Artwork of Link from Skyward Sword
Link is the main protagonist of The Legend of Zelda series. His most iconic and commonly worn outfit is a simple green tunic, although there are some exceptions, including the Goron and Zora Tunic from Ocarina of Time, and the Magic and Zora Armor in Twilight Princess. Link is left-handed in all of the games except for in the Wii version of Twilight Princess and in Skyward Sword. He is often depicted as the embodiment of nobility. He possesses the essence of the goddess Farore, the Triforce of Courage.
The Legend of Zelda
Link is the hero and main protagonist of The Legend of Zelda. When Impa, Zelda's nursemaid, tells him that Princess Zelda has been captured by Ganon and that she had split the Triforce of Wisdom into eight pieces before her capture, he embarks on a quest to rescue Zelda and defeat Ganon. Throughout his quest, he will have to collect Heart Containers and find new items to complete his quest. At the end, he puts together the Triforce of Wisdom, slays Ganon, collects the Triforce of Power, and saves Zelda and Hyrule.
The Adventure of Link
Link is the hero and main protagonist of The Adventure of Link and starts off his adventure in North Palace, in front of the sleeping Zelda from the past. An older Princess Zelda wouldn't tell her brother, the Prince, the location of the Triforce. The Prince hired a Magician to interrogate her, but after being unsuccessful, he put Zelda into a deep sleep. Unable to wake her, the Prince put her in a tower. Impa, the Princess's nursemaid, informs an older Link that the only way to wake this Princess is to recover the Triforce of Courage. Ganon's followers are after Link, because they believe mixing his blood with Ganon's remains will resurrect him. Link is able to survive, recover the Triforce of Courage, defeat Dark Link, and awaken the Princess.
A Link to the PastUncle sitting at the table with a sword and shield in his hands. His Uncle tells him to not leave the house and that he will be back in the morning. Once his Uncle leaves, Link disobeys his Uncles orders and goes to the castle. He finds himself unable to enter the castle due to the guards who prevent him from getting in. He hears the girl's voice again that tells him to follow the flower path that leads to a secret passageway that leads inside the castle walls. He follows the path and finds a hole underneath a bush at the end of it. He falls down the hole and is shocked to find his Uncle wounded from an apparent battle with the guards. He goes to him and his Uncle scolds him for not listening to what he said earlier about staying at home. Nonetheless, he gives Link the Sword and Shield that he possesses and tells Link how to use the Spin Attack, a secret technique passed down their people, the Knights of Hyrule. He implores Link to save the Princess Zelda and then he falls into unconsciousness. Link leaves his Uncle and enters the Castle. After fighting through many guards and obtaining the Boomerang, Link finally finds Princess Zelda at the lowest level of the castle in the dungeon. He defeats the Ball and Chain Trooper who is guarding the princess and sets her free.
After freeing her from her cell, he takes her back through the castle and they use a secret passageway located in the throne room to reach the Sanctuary. Once Princess Zelda is in the safe hands of the Sage, Link leaves and continues his quest by searching for the wise man named Sahasrahla. After getting directions from Sahasrahla's Grandson, he locates the wise man in a temple located near the Eastern Palace. Once he obtains the Pendant of Courage from the Eastern Palace, Sahasrahla gives him the Pegasus Boots as a reward for his efforts and tells him to obtain the other two pendants and gain the Master Sword. Link goes on to obtain the two pendants, the Pendant of Wisdom and the Pendant of Power, and ventures into the Lost Woods to find the mythical sword.
Once he has the sword in hand, he receives a frantic telepathic message from the Loyal Sage and when he arrives to see what is going on, he finds Princess Zelda gone and the Sage wounded. He discovers that Agahnim is the reason behind these events and sets off for the castle. He goes to the upper portion of the palace that he could not enter before and uses the Master Sword to dispel the barrier that was preventing him from entering. Once inside he storms through the dark wizard's hideout and after many battles he finally reaches him. Sadly he finds him and the Princess Zelda too late, for right as he enters he sees the princess behind sent to the Dark World before him. He then heads after Agahnim and battles him by turning his own magic against him using the Master Sword. Upon his defeat, Agahnim draws Link into the Dark World, where now the young hero finds himself in a quest to find the Seven Maidens and defeat the person who is truly behind all of the evil events that have been happening, Ganon.
