Linkle is a playable Warrior in Hyrule Warriors Legends. She can be transferred over to Hyrule Warriors as well. She wields dual Crossbows as her weapon and uses them alongside quick kicks to attack enemies. Her story is described as a side story separate from the rest of the game's plot.
Linkle is a young woman who lives in a small village in Hyrule where she takes care of Cuccos as a shepherd. Since she was little, she believes herself to be the reincarnated hero. She believes that the symbol that proves it is the Compass given to her by her grandmother, which has been passed down for generations. After hearing that Hyrule Castle is under attack by a demon, she sets out on a journey to save the kingdom, donning a green outfit. Linkle has a habit of getting lost easily and is bad at directions, despite owning a compass and a map. While setting out on her quest, she fails to notice a sign at a forked road pointing to the direction of Hyrule Castle, and takes the opposite path instead. During her victory cutscene, she continues to miss signs pointing to the castle's direction.
She enters a mysterious forest, only to become lost and suddenly have her Compass stolen by Skull Kid, forcing her to retrieve it from him. Twili Midna accompanies her on her travels at some point. Linkle does eventually reach Hyrule Castle, and saves many lives fending off a wave of monsters who sought to avenge Ganon's defeat.
During the development of Hyrule Warriors, Linkle was originally designed as a female version of Link. She was also proposed to be Link's little sister, but the idea was scrapped due to Eiji Aonuma not wanting her to conflict with Aryll, Link's sister in The Wind Waker. Sketches of her were included in the Hyrule Warriors art book from the Japanese limited editions of the game. Thanks to this, Linkle grew in popularity among fans, convincing the developers to include her in the game. She was announced for Hyrule Warriors Legends during the Nintendo Direct web stream on November 12, 2015, where she was revealed with a slightly different design and two Crossbows, as opposed to the one shown in her early concept sketches.
At one point in development, a portion of Linkle's Tale featuring Tingle was cut due to time constraints and because the developers were concerned that the humorous nature of the scenario would clash with Linkle's heroic attributes. In this part of the story, Linkle would have wandered into the Temple of Souls and find Ghirahim performing his signature dance in order to curse Link for unknown reasons, at which point Darunia and Lana would appear to do a dance-off against Ghirahim in order to stop him. Linkle would eventually stop the crazy dancing, but discover that it is not Link who she saved, but Tingle. Linkle then would be seen waking up, revealing that this was just a dream, and continue on her quest.
- Prior to her announcement, her Crossbow was hidden among the game's artwork, hinting at her inclusion.
- Like Link in Link's Crossbow Training, Linkle's Crossbows glow when certain moves are performed, glowing red when charging a Bomb Arrow and glowing green when rapid-firing.
- Eiji Aonuma stated that due to her popularity, he is going to keep in mind the possibility of including her in a future Zelda game.
- Linkle was the last character that former Nintendo writer, Chris Pranger, wrote for before leaving Nintendo. He said that she is his favorite Nintendo character to have written for.
- Her Compass is available as a clock in the Japanese and European limited editions of Hyrule Warriors Legends.
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- "Linkle" — Select Warrior (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
- Brian, New Hyrule Warriors Legends details – Linkle’s story and crossbows, new weapons, more, Nintendo Everything, published November 18, 2015, retrieved November 18, 2015.
- "Linkle is a young woman who lives in a small village in Hyrule and cares for Cuccos." — Yosuke Hayashi, HYRULE WARRIOR: THE STORY OF HOW LINKLE BECAME A STAR, IGN.
- Brian, Linkle's story in Hyrule Warriors Legends detailed, Nintendo Everything, published December 11, 2015, retrieved December 11, 2015.
- "She has aspired to be a hero since she was little, and believes that the compass she received from her grandmother, which has been passed down for generations, is the symbol that proves it." — Yosuke Hayashi, HYRULE WARRIOR: THE STORY OF HOW LINKLE BECAME A STAR, IGN.
- "When she hears that Hyrule Castle is under attack by monsters, she sets out on a journey to save the realm from crisis." — Yosuke Hayashi, HYRULE WARRIOR: THE STORY OF HOW LINKLE BECAME A STAR, IGN.
- "The website also reveals some new information about Skull Kid – when meeting Linkle, he steals her precious compass and she has to get it back from him." — Matt, More Hyrule Warriors Legends story details from the official website, Nintendo Everything, published November 19, 2015, retrieved November 19, 2015.
- "Her desire to help others in need gets her tangled up with all kinds of other characters along her journey, and they end up traveling together." — (HYRULE WARRIOR: THE STORY OF HOW LINKLE BECAME A STAR)
- (Prima Games) pg. 246
- "Koei Tecmo first proposed the Linkle character as Link’s little sister for the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors. However, we felt this conflicted with the concept of Aryll from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the only character we had ever had appear as Link’s sister, so we decided not to include that version." —Eiji Aonuma (HYRULE WARRIOR: THE STORY OF HOW LINKLE BECAME A STAR)
- "We had a great response from fans, especially outside of Japan, who saw Linkle in the Hyrule Warriors premium-box booklet and wanted her to be included in the game. Seeing that reaction, Hayashi-san and I talked it over and decided that we would definitely like to include her in the next title." —Eiji Aonuma (HYRULE WARRIOR: THE STORY OF HOW LINKLE BECAME A STAR)
- Nintendo Direct 11.12.2015, YouTube.
- Nintendo, Hyrule Warriors Legends – WonderCon Developer Panel, YouTube, published April 4, 2016, retrieved April 4, 2016.
- GameXplain, Is Female Link coming to Hyrule Warriors 3DS?!, YouTube, published June 10, 2015, retrieved December 8, 2015.
- "I had a chance to give feedback on Linkle during development, but the satisfying action of using a crossbow, which we developed for the spin-off title Link's Crossbow Training, was implemented this time completely by Koei Tecmo. It may feel a little different from other titles in the franchise, but she doesn't feel out of place at all in the world of the Zelda games. I'm sure we will keep her in mind when thinking about future titles." —Eiji Aonuma (HYRULE WARRIOR: THE STORY OF HOW LINKLE BECAME A STAR)
- "Linkle was the last character i was writing for before I left Nintendo. I wanted her to be special. I think everyone is gonna love her. Once you know her full backstory, I think everyone is gonna fall in love. I like her more than Lana, and I loved writing for Lana." —Chris Pranger (LINKLE’S BACKSTORY MAY MAKE US ALL FALL IN LOVE WITH HER, BUT SHE IS NOT A FEMALE LINK)
- "Линкл" — NintendoRU, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition — Портрет персонажа № 1 (Nintendo Switch), YouTube (Video), published May 4, 2018, retrieved November 10, 2018.
- "Linkel" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)