Tail Key

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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
The Federal Republic of Germany
  • Worm Key
  • Worm Key
The Italian Republic
  • Chiave Coda (LA | LADX)[5][5]
  • Chiave della coda (LANS)
  • Tail Key
  • Tail key
The Kingdom of Spain
Llave tail (LANS)Tail Key
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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.[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 — Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 25)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 140(LA)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 26
  4. "Heh heh heh ho! You're goin' ta be lost, thanks to me! Heh heh!" — Tarin (Link's Awakening DX)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 140
  6. "Nun hast Du den Wurmschlüssel in der Hand! Sicher kannst Du damit den Wurmpalast öffnen." — N/A (Link's Awakening, German version)