Young Link

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This article is about the Link that appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Hyrule Warriors. For Link as he appears in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, see Hero of Time.

Young Link is a distinguishing moniker for Link's child appearance from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask in (non-canonical) games with multiple character iterations of Link.


Super Smash Bros. Melee

See SmashWiki's article on Young Link for more information.

Young Link is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee.[5] There are two ways to unlock him: by playing 500 vs. matches, or by completing Classic Mode with 10 different characters, including 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 Link, Young Link can choose different color tunics, including, red, blue, and black (the red and blue costumes are based on the Goron and Zora tunic, which is strange, since Young Link, in his own games, could never wear them.) When he taunts his foes, he drinks a (redesigned) Bottle of Lon Lon Milk before wiping 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 Link's, Young Link's Fire Bow shoots Fire Arrows, although they do not travel as far as 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 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 Link's, but it can trap nearby foes in a cyclone of slashes upon performing this move.

# Trophy First Game / Move Description How to unlock
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
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
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. Complete All-Star Mode as Young Link

Hyrule Warriors

Young Link appears as a playable Warrior in Hyrule Warriors. In Hyrule Warriors, he is available in the Majora's Mask DLC Pack. His class of Weapon is the Mask, with which he can transform into the Fierce Deity Link during his Focus Spirit and Special Attack, although he otherwise uses the Kokiri Sword to attack. He also wears the Keaton Mask over his head, which can be briefly worn by tapping the Strong Attack button when his Magic Gauge is full. Similarly to Link, Proxi speaks on Young Link's behalf.

Young Link is initially weak compared to other Warriors, as the power and range of his attacks are merely adequate. 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.

In Hyrule Warriors, Young Link drops the same Materials as his adult counterpart does. However, in Hyrule Warriors Legends, Young Link drops his own unique Materials when defeated. He may either drop his Belt as a silver Material, or his Keaton Mask as a gold Material.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

After being absent in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Young Link returns as a combatant in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His newly acquired Final Smash is the Triforce Slash. Young Link also appears as a Fighter Spirit that can be obtained by either clearing "Hyrule Smash!", Young Link's Classic Mode Route, or by purchasing it from the Shop for G 300.


Names in Other Regions
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Young Link (SSBU)[15]
こどもリンク (Kodomo Rinku) (SSBU)[9]Child Rinku
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
年幼林克 (Niányòu Línkè) (SSBU)[11] 
The People's Republic of China
幼年林克 (Yòunián Línkè) (SSBU)[18] 
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Jonge Link (SSBU)[12] 
  • Link (HWDE)
  • Link enfant (SSBU)[20]
The French Republic
  • Link (HWDE)
  • Link enfant (SSBU)[10]
The Federal Republic of Germany
  • Link (HWDE)
  • Junger Link (SSBU)[16]
The Italian Republic
  • Link (HWDE)[8]
  • Link giovane (SSBU)[7]
  • Link bambino (SSBU)[6]
The Republic of Korea
소년 링크 (Sonyeon Lingkeu) (SSBU)[17] 
The Russian Federation
Юный Линк (Yunyy Link) (SSBU)[19] 
Latin America
Link niño (HWDE | SSBU)[13][14]Boy Link
The Kingdom of Spain
Link niño (HWDE | SSBU)[21]Boy Link
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Video Gallery

Young Link Gameplay trailer

See Also


  1. "Masked Youngster
    Young Link
    " — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  2. "Young Link, Determined Youth" — Tutorials (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  3. "Master of Masks
    — NIntendo, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition - Character Highlight Series Trailer #2 - Nintendo Switch , YouTube (video), published April 19, 2018, retrieved November 29, 2022.
  4. "Master of the Ocarina
    " — N/A (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
  5. "Fast, nimble, and ready to roll, Young Link awaits you!" — Special Message (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - All Fighters Announced in All Languages [HD 1080P], YouTube.
  7. "LINK GIOVANE"Personaggi | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Sito ufficiale | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  8. "Link" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  9. "こどもリンク"ファイター | 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ SPECIAL | 任天堂,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  10. "LINK ENFANT"Combattants | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Site officiel | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  11. "年幼林克"鬥士 | 任天堂明星大亂鬥 特別版 | 任天堂,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  12. "JONGE LINK"Vechters | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Officiële website | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  13. "Link niño" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  14. "LINK NIÑO"Combatientes | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Sitio web oficial | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  15. "YOUNG LINK"Fighters | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Official Site | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  16. "JUNGER LINK"Kämpfer | Offizielle Seite zu Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  17. "소년 링크"파이터 | 슈퍼 스매시브라더스 얼티밋 | 닌텐도,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  18. "幼年林克"斗士 | 任天堂明星大乱斗 特别版 | 任天堂,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  19. "ЮНЫЙ ЛИНК"Бойцы | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — Официальный сайт | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  20. "LINK ENFANT"Combattants | Site officiel de Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
  21. "LINK NIÑO"Luchadores | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Sitio web oficial | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo,, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.