The beloved Link has been a fan favorite since the beginning of The Legend of Zelda series, with a loveable personality, intriguing backstory, and array of cool abilities. Link is reincarnated throughout the storyline, with the soul of the hero being embodied in each title. This has led to much debate with regard to his age progression throughout the story.
How old is Link?
So, how old is Link in each of the storyline’s parts? There have been significant plot holes and a plethora of conflicting information surrounding the timeline. Fans now have a slightly clearer picture of the order of events and progression of each character after the release of the Hyrule Historia official timeline of Zelda and Link’s adventures.
In Skyward Sword, Link is 17.5 years old and hails from Skyloft, a flying town. The events of this title create foundations for the plot that would unfold as The Legend of Zelda’s timelines progress.
The Minish Cap
This is the first timeline that takes place in Hyrule and gave the most detail surrounding Link’s mythical origins before Skyward Sword was released. Link is 12-13 years old in this title.
The Four Swords
The events of The Four Swords takes place after those of The Minish Cap. This would dictate that Link was approximately 13-14 years old in The Four Swords.
Ocarina of Time
Miyamoto indicated that during Ocarina of Time, Link was 9 years old as a child, and 16 years old as an adult. However, in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Official Nintendo Player’s Guide by Nintendo Power, it was stated that Link was 10 years old as a child. In addition, the Ocarina of Time Link amiibo description depicted him as being 17 years old as an adult. It can therefore be said that Link was 9-10 years old as a child, and 16-17 years old as an adult.
It is after this point that the overall storyline branches out into three separate timelines.
The Adult Timeline
This timeline follows on from the end scene of Ocarina of Time, where Link defeats Ganondorf, after which he escapes.
The Wind Waker
There has been some speculation with regard to Links age in this title. Despite his age being depicted as 9 years old in the Iwata Asks interview, there are plenty of sources that state otherwise. According to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – The Official Nintendo Player’s Guide, Zelda Box, the Toon Link Trophy, and The Legend of Zelda Encyclopaedia, Link is 12 years old.
Phantom Hourglass takes place directly after Wind Waker, which makes Link 12-13 years old respectively.
This happens after Phantom Hourglass, making Link 12-13 years old in this title.
The Child Timeline
Link is sent back in time, before Ganondorf had entered the sacred realm and claimed the Triforce, in order to prevent him from attaining it.
Majora’s Mask takes place a few months after the child section of Ocarina of Time, which would make him around 9-10 years old.
Eiji Aonuma stated that Link was 16 years old in Twilight Princess. But, according to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – PRIMA Official game Guide, and Enterplay’s Link Trading Card, he was depicted as 17 years old.
Four Swords Adventures
There has been much speculation regarding Link’s age in this title. But, since these events take place after Twilight Princess, it can be said that Link was around 17 years old.
The Downfall / Fallen Hero Timeline
This timeline is a continuity in which Link is overpowered, which results in Ganondorf obtaining the Triforce. Princess Zelda and the people of Hyrule manage to seal Ganondorf and the Triforce away in the sacred realm.
A Link to the Past
Using the visual changes in his appearance as a guide, Link is said to be in his mid-teens during this installment. Since Link was approximately the same age as Zelda, he was around 16 or 17 years old.
A Link Between Worlds
A Link Between Worlds is the sequel to A Link to the Past, and the Link that is depicted in A Link Between Worlds is the second chronological Link within the Fallen hero timeline. This would make him 17 years old at least.
Tri Force Heroes
This occurs several years after A Link Between Worlds, and fans have assumed that Link in Triforce Heroes upwards of 20 years old.
Oracle of Seasons & Oracle of Ages
This occurred a few months to one year after A Link to the Past, making Link 17-18 years old.
This installment was a direct sequel to A Link to the Past, making Link 16-17 years old at this time.
The Legend of Zelda (1987)
During an Iwata Asks for Ocarina of Time 3D, Shigeru Miyamoto stated that Link is around 12 in The Legend of Zelda. However, according to Hyrule Historia, The Official Nintendo Player’s Guide, it was stated that Link was 10 years old.
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link, Link was 16 years old, stated by Hyrule Historia and Shigeru Miyamoto.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, Link is said to have been over 100 years old as a result of the Slumber of Restoration. Link is around the same age as Zelda, and since Zelda had turned 17 years old a century prior, this would make Link 117 years old in this title.
There are plenty of continuity gaps and plot holes that have resulted in speculation by fans, and it is possible that the official timeline is subject to change in the future. With conflicting information from canon sources, elements like time travel, and theories stemming from alternate timelines to expanding universes, there is still much debate with regard to pinpointing the exact ages of each character throughout The Legend of Zelda.
Thanks to Official Player’s Guides, fans have been gifted with insight into The Legend of Zelda universe. Be sure to check these out as an aid to your own legendary journey through these titles.