Initially growing up in Kokiri Forest under the assumption of being a Kokiri, Link was eventually summoned by the Great Deku Tree to receive his very own fairy, Navi. During this, the Tree also reveals that Link is destined to save Hyrule by preventing a desert man clad in black armor from acquiring the Triforce, an almighty relic that can grant any wish. The Tree is under attack by monsters and been cursed to death by Ganondorf. Before it dies, it imparts its final words of wisdom, telling Link to venture to Hyrule Castle. The Tree's newborn sprout additionally reveals that Link is in fact a Hylian that was left in the Tree's care by his dying mother in order to survive the Hyrulean Civil War that was going on at the time.
Upon drawing the Master Sword from the Pedestal of Time, Link is accepted by the sword as its master. However, it nevertheless seals him away within the Sacred Realm, owing to him being too young to truly challenge Ganondorf. To further compound this, Ganondorf anticipated his and Zelda's plot, and managed to acquire the Triforce for himself upon Link's sealing within the Sacred Realm. By using the Master Sword and Pedestal of Time's collective power to travel back and forth between his childhood and adult ages, Link proceeds to awaken the Sages, gain their support, and acquire the Triforce of Courage to finally defeat Ganondorf and save Hyrule.
Immediately after stopping Ganondorf, Zelda sends Link back in time in order for him to relive his essentially lost childhood. A few months later, Link leaves Hyrule to search for Navi, who inexplicably left him after he placed the Master Sword back into the Pedestal of Time soon after stopping Ganondorf. During his search, he is ambushed by a Skull Kid wearing a mysterious mask. Upon giving chase after having Epona, his faithful steed, stolen by the Skull Kid, Link winds up in the mysterious parallel world known as Termina.
In Super Smash Bros.
Young Link is one of the many playable characters in Super Smash Bros..
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Young Link appears as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He is a clone of his older self, and differs in a number of ways: he is unsurprisingly smaller, weaker and lighter, yet boasts better mobility thanks to his much faster dashing speed, ability to wall jump, and longer wavedash.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Young Link returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Young Link and Pichu share the longest gap between playable appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series, with seventeen years between Melee and Ultimate.
- Young Link is the only Link incarnation in the Super Smash Bros. series not to wield the Master Sword.