After Link frees all of the maidens from their prisons, they combine their powers together and break the barrier surrounding Ganon's Tower allowing him to enter. After fighting his way through the tower he finds Agahnim waiting for him and duels him once more. This time though he truly defeats the evil wizard and discovers that the man was actually Ganon's alter ego. A figment of Ganon comes out of the fallen wizard and changes into a bat and flies away to which Link follows to see where it is headed. The bat then crash lands into the top of the Pyramid of Power and creates a gaping hole. Link falls down through the hole and finds himself face to face with Ganon. The two engage in battle and using the Silver Arrows that Link obtained from the Cursed Fairy located inside of the Pyramid, and the Master Sword, Link is finally able to land the final blow to the monster and defeats him. After Ganon's defeat, a door opens behind the battlefield and in the next room, Link finds the Triforce. With some insistence from the Triforce, Link touches it and makes a wish which returns everything back to the way it should be.
In Link's Awakening, Link gets caught out on the sea on his raft during a storm. He eventually washes up on the shores of Koholint Island, where a girl named Marin finds him. She takes him back to Mabe Village, where she lives with her father, Tarin. Link mistakes Marin as Princess Zelda.
After obtaining his shield from Tarin, Link goes to Toronbo Shores to get his sword back. An Owl then appears and tells him that he cannot leave the island until he wakes the Wind Fish, and that he should go to the Mysterious Woods. When Link returns to the village, he finds that Tarin has already gone into the woods. He finds him transformed into a raccoon, and Link must use Magic Powder to return him to normal. After that, Link obtains the Tail Key, which allows him to enter the first dungeon, Tail Cave.
Ocarina of Time
Link is the hero and main protagonist of Ocarina of Time starting off as a Hylian kid living in Kokiri Forest along with the Kokiri. He gains the Kokiri Sword and Deku Shield and goes to the Great Deku Tree to break the curse on the Great Deku Tree. After he does, he gets the first Spiritual Stone, the Kokiri's Emerald, and heads for Princess Zelda. Zelda tells him to find the other two Spiritual Stones and bring them to her. After he finds them, he goes to Zelda to give her the Spiritual Stones. However, Zelda is being chased by Ganondorf and throws Link the Ocarina of Time. She then telepathically teaches him a song that will open the door to the Sacred Realm and tells him to go there and get the Triforce before Ganondorf. He does so, without realizing that Ganondorf followed him into the Sacred Realm. He takes the Master Sword from its pedestal, but it didn't recognize him as the Hero of Time because Link was too young so his Spirit was stored for seven years. He has to awaken six Sages to go to Ganon's Castle, save Princess Zelda, and slay Ganondorf.
Link is the hero and main protagonist of Majora's Mask and starts off looking for who is inferred to be Navi in the Lost Woods. A Skull Kid wearing a mysterious mask and his fairies Tatl and Tael scare Epona and Link is knocked off, unconscious. Skull Kid steals Epona and the Ocarina of Time from Link and rides into the woods. Link follows, and learns Epona has run off, but Skull Kid still has the Ocarina of Time. The Skull Kid turns Link into a Deku Scrub and leaves him and, accidentally, Tatl, behind. Deku Link and Tatl go on to follow them into a clock tower. They meet the Happy Mask Salesman, who tells them that if they can get the Ocarina back in 3 days, before he has to leave, he can turn Link back into a Hylian, as long as he gets the Skull Kid's mask he stole. Link learns the Skull Kid has caused mischief across the new world he's entered called Termina, and that he is trying to get the Moon to crash into Clock Town and destroy the world at the end of Day 3. Link gets the Ocarina of Time back and uses the Song of Time to transport him and Tatl back to the beginning of Day 1. The Happy Mask Salesman turns Link back to a Hylian, leaving a mask behind that will allow him to turn back to the Deku Scrub whenever he wants. Link now must awaken the 4 Giants in the 4 compass directions to prevent the Moon from falling, and must repeat the same 3 days over and over until he can awaken them. After saving the Deku Princess and removing the poison from the Southern Swamp, bringing Snowpeak to spring, saving the Zora eggs and clearing the fog from Great Bay, and bringing peace to souls in Ikana Canyon. Link stops the Moon from crashing into Termina, but the mask the Skull Kid was wearing, called Majora's Mask and harnessing dark evil powers, takes over the Moon itself. Link lands on the moon through the portal left from Majora's Mask dark powers, and defeats Majora in his Mask, Wrath, and Incarnate forms. Link then leaves to return to Hyrule and continue his search for Navi.
