Whether you look at it as a gender-bent Link or a girl wearing a Link-themed costume, this female version of the hero from the Legend of Zelda by Oblivion_Gamer is fantastically well done.
In case you are not familiar, gender bending is exactly what it sounds like: changing the gender of a character but keeping their personality and overall appearance. For reference, here is the original Link (in one of many of this outfits):
And here is the reference of the female Link that was used:
This female Link holds fairly true to the original design. When it comes to Minecraft skins, gender-bending can be difficult due to the limited options available to the artist – you cannot modify the body shape, so creativity is a must.
Here, every side of the character has some indicator of its gender, which greatly helps with identifying this as a female version. The long hair and eyes are obvious ones, but also the slight changes in her clothing (in particular, slightly revealed shoulders – one could count the sleeves and leggings, but to be fair, male Link wears them in some outfits).
Finally, in terms of technical execution this skin is simply fantastic. I have absolutely no complaints about its shading and there is just the right amount of detail. I give this skin ten out of ten smashed flower pots.
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.
Which character from the Legend of Zelda universe would you like to see gender-bent? Let us know in the comments below!