Shimmer Desert

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Shimmer Desert かげろうのさばく
Shimmer Desert
Basic info
Floors: 10
Rest stops: No
Traps: Yes
Monster Houses: Yes
Main type: Ground
Boss: Groudon
Recruiting: Yes
Items: Allowed
Money: Allowed
Starting level: Current
Team members: 4

Shimmer Desert (Japanese: かげろうのさばく Shimmer Desert) is a dungeon in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky located in the Arid Area. Groudon guards the Terra Cymbal at Shimmer Desert Pit (Japanese: かげろうのさばく おくち).


In Explorers of Time and Darkness, Wonder Mail password is the only way to unlock this dungeon; in Explorers of Sky, it can be unlocked via Spinda's Café. Once the player has cleared Crevice Cave and obtained Secret Rank, the following codes can unlock this dungeon.

Version Password
Explorers of Time & Darkness #&S6 NY2& YJN=
1P57 F0MN MH7Y
Explorers of Sky @9R=4 0S0J#Q2 40548


The jobs are ranked E, ★2, ★3 or ★4 by default, depending on the floor.

The following floor layouts are used in this dungeon:

  • Large-sized on floors 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7, with maximum amount of rooms being 8, 9, 10, 13, and 13, respectively.
  • Floors 8 and 9 have hallways in center with rooms on the edge.
  • Floors 4 and 6 have hallways on the edges with rooms in center.

There are 2-5 items on the ground and 6-9 items buried in the walls. There's 2-3 starting enemies on floors 1 and 2, 2-4 on floors 3 through 6, and 4-6 on floors 7 through 9.

The IQ Booster activates on every even floor. Turn limit is 1000. Enemies in the dungeon have 331IQ, while Groudon has 600IQ, granting it access to many skills.

Floors 1 and 6 have sunny weather, while floors 3 and 9 have sandstorms.

Like other Seven Treasures dungeons other than Sky Stairway, stat boosting items and Lost Loot is buried in the walls (in contrast to most dungeons which only have Poké).

Pokémon encountered

Shimmer Desert

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
  Ekans 1-9 16-17 0.5%
  Arbok 1-9 48-49 -12%
  Sandshrew 1-9 20-21 8.2%
  Sandslash 1-9 42-43 1%
  Nidoking 1-9 42-43 -12%
  Diglett 1-9 12-13 8.2%
  Dugtrio 1-9 42-43 -4.5%
  Sudowoodo 1-9 42-43 0.5%
  Garchomp 3-8 45-46 1%
  Rhyperior 5-8 49-50 -12%

Shimmer Desert Pit

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
  Groudon Pit 49 50% Boss



Item Floors
  2-400 Poké 1-9F
  4 Silver Spike 1-9F
  4-5 Gravelerock 1-9F
  S Gone Pebble 1-9F
  S Gravelyrock 1-9F
  Grimy Food 1-9F
  TS Brown Gummi 1-9F
  TS Green Gummi 1-9F
  TS Orange Gummi 1-9F
  DS Gold Gummi 1-9F
  DS Gray Gummi 1-9F
  DS Purple Gummi 1-9F
  DS Yellow Gummi 1-9F
  S Wander Gummi 1-9F
Boss reward
  Terra Cymbal 10F

