How to get the Sands of Time in Dragon Quest VII
How to get the Sands of Time in Dragon Quest VII
ItemSands of Time
DescriptionIn battle, they can reverse time itself.
LocationEl Ciclo

You’ll find this item inside a painting in El Ciclo. You’ll have to help the town and beat a boss first to find it. This unique item can be very useful near the end of the game, to help you grind levels.

Helping the town of El Ciclo

Recommended level: 23

You’ll need to restore the third Yellow Pillar first to reach El Ciclo. Once you get teleported there, go rest at the inn. The next day, talk to Antonia downstairs and then to Salvador in his house, on the southwestern side of the town. 

Enter Salvador’s house before proceeding (1) | Dragon Quest VII
Enter Salvador’s house before proceeding (2) | Dragon Quest VII
Enter Salvador’s house before proceeding

After doing all this, exit the town and head northwest to El Magnifico de Puente Pomposo. Talk to the guard there and go back to El Ciclo to spend the night at the inn. You’ll notice the entire island is repeating the same day over and over.

Talk to this guard and go sleep again at the inn (1) | Dragon Quest VII
Talk to this guard and go sleep again at the inn (2) | Dragon Quest VII
Talk to this guard and go sleep again at the inn

After resting, head back to the guard on the bridge, and then walk all the way to the east side of the island, to El Studio de Pomposo. Talk to Pomposo and you’ll receive a Clocktower Key from him.

Talk to Pomposo to get some help from him (1) | Dragon Quest VII
Talk to Pomposo to get some help from him (2) | Dragon Quest VII
Talk to Pomposo to get some help from him (3) | Dragon Quest VII
Talk to Pomposo to get some help from him

Head back to El Ciclo with that key, and use it on the Clock Tower. After using it and making the time stop, go to Salvador’s house and enter the painting in his basement.

Pull this level and then touch the painting in Salvador’s basement (1) | Dragon Quest VII
Pull this level and then touch the painting in Salvador’s basement (2) | Dragon Quest VII
Pull this level and then touch the painting in Salvador’s basement (3) | Dragon Quest VII
Pull this level and then touch the painting in Salvador’s basement

Finding the Sands of Time

Recommended level: 24

Inside the painting, follow the path south until you find a different platform, from which you can drop off to the floor below. Do it and step on the teleporter to continue.

Fall down from this tile to reach the next floor (1) | Dragon Quest VII
Fall down from this tile to reach the next floor (2) | Dragon Quest VII
Fall down from this tile to reach the next floor

This room, full of teleporters, has many ways to cross it, but the shortest path is stepping on the teleporters in the next order: right, right, right, bottom, right, left, bottom, top. 

Step on the teleporters on the order listed above and you’ll get through this room in no time (1) | Dragon Quest VII
Step on the teleporters on the order listed above and you’ll get through this room in no time (2) | Dragon Quest VII
Step on the teleporters on the order listed above and you’ll get through this room in no time

You’ll reach a room that resembles a giant clock. Step on the top panel with an “XII” and walk all around the room going counterclockwise, and stepping on the “IX”, “VI” and “III” panels.

Walk around this room counterclockwise to get to the last area (1) | Dragon Quest VII
Walk around this room counterclockwise to get to the last area (2) | Dragon Quest VII
Walk around this room counterclockwise to get to the last area (3) | Dragon Quest VII
Walk around this room counterclockwise to get to the last area (4) | Dragon Quest VII
Walk around this room counterclockwise to get to the last area (5) | Dragon Quest VII
Walk around this room counterclockwise to get to the last area

When you finish, a new teleporter will appear on the “XII” panel. Enter there and walk forward to start a boss battle.

The Time Being | Dragon Quest VII
The Time Being
780 HP, can cast Frizzle, Boom, Magic Barrier, Dazzleflash
This boss is accompanied by two Side Winders. You absolutely must focus on them first, or they will use the Sands of Time to reset the battle. The Time Being will cast Magic Barrier in the first turn and will recast it whenever the buff ends, so you’ll have to rely on physical attacks. Casting Oomph on your characters will help a lot. He also uses more magic attacks than physical ones, so it’s a good idea to equip your party with magic-resistant gear.This is one of the first truly hard fights in the game, but as long as you prepare beforehand with gear and leveling, you should have no issues.

After beating this boss and getting a Yellow Fragment as a reward, walk towards the giant hourglass and break it to get the Sands of Time.

Smash the glass to get the Sands of Time | Dragon Quest VII
Smash the glass to get the Sands of Time

Congratulations! The Sands of Time are yours now. This item restarts any battle from the first turn whenever you use it. This can be extremely useful to reset hard bosses, but also to farm Metal Slimes for EXP, as you can restart the fights whenever these evasive monsters flee.

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