Smash Ultimate has a lot to live up to. Although it seems to be doing so just fine so far! The massive game is a celebration of all things Nintendo (and Nintendo adjacent) across decades of games. There’s an equally enormous number of new and old things to go over, too. So let’s get started!
Smash Ultimate sports 74 different playable characters at launch — including every single previous character from the super-franchise and a bunch of fresh faces. That’s not even including the glut of DLC fighters, assist trophies, and more. There’s so much that no one person could possibly keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to every single character.
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Don’t get it twisted. This isn’t a guide to the starting Link you get in Smash Ultimate. This is our breakdown of his nimbler, lighter, and, well, younger counterpart: Young Link.
According to his official Nintendo description…
He’s back after 17 years! Young Link is faster than Link but he’s also lighter, making him easier to launch.
Fire Arrow (B) – Fires an arrow. The longer the button is held, the stronger the shot.
Boomerang (Side + B) – Throws a boomerang. He can even throw it diagonally. A flick of the stick can change the power and distance.
Spin Attack (Up + B) – Spins with his blade outstretched. Can be charged if used on the ground, and it acts as a jump if used in midair.
Bomb (Down + B) – Pulls out a throwable bomb that explodes on impact or when the fuse runs out.
Triforce Slash (Final Smash) – Young Link dashes forward to seal an opponent in the Triforce. He then strikes them repeatedly before launching them. The initial strike must hit in order for Young Link to begin his sealing combo.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Link’s juvenile persona manifests in Young Link. His smaller stature and slight differences can fool opponents expecting a normal Link. Fire arrows, a powerful air game, and an overall bump in speed give Young Link his own flavor, while still being distinctly “Link-like.” Plus, he can just chug Lon-Lon Milk mid-match. That’s a taunt if I’ve ever seen one.
Being smaller means being a little more easier to slam off-stage than his adult contemporary, however, so be ready with those recovery options. Also, he can’t wall-grab with his hookshot anymore, so there goes one of the coolest discoveries you ever had in Break The Target mode.
Young Link may not look like regular Link in Smash Ultimate, but he’s still very similar. Despite sharing nearly all of his moveset with Link, Young Link is not an Echo Fighter.
Young Link has grown up slightly in the 17 years since we last saw him, he’s nearly as tall as regular Link now. His shield has also been updated so that it too blocks projectiles. He’s a real boy now!
An important change was made to Young Link’s midair jump, giving it more height, helping him recover from falling off the stage.
Young Link’s Hookshot can no longer grapple to walls, but it does have an increased range.
His Boomerang has been rotated by 90 degrees. While this doesn’t seem like much, it means that the weapon covers significantly more vertical space and is harder to dodge.
Young Link’s bombs will no longer damage himself as long as they hit an opponent. They also go further when thrown and will deal less self-damage if they do manage to hit you.
His Final Smash is the same as regular Link’s in Triforce Slash.
In all but one of his skins, Young Link retains the same color shield, quiver, and hair. The long exception is a Dark Link skin where his hair becomes white and skin becomes gray to match his tunic.
And there you have it. Young Link is a surprisingly different take on the Hero of Time that deserves his own degree of attention. Let us know if you enjoy using Young Link in the comments below!
All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.