Link is one of the most beloved video game characters in history. The Legend of Zelda is a multi-decade spanning wonder of the gaming world, and its elven protagonist is just as iconic as other greats such as Mario. This Link skin by Thezi1 is a fantastically simple yet accurate depiction of the hero we all know and love.
Other than the chest strap which holds his sword, Thezi1 did a great job transcribing the reference picture onto the player model:
Although to be fair, without a sword to pull out of the sheath, it would look a bit silly to have the chest strap. Many versions of Link also do not have the sheath.
The shading on this skin is very simple. It uses one or two tones for each color. This is a method that is only selectively successful; it works best with mid-to-high detail characters, such as this one.
I rate this skin nine smashed flowerpots out of ten, only lacking one point due to the fact that the face is much lighter and less saturated than the clothing.
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.
Who is your favorite character from the Legend of Zelda universe? Let us know in the comments below!