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Dusty Desert is an action stage in Sonic the Hedgehog. It is a desert near Soleanna filled with quicksand, moving pillars and ancient ruins.



Sonic the Hedgehog may have saved Princess Elise from Dr. Eggman’s clutches by defeating Egg Cerberus, but now he must carry her through the treacherous Dusty Desert. A glacial progression of sand dunes slowly swallows the ancient ruins where Sonic starts, leaving the hedgehog precious little safe footing. Getting caught out in the sand is an invitation for disaster Sonic can’t run over the dunes if he can’t get solid footing. Fortunately, he and Princess Elise can combine their strengths, defy the pull of the sand for a few moments, and buy enough breathing room to get through the ruins and put some distance between them and Dr. Eggman.

As Sonic, you escort Princess Elise through the desert away from Eggman's robots. This is the 2nd stage in Sonic's story and the first stage where you have to run through while carrying Princess Elise. Sonic is able to do his Homing Attack on all the robots regularly despite holding Elise. He's also able to run across the quick sand while carrying Elise and uses her unknown power to create a shield that keeps them from sinking. The level is a relatively short one. The level is filled by Egg Guardian, Egg flyer, Egg bomber, Egg commander, Egg Rounder, Egg Stinger and of course, Egg Gunner.


Shadow the Hedgehog and Omega approach the end of their mission by heading out to the arid wastelands of the Dusty Desert. The pair must infiltrate some ancient ruins buried deep beneath the sand, pressing hard against Iblis’s rampaging minions. The beasts born of fi re put up a major defense against the hedgehog and his robot companion. The labyrinthine ruins offer the monsters ample hiding spots, but with Shadow’s mastery over his chaos powers and Omega’s powerful laser cannon, Iblis has reason to be worried that the future could be rewritten by the one hedgehog who has no reason to help humanity.

As Shadow, you start off riding a G.U.N. Hovercraft and must locate the Chaos Emerald and find your way to the ancient ruins where Mephiles the Dark is dead set on finishing him off once and for all. On the hover vehicle, you must pass through sets of pillars that rise out of the sand each time you go through the set of pillars before it. You must do this every time otherwise the door to the temple ruins will not open. Once you're in the temple you must avoid obstacles at high speeds and destroy Iblis and Mephiles enemies as they try to stop you. Once you reach a new room you then play as E-123 Omega to locate a switch to proceed. Eventually you reach the center and the goal ring where you'll have a final battle with Mephiles the Dark.


E-123 Omega isn't playable until Shadow reaches the inside of the temple. He runs through large platforming sections and fires his blasters at the robots when needed. His objective has him attempting to reach and activate switches in order for the player to continue on as Shadow the Hedgehog.


The desert knows how to keep secrets, such as a buried temple swallowed beneath the sand. Silver enters the ruins in his continuing quest to hunt the Iblis Trigger, but while exploring the temple complex, he meets an unlikely ally: Amy Rose. The girl, smitten with Silver’s sworn enemy (Sonic), helps the psychic hedgehog get through a few tight spots that require the use of a Double Jump and a smashing Hammer. However, some of the temple’s most puzzling chambers require a little PK to figure out, so it’s back to Silver when it’s time to navigate this ancient tomb’s brain-teasing rooms.

As Silver, you start off in the ancient ruins searching for Sonic. Silver uses his psychokinesis to capture stunned robots and throw them at enemies. At a later point you play as Amy Rose to locate a switch to proceed. At the end of the stage you play as Silver again and do a series of large stone ball puzzle in an attempt to get the ball in their intended holes. This is necessary for the doors of the temple to open up and take you where you need to go. Silver later returns to the desert, this time in the exterior regions, when looking for the white Emerald in the End of the World. The level is filled by Egg Stinger, Egg Guardian, Egg Bomber, Egg Searcher, Egg Armor, Egg Sweeper and of course Egg Gunner.


Amy has the ability to (somehow) turn invisible and whack the robots she comes across with her hammer. She has no jump attack so her attacks are limited to what she can do on foot.


Sonic's story

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Sonic and Elise in Dusty Desert.

In Sonic's story, Sonic has just defeated the Egg Cerberus and rescued Elise. However, Eggman attempts to make due on his claim to not allow Sonic and the others to get away. He sends a squadron of robots after them in order to finish Sonic off and recapture the princess. Tails buys them some time and manages to distract a good amount of the robots away from them. Sonic and Elise run through the desert and take out the amount of Eggman's robots that manage to catch up to them. They escape and head back toward the city through a grassy plain.

Shadow's story

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Shadow exploring the interior of Desert.

Dusty Desert is the final stage in Shadow's story. After Omega's confession at Wave Ocean, Team Dark headed off to Dusty Desert where they were positive Mephiles was along with his own Chaos Emerald. They manage to make it through the desert and into the temple. When they reach the center they manage to locate Mephiles and take him on for a final battle.

Silver's story

Silver meets up with Amy Rose the night he spots Sonic chasing after Eggman's Egg Carrier. However, she stopped him thinking he was Sonic and now she has agreed to help locate who he's looking for as a result of feeling at fault. Once they reach the desert Silver is transfixed by the beauty around the area. When he marvels at the sight Amy is confused by his fascination with a mere desert. Silver suddenly agrees to help Amy find who she's looking for and they manage to make their way through the temple in the Dusty Desert.





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Silver's ball puzzle.

  • Silver's ball puzzle in the game has a glitch that allows Silver to jump through the top of the door at the end of the long hall where he is supposed to push a large stone ball into a hole in order to reach the goal.
  • In Sonic's Very Hard version of the stage, more traps are present, but the most dramatic change is that Sonic goes through the stage by himself. Without the shield that Sonic normally uses when carrying Elise, the terrain is more dangerous since he cannot walk across the quicksand.
  • Omega Hover's glitch is useful in this stage to transport through the level without descent and to finish Omega's part faster.


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Dusty Desert (The Ruins) - Sonic the Hedgehog OST

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