Young Link (SSBU)

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This article is about Young Link's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Young Link.
Young Link
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Young Link SSBU.png
Universe The Legend of Zelda
Other Smash Bros. appearance in Melee

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Triforce Slash
He’s back after 17 years! Young Link is faster than Link but he’s also lighter, making him easier to launch.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

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. As Young Link has considerably less knockback potential and unique basic attibutes, such as his fast falling speed, he is not classified as an Echo Fighter.

As in Melee, Fujiko Takimoto's portrayals of Young Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and its sequel Majora's Mask were repurposed for Ultimate.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

  • Play VS. matches, with Young Link being the 8th character to be unlocked.
  • Clear Classic Mode with Link or any character in his unlock tree, being the sixth character unlocked after Snake.
  • Have Young Link join the player's party in World of Light.

With the exception of the third method, Young Link must then be defeated on Great Bay.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Although Young Link is still faster and lighter than Link, he still shares most of his moveset with Link in spite of the latter's own Breath of the Wild-based alterations. Despite this, he is not classified as an Echo Fighter. Young Link now even shares some traits from Link's previous incarnation in Smash 4 in some aspects as well.


  • Change Due to the game's graphical improvements, Young Link's design gains additional detail, particularly in his hair. His colors are more subdued than they were in Melee.
  • Change Young Link is relatively bigger; he is almost as tall as regular Link.
  • Change Young Link is much more expressive. Like Diddy Kong, his hat is also "looser" on his head and pops off during certain animations, such as his down aerial.
  • Change Young Link now has an entrance animation, similar to Link's animation from the original Super Smash Bros.
  • Change Young Link's taunt from Melee executes significantly faster. In addition, he has two new taunts: one where he triumphantly lifts his sword into the air while grinning, and another where Navi flies around him, akin to Link's side taunt in Brawl and Smash 4.
  • Change Young Link has new voice clips for taking heavy knockback and a different Star KO scream.
  • Change The Kokiri Sword now has a bronze hilt. It leaves behind a white trail with blue accents, as opposed to a pure white trail in Melee.
    • Change Additionally, Link's yellow and blue Spin Attack sword trail from Smash 4 is recycled for Young Link, as Link now has a unique sword trail.
  • Change Young Link now has three additional alternate costumes, bringing his total up to the standard eight. His black alternate costume has also been altered to better resemble Dark Link.
  • Change Young Link now has a Boxing Ring alias, being “Master of the Ocarina.”
  • Change Young Link's victory animation where he adjusts his belt is slightly different. He now holds the Kokiri Sword and after adjusting, flicks his nose with his thumb.


  • Buff Like all characters, Young Link's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Buff Young Link dashes much faster.
  • Nerf Young Link's air speed is slightly slower.
  • Change Young Link's fall speed has been reduced.
  • Buff Young Link's midair jump is significantly higher. This improves Young Link's ability to recover back to the stage.
  • Buff Young Link now has a fast fall speed more in line with the rest of the roster, in comparison to his almost unnoticeable fast fall in Melee. This greatly increases the versatility of his air game, and allows him to use various mix-ups that other characters possess.
  • Buff Young Link's Deku Shield now protects him from projectiles while walking, similar to the shields of all other Link incarnations.
  • Buff Young Link is slightly heavier, improving his survivability.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff Neutral attack's third jab has slightly more horizontal range.
  • Buff Neutral attack infinite is now a flurry of slashes that transition much faster, and has a finisher in the form of an ascending slash.
  • Buff Forward tilt covers more vertical range. It also has a faster startup.
  • Buff Down tilt has much quicker startup and ending lag. In addition, it deals more damage at the tip.
  • Nerf Up smash has more ending lag.
  • Buff Up smash's hits chain together much more reliably.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have significantly less landing lag, having even less than when L-canceled in Melee.
  • Nerf Neutral aerial deals less damage.
  • Buff Forward aerial is no longer a single degrading hit, and instead hits twice like Link's.
  • Buff Grab aerial has drastically decreased landing lag, allowing for combo opportunities.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Young Link's grab has significantly less ending lag, making it safer to use.
  • Change Young Link jumps a bit higher when performing his up throw.
  • Nerf Up throw has more ending lag.
  • Change Hookshot is no longer a wall grapple, and is instead a tether recovery.
    • Nerf This removes the ability to grapple to any wall, reducing its versatility.
    • Buff Hookshot's range and safety has improved to compensate.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Change Fire Bow's arrow now lights up when nocked, and ignites when completely charged, compared to in Melee where the arrow does not light up at all. This is purely aesthetic, as the arrows are always on fire regardless of charge length.
  • Change Fire Bow's arrows have been redesigned to more closely resemble the artwork found in the manual for Ocarina of Time.
  • Change Fire Arrows now disappear after a brief amount of time in the air.
  • Buff Fire Bow has significantly decreased ending lag, and the arrows fly much further than before, even when not fully charged.
  • Change Young Link has a new throwing animation for the Boomerang.
  • Buff Young Link's Boomerang is much bigger and thrown vertically instead of horizontally when released, increasing its coverage immensely.
  • Nerf Grounded Spin Attack deals one less hit (12 → 11) during its multi-hit portion of the attack. In addition, all of its hits now deal slightly less damage overall.
  • Change Grounded Spin Attack can now be charged, as with the other incarnations of Link.
  • Buff Aerial Spin Attack preserves much more momentum after being used, and Young Link can move more during its animation. In addition, the move's vertical recovery has increased.
  • Buff Like with Link's Bombs in Super Smash Bros. 4, the explosions from Young Link's Bombs do not damage him if they hit an opponent.
  • Buff Young Link's Bombs travel further when thrown.
  • Buff Compared to previous incarnations of Bombs, Young Link's Bombs deal noticeably less self-damage if they detonate just after being thrown.
  • Change Young Link now has a Final Smash, that being Triforce Slash. Visually, this variant resembles Link's version from Smash 4, but the final flourish and slash have altered animations: Young Link rears his hand back and does an outward slash, instead of a stab.

Classic Mode: Hyrule Smash[edit]

Young Link's opponents are all from the Zelda series.

Round Opponent Stage
1 Zelda Hyrule Castle
2 Young Link Temple
3 Sheik Gerudo Valley (Ω form)
4 4 Toon Links Pirate Ship
5 Ganondorf Bridge of Eldin
6 Link Great Plateau Tower
Bonus Stage
Final Ganon ?

Role in World of Light[edit]

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.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Young Link Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Young Link's official artwork is based off of the pose he strikes after using his grounded Spin Attack.
  • Young Link and Pichu share the longest gap between playable appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series, with seventeen years between Melee and Ultimate.
    • This has been noted by both of their Super Smash Bros. blog's "Today's Fighter" descriptions.
  • The belt around Young Link's sheath appears to have back-face culling, as it's shown to not be visible when seen from the other side. This is mostly noticeable whenever he's shown drinking Lon-Lon milk at the end of his character showcase video. This was fixed in the initial release of the game.
    • Additionally, his legs would clip through his tunic in his showcase video, which was also fixed in the initial release of the game.

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