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Tail Key

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Tail Key
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Unlocking the Tail Cave[2]

The Tail Key is an item in Link's Awakening.[2][note 1]

Location and Uses

Link's Awakening

The Tail Key is found in a Treasure Chest located in the Mysterious Woods. At first, Link can not access it, as the forest is looping over itself due to Tarin being transformed into a Raccoon.[4] Link must sprinkle Magic Powder on Tarin to return him to his human form, thus preventing the forest to loop and being able to access the Treasure Chest located to the north.[1]

Link can use it to open the Tail Cave's gate by inserting it into the Tale Keyhole.[2]

Other Appearances

Link's Awakening (Cagiva)

In the Link's Awakening manga by Ataru Cagiva, after arriving at the Mysterious Forest, Link finds that Tarin is been attacked by a Boarblin. After attacking it with a kick, the defeated Boarblin falls on a box, crushing it. Inside, they find the Tail Key. Link then uses the Key to open Tail Cave.


The Japanese name of Moldorm, the Boss of the Tail Cave, is Degu Tail, which may explain the name of this item.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Netherlands Dutch Staartsleutel (LANS) Same as English.
Federal Republic of Germany German Wurmschlüssel (LANS) Worm Key
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Llave Tail (LANS) Same as English.


See Also


  1. The Tail Key is also referred to as the Tail Cave Key in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America Inc..[3] However, as the in-game name takes precedence, it is not considered Canon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Pick the Sleepy Toadstool and have the Witch use it to make Magic Powder, then return to the Raccoon and sprinkle Magic Powder on it. You'll find that it was really Tarin, who had been under a mysterious spell. Now, when you head north, you'll find a path that will lead you to the Tail Key."  (The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening Player's Guide (Nintendo of America Inc. & Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.) pg. 25)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 140(LA)
  3. The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening Player's Guide (Nintendo of America Inc.) pg. 26
  4. "Heh heh heh ho! You're goin' ta be lost, thanks to me! Heh heh!" — Tarin (Link's Awakening DX)