"Stay out of the quicksand!"

Quicksand is a recurring obstacle in the Legend of Zelda series. Unable to support significant weight, Quicksand will generally suck Link in if he crosses over it. Sometimes this will lead to his demise, while other times, it transports him to an underground area that he must navigate his way out of.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Debirandos appear in pits of Quicksand. However, if the Debirando is defeated, the Quicksand surrounding it will disappear. Debirandos are found exclusively in the Desert Palace.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Quicksand appears in Yarna Desert; notably, a huge quicksand pit serves as the battleground in the battle against a Lanmola. After its defeat, it drops the Angler Key, which proceeds to sink into the pit of Quicksand. Link may take the Angler Key before it disappears into the underground cave below it, but he will fall into the cave regardless.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The first trial of the Haunted Wasteland, which is the River of Sand, is a river of flowing Quicksand. Link must use the Hover Boots or the Longshot to cross the river. Quicksand also appears in the Gerudo's Training Ground.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

Quicksand appears in various areas throughout Labrynna and Holodrum, most notably during the Big Bang mini-game and in Samasa Desert. The Quicksand Ring allows Link to walk on Quicksand as though it were normal ground.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

During the boss battle at the Wind Temple, Molgera uses the sandy arena as a Quicksand pit, which drags Link towards its maw in order to inflict damage.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Quicksand is found in the Desert of Doubt.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Quicksand appears only in the Arbiter's Grounds. They slowly cause Link to sink. Poison Mites can latch onto Link at this time, making it more difficult for him to successfully cross the sand. Link can use the Spinner to avoid the effects of Quicksand. In contrast, the Iron Boots cause him to sink immediately.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Quicksand appears exclusively in the Goron Temple.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Quicksand is found in the Sand Temple and the Tower of Spirits. It can be controlled with the Sand Wand, which shapes quicksand into pathways that Link can traverse without sinking. However, as with normal sand, Princess Zelda while possessing a Phantom will sink instantly due to the Phantom's weight.

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