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The Sinking Sands
Levels 45-60
Explore a land full of danger...where the shifting sands bury the living.
Introduced Desert of Flames
Zone Type Public
Adjacent to
Quest Lines Sinking Sands Timeline
Harvesting Tier 6
NPCs Monsters Named
Drops Instances POIs Discos

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There is no doubt more to this land, but it is hard to distinguish rumor from fact. Tales exist of old, buried cities and civilizations, but the land holds its secrets well.

This is the entry zone for the first expansion of EverQuest II, Desert of Flames. From the docks, anyone can take the carpet ride to Maj'Dul or run across the sands to the Clefts of Rujark or the Pillars of Flame.


The Sinking Sands make up the northeastern section of the Desert of Ro. Seen from ship it appears barren, bland, and inhospitable. In reality it is teeming with life of all kinds. Arriving at the Port of Tears, newcomers will find several facilities set up to welcome and encourage participation in local events. Ambassadors from the Courts of Maj'Dul and other local populace introduce new arrivals to the current situation of the desert. - (partially taken from Sinking Sands Creature Catalog)

Beyond the Port, however, other inhabitants make their homes. Crocodiles and caimans share the remains of the Oasis of Marr with spectres and shade prowlers. Narrow pathways lead away from the Port toward the dunes which give the Sinking Sands their name, the Stilled Sea. Without screens of trees or many rock formations, one might feel that every danger found here is easily seen and avoided - however this is simply not true. Within the endless dunes water is sparse and the land is filled with all manner of dangerous beings: wandering lunatics, snakes, spiders, and giant beetles. To make travel here even more daunting, the only water source, the Twin Tears, is guarded by warring factions, the Aliiz Raef Ew Lizardmen and the Anaz Mal Gnolls. These two groups treat any passerby with great hostility. - (partially taken from Sinking Sands Creature Catalog)

Most unsettling is the recent incursion of undead creatures, specifically mummies. Locals will have you believe that these are the former citizens of Ahket Aken, cursed with eternal life, risen from beneath the sand to drag hapless victims into the bowels of the burning sand. This is most likely rumor, yet the region must be sinking into something for it to be named thus.


Port of Tears

Hullcrusher Rock

Caiman Beach

The Bay of Anuk

Onerock Isle

Northern oasis of the Twin Tears

The Stilled Sea

Many consider deserts to be vast, empty wastelands of dust and sand. Taking a little extra time to be mindful of one's surroundings, one will begin to see the full range of color and beauty that only a desert can offer. The gentle coloration of the natural flora and fauna is soothing, with pale grey-green sages flowing into the soft golden sands. - (Source: Bootstrutter's Trail Guide to the Desert of Ro (House Item))


Travel throughout the Sinking Sands is done via magic carpet, set up at various key locations. After major updates to travel, they are all linked without the need to visit each one. Travel by carpet will take you directly to (or very near) the following destinations:

An airship is also available, the Skystrider. It provides transportation between the Skystrider Launch-Dock to the Moors of Ykesha.


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Adjacent Zones[]

Zone Name Level Range Direction Access
The Pillars of Flame 50-60 West through any of four passes
Maj'Dul 45-60 Southwest via magic carpet from the Port of Tears

Revive Locations[]

Revive Location Location
Caiman Beach East
Twin Tears Center
The Undercity Arena Southwest


Dungeon Name Level Range Target Audience Zone Type Location
Azhar's Penitence 45-55 Solo Instance -2079, -233, -161 ) Copy
The Sanctorium 45-55 Group Instance -210, -100, -616 ) Copy
The Hidden Cache 50-60 Group Instance -1123, -129, -176 ) Copy
The Clefts of Rujark 50-60 Solo or Group Shared Dungeon -724, -111, -95 ) Copy
The Silent City 50-60 Group Shared Dungeon -943, -229, -1046 ) Copy
The Living Tombs 50-60 Group Shared Dungeon -372, -143, -1042 ) Copy
The Gates of Ahket Aken 55-65 Raid x4 Instance see The Living Tombs
Lockjaw's Lair 55-65 Raid x4 Instance -1107, -220, -679 ) Copy


See Sinking Sands Timeline, Ghassan the Trader Timeline and Peacock Club Timeline
Quest Hub Location Notes
Port of Tears -1515, -214, -399 ) Copy There also two nearby camps that also offer quests of the same level.
Most quests in the zone will come from this general location.
Camp D'Sas -8, -94, -920 ) Copy Several unlimited repeatable quests

Similar Zones[]

Zone Name Level Range Region Notes
Everfrost 40-50 Shattered Lands Good quest lines
Lavastorm 45-55 Shattered Lands Recently improved quests and travel
Maj'Dul 45-60 Desert of Flames Many quests cross over to Sinking Sands