Sand Dunes

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Food in the desert is so scare that there is fierce competition between mice over it. Watch out for the vicious grublings in this area, who hoard food and Garden Essences like no other mouse!

Description and Requirements

The Sand Dunes is a location in the Sandtail Desert region requiring a minimum rank of Baron and the Living Garden Key to enter.

The alternate version of this location, the Sand Crypts, can only be accessed after catching a Carmine the Apothecary in the Living Garden.


These are the shops that can be found in the Sand Dunes:

Sand Dunes Mice

Mouse Points Gold Mouse Group Loot
Dunehopper 13,500 1,650 Sand Dunes Mice Aleth Essence
Ber Essence
Cynd Essence
Duskshade Petal
Grubling 14,500 2,400 Sand Dunes Mice Cynd Essence
Duskshade Petal
Grubling Herder 15,675 825 Sand Dunes Mice Aleth Essence
Ber Essence
Duskshade Petal
Quesodillo 15,750 950 Sand Dunes Mice Aleth Essence
Ber Essence
Duskshade Petal
Sand Pilgrim 13,250 1,150 Sand Dunes Mice Aleth Essence
Duskshade Petal
Spiky Devil 14,500 2,600 Sand Dunes Mice Ber Essence
Duskshade Petal

Hunting Strategy

Grubling Stampede Minigame

This minigame is activated randomly while hunting for mice, or immediately after a successful catch with a Grubling Bonanza Charm armed. Upon activation, the following message is displayed in the Hunter's Journal:

It's a stampede! Grubling Mice are running wild for 15 more hunts!

For the duration of the 15 hunts, if the hunter has Grubling Chow Charms armed, he/she has a chance of attracting Grubling mice.
NOTE: If Grubling Chow Charms are not armed, Grubling mice cannot be attracted, and nothing changes during the minigame.

After the 15 hunts, the following message is displayed:

Aw, the Grubling stampede is over. Next time, Grublings!
I guess Grubling Chow Charms won't be needed until the next stampede!

Adventure Book

Hunters can complete steps to Defeat Twisted Carmine by hunting with Dewthief Camembert in the Sand Dunes.

Hunting tips by Larry

I hope you managed to build up a large collection of Dewthief Camembert, hunter. The mice in these dunes don't seem to like anything else! And be sure to arm your most powerful Shadow trap, as not only will delicious Dewthief attract the mice, but so will the promise of shade from the sun.

There's a lot of competition for food here in the empty desert, and the top competitor is the Grubling Mouse. They dash from food source to food source, gobbling up anything they can find when they get there.

You can take advantage of this by purchasing and using Grubling Chow Charms when there's a grubling warning in effect. Catching Grublings will help you immensely, since they tend to hoard Garden Essences in their attempts to find food.

Or is there perhaps a more sinister reason...?

History and Trivia

  • The Sand Dunes opened on 14 November 2012, along with the Living Garden.


(quick reference)
Gnawnia:  • Meadow   • Town of Gnawnia   • Windmill   • Harbour
 • Mountain
Valour:  • King's Arms   • Tournament Hall   • King's Gauntlet
Whisker Woods:  • Calm Clearing   • Great Gnarled Tree   • Lagoon
Burroughs:  • Laboratory   • Toxic Spill   • Town of Digby   • Mousoleum   • Bazaar
Furoma:  • Training Grounds   • Dojo   • Meditation Room   • Pinnacle Chamber
Bristle Woods:  • Catacombs   • Forbidden Grove   • Acolyte Realm
Tribal Isles:  • Cape Clawed   • Elub Shore   • Nerg Plains   • Derr Dunes
 • Jungle of Dread   • Dracano   • Balack's Cove
Varmint Valley:  • Claw Shot City   • Gnawnian Express Station   • Fort Rox
Queso Canyon:  • Queso River   • Prickly Plains   • Cantera Quarry   • Queso Geyser
Rodentia:  • S.S. Huntington IV   • Slushy Shoreline   • Seasonal Garden   • Zugzwang's Tower
 • Crystal Library   • Iceberg   • Sunken City
Sandtail Desert:  • Fiery Warpath   • Muridae Market   • Living Garden
 • Lost City   • Sand Dunes   • Twisted Garden   • Cursed City   • Sand Crypts
Hollow Heights:  • Fungal Cavern   • Labyrinth   • Zokor   • Moussu Picchu
Rift Plane:  • Gnawnia Rift   • Burroughs Rift   • Whisker Woods Rift   • Furoma Rift
 • Bristle Woods Rift • Valour Rift
King's Party Zone:  • Great Gnawnian Games
 • Great Winter Hunt
 • Halloween
 • Lunar New Year
 • MouseHunt Birthday
 • Spring Egg Hunt
 • Valentine's Day
 • Ronza: Ronza's Traveling Shoppe
 • Historic uses: Events
Others:  • King's Stockade   • Vacant Lot