Link (Classic) Trophy70.png The Legend of Zelda
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.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


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

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: Is it just me, or has Link lost weight?
  • Palutena: Yes and no. That's Young Link. He's the child version of the Hero of Time.
  • Pit: The Hero of Time?
  • Palutena: The Link who mastered the Ocarina of Time and faced Ganondorf. Link's actions as the Hero of Time created parallel worlds, and from there, many different legends were born.
  • Pit: I don't follow. What do you mean?
  • Viridi: If you were defeated by Medusa, Palutena wouldn't be here today, right?
  • Pit: True, but what does that have to do with anything?
  • Viridi: We may have triumphed over Medusa in this timeline, but in a different timeline, you lost that fight, leaving Medusa and Hades to rule the world. Every action and inaction creates infinite parallel worlds! You're only in one of them.
  • Pit: Wait... I'm not the only me? And nothing I do matters because another me will do the opposite? THEN WHAT'S THE POINT OF DOING ANYTHING!
  • Palutena: Breathe, Pit! Focus on Young Link's short reach. He may be fast, but try to outrange him and anticipate his movements.

Super Smash Blog bio[edit]

"He’s back after 17 years! Young Link is faster than Link but he’s also lighter, making him easier to launch."


  • Since his debut on the original Nintendo Entertainment System™ in 1987, Link's appearance has changed over and over again, each time adding to the mystique of his incomparable story. This younger incarnation is most often associated with the Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ game.

Audio samples[edit]

Audio.svg Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Young Link performing his Spin Attack. (Fujiko Takimoto, 2018; reused from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

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Mario series appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Smash Bros. Melee Unlockable playable character 2001 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Cameo in microgame 2006 Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Playable character in Masterpiece of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; cameo as sticker 2008 Wii
WarioWare Gold Cameo in microgame 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch

Name in other languages[edit]

Young Link coverage on other NIWA wikis:
Language Name Meaning
Japanese こどもリンク
Kodomo Rinku
Child Link
Despite Young Link's Japanese name being roughly pronounced "Kodomo Link", his name is still announced as "Young Link" in the Japanese versions of Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate, unlike Villager and Hero.
Spanish Link niño Kid Link
French (NOA) Link Enfant Child Link
French (NOE) Link (Jeune) Link (Young)
Dutch Jonge Link Young Link
German Junger Link Young Link
Italian Link giovane
Link bambino
Young Link
Child Link
Russian Юный Линк
Yunyy Link
Korean 소년 링크
Sonyeon Lingkeu
Chinese 年幼林克
Niányòu Línkè