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|“||In the land of Hyrule, there echoes a legend. A legend held dearly by the Royal Family that tells of a boy... A boy who, after battling evil and saving Hyrule, crept away from the land that had made him a legend... Done with the battles he once waged across time, he embarked on a journey. A secret and personal journey... A journey in search of a beloved and invaluable friend... A friend with whom he parted ways when he finally fulfilled his heroic destiny and took his place among legends...||„|
|~ Majora's Mask Prologue|
|“||A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage. You may be destined to become the hero of legend...but your current power would disgrace the proud green of the hero's tunic you wear. You must use your courage to seek power...and find it you must. Only then will you become the hero for whom this world despairs.||„|
|~ Young Link as The Hero's Shade to The Hero of Twilight|
|“||You have at last mastered all of the hidden skills. Although I accepted life as the hero, I could not convey the lessons of that life to those who came after. At last, I have eased those regrets. You who have marched through countless foes, each mightier then the last... You who now gaze to the future with vision unclouded... Surely you can restore Hyrule to its stature of yore as the chosen land of the gods...Farwell! Go and do not falter, my child!||„|
|~ Young Link's last words before he finally rests in peace knowing his descendant is ready to succeed him.|
Young Link, or simply Kid Link or Child Link by the fans, is a child form of Link who appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and Super Smash Bros. Melee (as an unlockable). Even if he didn't appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Young Link was replaced by Toon Link from Wind Waker since Super Smash Bros. 4. He returned in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch as one of the unlockable characters and his Final Smash is Triforce Slash who has the same attack as Toon Link.
He has also appeared in Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends as a playable DLC character, with the ability to transform into the Fierce Deity.
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 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 Great Bay stage. Victory means unlocking him.
Young Link also appears in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as a supporting character called Hero's Shade, a restless spirit who teaches his descendant combat techniques that he never passed on in life.
He is voiced by Fujiko Takimoto (who also voiced Toon Link and Link from The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past/Four Swords and in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap) on the Game Boy Advance, the Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo 3DS respectively while his adult form is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama who also voices the anti-hero BlackWarGreymon from the Japanese version of Digimon Adventure 02.
As Deku Link, Young Link can fire bubbles at balloons or enemies from afar and can perform a spin attack to harm his foes or stun them for a certain period of time. He can also use Deku Flowers to achieve flight for a short time and drop Deku Nuts upon anything below him.
As Goron Link, Young Link assumes Darmani III's role by rolling to attack the enemies with spike attacks. He can also participate in Goron Race organized by Goron Elder's son.
As Zora Link, Young Link assumes Mikau's role after Mikau (in spirit form) encourages him to help Lulu to regain her voice again. He can attack the enemies, swim in the water, he can use his electric attacks to destroy these enemies.
As Giant Link, Young Link grows into a titan and can use his sword to attack Twinmold in the Nintendo 64 version of Majora's Mask. However in the Nintendo 3DS remake, Giant Link can destroy Twinmold and his baby insectoid monsters with his bare hands instead. Giant Link is used only in the Stone Temple Boss fight (as seen in both consoles).
Fierce Deity Link
As Fierce Deity Link, Young Link takes the shape of his adult self, but his size is much taller than normal, he is used in the Boss Fights and he can be used in the glitches in the consoles without an Boss Battle.
Fighting style in Super Smash Bros.
His fighting style is a modified duplicate of Link's. His reach is shorter than adult Link's, 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 also shorter 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.