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- Not to be confused with Dark Link, the reoccurring boss enemy that appeared in The Adventure of Link and Ocarina of Time.
|Game(s)||Four Swords Adventures|
|Dungeon(s)||Cave of No Return|
Village of the Blue Maiden
The Dark Cloud
|Voice Actor(s)||Sachi Matsumoto|
Shadow Link is a dark reflection of Link created from the Dark Mirror by Ganon. He appears in Four Swords Adventures. He is possibly related to Dark Link, but has distinct differences in behavior, origin and appearance. He is the only playable boss in the series, albeit only in Shadow Battle.
In Four Swords Adventures, Shadow Link is featured as both a main character and a recurring enemy and boss. There are many Shadow Links; the Dark Mirror can create an endless supply, but they all work together as one. He first appears early in the game in the Four Sword Sanctuary and tricks Link into drawing the Four Sword, releasing the ancient Wind Mage Vaati and splitting Link into four Links. He and his copies then plague Hyrule by terrorizing its citizens, some of whom blame the Links for his misdeeds. Shadow Links usually show up repeatedly in each stage, often causing mischief using a certain item, such as setting fires with the Fire Rod or charging at the Links with the Pegasus Boots, or sometimes simply just taunting Link by avoiding his blade. Whoever manages to defeat him can receive a large green Force Gem, but often they will flee to the Dark World.
Shadow Link also sometimes appears and summons a Big Bomb. When this bomb explodes, all Links on screen will be instantly defeated. He will summon and endless supply of Big Bombs until the Links can escape.
He appears as the main boss for the Cave of No Return, Village of the Blue Maiden, Desert Temple and The Dark Cloud stages - where, during each battle except for the Dark Cloud stage, he would eventually take on a color, and only the corresponding Link could damage him. During these battles he usually travels back and forth from the Dark World and attacks Link with his copy of the Four Sword. Shadow Link and his kin are finally defeated in The Dark Cloud stage when, while the Links engage them in combat, Princess Zelda undoes the seal on the Dark Mirror and takes it into her possession, dispelling them. He also appears as a middle boss on other stages.
In the additional multiplayer game in Four Swords Adventures known as Shadow Battle, four colored Shadow Links battle for supremacy in a number of different arenas. While appearing identical to the four Links of the normal game, they appear in the same manner as Shadow Link and have his voice at the start of battle. During these battles, Shadow Link has the exact same abilities as Link normally would.
- ↑ "That mirror reveals the wickedness within a person and brings it to life. It's an item of terrible, dark power. No good can come from this. Shadow Link!! Could he be your evil reflection, cast by the Dark Mirror?" — White Maiden (Four Swords Adventures)
- ↑ "Shadow Link: Demons identical to Link that are born of the Dark Mirror and possess the power of darkness. The resentment and evil thoughts of the defeated Ganondorf travel across time and space, emerging as shadows in the shape of the Hero." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 119)
|Names in Other Regions|
|French||Ombre de Link|