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"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."
— Trophy description

Young Link is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He is based off of Link's appearance as a child in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Young Link is unlocked by either completing Classic Mode or Adventure Mode with 10 characters, including two Zelda series characters (i.e. Link, Princess Zelda or Ganondorf), or by completing 500 VS. Mode matches. Once the player has fulfilled these requirements they will face Young Link on the Termina: Great Bay stage. If they successfully defeat him he will become a playable character.

Young Link is only featured in Super Smash Bros. Melee, as in future Super Smash Bros. series titles, he is replaced by the incarnation from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker known as Toon Link.

Fighting Style

His fighting style is a modified duplicate of Link's. He has a shorter reach than Link, but his arrows can set opponents on fire and momentarily stun them. Additionally, Young Link has more control over his boomerang than Link. His Hookshot is shorter then Link's but can still grapple on to edges. His Spin Attack is faster than Link's, hits multiple times and draws in opponents close to it. Young Link uses a Deku Shield; however, it does not burn when it comes in contact with fire. Like Link, his shield can block projectiles when standing still. Unlike Link, Young Link can do wall jumps.

Attacks

Ground Attacks

Attack Type Attack Name Damage Description
Neutral Attack 1-5% Young Link either stabs three times before performing a finishing blow or, if executed quickly, launches a continuous barrage of weaker attacks.
Forward Tilt 12% Young Link brings his sword down sharply dealing high damage.
Up Tilt 8% Young Link Swings his sword above him in a large arc, knocking the foe upwards.
Down Tilt 10% Young Link swings his sword from a crouched position. If used on a recovering foe it will knock them downwards with high force.
Dash Attack 10% Young Link charges forward and swipes his sword, coming to a sudden stop. A useful finishing move.
Grab Hookshot NA Yong Link uses the hook shot to pull in enemies from afar. He can then pummel them with the pommel of his sword or throw them away with a sword slash.

Smash Attacks

Attack Type Attack Name Damage Description
Forward Smash 10%,7% Young Link swings his sword dealing low knockback. If he attacks again immediately he will swing his sword a second time with a near certain hit that deals high knockback.
Up Smash 13% Swings his sword above his head three times with the final attack dealing high knockback.
Down Smash 17%,16% Yong Link swings his sword low on either side of him, first front, then back with the front attack dealing more damage.

Air Attacks

Attack Type Attack Name Damage Description
Neutral Air 12% Yong Link launches a kick at his opponent.
Forward Air 12%,7% Yong Link swings his sword twice.
Back Air 7%,6% Young Link kicks his opponent twice.
Up Air Jump Thrust 15% Young Link thrusts his sword upwards to damage his opponent. Good for keeping enemies in the air.
Down Air Downthrust 21% Young Link thrusts his sword downwards dealing high damage and knock back to any opponent it hits. However should the attack fail it will leave Young Link vulnerable to enemy attacks.

Special Attacks

Attack Type Attack Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Fire Bow 13% Young Link launches a flaming arrow from his bow. It does not travel very far but stuns foes and sets them alight.
Forward Special Boomerang 16% Young Link throws his boomerang at his opponent. The boomerang can be aimed precisely an even controlled after it has been thrown using the control stick.
Up Special Spin Attack 13% Young Link unleashes a Spin Attacking which catches enemies and hits them multiple times. If used in the air it can aid Young Link in returning to the stage.
Down Special Bomb 12% Young Link removes a bomb from his inventory. He can then throw it an enemy but if he waits too long it will explode in his hand.

Other References to The Legend of Zelda series

Young Link's Target Test stage resembles a forest and is thought to be a reference to the Lost Woods. When his taunt is performed, he drinks a bottle of Lon Lon Milk — the longest taunt of all the characters. "Saria's Song" appears to be Young Link's theme song in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is heard during the first battle with him, the battle against him in the Kongo Jungle stage, and when Classic, Adventure, or All Star Tournament Modes are completed with Young Link.

Trophies

Young Link Classic Trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)

Young Link (Classic Mode)
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.

  • The Legend of Zelda
Young Link Adventure Trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)

Young Link (Adventure Mode)
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.

  • B: Fire Bow
  • Sash B: Boomerang
Young Link All-Star Trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)

Young Link (All-Star Mode)
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.

  • Up B: Spin Attack
  • Down B: Bomb

See also

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