Hello internet! This being one of my favorite franchises, its easy to come up with stuff to write about Zelda. As a bonus, I get to learn new information about a series of games I adore. Information like exactly how many different Links there are. I mean, we’ve all seen the official timelines, but do you know how many games are direct sequels featuring the same character of Link? Well, I did some reading on zeldawiki.org and I have a number. So how many Links are there?Are you ready? Queue drum roll….
Yes. There are eleven different Links across 18 canon releases. Let’s go over them, shall we?
Skyward Sword comes first chronologically with the very first Link.
Minish Cap adds a second Link.
Four Swords adds a third. (Four thirds? The four sword is weird.)
Ocarina of Time adds the fourth and probably most notable Link because his actions divide the timeline into three different possible scenarios. The Link in Majora’s Mask is the same and follows the Child Timeline (when Link is returned to his youth and there is no conflict with Ganon.)
The child timeline provides us with Link number five in Twilight Princess.
Link number six once more wields the Four Sword in Four Swords Adventure (a different title than the original Four Swords) and caps off the child timeline.
In the fallen hero timeline, Link dies at the end of Ocarina of Time and we see Link number seven some years later gracing A Link to the Past, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, and Link’s Awakening. This version is notable because he is in so many different games.
In A Link Between Worlds and Tri Force Heroes, we have Link number eight.
And this is where we find the NES titles, the original Legend of Zelda and Link’s Adventure feature Link number 9. But we aren’t done yet.
The Adult TimeLine involves the future of Hyrule in Ocarina of Time, after Ganon is sealed in the sacred realm and Link is returned to his youth, except now we see what happens to Hyrule with no Link. I’ll skip some exposition here because this isn’t a history lesson, but the world is flooded and we have Windwaker and Phantom Hourglass giving us Link number ten.
Finally, Link number 11 is in Spirit Tracks. He’s a descendent to the Link from Windwaker to some extent as opposed to a direct sequel.
Number 12? I don’t know. All we know about Link from Breath of the Wild is that he wakes up in a resurrection chamber. I have some ideas about this, but that’s a post for another day….