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Conquer yourself!
~ Navi, giving information to Link about his doppelganger.

Dark Link is an evil doppelganger of Link who appears as an enemy in many The Legend of Zelda games. His battles are often thought of as the hero Link overcoming the darkness within himself. He is the most recurring minor boss character in the franchise.

Though there are slight differences in how each piece of media presents him, Dark Link is one of the most enigmatic characters in the entire series, lacking any definite origin backstory whatsoever.


This history of the Dark Link entities is organized into the latest "official Zelda timeline". This may change completely in the future, as the timeline given is merely meant as an example, and there have been official timelines before it.

Unified Timeline

The Unified Timeline refers to events before the split in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and thus occurs in every timeline, the split happens in the final battle with Ganon.

Ocarina of Time

Dark Link appears in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as a mini-boss in the Water Temple, as he was sent there by Ganondorf. Here he copies Link's attacks move-for-move. For every hit Dark Link takes, his attacks become increasingly more aggressive, as well as him becoming more opaque and less transparent.

In the manga, Dark Link comes out of the well in Kakariko Village and attempts to kill Link; he is able to match Link, but is defeated after Link uses a new skill. The two then have a horseback battle, with Dark Link using his own Dark Epona. Link and Epona manage to defeat Dark Link and Dark Epona after a brief battle.

Child Timeline

This is the timeline where Link was sent back to the past and was able to warn the Royal Family of Ganondorf's treachery, leading to the events of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' backstory.

Twilight Princess

He also makes a small cameo in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in a flashback, where Dark Link is used to represent evil beings named the Dark Interlopers. It is unsure if they separate entities or the same being.

Adult Timeline

This is the timeline where Ganondorf was sealed after ruling Hyrule and then being defeated by Link; he eventually escaped, leading to the backstory of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Dark Link appears after Link manages to get to the end of the Take 'Em All On game in Castle Town. He attacks using a copy of Link's sword, bombs, and Bow & Arrow.

Decline Timeline

This is the timeline where Ganondorf killed Link in his final battle with him, leading to the Imprisoning War described in A Link to the Past's backstory.

A Link to the Past

After braving the Palace of the Four Sword and destroying the four entities guarding it, Link faces off against four Dark Links, which each wear a different colored tunic: Green, Orange, Blue, and Purple. After they are defeated, the curse on the four sword is broken.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Four Dark Links are created by Veran in the final battle against her. These Dark Links do not attack and die in one hit; though they are dangerous obstacles, they move opposite of Link.

Other Media

Super Smash Bros.

Dark Link is a boss in the event "Link's Adventure" in event mode in Super Smash Bros. Melee albeit completely black, he reprises this role in Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the event match "Dark Link Duel" and in the Co-Op version of the event match he is featured alongside a "Dark Samus" fighting against Link and Samus. From Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward in the series, Dark Link is one of Link's alternate costumes, as well as an alt costume for both Young Link and Toon Link.

Other Dark Links

Several other beings similar to Dark Link, but also quite different, have appeared throughout The Legend of Zelda series. The first is Link's Shadow, a predecessor to Dark Link who appears as the final boss in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and the second is Shadow Link, manifestations of Ganondorf's evil thoughts who appear in both The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.



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Ganon's Army
Ganondorf/Ganon/Ganos (Manga) · Demon General Gaia · Jihad · Twinrova · Veran · Onox (Manga) · Shadow Link · Helmaroc King · Phantom Ganon · Dark Link · Lizalfos · Moblins

Ganon's Army (CD-I)
Ganon (CD-i) · Hektan · Glutko · Goronu · Harlequin Bazzar · Lupay · Duke Onkled ·

Ganon's Army (Breath of the Wild)
Calamity Ganon · Blight Ganons · Astor · Hollow

Demise · Ghirahim · Lizalfos · Moblins

Twilight Realm
Ganondorf · Zant · King Bulblin

Hyrule Warriors
Cia · Wizzro · Volga

New Hyrule
Malladus · Chancellor Cole · Byrne

World of the Ocean King
Bellum (Manga) · Cubus Sisters

Majora's Mask · Skull Kid

Yuga · Princess Hilda

Yiga Clan
Master Kohga · Sooga

Palace Guardians
Barba · Thunderbird · Link's Shadow

Other Major Foes
Vaati · Nightmares (DethI) · Lady Maud · Magician · Dark King Galgoa · Deor

Minor Enemies
Great Moblin · Sakon · Volvagia · LD-002S Scervo · "Them" · Bongo Bongo · River Zora · Dead Hand