- This article is about the Link that appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Hyrule Warriors. For Link as he appears in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, see Hero of Time.
Artwork of Young Link from Hyrule Warriors
|Game(s)|| Super Smash Bros. Melee|
|Voice Actor(s)|| Fujiko Takimoto (SSBM)|
Young Link is a character appearing in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Hyrule Warriors that embodies the child stage of Link's life in his adventures from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask as the Hero of Time.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Young Link is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. There are two ways to unlock him: by playing 500 vs. matches, or by completing Classic Mode with 10 different characters, including Adult Link and Zelda, at any difficulty and stock. The player will then be challenged by Young Link, and upon defeating him, Young Link will become a playable character. His appearance is based on the young counterpart of Link as seen in Ocarina of Time, since he wields the Kokiri Sword and the Deku Shield during combat. Young Link is more agile albeit weaker than the older Link. He has some of the same weaponry and moves as his adult counterpart, but they are usually accompanied with a few changes, like his Hookshot and Boomerang having a shorter reach. Great Bay serves as the home stage of Young Link. Like Adult Link, Young Link can choose different color tunics, including, red, blue, and black. When he taunts his foes, he drinks a Bottle of Lon Lon Milk then wipes his mouth.
Young Link's special moves are the same as the adult version. He wields the Fairy Bow from Ocarina of Time as his neutral special move; however, instead of it shooting normal Arrows like Adult Link's, Young Link's Fire Bow shoots Fire Arrows, although they do not travel as far as Adult Link's and actually inflict less damage. Young Link's side special move is the Boomerang, and while it might not have a range as great as Adult Link's, Young Link actually has more control over it. Bombs function as the hero's down special move, while the Spin Attack is his up special move as well as his recovery. Young Link's Spin Attack is weaker than Adult Link's, but it can trap nearby foes in a cyclone of slashes upon performing this move.
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|70||Young Link||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.||Complete Classic Mode as Young Link|
|71||Young Link [Smash]||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.||Complete Adventure Mode as Young Link|
|72||Young Link [Smash]||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.||All-Star Mode]] as Young Link|
In Hyrule Warriors, Young Link appears as a playable Warrior in the Majora's Mask DLC Pack. He attacks using his Kokiri Sword, but can also use the Fierce Deity's Mask to transform into the Fierce Deity and use its attacks. He also wears the Keaton Mask over his head, which can be used by tapping the Strong Attack button when his Magic is filled, although he only growls and, after removing the mask, giggles.
Young Link is initially weak compared to other Warriors, as the power and range of his attacks are merely adequate as is his mobility. To compensate for this, Young Link possesses a unique trait; the ability to convert his Special Attack Meter into his Magic Meter by playing the Ocarina of Time to empty his Special Attack Meter and fill his Magic Meter with the equivalent amount. By using Focus Spirit, Young Link can then transform into the Fierce Deity and utilize the Fierce Deity Sword, which fires sword beams. Fierce Deity Link also greatly improves his speed, power, reach, and grants him the typical bonuses from Focus Spirit. Young Link can keep restoring his Magic Meter with the Ocarina while using Focus Spirit, potentially allowing him to remain in Focus Spirit indefinitely if a sufficient amount of the Special Attack Meter is recycled periodically. If Young Link has two Fierce Deity Badges crafted and a full Special Attack Meter, he may fill the Magic Meter in one instance by playing the Ocarina.
Young Link's Strength VI Strong Attack allows his boots to momentarily grow wings that enable him to slide across the ground while performing repeated slashes, and execute a massive, Triforce-shaped explosion. They resemble both the Pegasus Boots and the Hover Boots.
- "Fast, nimble, and ready to roll, Young Link awaits you!" — Special Message (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||子供リンク (Kodomu Rinku)||Young Link|
|German||Junge Link||Young Link|