Quicksand Cave

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Quicksand Cave
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Quicksand Cave りゅうさのどうくつ
Quicksand Cave
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Basic info
Floors: 21*
Rest stops: Yes
Traps: Yes
Monster Houses: Yes
Main type: Ground
Boss: Mesprit*
Allowances
Recruiting: Yes
Items: 48
Money: Allowed
Starting level: Current
Team members: 4

Quicksand Cave (Japanese: りゅうさのどうくつ Quicksand Cave) is a dungeon in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky situated underneath Quicksand Desert (Japanese: りゅうさのち). It has a total of 21 floors, with Quicksand Cave consisting of ten floors, Quicksand Pit (Japanese: りゅうさのどうくつ さいかそう) of ten floors, and Underground Lake (Japanese: ちていのみずうみ). Mesprit serves as the boss of the dungeon, and after the credits can be recruited on subsequent visits. The dungeon is unlocked the day after the player completes the Northern Desert. After clearing the dungeon initially, it cannot be revisited until after the credits.

Gameplay

The jobs here are ranked E, A and S by default, depending on the floor. Quicksand Pit is ranked S for purpose of Treasure Boxes.

All floors are medium-sized, with varying room density - 3 to 9 rooms on most floors, 3 to 8 on some. There's usually 2-3 starting enemies on first four floors of Quicksand Cave and 2-4 on later ones. There's 1-4 items on the first three floors of Quicksand Cave and last four floors of Quicksand Pit, 2-5 items on floors 4 through 10 of Quicksand Cave and first floor of Quicksand Pit, and 3-6 items on floors 2 through 6 of Quicksand Pit.

The IQ Booster activates on odd floors past the first one (counting Quicksand Pit as continuation of Quicksand Cave). The player cannot be rescued if knocked out in Quicksand Pit. The turn limit is 1000. The enemies in this dungeon have 26IQ, granting them Status Checker IQ skill. There is light darkness in the dungeon. The Tyranitar and Hippopotas in the dungeon will cause sandstorms to occur, while Pupitar can cause them by using the move.

Pokémon encountered

Quicksand Cave

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
290 Nincada B1F-B7F 23-24 6.4%
329 Vibrava B1F-B9F 27-28 0.5%
247 Pupitar B1F-B10F 23-25 0.5%
451 Skorupi B1F-B10F 24-26 8.2%
028 Sandslash B1F-B10F 23-25 0.5%
303 Mawile B8F-B10F 24-25 6.4%

Quicksand Pit

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
247 Pupitar B1F 25 0.5%
451 Skorupi B1F-B5F 26-27 8.2%
303 Mawile B1F-B5F 25-26 6.4%
028 Sandslash B1F-B10F 25-27 0.5%
248 Tyranitar B2F-B10F 28-30 -12%
449 Hippopotas B3F-B10F 26-28 8.2%
291 Ninjask B5F-B10F 27-28 0.5%

Underground Lake

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
481 Mesprit N/A 18/42 100% Boss
Mesprit cannot be recruited the first time around.

Items

Ground

Item Floors
MDBag Poké TDS Sprite.png 2-120TD/125S Poké B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Iron Thorn RTRB TDS Sprite.png 4 Iron Thorn B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Silver Spike RTRB TDS Sprite.png DS 4 Silver Spike B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Grimy Food TDS Sprite.png Grimy Food B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Silver Gummi TDS Sprite.png TS Silver Gummi B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png DS All-Hit Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png TS All-Mach Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png TS Blowback Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png DS Decoy Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png Drought Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png Escape Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png DS Foe-Fear Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png TS Foe-Hold Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png DS Foe-Seal Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png Hurl Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png DS Luminous Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png TS Petrify Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png Rollcall Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png DS Slumber Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png TS Spurn Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png TS Switcher Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png DS Totter Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png DS Transfer Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png TS Warp Orb B1-10F, PB1-PB10F

Monster House

Item Floors
MDBag Poké TDS Sprite.png 2-120TD/125S Poké B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Blue Gummi TDS Sprite.png TS Blue Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Brown Gummi TDS Sprite.png TS Brown Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Grass Gummi TDS Sprite.png TS Grass Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Green Gummi TDS Sprite.png TS Green Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Orange Gummi TDS Sprite.png TS Orange Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Silver Gummi TDS Sprite.png TS Silver Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Sky Gummi TDS Sprite.png TS Sky Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag White Gummi TDS Sprite.png TS White Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Black Gummi TDS Sprite.png DS Black Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Clear Gummi TDS Sprite.png DS Clear Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Gold Gummi TDS Sprite.png DS Gold Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Gray Gummi TDS Sprite.png DS Gray Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Pink Gummi TDS Sprite.png DS Pink Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Purple Gummi TDS Sprite.png DS Purple Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Red Gummi TDS Sprite.png DS Red Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Royal Gummi TDS Sprite.png DS Royal Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Yellow Gummi TDS Sprite.png DS Yellow Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Aerial Ace B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Attract B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Brick Break B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Brine B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Bullet Seed B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Calm Mind B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Dig B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Dive B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Embargo B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Energy Ball B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Explosion B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS False Swipe B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Flash B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Focus Blast B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Focus Punch B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Giga Drain B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Giga Impact B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Hidden Power B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Hyper Beam B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Iron Tail B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Light Screen B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Natural Gift B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Payback B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Poison Jab B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Protect B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Recycle B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Reflect B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Rest B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Roar B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Rock Slide B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Roost B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Safeguard B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Shadow Claw B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Shock Wave B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS SolarBeam B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Stealth Rock B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Steel Wing B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Swords Dance B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Taunt B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Thunder Wave B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Thunderbolt B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Torment B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png Vacuum-Cut B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png DS Water Pulse B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag TM TDS Sprite.png TS Wide Slash B8-10F, PB1-PB10F

