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, Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (2018, The Legend of Zelda series)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Mario-related media, as a Sticker)

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.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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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

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

SmashWiki article: Young Link (SSBM)

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 Fujiko Takimoto, who provided his voice clips for Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

Young Link's neutral special is Fire Bow, which allows him to shoot Fire Arrows. His side special is the Boomerang, which allows him to throw a boomerang that he has greater control over than Link. His up special is the Spin Attack, which does not have as great a range but can draw in opponents and hit them repeatedly. Finally, his down special is Bomb, which is not as powerful as Link's but the explosion can deal multiple hits.

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.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[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.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee Trophies[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 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 Nintendo 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