|This article explicitly refers to this character in regards to their appearance in Super Smash Bros. Strife. For information on this character in other contexts, see Young Link.|
|Series||The Legend of Zelda|
|Debut title||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|
|System of origin||Nintendo 64|
|Year of debut||1998|
Young Link (Japanese: こどもリンク Kodomo Rinku) is, as his name implies, the child form of the Hero of Time, and the main protagonist of the Nintendo 64 The Legend of Zelda titles. Young Link is a veteran of the Super Smash Bros. series, having made his debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee and reappearing solely in Super Smash Bros. Strife.
Fujiko Takimoto reprises her role as Young Link from Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. Melee Edit
Young Link now has a Final Smash.
Young Link has been changed in many regards in order to differentiate him from Link and Toon Link.
- Young Link's dash attack is the Jump Attack from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; which mirrors the adult Link's dash attack.
- Several of Young Link's standard attacks have changed to resemble the Hidden Skills from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: the Shield Attack is similar to his new forward tilt, and the Helm Splitter is very similar to his new forward aerial.
Young Link no longer has the Hookshot for a grab. As such he has much less range for his grab, and can no longer tether recover.
- Young Link now uses the Goron Bracelet to grab opponents. Similarly to Donkey Kong, one of his throws actually allows Young Link to carry around an opponent for a short time.
Fire Bow now deals slightly more damage.
- Fire Bow arrows do not travel as far, nor does it fly as quickly.
- Arrows will now continue burning for a short moment on the ground, dealing damage to those that walk over it. Additionally, the same also occurs if an arrow hits an opponent.
Young Link does not jump as high.
Young Link runs at a faster speed.
Young Link has a new Down Special: the Powder Keg.
- The Powder Keg takes longer to use than his previous Bomb attack.
- The Powder Keg is much more deadly; dealing massive damage and knockback.
Young Link's Spin Attack deals slightly more damage at the end of the attack.
Young Link is a Hylian that grew up among the Kokiri in Kokiri Forest. He was shunned by the Kokiri's leader, Mido, for not having a fairy like the rest of the populace of the village. After the village's guardian, the Great Deku Tree, sends Navi with instructions for Link to see him, the child Link is forced on an adventure.
Young Link is the child version of the Hero of Time, the Link that first faced Ganondorf. He was the main protagonist of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, where he found his way to the land of Termina in search of his fairy friend Navi.
|Neutral Special Move||Fire Bow||Young Link fires a flaming arrow from a bow. The attack can be charged to fire the arrow further and deal slightly more damage.|
|Custom Variants||Ice Bow||Young Link's arrow travels faster and freezes opponents. However, as the arrow freezes opponents, it does not deal as much damage, and does not deal any damage should opponents walk over an arrow in the ground.|
|Slingshot||Young Link instead fires a pellet from a slingshot. The attack does not need to be charged, and travels at a much higher speed. However, the pellet breaks when it hits a wall or ground. The attack deals much less damage, and does not stun opponents; however, it can be shot multiple times in succession.|
|Fairy Bow||The arrow no longer has a fire effect, and travels at a higher speed and travels further. It no longer deals damage should someone walk over it if it's stuck in the ground, but deals slightly more damage when shot at an opponent. Acts near-identically to Link's normal Bow attack.|
|Side Special Move||Boomerang||Young Link throws his Boomerang. Unlike Toon Link's Boomerang, Young Link can not throw his Boomerang in a diagonal direction when on the ground; when in the air, he will throw the Boomerang at a downwards angle. It travels through opponents to deal damage.|
|Custom Variants||Giant's Boomerang||The Boomerang is larger, but does not travel as far or as fast. It deals more damage, however, and will deal knockback to the first opponent it hits.|
|Ghostly Boomerang||The Boomerang travels further and deals more damage, but only deals damage on its way back to Young Link.|
|Water Torrent||The Boomerang creates a small tornado of water, that traps those within it. However, it only travels one way and does not travel as far.|
|Up Special Move||Spin Attack||Young Link spins his sword around him quickly, raising him upwards (if in the air) and trapping nearby opponents until the end of the attack. Unlike Link's and Toon Link's special attacks of the same name, Young Link can not charge his Spin Attack.|
|Custom Variants||Great Spin||The range of Young Link's attack is exponentially increased, as is the damage. Young Link, however, does not travel upwards as far when used in the air.|
|Hurricane Spin||Young Link travels upwards further and faster, but no longer deals damage. Instead, he pushes away those near him.|
|Fire Spin Attack||The attack no longer traps opponents and deals less damage, but instead deals fire damage and has longer range.|
|Down Special Move||Powder Keg||Young Link pulls out a Powder Keg. Using the move again close enough to the keg, Young Link will light it. If the Powder Keg accumulates enough damage (roughly 15%), it will explode. Lighting the Powder Keg will cause it to automatically explode after a few seconds. The attack can not be used in the air.|
|Custom Variants||Rolling Keg||The Powder Keg deals less damage and knockback, and can no longer explode after accumulating damage. However, fighters are able to roll the keg by attacking it.|
|Small Keg||The Powder Keg deals significantly less damage and knockback, but will explode after only 1% of damage is dealt to it. Additionally, it is somewhat smaller. It can still be lit.|
|Metal Keg||The Powder Keg takes on a metallic appearance. While on the ground, it deals significantly less knockback and damage, and can not explode unless lit, if used in the air, the Powder Keg will fall straight down, and explode on contact with an opponent or the ground, dealing slightly less damage and knockback than the normal Powder Keg.|
|Final Smash||Fierce Deity||Using the Fierce Deity's Mask, Young Link transforms into the Fierce Deity for a short time. As the Fierce Deity, Young Link can run around the stage and slash at opponents using the standard attack button.|
|Up taunt||Young Link drinks a bottle of Lon Lon Milk. It is one of the longest taunts in the game. If it is completed without interruption, Young Link will heal about 5% damage.|
|Side taunt||Young Link pulls out the Ocarina of Time and plays the first few notes of Zelda's Lullaby.|
|Down taunt||Holds one of the Kokiri's Emerald, Zora's Sapphire, or Goron's Ruby above his head as it spins around. Unlike other taunts, this taunt does not ever end on its own, and pressing any other button will end this taunt.|
On-Screen Appearance Edit
Young Link appears on the stage in a blue flash of light.
Victory Fanfare Edit
The victory fanfare used by characters of the The Legend of Zelda series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U is reused for Super Smash Bros. Strife. The fanfare is a cover of the fanfare that plays when Link obtains a Triforce piece in the original The Legend of Zelda.
Victory Poses Edit
All three of Young Link's victory poses are reused from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
- Puts his sword and shield together then raises his sword above him.
- Looks down, then adjusts his belt.
- Puts his sword and shield away, then dusts off his hands and looks at the screen with hands on hips.
Alternate Costumes Edit
|Young Link's alternate costumes|
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|00||Based off Young Link's appearance from Hyrule Warriors.|
|01||Young Link's red palette swap from Super Smash Bros. Melee.|
|02||Young Link's blue palette swap from Super Smash Bros. Melee.|
|03||Based off the appearance of the Purple Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords.|
|04||Based off Link's yellow alternate costume from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U; which in turn resembles Link's appearance while using the Great Fairy's Tears in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.|
|05||Based off Young Link's costume from the base of Hyrule Warriors Legends, which is based off the attire of the Happy Mask Salesman from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.|
|06||Based off Link's sprite from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.|
|07||Young Link's white palette swap from Super Smash Bros. Melee.|
|08||Young Link's black palette swap from Super Smash Bros. Melee.|