Dark Link

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Super Smash Bros. fighter
Dark Link
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (non-playable)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (non-playable or playable using one of Link's alternate costumes.)
Special moves
Standard:  Bow / Hero's Bow
Side:  Boomerang (SSBM); Gale Boomerang (SSBB)
Up:  Spin Attack
Down:  Bomb
Final Smash:  Triforce Slash (SSBB)

Dark Link (also known as Shadow Link or Link's Shadow; in Japan, simply as Doppelgänger) is the evil counterpart of the hero of Hyrule, Link. He made his debut appearance as the final boss of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and has since made other appearances in other The Legend of Zelda titles. This shadowy being resembles Link exactly, except for the fact that Dark Link is completely black. Shadow Link is also a master swordsman, just like the original. Unlike most other enemies featured in the Super Smash Bros. series, Dark Link does not have his own trophy.


Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dark Link is the opponent in Lv. 18: Link's Adventure. In the battle, the player controls a red-clad Link, who has two extra lives. The fighter must defeat Dark Link, who also has two lives. The two swordsmen are fought at the Temple, with no time limit. This Event Match is a reference to the ending of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, where a similar Dark Link served as the game's final boss.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Dark Link returns in two Event Matches. The first, #18 Dark Link Duel, is similar to the match from Melee, but it is fought on the Bridge of Eldin instead, and is a stamina match rather than using lives. The second, #7 Battle of the Dark Sides, is the same as Dark Link Duel, but with the addition of Samus Aran and Dark Samus assisting Link and Dark Link, respectively.

Versions of Dark Link also appear as palette swaps for both Link and Toon Link. Link's is based on the "interlopers" from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, whereas Toon Link's is based off Shadow Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.

Super Smash Bros for 3DS / Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, one of Link and Toon Link's other costumes include one reminiscent of Dark Link.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Template:New subject Dark Link will reappear as an alternate costume for Link and Toon Link, while debuting as a new one for Young Link.

Game appearances

It has been requested that this article be rewritten and expanded to include more information. Reason: list more than just Super Smash Bros. series

Title Year of release System/format Role
Super Smash Bros. Melee 2001 Nintendo GameCube Boss in an event match
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008 Wii Playable as one of Link and Toon Link's alternate costumes, and also boss in an event match.

Name in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークリンク
Dāku Rinku
Chinese 暗黑林克
Ànhēi Línkè
French Link Noir
German Schatten-Link Shadow Link
Italian Link Ombra Shadow Link
Russian Дарк Линк
Dark Link
Spanish Link Oscuro


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