Tail Collector (シッポオヤジ, Shippo Oyaji?) is a character in Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, and Final Fantasy Dimensions. The main purpose for this character is to exchange the collected tails for valuable pieces of equipment.
These two tails can be found in all versions:
|Rat Tail||Adamantite||Treasure chest in Feymarch.|
|Pink Tail||Adamant Armor||Drop from Flan Princess. Use a Siren in the B5 Lunar Subterrane southeast room (which had a Red Fang in the chest).|
3D Tail locations
Tails that are exclusive to the 3D versions:
|Black Tail||Onion Armor||Drop from Armored Fiend. Use a Siren on B2-B3 of Lair of the Father.|
|Blue Tail||Onion Shield||Drop from Thunder Dragon. Use a Siren on B2-B3 of the Passage of the Eidolons.|
|Green Tail||Onion Helm||Drop from Green Dragon. Use a Siren by the Sealed Cave entrance.|
|Red Tail||Onion Sword||Drop from Red Dragon. Use a Siren on B8-B10 of the Lunar Subterrane.|
|Yellow Tail||Onion Gloves||Drop from Yellow Dragon. Use a Siren by the Passage of the Eidolons entrance.|
|Takkei Tail||—||Dummied Out. Description reads: Looks as though it could be traded for something.|
|Omega Tail||—||Dummied Out. Description reads: The tail of Omega.|
|Zemus Tail||—||Dummied Out. Description reads: The tail of Zemus.|
There are two other tail collectors; one is in the Underground Waterway in Edward's Tale, and will trade a Gold Tail with him if he has the right number of Bronze and Silver Tails. During the first part of the Final Tale, the player can go to the Path to Babil to give a number of Small Tails to the tail collector's apprentice, in exchange for the Rainbow Tail or any other tail.
In the final tale "The Crystals", all colored Tails except the Rainbow Tail are dropped by specific enemies in specific locations during a specific Moon Phase. Some of these enemies can also be encountered in individual Tales.
|Tail||Enemy||Tale Location||Crystals Location||Moon Phase||Exchange for|
|Gray Tail||Gray Coeurl||Kain's Tale - Devil's Road||True Moon surface||Waning Moon||Rear Ring|
|Ebony Tail||Ebony Dragon||Lunarian's Tale - Lunar Tunnel||Subterrane B4 - Large Central Cave||New Moon||Taunt Ring|
|Pink Tail||Flan Princess||—||Subterrane B5 - Southwest Cave||Full Moon||Pink Armor|
|Black Tail||Shadow Dragon||—||Subterrane B5 - Southeast Room||Waxing Moon||Twin Stars|
|Purple Tail||Behemoth||Edge's Tale - Cave of Eblan third area||Subterrane B7 - Center Cave||New Moon||Treasure Hunter V2|
|White Tail||White Dragon||Porom's Tale - world map northeast of Mount Ordeals||Subterrane B8 - Last Cave||Waxing Moon||Rapid Ring V2|
|Green Tail||Green Dragon||Rydia's Tale - Agart Mine B4||Subterrane B9 - Second Cave||Waning Moon||Rare Band V2|
|Red Tail||Red Dragon||Yang's Tale - Impact Crater floor||Subterrane B10 - East Cave||New Moon||Level band V2|
|Blue Tail||Thunder Dragon||Ceodore's Tale - Mist Cave||Subterrane B11 - Large Central Room||Full Moon||Blue Armor|
|Gold Tail||Gold Dragon||—||Subterrane B12 - North Passage||Full Moon||Gil Band V2|
Tails can also be acquired in other ways. In Palom's Tale, a Black Tail can be found in the pub in Troia, but access into the areas where the tail is found costs a total of 159,999 gil for three memberships.
Bronze and Silver Tails
In Edward's Tale, he can find Bronze and Silver Tails throughout the Tale, and enemies randomly drop them. A trader in the Underground Waterway will trade Bronze Tail x5 for a Silver Tail, and Silver Tail x5 for a Gold Tail. As enemies can potentially drop the lesser tails, this can be done more than once if the player can obtain the tails needed. The locations of Bronze and Silver Tails is as follows:
- Damcyan, in a flowerbed.
