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Tail Key

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Tail Key
LADX Tail Key Artwork.png
Artwork of the Tail Key from Link's Awakening DX
Location(s) Mysterious Woods[1]
Use(s) Unlocking the Tail Cave[2]
Comparable Item(s) Angler Key
Bird Key
Face Key
Slime Key

The Tail Key is one of the several Dungeon Keys in Link's Awakening.[2][note 1]

Location and Uses

LA Tail Key Sprite.png

The Tail Key is found in a Treasure Chests 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]

It allows Link, by inserting it into the Tale Keyhole,[5] to open the Tail Cave's gate.[2]


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


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 and Tokuma Shoten Publishing.[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 "You've got the Tail Key! Now you can open the Tail Cave gate!" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)
  3. "After obtaining the Tail Cave Key from the Mysterious Forest, return to Mabe Village and prepare for the first major challenge of Link's quest." (The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening Player's Guide (Nintendo of America Inc. & Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.), pg. 26)
  4. "Heh heh heh ho! You're goin' ta be lost, thanks to me! Heh heh!" — Tarin (Link's Awakening DX)
  5. "Hunh? A keyhole here? It says, 'Tale Keyhole'" — N/A (Link's Awakening DX)