Young Link (SSBU)
Young Link (こどもリンク, Young Link) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was officially confirmed as playable on June 12th, 2018. Young Link is classified as fighter #22.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Young Link must then be defeated on Great Bay.
Since Link has been heavily reworked to match his appearance in Breath of the Wild, Young Link effectively functions as a stand-in for Link’s older apearance. However, as Young Link is based off of Ocarina of Time rather than Twilight Princess, Young Link is not a perfect stand-in for Link in SSB4 and Brawl. Rather, he is closer to Link’s appearances in Smash 64 and Melee.
Of note is that despite Link's Breath of the Wild-inspired rework, Young Link's moveset is still cloned from him (with the exception of his dash attack and grab). However, many of Young Link's animations are more similar to Link in Smash 4 than in Ultimate.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. Melee
Young Link is still faster and lighter than Link. He retains moves and characteristics from Melee that Link himself no longer possesses, such as a rapid jab, dash attack, and Hookshot. Their moves largely appear and function similarly but some of them have different attributes. Young Link shares some traits with Link's incarnation in SSB4 in some aspects as well.
Young Link has been significantly buffed in the transition from Melee to Ultimate. Young Link's speed has been improved from Melee not just in terms of his mobility but also his attacks. Many of his attacks have decreased ending lag and his aerials have heavily decreased landing lag (even compared to their L-canceled counterparts). Some of his moves have also been reworked to make them more reliable and effective such as his up smash and his forward and back aerials and the weakening of SDI heavily benefits his multi-hit attacks.
However, he has also seen a few nerfs. Some of Young Link's attacks deal less damage while others have shorter durations and a few of his attacks even have slightly increased startup and ending lag. His aerial mobility is also worse (especially when relative to the cast) and his down tilt and down aerial no longer have meteor smash hitboxes meaning that Young Link gains no benefits from the removal of meteor canceling. The changes to air dodging also hinder his mobility as wavedashing and wavelanding are significantly less effective.
Despite his nerfs, Young Link is a significantly better character than he was in Melee although to what extent is currently unknown.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Hyrule Smash
Young Link's opponents are all from the Zelda series. Additionally, to go with the theme of the route, all items and assist trophies are from the The Legend of Zelda universe.
Role in World of Light
Although Young Link does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.
Young Link was one of the many imprisoned fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He is unlocked in the Sacred Realm sub-area on the bottom right corner of the land which makes up the Triforce of Courage. The player must rely on the owl statues which will guide the player to Saria's spirit battle. Unlocking her spirit clears out a tree stump that blocked access to his unlock battle. Once Young Link is unlocked, the Triforce of Courage appears in the center of the map. If Zelda is unlocked, the path leading to Cloud's unlock battle and the Master Sword clears out.
Young Link's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Young Link in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Additionally, this incarnation of Link makes an appearance in a few Primary and Support Spirits under other forms.
Character Showcase Video
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