Oracle of Ages
Link is the Legendary Hero and the main protagonist within Oracle of Ages. After being summoned by the power of the Triforce, he awakens within a mysterious forest. Shortly after, he saves a woman named Impa who is being attacked by a group of Octoroks. The two then journey to meet up with Nayru, the Oracle of Ages. It is revealed that Impa was, at the time, being controlled by the Dark Sorceress Veran, who, after getting passed a block that only Link could move, possess Nayru and gains the power to travel through time. After traveling 400 years in the past, Veran's evil deeds start to alter the present, causing chaos throughout the land. It then becomes the goal of Link to stop Veran and save the land of Labrynna.
Link will have to overcome obstacles in eight different dungeons, as well as meet a whole cast of characters in the past and present as he journeys through time to collect the eight Essences of Time. With the Essences in hand, Link can restore the Maku Tree's memory, gain the power needed to defeat Veran, and live up to his destiny as the Hero of the Essences. His journey will also take him to the land of Holodrum, where he must stop Onox there and prevent the resurrection of the Evil King Ganon, a deeper plan devised by the witches Koume and Kotake.
Oracle of Seasons
Link ventures to Hyrule Castle and visits the Triforce in Oracle of Seasons. While there, he is knocked unconscious and falls into the world of Holodrum. He is discovered by a dancer named Din who cares for him until he awakens. He discovers Din with her troupe and talks to everyone, then Din asks him to dance. While dancing, the troupe is attacked by Onox, General of Darkness, who reveals that Din is none other than the Oracle of Seasons and controls the seasons in Holodrum. He causes a tornado that sends the members of the troupe flying and attacks Link while he tries to protect Din. He tries saving her again and ends up blown away and knocked unconscious. Onox imprisons Din and sinks the Temple of Seasons into the land of Subrosia, throwing the seasons into chaos. Impa, the troupe's cook, wakes him up and explains that she is actually the nursemaid of Princess Zelda and Link is a hero with a special fate. She tells him to go see the Maku Tree in Horon Village in order to help save Din. A weakened Maku Tree explains that Link must go find the eight Essences of Nature in order to restore him to his former state. Eventually, Link has to find the Temple of Seasons in Subrosia and obtain the Rod of Seasons which he can use to control the seasons manually in order to save Din. However, he has to visit the spirits of each season to gain their powers. Once equipped with all four seasons and all eight Essences, the Maku Tree gives Link a Maku Seed, which can be used to get rid of the darkness surrounding Onox's castle. Link fights Onox and defeats him, but it is revealed later that Onox and Veran were just pawns to Twinrova, who is trying to revive Ganon. The defeat of Onox lights the Flame of Destruction, and Twinrova kidnaps Zelda to sacrifice her. Link ventures forth into the Room of Rites and fights Twinrova, defeating her.Twinrova then sacrifices herself and Ganon is revived as a mindless beast, and defeated by Link. Afterwards, he returns with Zelda and the game ends with him on a raft heading for an unknown location.
The Wind Waker
Link is the hero and main protagonist of The Wind Waker and starts his adventure on Outset Island. Link's sister, Aryll, is kidnapped by the Helmaroc King after it drops Tetra in the island's forest. Link rides along with Tetra and the pirates on their Pirate Ship until he is shot at the Helmaroc King's stronghold, Forsaken Fortress. Link is knocked away, but is saved by a talking boat called the King of Red Lions, who offers to help Link save his sister. After getting the 3 Goddesses Pearls, Link goes underwater to a submerged Hyrule Castle. He pulls the Master Sword out, and goes back to confront the Helmaroc King. He defeats it and frees his sister, but learns the true evil is a man named Ganondorf, who was stopped by the Hero of Time in the past, but came back and caused the Great Flood that formed the Great Sea. The Master Sword, which was supposed to be able to defeat Ganondorf, has lost its power and Link is saved before he can be killed. Tetra is revealed to be Princess Zelda in disguise, and Link awakens the Earth and Wind Sages, who restore the Master Sword's power. Link recovers the broken-up Triforce of Courage and confronts Ganondorf again, this time with Zelda. Link and Zelda defeat Ganondorf, who is impaled through the forehead by the Master Sword and is turned to stone and dropped down to the bottom of the Great Sea. Link and Zelda, now back as Tetra, go in search of a new Hyrule. He has no true relation to the true "Hero" of Hyrule, yet the Wind Waker chose him.
