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Dusty Dunes Desert

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Dusty Dunes Desert
ドコドコさばく Doko Doko Desert

Dusty Dunes Desert
Dusty Dunes Desert as seen in EarthBound.

Super Dry Dance
Connected areas
Gold Mine
Monkey Cave

Dusty Dunes Desert (Japanese: ドコドコさばく Doko Doko Desert) is an arid region of Eagleland between Threed and Fourside. Ness learns Teleport α from a monkey in the Dusty Dunes Desert.

Dusty Dunes Desert has a population of 5, average temperature of 99°F, and an annual rainfall of 0 inches. There are also 2 graveyards not seen in-game and a cactus population of 2,000,001. The recommended sunblock is 50 SPF.[1]


Dusty Dunes Desert is a desert that separates Threed from Fourside. Several points of interest include a drug store, a mine, and the monkey cave. Because of the heat, Ness and his friends can get sunstroke, which causes them to gradually take damage in the overworld. It can be cured by PSI Healing or a Wet Towel.

When exploring, the player may find a black sesame seed towards the north of the desert asking to find a white sesame seed, who he wishes to apologize for hurting. The white sesame seed can be found in the southern section near the miners' shack, who says she still loves the black sesame seed. The player can return to the black seed and tell him the news, which causes him to weep. Completing this side quest will result in the Photo-Man taking a picture near the black sesame seed.

The player might also find a contact lens that belongs to a man in the Fourside bakery, who, upon returning the lens, will reward the player with a pair of dirty socks.

Near the road, the player can find a broken slot machine near the Slot Machine Brothers. When inserting $1, the Slot Machine Brothers will spin, and if lucky, the player will win a Chick, a Can of Fruit Juice, a PSI Caramel, or a Skip Sandwich.


Ness and his companions first arrive at Dusty Dunes Desert when riding a bus to Fourside, however, the bus gets stuck in a traffic jam, forcing them to walk through the desert to bypass it. Along the way, they meet a gold miner named Gerardo Montague near a small hole asking for food, and give him some.

Later, they return to the desert to find that Gerardo Montague has made a large cave only to discover that it is overrun with 5 giant moles called the Guardian Diggers, preventing him from continuing his mining. Ness enters the cave and defeats the Guardian Diggers and Gerardo Montague's older brother, George Montague gives him a diamond to help with the Runaway Five's debt.

Once again Ness and his friends return to the desert in order to find a Yogurt Dispensing Device that was dropped by the Escargo Express's neglected class, and then enters a cave full of monkeys in order to find it. When reaching the end they meet Talah Rama who gives them the machine, and finally, a monkey takes them outside to teach Ness the power of Teleport.

Shop Info

Last Chance Drugstore

Clerk behind the counter
Item Price Effect
Mr baseball bat.jpg Mr. Baseball Bat $498 Weapon for Ness
Thick fry pan.jpg Thick Fry Pan $198 Weapon for Paula
Deluxe fry pan.jpg Deluxe Fry Pan $598 Weapon for Paula
Silver bracelet.jpg Silver Bracelet $599 Increases defense by 15
Coin of slumber.jpg Coin of Slumber $1500 Increases luck by 15

Left clerk
Item Price Effect
Wet towel.jpg Wet towel $24 Cures sunstroke
Refreshing herb.jpg Refreshing herb $80 Cures poison, nausea, colds, sunstroke, falling asleep, uncontrollable crying, and feeling strange
Calorie stick.jpg Calorie stick $18 Restores about 60 HP
Skip sandwich.jpg Skip sandwich $38 Restores about 6 HP and allows the player to run for a short time
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Arms dealer behind drugstore

Item Price Effect
Zip gun.jpg Zip Gun $425 Weapon for Jeff
Bomb EB.jpg Bomb $149 ttacks enemies for 45~135 damage with a chance to hit adjacent enemies for 22~67.
Bottle rocket.jpg Bottle Rocket $29 When used by Jeff, it damages a single enemy for 90~150. Chance to miss is ((Enemy speed x 2) - Jeff's speed).
Rust promoter.jpg Rust promoter $89 Deals about 100~300 damage to metallic enemies, with a luck/80 chance to miss

Vendor by the mine

Vendor By The Mine
Item Price Effect
Can of fruit juice.jpg Can of fruit juice $4 Restores about 6 HP
Cup of coffee.jpg Cup of coffee $6 Restores about 12 HP
Hamburger EB.jpg Hamburger $14 Restores about 50 HP
Picnic lunch.jpg Picnic lunch $24 Restores about 80 HP
Skip sandwich.jpg Skip sandwich $38 Restores about 6 HP and allows the player to run for a short time
Wet towel.jpg Wet towel $24 Cures sunstroke
Popsicle.jpg Popsicle $7 Restores about 18 HP


Item Location
Big bottle rocket.jpg Big bottle rocket East of the white sesame seed
Contact lens.jpg Contact lens The shining spot at the north central end of the desert
Cup of lifenoodles.jpg Cup of Lifenoodles North of the black sesame seed
Double burger.jpg Double burger ×2
  • At the northwest end of the desert
  • At the north central end of the desert, north of the Contact lens
Psi caramel.jpg PSI caramel Eastmost end of the desert
Skip sandwich DX.jpg Skip sandwich DX At the west oasis


Sprite Enemy name Notes
BadBuffaloOverworld.png Bad Buffalo 4/128 chance of dropping a Wet towel
CrestedBookaOverworld.png Crested Booka 4/128 chance of dropping a Picnic lunch
CriminalCaterpillarOverworld.png Criminal Caterpillar Appears rarely, has a high EXP yield
EB UFO Overworld Sprite.png Cute Li'l UFO None
EB Runaway Dog Overworld Sprite.png Desert Wolf 2/128 chance of dropping a Sudden guts pill
MolePlayingRoughOverworld.png Mole Playing Rough 4/128 chance of dropping a Croissant
SkelpionOverworld.png Skelpion 4/128 chance of dropping a Vial of serum
SmilinSphereOverworld.png Smilin' Sphere Explodes upon defeat; 1/128 chance of dropping a Meteornium



  1. EarthBound Player's Guide page 57
Locations in EarthBound

Cities and towns
OnettTwosonThreedFourside (Moonside) • Happy Happy VillageSaturn Valley
Areas of interest
Ness's houseOnett Public LibraryBeak PointBurglin ParkPunk-SurePolestar PreschoolPeaceful Rest ValleyChaos TheaterGrapefruit FallsBelch's BaseDusty Dunes DesertGold MineMonkey CaveTopolla TheaterMonotoli Building


WintersSnow Wood Boarding HouseBrick Road MazeLake TessStonehengeSummersScaraba Cultural MuseumTotoStoic Club


DalaamMuScarabaPyramidDungeon ManDeep DarknessTenda Village

Special locations
Lost UnderworldMagicantSea of EdenCave of the Past

Giant StepLilliput StepsMilky WellRainy CircleMagnet HillPink CloudLumine HallFire Spring