Gritzy Desert

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Gritzy Desert
MandL2 GritzyDesert.jpg
Greater Location Mushroom Kingdom
Inhabitants Pokeys, Bob-ombs, Shrooba Divers
First Appearance Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

The Gritzy Desert is a large, barren desert in the northeastern-most part of the Mushroom Kingdom appearing in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.

In the game, the Mario Bros. came here during their quest to find the Cobalt Star pieces. The Koopaseum is located in the middle of the desert and Gritzy Caves is found below the desert. There are four Dry Bones statues around the desert, that Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi must activate. When this happens, the Dry Bones Statues will open the entrance to the Koopaseum.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the stage Mushroomy Kingdom features Gritzy Desert's music from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time among other tracks.

Hollijolli VillageToadwood ForestBowser's CastleYoshi's IslandKoopaseumThwomp VolcanoGritzy DesertToad TownStar HillShroob Castle
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ザラザラ砂漠
Zarazara sabaku
Zarazara Desert
Spanish Desierto Cactus Cactus Desert
French Désert des statues Desert of statues
Italian Deserto del Gritzy Desert of the Gritzy


  • A train that resembles to the Barrel Train from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! can be found buried in the desert.
  • Gritzy Desert bears a storyline of the novel The Time Machine, except for the Koopaseum being a colosseum. The time traveler ends up in a desert via a time machine, and there is a dome-shaped building. Additionally, the hero travels through caves in the same area. Although the plotline is similar, it is possibly just a coincidence.