Tail Key

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Tail Key
Official artwork of Tail Key




Unlock Tail Keyhole, giving access to Tail Cave


"You've got the Tail Key! Now you can open the Tail Cave gate!"

— In-game description[1]

Tail Key is the first of five dungeon keys found in Link's Awakening that is used to unlock the entrance to Tail Cave.[2][3]

After salvaging his sword from the shipwreck on Toronbo Shores, Link is guided north of Mabe Village to the Mysterious Forest by the owl.[4][5] Upon arriving at the Mysterious Forest, the owl once again appears to explain that once Link finds the key from the forest, he should go to Tail Cave and use the key there.[6] After curing the curse on Tarin with the newly received Magic Powder, Link can then head deeper into the forest to find a treasure chest containing the Tail Key.[7] Before taking the key, the owl flies down, asserting that Link takes the key and heads to Tail Cave.[8] Once finding Tail Cave, Link must use the Tail Key on the Tail Keyhole, causing the gate to rise.



  1. "You've got the Tail Key! Now you can open the Tail Cave gate!" — In-game description, Link's Awakening.
  2. "The Tail Key admits you to the Tail Cave in the south, near Toronbo Shores." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 25
  3. "The Tail Key is used to open the main entrance to the Tail Cave on Koholint Island." — The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Tail Key
  4. "Hoot! Hoot! So you are the lad who owns the sword... Now I understand why the monsters are starting to act so violently... A courageous lad has come to wake the Wind Fish... It is said that you cannot leave the island unless you wake the Wind Fish... You should now go north, to the Mysterious Forest. I will wait for you there! Hoot!" — Owl, Link's Awakening.
  5. "Nintendo Power Issue 094", Retrieve [the Sword], and you'll meet your guide, the Owl.
  6. "Hoot! Ho, brave lad, on your quest to wake the dreamer! Welcome to the Mysterious Wood! Much of mystery you will find on this uncharted Koholint island! I'm afraid you may find it a trifle difficult to leave the island while the Wind Fish naps. ...By the by, have you ever visited the Tail Cave, which is south of the village? Go there with the key you find in this forest... The Wind Fish is watching...Hoot!" — Owl, Link's Awakening.
  7. "Now, when you head north, you'll find a path that will lead you to the Tail Key." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 25
  8. " Hoot! Take the key and go to the Tail Cave. Retrieve the Instrument that is hidden there! Go now! The Wind Fish is waiting! Hooot!" — Owl, Link's Awakening.