Monster House

Item Floors
  2-400 Poké 1-9F
  TS Blue Gummi 1-9F
  TS Brown Gummi 1-9F
  TS Grass Gummi 1-9F
  TS Green Gummi 1-9F
  TS Orange Gummi 1-9F
  TS Silver Gummi 1-9F
  TS Sky Gummi 1-9F
  TS White Gummi 1-9F
  DS Black Gummi 1-9F
  DS Clear Gummi 1-9F
  DS Gold Gummi 1-9F
  DS Gray Gummi 1-9F
  DS Pink Gummi 1-9F
  DS Purple Gummi 1-9F
  DS Red Gummi 1-9F
  DS Royal Gummi 1-9F
  DS Yellow Gummi 1-9F
  DS Aerial Ace 1-9F
  TS Attract 1-9F
  DS Brick Break 1-9F
  Brine 1-9F
  TS Bullet Seed 1-9F
  TS Calm Mind 1-9F
  Dig 1-9F
  DS Dive 1-9F
  Embargo 1-9F
  DS Energy Ball 1-9F
  DS Explosion 1-9F
  TS False Swipe 1-9F
  TS Flash 1-9F
  DS Focus Blast 1-9F
  DS Focus Punch 1-9F
  TS Giga Drain 1-9F
  Giga Impact 1-9F
  Hidden Power 1-9F
  Hyper Beam 1-9F
  TS Iron Tail 1-9F
  TS Light Screen 1-9F
  DS Natural Gift 1-9F
  Payback 1-9F
  Poison Jab 1-9F
  DS Protect 1-9F
  TS Recycle 1-9F
  TS Reflect 1-9F
  TS Rest 1-9F
  TS Roar 1-9F
  TS Rock Slide 1-9F
  Roost 1-9F
  Safeguard 1-9F
  TS Shadow Claw 1-9F
  Shock Wave 1-9F
  TS SolarBeam 1-9F
  Stealth Rock 1-9F
  TS Steel Wing 1-9F
  Swords Dance 1-9F
  DS Taunt 1-9F
  DS Thunder Wave 1-9F
  Thunderbolt 1-9F
  DS Torment 1-9F
  Vacuum-Cut 1-9F
  DS Water Pulse 1-9F
  TS Wide Slash 1-9F
  DS All-Hit Orb 1-9F
  TS All-Mach Orb 1-9F
  TS Blowback Orb 1-9F
  Cleanse Orb 1-9F
  DS Decoy Orb 1-9F
  TS Evasion Orb 1-9F
  DS Foe-Fear Orb 1-9F
  TS Foe-Hold Orb 1-9F
  DS Foe-Seal Orb 1-9F
  Hurl Orb 1-9F
  DS Invisify Orb 1-9F
  TS Itemizer Orb 1-9F
  DS Luminous Orb 1-9F
  DS Mug Orb 1-9F
  TS One-Shot Orb 1-9F
  TS Petrify Orb 1-9F
  TS Pounce Orb 1-9F
  TS Radar Orb 1-9F
  DS Rebound Orb 1-9F
  TS Scanner Orb 1-9F
  DS See-Trap Orb 1-9F
  DS Silence Orb 1-9F
  DS Slumber Orb 1-9F
  DS Snatch Orb 1-9F
  TS Spurn Orb 1-9F
  TS Switcher Orb 1-9F
  DS Totter Orb 1-9F
  DS Transfer Orb 1-9F
  DS Trapbust Orb 1-9F
  TS Trawl Orb 1-9F
  TS Warp Orb 1-9F

Buried items

Item Floors
  Sitrus Berry 1-9F
  Joy Seed 1-9F
  Life Seed 1-9F
  Calcium 1-9F
  Ginseng 1-9F
  Iron 1-9F
  Protein 1-9F
  Zinc 1-9F
  Blue Gummi 1-9F
  Black Gummi 1-9F
  Brown Gummi 1-9F
  Clear Gummi 1-9F
  Gold Gummi 1-9F
  Grass Gummi 1-9F
  Gray Gummi 1-9F
  Green Gummi 1-9F
  Orange Gummi 1-9F
  Pink Gummi 1-9F
  Purple Gummi 1-9F
  Red Gummi 1-9F
  Royal Gummi 1-9F
  Silver Gummi 1-9F
  Sky Gummi 1-9F
  White Gummi 1-9F
  Yellow Gummi 1-9F
  Lost Loot 1-9F


The game will spawn 6 to 12 of these on each floor and extra in a Monster House.

Image Trap Appearance %
  Chestnut Trap 4.55%
  Explosion Trap 4.54%
  Grimy Trap 4.54%
  Gust Trap 4.55%
  Mud Trap 4.55%
  Poison Trap 4.54%
  Pokémon Trap 4.54%
  PP-Zero Trap 9.09%
  Seal Trap 9.10%
  Selfdestruct Trap 13.64%
  Slow Trap 4.54%
  Slumber Trap 4.55%
  Spin Trap 4.54%
  Sticky Trap 9.09%
  Summon Trap 4.55%
  Trip Trap 4.55%
  Warp Trap 4.54%

Other encounters

Image Encounter 1-7F, 9F 8F
  Monster House 6% 50%



In other languages

Shimmer Desert

Language Title
  French Désert Chatoyant
  German Flimmerwüste
  Italian Deserto Folgore
  Korean 아지랑이 사막 Ajirang-i Samak
  Spanish Desierto Trémulo

Shimmer Desert Pit

Language Title
  French Désert Chatoyant - fond
  German Flimmerwüstengrube
  Italian Cava Folgore
  Korean 아지랑이 사막 저편 Ajirang-i Samak Jeopyeon
  Spanish Foso Trémulo

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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