Northern Desert

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Northern Desert
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Northern Desert きたのさばく
Northern Desert
Basic info
Floors: 15
Rest stops: No
Traps: Yes
Monster Houses: No
Main type: Ground
Boss: None
Recruiting: Yes
Items: 48
Money: Allowed
Starting level: Current
Team members: 4

Northern Desert (Japanese: きたのさばく Northern Desert) is the 14th dungeon in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky located in the Arid Area. It is unlocked after the player returns the Water Float to Azurill and Marill and goes back to the guild.

Before clearing Quicksand Cave or after the credits roll, when this dungeon is cleared again, the player can choose to continue exploring in Quicksand Cave.


The jobs in this dungeon are ranked E, B, A and S by default, depending on the floor.

The first four floors are small-sized, the others are medium-sized. The first four floors can have 2 to 6 rooms (although floor 3 and 4 are biased towards higher number), while rest of the floors have 4-9 rooms. There's 1-4 items lying on each floor, mostly Poké. There's 1-2 starting enemies on first two floors, 2-3 on floors 3 and 4, and 2-4 on remaining floors.

The IQ Booster activates on even floors past 2nd. The turn limit is 1000. The enemies in this dungeon have 26IQ, granting them the Status Checker IQ skill. There's natural sandstorm on floors 6, 10 and 11 (with all of the dungeon's inhabitants except for Carnivine being immune to it by either typing or Ability), although it can also appear by Larvitar using the move.

Pokémon encountered

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
  Baltoy 1-7 23-24 5.6%
  Cubone 1-8 20-21 8.2%
  Aron 1-8 22-23 6.4%
  Cacnea 1-8 22-23 6.4%
  Larvitar 1-9 22-23 8.2%
  Sandshrew 1-15 20-23 8.2%
  Trapinch 1-15 22-25 8.2%
  Carnivine 7-15 24-26 8.2%
  Rhyhorn 8-15 23-25 6.4%
  Lairon 9-15 23-25 0.5%
  Cacturne 9-15 23-25 0.5%


Item Floors
  2-120TD/125S Poké 1-15F
  4-5 Iron Thorn 1-15F
  D 4-5 Stick 1-15F
  2-4 Silver Spike 4-15D/1-15SF
  Grimy Food 1-15F
  TS Silver Gummi 1-15F
  DS All-Hit Orb 1-15F
  TS All-Mach Orb 1-15F
  TS Blowback Orb 1-15F
  DS Decoy Orb 1-15F
  Drought Orb 1-15F
  Escape Orb 1-15F
  DS Foe-Fear Orb 1-15F
  TS Foe-Hold Orb 1-15F
  DS Foe-Seal Orb 1-15F
  Hurl Orb 1-15F
  DS Luminous Orb 1-15F
  TS Petrify Orb 1-15F
  Rollcall Orb 1-15F
  DS Slumber Orb 1-15F
  TS Spurn Orb 1-15F
  TS Switcher Orb 1-15F
  DS Totter Orb 1-15F
  DS Transfer Orb 1-15F
  TS Warp Orb 1-15F

Traps encountered

The traps here are the same as in Amp Plains. The game will generate 2-5 of the following tiles per each floor.

Image Trap Appearance %
  Slumber Trap 10%D/7.69%S
  Summon Trap 16.67%T/15.38%S
  Trip Trap 8.33%T/10%D/7.69%S
  Warp Trap 8.33%T/7.70%S
  Wonder Tile 66.67%T/80%D/61.54%S


Game Entrance Alternate tileset Exit to Quicksand Cave

In other languages

Language Title
  French Désert du Nord
  German Nordwüste
  Italian Deserto del Nord
  Korean 북쪽 사막 Bukjjok Samak
  Spanish Desierto Norte

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
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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