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Tail Key

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Tail Key
Tail Key LADX artwork.jpg
Artwork of the Tail Key from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch) (2019)
Location(s) Mysterious Forest
Effect Unlocks the entrance to the Tail Cave
Related items
Slime Key
Angler Key
Face Key
Bird Key

The Tail Key, also named Tail Cave Key,[1] is the first Dungeon Key that Link obtains in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. It is needed to unlock the Tail Keyhole (formatted as Tale Keyhole in the original and DX versions) to the first dungeon, Tail Cave.

When Link first enters the Mysterious Forest, he is greeted by the Owl, who asks Link if he has ever visited Tail Cave and mentions that its key is located somewhere within the forest. While exploring, Link stumbles upon a Raccoon. Just north of it is a Treasure Chest containing the Tail Key, although the Racoon makes it so that Link cannot go north without being transported to another section of the Mysterious Forest. Link can only access the area by sprinkling Magic Powder on the Raccoon to turn him back into Tarin.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese テールのカギ
Tēru no Kagi
Tail Key


  1. ^ The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, page 26.