Tail Key

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The Tail Key is a recurring Item in The Legend of Zelda series.[2][3][name references needed]

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 Tail Keyhole.[2][5]

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 being 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 デグテール (Degu Tail), which may explain the name of this item.

Names in Other Regions
The People's Republic of China
长尾钥匙 (Cháng wěi yàoshi) (LANS) 
The Federal Republic of Germany
  • Worm Key
  • Worm Key
The Italian Republic
  • Chiave Coda (LA | LADX)[6]
  • Chiave della coda (LANS)
  • Same as English.
  • Same as English.
The Kingdom of Spain
Llave tail (LANS)Same as English.
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Other Names

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See Also


  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 | LADX)
  3. "Tail Key
    Found deep inside the Mysterious Forest.
    " — Inventory (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  4. "Heh heh heh ho! You're goin' ta be lost, thanks to me! Heh heh!" — Tarin (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  5. "You got the Tail Key! Now you can open the Tail Cave gate!" — Game Screen (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  6. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 140
  7. "Nun hast Du den Wurmschlüssel in der Hand! Sicher kannst Du damit den Wurmpalast öffnen." — N/A (Link's Awakening, German localization)
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening—Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 26