Dark Link

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This article is about the enemy in multiple Zelda games. For the character in Four Swords Adventures and A Link Between Worlds, see Shadow Link.

First appearing in The Adventure of Link, Dark Link is the representation of the evil inside Link and usually possesses some of the same abilities and moves as Link.


The Adventure of Link

Main article: Dark Link (The Adventure of Link)

Dark Link, also known as Link's Shadow, first appeared in The Adventure of Link as the final Boss who guards the Triforce of Courage inside the Great Palace. He serves as the final test created by the King of Hyrule before Link can obtain the Triforce of Courage.

A Link to the Past

Main article: Dark Link (A Link to the Past)

In the Game Boy Advance port of A Link to the Past several Dark Links appear within the Palace of the Four Sword. Each of the four Links that are encountered have different abilities.

Ocarina of Time

Main article: Dark Link (Ocarina of Time)

Dark Link serves as the mini-boss of the Water Temple in Ocarina of Time. Once Dark Link has been defeated, Link is rewarded with the dungeon item, the Longshot.

Oracle of Ages

Dark Link has a very minor role in this game. In the second stage of the battle with Veran, she summons 4 Dark Links, and they are far weaker than Link. They move in the opposite direction to the one Link is walking in, much like Arm-Mimics. They cannot attack save for bumping into Link, and always drop a heart upon defeat. They serve merely as distractions for Veran, and can be defeated easily.

Four Swords Adventures

Main article: Shadow Link

Shadow Link appears in Four Swords Adventures and he is a reoccurring enemy and mini-boss throughout several levels.

Twilight Princess

Dark Link is not fought in Twilight Princess, but it appears in a cutscene narrated by the Light Spirit, Lanayru. He tells Link the tale of how the Twili race was banished to the Twilight Realm. Dark Link is used to represent the Dark Interlopers in the cutscene. In the cutscene, three Dark Links destroy Link (representing a civilian) with their dark magic, resulting in them getting banished into the Twilight Realm by the Light Spirits.

Spirit Tracks

Main article: Dark Link (Spirit Tracks)

Dark Link appears in Spirit Tracks as the final boss of the mini-game found in Hyrule Castle Town called the Take 'Em All On challenge. Once defeated, Dark Link falls on his back and disappears while Link is rewarded with high-value Treasure.

A Link Between Worlds

Main article: Shadow Link

Shadow Link, a similar character as Dark Link, appears within A Link Between Worlds. Shadow Link utilizes the Street Pass feature of the Nintendo 3DS, allowing you to battle other players' Links in the form of Shadow Link.