Artwork of Dark Link
|First appearance||The Adventure of Link (1988)|
Dark Link (ダークリンク Dāku Rinku?) is the final boss in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Link is forced to fight him after he defeats the Thunderbird in order to win the Triforce of Courage. Dark Link copies all of Link's abilities, as he is Link's own shadow. He is defeated by Link, who, after the ordeal, receives the Triforce from the Triforce Keeper and revives the original Princess Zelda. Dark Link is never described as one of Ganon's servants; it is more likely that he was a final test left for Link made by the King of Hyrule who hid the Triforce of Courage, possibly evidenced by the Triforce Keeper's actions.
Interestingly, this is the only time in the Legend of Zelda series that Dark Link appears as the final boss, not counting the Dark Links that are fought as the final boss of the bonus level of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Advance, Palace of the Four Sword.
Use the Shield Spell as soon as Link enters the room. Dark Link will use his shield to defend against Link's attacks; however, unlike Iron Knuckles and Fokkas, he can not attack at one height and defend at a different height. Dark Link is very quick at attacking and defending, so precise timing is needed to damage him. Regardless of Link's sword level, it will always take eight hits to defeat Dark Link.
An effective alternative strategy for fighting Dark Link is to crouch in the left corner and repeatedly stab at him when he approaches.
VideoDark Link (The Adventure of Link)(02:24)
|Dark Link · Ganon · Link · Princess Zelda|
—Full list of characters
|Horsehead · Helmethead · Rebonack · Carock · Gooma · Barba · Thunderbird · Dark Link|
|North Castle · Mountain Town of Darunia · Kasuto · Harbor Town of Mido · Hidden Town of Kasuto · Town of Nabooru · Town of Rauru · Town of Ruto · Water Town of Saria|
—Full list of locations
|Parapa Palace · Midoro Palace · Island Palace · Maze Island Palace · Ocean Palace · Hidden Palace · Great Palace|
|P Bag · 1-up Doll · Magical Sword · Magical Shield · Candle · Flute · Handy Glove · Hammer · Raft · Boots · Magical Key · Cross|
|Fairy Spell · Fire Spell · Jump Spell · Life Spell · Reflect Spell · Shield Spell · Spell Spell · Thunder Spell|
|Trophy · Water of Life · Kidnapped Child · Six Crystals · Triforce of Courage|
|Fairy · Hylian|