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A link (Japanese: リンク link) refers to the emotional bond between a Warrior and a Pokémon, featured in Pokémon Conquest. Affecting the strength of a Pokémon, and being measured in percentages with an upper limit of 100%, it is an analogue to the main series concept of levels.
The strength of a link, i.e. its percentage value, can be increased by fighting battles or visiting kingdom locations. The number of Pokémon with which a Warrior can share links at any time is dictated by his or her Capacity stat. Regardless of the number of Pokémon with which a Warrior has linked, only one can be used per battle.
Depending on how well-matched a pair of Warrior and Pokémon is, the maximum value of the link between the two varies. Maximum link values are signified by bronze, silver, and gold symbols; the latter signifying a maximum link percentage of 90% or higher. A Perfect Link (Japanese: ベストリンク Best Link) is a maximum link value of 100%. Each Warrior has specific Pokémon with which they share a Perfect Link. When a Pokémon is paired with a Warlord with whom it shares a Perfect Link, it will have several sprites showing different emotions, as opposed to a single, universal sprite.
The move rank of a Pokémon's single move will strengthen as the link increases, signified by +1 (20% link), +2 (40% link), +3 (60% link), +4 (80% link), or +S (100% link), being added to the move's name. Once reaching move rank +S, some moves take on completely new effects; e.g. Leaf Storm or Outrage.
Evolution and transformation
Because levels, experience, and friendship do not exist in Pokémon Conquest, evolution of Pokémon that depend on these is determined—directly in some cases and indirectly in others—by the link they share with their Warrior. Pokémon that normally evolve via high friendship in the main series games, such as Golbat, instead evolve after reaching a certain link percentage, usually between 60 and 70 percent. Pokémon that normally evolve at a set level instead evolve when a certain stat reaches a specific value—for example, Spheal evolves when its HP has reached a value of 138—which in itself is determined by link percentage—though generally not a set number.
A Warlord transforming to another rank is also determined by the link they share with their Perfect Link Pokémon, with the only exceptions being the Hero/Heroine's transformation to Rank II, which happens automatically in The Legend of Ransei. In some cases, the transformation can only happen in a specific story, such as Masamune only being able to transform in his own episode, The Dragon's Dream, with a 60% link with either Rufflet or Braviary.