Link is a childhood friend of Princess Zelda and is brought with her to check the seal on the Four Sword, which Zelda thinks may be weakening. Vaati, the Wind Mage, breaks free from his imprisonment and kidnaps Zelda, intending to make her his bride. In order to save Zelda, Link draws the Four Sword and is split into four different colored copies of himself. He collects the keys from three different Great Fairies in order to go to Vaati's Palace of Winds and rescue Zelda. After a long fight with Vaati, Link seals him in the Four Sword once more, and returns with Zelda to the Sanctuary to return the blade to its resting place.
Four Swords Adventures
In the beginning of Four Swords Adventures, Link is friends with Princess Zelda. One night, Zelda is concerned the seal which keeps Vaati inside the Four Sword is failing. To combat this, Zelda and the six Shrine Maidens summon Link to Hyrule Castle to restore the seal. However, before they can reach the Four Sword Sanctuary, the maidens are captured and imprisoned by Shadow Link.
Once Link reaches the Sanctuary he pulls the Four Sword out from its pedestal, despite the fact that it will release Vaati from his prison. Doing so also splits Link versions of himself. Before they can run after Shadow Link, Vaati appears and sends them far across Hyrule.
After listening to the words of Kaepora Gaebora, the Links travel across Hyrule and use their combined abilities to save the Maidens and collect the Four Royal Jewels, revealing the Tower of Winds. Upon climbing to the top of the Tower the Links reach the Realm of Heavens where they defeat Shadow Link and reclaim the Dark Mirror from which they were created. After another battle with Vaati the Links defeat the Wind Mage for good.
Before the Links can escape with Princess Zelda, the Tower of Winds collapses and Ganon attacks the group. The Links manage to defeat Ganon, and the Maidens seal him within in the Four Sword. The sword is then returned to the Sanctuary, and Link is returned to normal.
The Minish Cap
In The Minish Cap, Link is the grandson of Smith and a childhood friend of Princess Zelda. One notable trait is that he starts his quest without a cap.
The Picori Festival has begun, and Zelda snuck out of the castle in order to go to the festival with Link. Grandfather Smith, the finest Smith in all of Hyrule, gives Link the task to give Smith's Sword to the winner of a Swordsman competition. At the Festival, after winning the first prize in a lottery, Zelda chooses a shield and gives it to Link. This soon comes to use when Link protects Zelda from a Business Scrub. However, at the award ceremony, the winner Vaati breaks open the ceremonial chest with the legendary Picori Blade stuck in it in search for the legendary Light Force. Angered when it turns out that the chest contained nothing but monsters, Vaati casts a spell on Zelda. Link tries to block it but is pushed away, and Zelda turns into stone. After a talk with the King of Hyrule, Link is given Smith's Sword and sets out to the Minish Wood. And thus Link's quest to save Zelda and defeat Vaati begins.
The Minish Wood is where the legendary Picori are said to reside. On the way he encounters the strange talking cap Ezlo. After saving the cap from some Octoroks, Ezlo declares that the two can help each other and jump up on Link's head. And thus, with his trademark cap on his head (although a living one) Link's quest starts for real. With Ezlo's help, Link can switch from normal size to Picori size. The two venture out to reforge the broken Picori Blade and infuse it with the four elements. After this is done and the Four Sword has been created from the Picori Blade, Link enters the final dungeon, Dark Hyrule Castle. At last he saves Princess Zelda. However, Vaati has absorbed a good deal of the legendary Light Force that was residing in none other than Zelda, and transforms into the Wind Mage Vaati. Link manages to seal Vaati away.