Traps encountered

This dungeon has the same traps as Northern Desert. The game will generate 2-5 of the following tiles.

Image Trap Appearance %
Slumber Trap RTRB TDS.png Slumber Trap 8.33%D/11.11%S
Summon Trap RTRB TDS.png Summon Trap 12.5%T/11.11%S
Trip Trap RTRB TDS.png Trip Trap 12.5%T/8.33%D/11.11%S
Warp Trap RTRB TDS.png Warp Trap 12.5%T/11.11%S
Wonder Tile RTRB TDS.png Wonder Tile 62.5%T/83.34%D/55.56%S

Other encounters

Image Encounter B1-B7F B8-B10F, PB1-PB10F
MDBag Wonder Orb TDS Sprite.png Monster House 0% 8%

Layout

Entrance Rest stop Quicksand Pit
Quicksand Cave entrance TDS.png Quicksand Cave rest stop TDS.png Quicksand Pit TDS.png
Underground Lake shore Underground Lake
Underground Lake shore TDS.png Underground Lake TDS.png
 

In other languages

Quicksand Desert

Language Title
France Flag.png French Desert Sables Mouvants
Germany Flag.png German Mahlsandwüste
Italy Flag.png Italian Deserto delle Sabbie Mobili
South Korea Flag.png Korean 유사의 땅
Spain Flag.png Spanish Arenas Movedizas

Quicksand Cave

Language Title
France Flag.png French Grotte Sables Mouvants
Germany Flag.png German Treibsandhöhle
Italy Flag.png Italian Grotta delle Sabbie Mobili
South Korea Flag.png Korean 유사의 동굴 Yusa-ui Donggul
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cueva Arenas

Quicksand Pit

Language Title
France Flag.png French Grotte Sables Mouvants fond
Germany Flag.png German Treibsandgrube
Italy Flag.png Italian Fossa delle Sabbie Mobili
South Korea Flag.png Korean 유사의 동굴 최심부 Yusa-ui Donggul Choesimbu
Spain Flag.png Spanish Sima Arenas

Underground Lake

Language Title
France Flag.png French Lac Souterrain
Germany Flag.png German Untergrundsee
Italy Flag.png Italian Lago Sotterraneo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 땅밑 호수 Ddangmit Hosu
Spain Flag.png Spanish Lago Subterráneo


Locations in Pokémon world in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky
Major locations
Sharpedo BluffTreasure TownKangaskhan StorageKecleon Shop
Marowak DojoChimecho AssemblyWigglytuff's GuildCroagunk's Swap Shop
BeachFogbound LakeHot SpringLuminous SpringPelipper Island
Spinda's CaféSShaymin VillageSSky PeakS
Dungeons
Beach CaveDrenched BluffMt. BristleWaterfall CaveApple Woods
Side PathCraggy CoastRock PathMt. HornForest Path
Foggy ForestSteam CaveAmp PlainsNorthern DesertQuicksand Cave
Crystal CaveCrystal CrossingChasm CaveDark HillSealed Ruin
Dusk ForestDeep Dusk ForestTreeshroud ForestBrine CaveHidden Land
Temporal TowerMystifying ForestBlizzard IslandCrevice CaveSurrounded Sea
Miracle SeaAegis CaveMt. TravailThe NightmareSpacial Rift
Dark CraterConcealed RuinsMarine ResortBottomless SeaShimmer Desert
Mt. AvalancheGiant VolcanoWorld AbyssSky StairwayMystery Jungle
Serenity RiverLandslide CaveLush PrairieTiny MeadowLabyrinth Cave
Oran ForestLake AfarHappy OutlookMt. MistralShimmer Hill
Lost WildernessMidnight ForestZero Isle NorthZero Isle EastZero Isle West
Zero Isle SouthFinal Maze
Dungeons exclusive to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
Zero Isle CenterDestiny TowerOblivion ForestTreacherous WatersSoutheastern IslandsInferno Cave
Star CaveSky Peak Mountain PathMurky ForestEastern CaveFortune RavineSpring Cave
Southern JungleBoulder QuarryLeft Cave PathRight Cave PathLimestone CavernBarren Valley
Dark WastelandSpacial CliffsDark Ice MountainIcicle ForestVast Ice Mountain
Demo only:
Little PlainsMt. ClearChallenge RiverTrial ForestGuiding SeaHidden Shopkeeper Village
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