Link (Breath of the Wild) (2024)

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Link (Breath of the Wild) (1)

When I finally got around to asking why he's so quiet all the time, I could tell it was difficult for him to say. But he did. With so much at stake, and so many eyes upon him, he feels it necessary to stay strong and to silently bear any burden.
~ Zelda's Diary


  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Powers and Stats
  • 3 Notable Matchups
  • 4 References
  • 5 Discussions


The main protagonist of Breath of the Wild. 100 years ago, Link, Zelda and the four Champions set out to defeat Calamity Ganon using four Divine Beasts. The Champions were all killed, and Link critically injured. Link is placed into stasis, and rests for 100 years. He wakes up with amnesia, and meets an old man who tells him about what happened to Hyrule since Link has been asleep. Link then sets off on a quest to both regain his memories and defeat Calamity Ganon once and for all.

Powers and Stats

Tier: At least 7-B | High 8-C | Low 7-B | 7-B

Key: Before the Calamity | Early Game (Breath of the Wild) | Mid Game (Breath of the Wild) | Late Game (Breath of the Wild)

Name: Link

Origin: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Gender: Male

Age: 117 years old, 17 years old physically (Zelda had to be 17 to use the Springs of Power, Wisdom and Courage, and it can be assumed that Link is of similar age to her, was kept in stasis for a century)

Classification: Hylian, Hero of Hyrule, Wielder of the Sword that Seals the Darkness

Powers and Abilities:

  • Base

  • Endgame

Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Genius Intelligence, Unconventional Immortality (Type 4; Link's spirit is constantly reborn into new incarnations to face any threats to Hyrule[1]), Enhanced Senses (All Hylians have heightened senses), Power Nullification (Of magic with the Master Sword), Surface Scaling (Is a very good climber, and can naturally climb walls and trees as shown here, however, Link is still affected by gravity and falls when losing stamina), Vehicular Mastery (Is proficient at riding on Horses, Deer, Bears, and Motorbikes), Acrobatics (Does multiple flips and acrobatics when avoiding or using attacks), Stealth Mastery (Can sneak up on enemies without them noticing), Perception Manipulation (He can slow down his perception of time), Attack Reflection (Reflected a Guardian's laser with a pot lid)

As previous plus Magic Materialization (Can materialize Remote Bombs with the Sheikah Slate), Magnetism Manipulation (With Magnesis Rune), Explosion Generation (With Remote Bombs and Bomb arrows), Time Stop (With Stasis Rune), Ice Manipulation (With Cryonis Rune), Electricity Manipulation (With Urbosa's Fury), Forcefield Creation (With Daruk's Protection), Resurrection (With Mipha's Grace and fairies), Air Manipulation (With Revali's Gale), Extrasensory Perception (Can see invisible beings), Teleportation (With the Sheikah Slate, he can teleport to Shrines, Tech Labs and Divine Beasts), Elemental Manipulation (With Fire, Ice and Shock Arrows), Statistics Amplification and Healing (With recipes that can increase his attack, defense, and speed. Various recipes can heal him, and even increase his maximum health), Summoning (Can summon bombs, the Master Cycle Zero and an invisible wolf), Energy Projection (With the Master Sword, he can project energy beams, however, Link is not able to do this if he is not at full health), Void Manipulation and Existence Erasure (Via Ancient Arrows), Animal Manipulation (Can befriend and ride wild horses in seconds), Information Analysis (Via Hyrule Compendium),Resistance to Electricity (Thunder Helm), Heat (Desert Voe and Flamebreaker Armour), Fire Manipulation (Flamebreaker Armour), Cold and Ice (Snowquill Armour), and Magic (Master Sword)

Attack Potency: At least City level (Stronger than his endgame self from Breath of the Wild[2]) | Large Building level (His flower bombs are this strong) | Small City level (Capable of harming the Blight Ganons[3], which are durable enough to withstand a Divine Beast laser[4] which is this strong) | City level (Capable of harming Calamity Ganon, who is durable enough to withstand the combined energy of four Divine Beast lasers[2])

Speed: Peak Human (Can run as fast as a wild animal) with Relativistic reactions/combat speed (Even before obtaining the Master Sword he could react to and deflect the laser of a Guardian), FTL when focused (Can enhanced his senses and speed to a great extent, being able to move this fast while doing so)

Lifting Strength: Class M (Superior to his Breath of the Wild self), at least Class M with Magnesis (The rune's power shouldn't have changed over time) | Class M (Physically strong enough to parry attacks from a Stone Talus), at least Class M with Magnesis (The rune is capable of lifting large metal blocks with ease, can lift objects Link himself struggles to move)

Striking Strength: At least City level | Large Building level | Small City level | City level

Durability: At least City level | Building level | Small City level (Can take attacks from the Blight Ganons, who possess power comparable to his own), higher with Daruk's Protection | City level (Can take blows from Calamity Ganon), higher with Daruk's Protection

Stamina: Superhuman (Can sprint for extended periods of time and even climb up to large mountains; can swing heavy weapons around without much fatigue; survived and finished the Champion's Trial while in a constant state of near-death)

Range: Extended Melee Range with melee weapons, up to Thousands of Kilometers with Ranged Weapons

Standard Equipment: Master Sword | Sheikah Slate, Daruk's Protection, Urbosa's Fury, Mipha's Grace, Revali's Gale, Master Sword. Various clothing and weapons

