How to find the Sands of Time in Dragon Quest IV
How to find the Sands of Time in Dragon Quest IV
ItemLiquid Metal Sword
EffectAllows you to turn back time, starting a fight from the beginning
LocationWaterfall Cave

The Sands of Time can be found in the Waterfall Cave, accessible only if you do the side-quest in Dunplundrin. This item is entirely optional but very useful for some fights in the game.

Finding the Waterfall Cave

From Havre Leon or Zalenagrad, sail to the big island on the center-left of the map to reach Dunplundrin. Here you’ll hear about a pirate treasure and a Karstaway Stone that can absorb all water. 

The folk in Dunplundrin will give you many clues (1) | Dragon Quest IV
The folk in Dunplundrin will give you many clues (2) | Dragon Quest IV
The folk in Dunplundrin will give you many clues

Exit the town, use your Night Light and enter again at night. You’ll see the tides have risen and there’s a whirlpool on the beach. Rest at the inn and go to that same spot during the daytime to pick the Karstaway Stone. 

Search here to find the Karstaway Stone (1)  | Dragon Quest IV
Search here to find the Karstaway Stone (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Search here to find the Karstaway Stone

Now that you got the stone, get on your ship and sail to the western side of the world. On the eastern shore between Manikin’s Dominion and Rosehill, there is a cave surrounded by mountains and a lake. Get inside.

You’ll find the Waterfall Cave here (1) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find the Waterfall Cave here (2) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find the Waterfall Cave here

Getting the Sands of Time

Walk to the end of this room and use the Karstaway Stone between the two rocks. The stone will absorb all the water around and allow you to get inside the dungeon. 

Use the Karstaway Stone here to drain the water (1) | Dragon Quest IV
Use the Karstaway Stone here to drain the water (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Use the Karstaway Stone here to drain the water

Now you simply have to enter this dungeon and open the first chest you see, before the locked gate. The Sands of Time are inside. 

You’ll get the Sands of Time in the first room of the dungeon | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll get the Sands of Time in the first room of the dungeon

And that’s it! This item can be used to rewind any battle you come across, including boss battles. This can be quite useful during boss battles, because you can start the fight just to know what kind of attacks they do, and then use this item to start the fight over, but properly prepared. 

The Sands of Time also become extremely helpful if you want to farm Metal Slimes for EXP, as they usually run away at their second turn, so using it beforehand can allow you to restart the fight if they decide to flee. Both this item and the Liquid Metal Sword (that it’s also found in this cave) will allow you to farm Metal Slimes much more efficiently. 

Note: If you got the Ultimate Key with you, you can open the gate in this room to explore the rest of the dungeon and find the Liquid Metal Sword. See our guide on how to find it!