- Damcyan east tower, in a hidden passage.
- Impact Crater, steam vent near Harley.
- Underground Waterway, in a secret passage behind the falls.
- Underground Waterway, in a boulder atop the large waterfall.
- Underground Waterway, near Kaipo exit under a bridge, invisible but locatable by a tile the party cannot walk on.
- Underground Waterway, near Kaipo exit in a boulder in the water.
- Kaipo, on a shelf in the pub.
- Antlion's Den, in a boulder through a hidden passage under the bridge, in the first room.
- Antlion's Den, in a boulder at the bottom of the den during a New Moon (Silver Tail).
- Baron, in the waterway beneath the waterfalls.
- Baron, weapon and armor shop, behind the counter through a hidden passage (Silver Tail).
This gives the player Bronze Tail x10 and Silver Tail x2, Bronze Tail x5 short of the requirements for a Gold Tail. In Edward's Tale the others can be dropped by Adamantoise, Alligator, Basilisk, Ettin Snake, Gigas Gator, Hundlegs, Hydra, Sand Worm, andSplasher.
All of these enemies may drop Bronze Tails, and all but the Adamantoise, Basilisk and Splasher can drop Silver Tails. However, Silver Tails are much rarer drops.
In the final tale, around the world the player can find Small Tails, 21 in total. A trader in the Cave of Eblan will trade seven Small Tails for any colored tail of their choice, or fourteen Small Tails for a Rainbow Tail. This is the only way to get a Rainbow Tail.
The locations of the Small Tails are as follows—note that many of the locations referred are unmarked locations on the overworld map:
- North of Baron Castle in a forest.
- Town of Baron in tall grass.
- East of Baron on the overworld as a single tree.
- Troia Castle, in the moat through a hidden passage.
- Troia, behind the armor shop.
- North of Troia, in a bush in a forest clearing.
- East of Troia, in a bush in a forest clearing.
- Damcyan, in a bookcase in Harley's room.
- West of Damcyan, meteor impact site.
- South of Kaipo between three meteor impact sites.
- Southeast of Kaipo, in a patch of desert by the sea.
- Fabul, in a plant on the third floor of the east tower.
- West of Fabul, in a bush in a forest.
- Southeast of Fabul, in a bush in a forest.
- Eblan, in a vase on the second floor of the west tower.
- North of Tower of Babil in a tree.
- East of Tower of Babil in a tree.
- Agart, in a globe in the observatory (Titan must be defeated first).
- Lodestone Cavern, in a bone formation.
- Cave of Eblan, third area in a boulder near stairs to fourth area.
- Southeast of Mt. Ordeals, in a crate in a cave, through a secret passage.
Small Tails are not to be confused with Small Tales, which are a Potion-like HP restoring consumable. They can be found throughout the tale alongside Small Tails but serve no purpose.
Tails can be dropped by rare and powerful monsters that appear in separate sub-chapters that can be revisited at any time before the end of Chapter 3. After that, the respective enemies that drop each tail are found in different locations.
|Tail||Enemy||Chapter 1-3 location||Chapter 4 location|
|Red Tail||Chimera||Cave to Deist B1F||Area around Deist|
|Blue Tail||Aqua Rex||Underwater Temple 4F||Area around Rusalka|
|Yellow Tail||Great Avian||Anima Grove||Area around Fabrica|
|Green Tail||Torosaurus||Mazewood||Area around Alfheim|
|Grey Tail||Gorging Bunny||Land West of Umberwood||Area around Castle Falgabard|
|Silver Tail||Silver Dragon||Akame Valley||Area around Hagakure|
|Gold Tail||Gold Dragon||Castle Burtgang||Area around Burtgang|
|Pink Tail||Flan Princess||Prize at the Casino||Island west of the Coliseum|
Every Tail may also be infrequently acquired as a reward for defeating three enemies in a row at the Coliseum.