Intelligence: Genius (Despite initially suffering from amnesia, he is as skilled as the other Links, if not far surpassing them. Held in very high regard before the Calamity. The greatest feat of combat prowess is after his 100 year sleep. After losing most of his memories, Link was able to once again become a prodigally proficient sword combatant, as well as picking up several other weapons he had never used before, and using them incredibly skillfully. He defeated all of the Blights, who killed all four Champions 100 years prior, before eventually outmatching, and defeating, Calamity Ganon. He also accomplished all 120 shrines including the shrines that lead to Monk Maz Koshia; solving all of the physics-based puzzles, and combat challenges, including the interesting and sometimes complex shrine riddles)

Weaknesses: Very reckless. | Has an immense cooldown on his Champion's Abilities. His information analysis requires him to take a photo of the being he wants to analyze.

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

  • Daruk's Protection: Creates a glowing barrier around himself that allows him to protect himself against three attacks, no matter how powerful they are. Can reflect Guardian lasers.
  • Urbosa's Fury: Summons thunderbolts from the sky to cause heavy damage to foes.
  • Mipha's Grace: Revives himself when he loses all his Hearts. Refills all his Hearts and gives him five Bonus Hearts.
  • Revali's Gale: Summons a vertical wind shaft and uses it to fly upwards with his Paraglider.
  • Flurry Rush: After dodging an attack with the right timing, Link will speed up dramatically and launch a swift barrage of attacks at his opponent.
  • Bullet Time: Upon drawing his bow in air, Link's surroundings slow down in front of him, which allows him to fit in a far greater number of, and far more precise, arrow shots.

Notable Matchups





  1. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia; Page 18
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; Calamity Ganon Boss Battle
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; Thunderblight Ganon Battle
  4. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity; Chapter 5: Air and Lightning


Discussion threads involving Link (Breath of the Wild)

Link (Breath of the Wild) (2024)


Are Link and Zelda in love in Breath of the Wild? ›

Summary. Link & Zelda's relationship in Breath of the Wild gets off to a rough start, but soon blossoms into something deeper over time. By the end of BOTW, Link and Zelda seem to be in a much closer relationship, with Tears of the Kingdom heavily implying suggest Link & Zelda's romantic relationship.

How old is Link in Breath of the Wild? ›

In Breath of the Wild, Link climbs Mt. Lanayru and visits the spring, suggesting he's at least 17. If we then factor in the fact that Link wakes up from a 100-year-long slumber at the beginning of the game, Link would roughly be 117 years old.

Is Link a child in Breath of the Wild? ›

In Breath of the Wild, Link is a knight for the Kingdom of Hyrule and a sworn protector of Princess Zelda. So, it's reasonable to assume he's at least 16-17 years old, because of his status. Because Link appears to be more of an adult in Breath of the Wild, a lot of fans place his physical age around 17 or 18.

Does Zelda ever kiss Link? ›

In only one three games in the entire series do Link and Zelda share a kiss or overly affectionate moment, and those games are Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, the combined secret ending of the Oracle games, and Spirit Tracks.

Are Link and Zelda canonically together? ›

In actuality, they almost never end up together or strike up a romantic relationship. Most of the time, Link and Zelda maintain a strictly platonic relationship, with even a few instances of them simply having a professional one. The few times Link and Zelda actually wind up together are exceptions to the rule.

How many years did Link sleep in Breath of the Wild? ›

Breath of the Wild Biography

However, the Calamity War caused Link to become badly wounded defending the Princess, and was put into a sleep chamber to rest for 100 years in stasis.

Why is Link so short in Breath of the Wild? ›

The reason behind Link's various heights is twofold: Different games show Link at different ages, and different games show different versions of Link. In the Legend of Zelda timeline, Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf are continually reincarnated to participate in a battle between good and evil.

Are Link and Zelda in love in totk? ›

In an interview with TheGamer, Zelda's voice actor, Patricia Summersett, revealed that she believes Zelda and Link are in a relationship. "I know that [Link and Zelda] are in a relationship with each other, it's active, there's a lot of care and a lot of listening, and I just love that about it,” Summersett said.

What is Link's full name? ›

Did you know that Mario's last name is also Mario? He's not alone. Apparently, it's an ongoing gag spanning multiple games over at Nintendo HQ, where they jokingly give characters silly full names.

Is Link an adult in TotK? ›

Link Is Around 125 Years Old In Tears Of The Kingdom

Disregarding the time spent in the Shrine of Resurrection, the protagonist's proportions and physique suggest that he is still quite young, and so it's unlikely that he's any older than 25.

Why is Link so feminine now? ›

I wanted the player to think 'Maybe Link is a boy or a girl,'” Aonuma told Time. “If you saw Link as a guy, he'd have more of a feminine touch. Or vice versa, if you related to Link as a girl, it was with more of a masculine aspect. I really wanted the designer to encompass more of a gender-neutral figure.

Why is Zelda jealous of Link? ›

Zelda was jealous of Link because of his great strength and his ability to accept and embrace his destiny with ease. While those are good qualities that she would have admired in any other situation, they were ultimately things she couldn't accept that she liked about him while she was busy feeling sorry for herself.

Why is Link no longer left handed? ›

The popular explanation prior to this thoughtful headcanon is that Nintendo swapped Link's dominant hand to the right side because of the motion controls that were introduced during Skyward Sword.

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