It so happens that the cap Vaati was wearing was Ezlo's invention, a cap able to grant wishes. The cap is purified by Zelda and she uses it to purify the lands of Hyrule. Ezlo, who was cursed by Vaati, returned into what he really was... a Picori. This year was special, as the door between the Picori and the big world was opened. But the door would soon close, and Ezlo must hurry if he wants to return to his people. However, before he left he created a parting gift for Link, a green cap. After remarking that it looked good on Link, Ezlo left.
Link is the hero and main protagonist of Twilight Princess, where he is a ripe seventeen-year-old boy. He works as a rancher, and lives in Ordon Woods. He is dressed with a multi-colored shirt and pants, and sandals. He buys a slingshot and shows it off to the kids when a Monkey comes and Malo, Talo, and Beth run after the monkey. Talo keeps running after the monkey, while Malo and Beth get left behind. Link has to find Talo and the monkey. After he saves Talo and the monkey he returns to Ordon Village. The next day he prepares to go off for Hyrule Castle to deliver a gift, but Ilia notices a cut on his horse, Epona, and yells at him. Link must then go to Ordon Spring in order to retrieve his horse. After taking a secret passageway to get past the locked gate, Link reunites with Epona. But then the gate bursts open and a Bulblin knocks Link unconscious. Their leader then kidnaps Ilia and Collin and blows his horn. This causes a portal to open. Link then wakes up and notices the children gone. Frantically, he runs after them, only to run into a huge black wall preventing him from proceeding. A monster pulls him through the wall into Faron Province, which is now covered in Twilight. This causes him to transform into a sacred wolf. He meets up with Midna in the Twilight Realm who becomes his partner for this game. Link meets the Twilight Princess and eventually returns to the light. Throughout the game, Link has to return the Tears of Light to the Light Spirits, and go through three dungeons to get three Fused Shadows. As Link progresses through Hyrule, he learns more about Midna, the Twili, and Zant and how all of the three are associated with one another. After collecting the Fused Shadows, Midna meets a terrible fate and has him help her visit Princess Zelda, who entrusts him to save the Kingdom of Hyrule from the tyranny of Zant. He acquires the Master Sword and travels to the Gerudo Desert to seek the Mirror of Twilight, which he finds has been broken by Zant. He then has to repair the Mirror of Twilight that was broken into four pieces by Zant. Once he does so, he has access to the Palace of Twilight. He goes there to defeat Zant and save Hyrule Castle from the Twilight. He eventually goes on to confront his old nemesis, Ganondorf and defeats him, bringing peace to Hyrule. In the end credits, he is seen riding away on his horse, leaving the Faron Woods to an unknown location, also leaving the Master Sword back in its pedestal. His role in Twilight Princess ranges from many things, but he ultimately strives to help Midna in reclaiming her power and helping her people.
This is the same exact Link from The Wind Waker. While Link, Tetra, and her gang of pirates journey through the ocean searching for new lands, a Ghost Ship appears, taking Tetra. Link, determined to save Tetra, tries to rescue her, but he falls into the water.
Link is washed up on an island called Mercay Island where he meets Oshus and a fairy named Ciela who has lost her memory and becomes Link's partner for this game. To find the Ghost Ship and rescue Tetra, Link must travel the seas on a steamboat captained by Linebeck. Link must eventually confront Bellum.
Spirit Tracks takes place centuries from where Phantom Hourglass left off. In this game, Link is a young engineer who is going to Hyrule Castle to get the Engineer Certificate from Princess Zelda. He lives in Aboda Village with Niko. Link is first seen half-asleep as Niko relates the story of the war between the spirit and Malladus. Alfonzo, Link's mentor, then appears and makes Link get ready to receive his certificate.
After taking the train up to Castle Town, there is a ceremony in the castle where Princess Zelda grants Link his certificate. However, she also hands him a letter that asks him to visit later on. When Link arrives later, he helps her sneak out of the castle to investigate the missing Spirit Tracks at the Tower of Spirits. Unfortunately, the tracks disappear beneath them and Byrne and Chancellor Cole appear. Cole takes Zelda's body even though Link tries to protect her. Zelda becomes a spirit, and Link discovers that he is the only one who can see Zelda. With the help of the Spirit Flute and the Lokomos, Link travels to the five temples to restore the Spirit Tracks, rescue Zelda's body, and ultimately defeat Malladus, the Demon King.
