Quicksand Cave

Underground Lake redirects here. For the TCG card, see Underground Lake (Skyridge 141).
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Quicksand Cave りゅうさのどうくつ
Quicksand Cave
Basic info
Floors: 21*
Rest stops: Yes
Traps: Yes
Monster Houses: Yes
Main type: Ground
Boss: Mesprit*
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 located in Arid Area, 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.


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
  Nincada B1F-B7F 23-24 6.4%
  Vibrava B1F-B9F 27-28 0.5%
  Pupitar B1F-B10F 23-25 0.5%
  Skorupi B1F-B10F 24-26 8.2%
  Sandslash B1F-B10F 23-25 0.5%
  Mawile B8F-B10F 24-25 6.4%

Quicksand Pit

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

Underground Lake

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



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

Monster House

Item Floors
  2-120TD/125S Poké B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Blue Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Brown Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Grass Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Green Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Orange Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Silver Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Sky Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS White Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Black Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Clear Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Gold Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Gray Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Pink Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Purple Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Red Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Royal Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Yellow Gummi B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Aerial Ace B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Attract B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Brick Break B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Brine B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Bullet Seed B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Calm Mind B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Dig B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Dive B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Embargo B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Energy Ball B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Explosion B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS False Swipe B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Flash B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Focus Blast B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Focus Punch B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Giga Drain B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Giga Impact B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Hidden Power B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Hyper Beam B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Iron Tail B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Light Screen B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Natural Gift B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Payback B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Poison Jab B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Protect B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Recycle B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Reflect B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Rest B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Roar B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Rock Slide B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Roost B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Safeguard B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Shadow Claw B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Shock Wave B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS SolarBeam B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Stealth Rock B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  TS Steel Wing B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Swords Dance B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Taunt B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Thunder Wave B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Thunderbolt B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Torment B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  Vacuum-Cut B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  DS Water Pulse B8-10F, PB1-PB10F
  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 8.33%D/11.11%S
  Summon Trap 12.5%T/11.11%S
  Trip Trap 12.5%T/8.33%D/11.11%S
  Warp Trap 12.5%T/11.11%S
  Wonder Tile 62.5%T/83.34%D/55.56%S

Other encounters

Image Encounter B1-B7F B8-B10F, PB1-PB10F
  Monster House 0% 8%


Entrance Rest stopTD Rest stopS
Quicksand Pit Underground Lake shore Underground Lake

In other languages

Quicksand Desert

Language Title
  French Desert Sables Mouvants
  German Mahlsandwüste
  Italian Deserto delle Sabbie Mobili
  Korean 유사의 땅 Yusa-ui Ttang
  Spanish Arenas Movedizas

Quicksand Cave

Language Title
  French Grotte Sables Mouvants
  German Treibsandhöhle
  Italian Grotta delle Sabbie Mobili
  Korean 유사의 동굴 Yusa-ui Donggul
  Spanish Cueva Arenas

Quicksand Pit

Language Title
  French Grotte Sables Mouvants fond
  German Treibsandgrube
  Italian Fossa delle Sabbie Mobili
  Korean 유사의 동굴 최심부 Yusa-ui Donggul Choesimbu
  Spanish Sima Arenas

Underground Lake

Language Title
  French Lac Souterrain
  German Untergrundsee
  Italian Lago Sotterraneo
  Korean 땅밑 호수 Ttangmit Hosu
  Spanish Lago Subterráneo

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