Link is the grandson of Smith, the blacksmith for Hyrule Town. He lives just outside the town with his grandfather, and goes to the Picori Festival with his childhood friend, Princess Zelda. During the award ceremony for the festival's sword tournament, the winner, Vaati, shatters the legendary Picori Blade and releases the monsters that had been sealed in the Bound Chest. Princess Zelda uses her power to send the monsters away, and despite Link's attempt to defend her, Vaati turns the princess to stone to prevent her from interfering with his plans.
Afterward, the King of Hyrule sends Link to Minish Woods to find the Minish, in the hopes that they can reforge the broken Picori Blade so that it can be used against Vaati, the Wind Mage. As he travels though the woods, Link meets Ezlo, his companion throughout the game. Ezlo sits on Link's head throughout his adventure to defeat Vaati and restore Zelda. Aside from his frequent advice and sarcastic comments about Link's quest, Ezlo grants the hero the power to shrink down to Minish size.
Chronologically, The Minish Cap is the prequel to Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures. Like the incarnation in Four Swords Adventures, this Link has almost the exact same character design as the Link from The Wind Waker, other than his hat. This game is one of the earliest games in the timeline, as stated in the official Hyrule Historia. At the end of this game Link acquires a real green hat, as he only had Ezlo as a hat before. Ezlo then said that the hat suited him.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 5-C
Age: Looks about 12
Classification: Hylian Swordsman
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Master swordsman, Expert marksman, Able to shrink to the size of a Minish, Able to grow back to normal size, Able to create up to 4 copies of himself through the power of the Four Sword, Able to suck up and eject debris at high velocity with the Gust Jar, Can levitate and flip objects/enemies with the Cane of Pacci, Resistance to Soul Manipulation
Speed: Relativistic (Fought and defeated a Light Force-amped Vaati)
Lifting Strength: Class K
Striking Strength: At least Moon Class with Four Sword
Durability: At least Moon level (Can take blows from Vaati to an extent)
Range: Extended melee range with melee weapons. Thousands of kilometers with ranged weapons.
Standard Equipment: Ezlo, the Four Sword, and an assortment of various items he collected during his adventure
Intelligence: Should be no less capable than any of the other Links
Weaknesses: Shrinking in size causes a proportional decrease in all stats (Sans strength once he acquired the Power Bracelets)