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This article is about Young Link's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Young Link.
He's back after 17 years! Young Link is faster than Link but he's also lighter, making him easier to launch.
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Young Link (こどもリンク, Child Link) is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He was confirmed to return during Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation. He retains his voice clips from Melee.

When unlocked, he is fought at Great Bay.

Attributes

Strengths

  • Smaller hurtboxes than Link.
  • Bomb detonates automatically.
  • Arrows deal fire damage.
  • Has a tether.
  • Down Aerial can Meteor Smash.

Weaknesses

  • Short Knockback Range.
  • Deku shield is less reliable than Hylian shield.

Summary

Changes from Melee

Attributes

  • The Lon Lon Milk taunt animation has been shortened.

Ground Attacks

Aerial Attacks

Grabs and Throws

Special Attacks

  • As Young Link didn’t appear in Brawl, his Final Smash is Triforce Slash.

Moveset

Ground Attacks

Normal

  • Neutral Attack: Double sword slash that culminates in either a sword thrust or flurry and upward sword slash.
  • Forward Tilt: Overhead sword slash.
  • Up Tilt: Upward sword slash.
  • Down Tilt: Crouching sword slash, quick, and launches foes.
  • Dash Attack: Overhead slash with knockback.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Two-handed overhead sword slash coupled with launching foe away.
  • Up Smash: Triple sword slash overhead; first two popup, while final launches foes upward.
  • Down Smash: Almost full-circle sword slash.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front):
  • Floor Attack (Back):
  • Floor Attack (Trip):
  • Ledge Attack:

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Quick kick.
  • Forward aerial: Spinning double-strike sword attack.
  • Back aerial: Double-kick combo, alternating legs.
  • Up aerial: Upward sword thrust.
  • Down aerial: Downward sword thrust, bouncing off hit enemies; spikes enemies into the ground and can cause meteor smash.

Grabs and Throws

  • Grab: Grapple hook snare; can be used mi-air, especially to hook onto ledges.
  • Forward Throw: Standard.
  • Back Throw: Standard.
  • Up Throw: Standard.
  • Down Throw: Standard.

Special Moves

Young Link's Special Moves
Melee Ultimate
Standard Special Fire Bow Fire Arrow
Side Special Boomerang
Up Special Spin Attack
Down Special Bomb
Final Smash Triforce Slash

Taunts

  • Up Taunt: Holds the Kokiri Sword up in the air, crying out "Hup!".
  • Down Taunt: Sheaths the Kokiri Sword and places the Deku Shield on his back and takes a drink of Lon Lon Milk.
  • Side Taunt: Places the Deku Shield on his back and watches Navi fly around him. This was originally Link's side taunt in Brawl and SSB4.

On-Screen Appearance

  • Descends onto the stage while surrounded by rays of blue light that shine down from the sky, referencing the Ocarina of Time's powers. Upon landing, he equips the Kokiri Sword and Deku Shield. This is akin to his older self's on-screen appearance in SSB.

Idle Poses

  • Looks around himself.
  • Kicks the toes of his boots on the ground, as if knocking off the dirt.

Victory Poses

  • Left: While holding his sword in a reverse grip, adjusts his belt and flicks his nose. Based on one of Young Link's idle animations in Ocarina of Time.
  • Up: Stabs forward with his sword, then holds it up, giving off a battle cry. This is nearly identical to one of Link's poses other than the camera angle and Link using his right hand to hold the sword, while Young Link uses his left hand.
  • Right: Sheathes his sword, dusts his hands off, and puts them on his hips while grinning.

In competitive play

To be added

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 a necessary unlock found in the Sacred Land 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.

Palette Swaps

Trivia

  • 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 the Super Smash Blog's "Today's Fighter" description for Young Link.

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