Link is the hero and main protagonist of Skyward Sword, starting off the game as a young, seventeen and a half years old man living in Skyloft, who attends the Knight Academy. Link is dressed with boots, green pants and a sweatshirt, not unlike the rest of the citizens of Skyloft. He is a very active young lad who goes skydiving and bird riding to impress Zelda and his other classmates. Each of the citizens of Skyloft have large birds called Loftwings that they use for transportation, but Link has a rare red Loftwing called a Crimson Loftwing that he befriends early on. Link is very close friends with Zelda and they seem to care greatly for each other. Early on in his quest, Link successfully wins the Wing Ceremony conducted by Instructor Horwell and this allows him to win a prize from Zelda.
While Link and Zelda are riding off through the clouds, a sudden tornado is summoned, causing Zelda to fall off her bird and get sucked down into the land below. Link goes after Zelda, but appears to be knocked out cold by the huge fall. He is awakened by Gaepora, where Link tells him of the unfortunate news about Zelda. After Gaepora leaves, Link is confronted by Fi, the spirit of the Goddess Sword, who then accompanies Link throughout his quest, serving as his spiritual guide. Gaepora finds the two together Inside the Statue of the Goddess and they begin to discuss of the war between the Goddess and the Demon King. Afterwards, Link is entrusted with a green Knight uniform and he heads off.
Link travels down to the land below in search of Zelda. Throughout his quest, he uses a standard set of inventory items that he upgrades along the way as he battles through the overworld and dungeons, attempting to save Hyrule from the evil that lurks there. Part of his quest takes him to the Silent Realm, where he must collect Sacred Tears and avoid Guardians without the aid of his sword or other items. He fights many foes along the way, but perhaps the Demon Lord Ghirahim is one of the most powerful. Ghirahim is also in search of Zelda and has no problem bringing Link within an inch of his life. He wants to resurrect his master, Demise, who is the strongest foe Link meets in this journey. His goal is to defeat Ghirahim and Demise, rescue Zelda, and save the lands of Skyloft and Hyrule. He ends up traveling all throughout Hyrule, learning more about the history of both Hyrule and Skyloft, and seeking to rekindle the Goddess Sword into the famous Master Sword along his journey.
A Link Between Worlds
Link is the hero and main protagonist in A Link Between Worlds. Unlike The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Link has no known relatives. He is close with the Blacksmith, however, and Link originally works for him before setting out on his quest.
Close to the beginning of Link's adventure, Ravio moves in to Link's house, setting up what is known to be called as Ravio's Shop. Ravio gives Link a bracelet which gives him the power to become a painting and move across the walls. This painting mechanic is the first time this mechanic has been seen in a Zelda title, and it is also a way for Link to travel between Hyrule and Lorule.
- Although only child Link appears in Majora's Mask, there is concept art for adult Link in the Majora's Mask section of Hyrule Historia.
- The developers named the protagonist Link because he connects people together.
- The Link from Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons was based on Link's design from A Link to the Past.
- Link made a cameo in Super Mario RPG- Legend Of The Seven Stars. He can be found sleeping; talking to him causes a jingle to play.
Link Million Publishing Artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Link Sprite from The Legend of Zelda
Link's sprite from Link's Awakening
Game Model from Ocarina of Time
Link with the Harp from Oracle of Ages
Artwork of Link in Soul Calibur II
Link from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Link with the Bow from The Wind Waker
Link from The Wind Waker
Link from Phantom Hourglass
Link as he appears in Spirit Tracks
Link with the Bow from Skyward Sword
Link's official artwork for Wind Waker HD
Link artwork from A Link Between Worlds.
- ↑ 1.1 1.2 "Link is a 17-year-old wrangler from Ordon Woods, a quiet village in the far corner of Hyrule." — Card Description, Twilight Princess Trading Cards
- ↑ "The Link presented [in Skyward Sword] is a mere seventeen and a half years old.", Designer Kobayashi, Hyrule Historia, pg. 8
- ↑ "Only Child Link appears in Majora's Mask, but, for some reason, there are illustrations for Adult Link.", Hyrule Historia, pg. 151
- ↑ "We named the protagonist Link because he connects people together.", Shigeru Miyamoto, Hyrule Historia, pg. 2
- ↑ "Link's design here was based on the design from A Link to the Past, the game in which his long sidelocks originated.", Hyrule Historia, pg. 164