Steam Cave

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Steam Cave
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Steam Cave ねっすいのどうくつ
Hot Water Cave
Basic info
Floors: 16*
Rest stops: Yes
Traps: No
Monster Houses: No
Main type: Fire*
Boss: Fake Groudon*
Recruiting: Yes*
Items: 48
Money: Allowed
Starting level: Current
Team members: 4

Steam Cave (Japanese: ねっすいのどうくつ Hot Water Cave) is the 12th dungeon in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, that can be obtained by activating the Groudon Statue with the Drought Stone to clear the fog at Foggy Forest. After 8 floors comes Upper Steam Cave, consisting of 7 floors, with a fake Groudon, an illusion created by Uxie's psychic powers, at the top. Uxie is the one who truly guards the area and protects the Time Gear.

After the first visit, the dungeon cannot be revisited until after the credits. Uxie will be the boss of the dungeon on subsequent visits, who, upon defeat, will ask to join the player's team.


Jobs here are ranked E, B or A depending on the floor. Upper Steam Cave is considered A rank for purpose of Treasure Boxes.

The floors are medium sized with 4-8 rooms. There's usually 2-3 Wonder Tiles. There's 1-4 items for first 3 floors of Steam Cave, then 2-5 for the rest of the dungeon. There's 2-3 starting enemies for most of the dungeon, with 2-4 starting enemies on last four floors of Upper Steam Cave

The IQ Booster activates on even floors past 2nd (counting Upper Steam Cave as continuation of Steam Cave). The player cannot be rescued if knocked out in Upper Steam Cave. The turn limit is 1000. There is light darkness in the dungeon, as well as water. Pokémon here have 26 IQ, while the boss has 330 IQ.

Pokémon encountered

Steam Cave

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
  Snubbull 1-8 16-17 6.4%
  Slugma 1-8 15-16 8.2%
  Magby 1-8 15-16 8.2%
  Numel 1-8 13-14 6.4%
  Farfetch'd 1-8 16-17 6.4%
  Yanma 1-8 15-16 8.2%
  Kricketune 1-8 16-17 4.5%

Upper Steam Cave

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
  Farfetch'd 1 17 6.4%
  Yanma 1 16 8.2%
  Kricketune 1-3 17-18 4.5%
  Granbull 1-7 17-19 0.5%
  Shuckle 1-7 17-19 8.2%
  Volbeat 1-7 16-18 8.2%
  Illumise 1-7 17-19 8.2%
  Magmar 2-7 18-19 0.5%

Steam Cave Peak

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
  Groudon Peak 30 Unrecruitable Boss
  Uxie Peak 42 100% Boss
The (fake) Groudon is fought in the main story.
Uxie is fought during postgame.


Item Floors
  2-80TD/100S Poké 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Pecha Scarf 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Power Band 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Special Band 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Stamina Band 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Twist Band 1-8F, U1-U7F
  4-5 Iron Thorn 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Apple 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Blue Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Brown Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Grass Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Green Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Orange Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Silver Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Sky Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS White Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Black Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Clear Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Gold Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Gray Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Pink Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Purple Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Red Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Royal Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Yellow Gummi 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Cheri Berry 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Oran Berry 1-8F, U1-U7F
  S Oren Berry 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Pecha Berry 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Blast Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  S Dough Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  S Dropeye Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Heal Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  S Reviser Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Reviver Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Sleep Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  S Slip Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Stun Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  S Via Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Warp Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS X-Eye Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Max Elixir 1-8F, U1-U7F
  S Mix Elixir 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Aerial Ace 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Attract 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Brick Break 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Brine 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Bullet Seed 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Calm Mind 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Dig 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Dive 1-8F, U1-U7F
  S Dragon Claw 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Embargo 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Energy Ball 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Explosion 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS False Swipe 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Flash 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Focus Blast 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Focus Punch 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Giga Drain 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Giga Impact 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Hidden Power 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Hyper Beam 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Iron Tail 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Light Screen 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Natural Gift 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Payback 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Poison Jab 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Protect 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Recycle 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Reflect 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Rest 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Roar 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Rock Slide 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Roost 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Safeguard 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Shadow Claw 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Shock Wave 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS SolarBeam 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Stealth Rock 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Steel Wing 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Swords Dance 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Taunt 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Thunder Wave 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Thunderbolt 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Torment 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Vacuum-Cut 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Water Pulse 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Wide Slash 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS All-Hit Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Blowback Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Decoy Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Drought Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Escape Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Foe-Fear Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Foe-Seal Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Hurl Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Luminous Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Petrify Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  Rollcall Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Slumber Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Spurn Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Switcher Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Totter Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  DS Transfer Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F
  TS Warp Orb 1-8F, U1-U7F


Entrance Rest stop Steam Cave Peak

In other languages

Steam Cave

Language Title
  French Grotte Etuve
  German Dunsthöhle
  Italian Grotta del Vapore
  Korean 열수의 동굴 Yeolsu-ui Donggul
  Spanish Cueva Vapor

Upper Steam Cave

Language Title
  French Grotte Etuve hauteurs
  German Obere Dunsthöhle
  Italian Vetta del Vapore
  Korean 열수의 동굴 최상부 Yeolsu-ui Donggul Choesangbu
  Spanish Corazón Cueva Vapor

Steam Cave Peak

Language Title
  French Grotte Etuve pic
  German Dunsthöhlegipfel
  Italian Antro del Vapore
  Korean 열수의 동굴 정상 Yeolsu-ui Donggul Jeongsang
  Spanish Pico Vapor

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