Tang Long stood at above seven feet, and had several spots all over his face and body, thus earning him the nickname 'Spotted leopard' (金钱豹子). Tang Long excelled in the use of the spear and cudgel. He was a gambler and made a living as a wandering blacksmith.
Once, Li Kui and Dai Zong were on their way to find Gongsun Sheng to help them defeat Gao Lian, and happened to meet Tang Long. They invited Tang to join the Liangshan band and Tang went back with them after Gaotangzhou was conquered.