Sand Kingdom

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Not to be confused with Desert Kingdom.
Sand Kingdom
Home of Red Sands and Lively Locals
SMO Art - Sand Kingdom.jpg
Tostarena
Gateway to the stark beauty of the desert.
Population Middling
Size Expansive
Locals Tostarenans, Moe-Eyes
Currency Pyramid-shaped
Industry Tourism, Precious stones
Temperature Average 104°F (40°C)
First Appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

The Sand Kingdom is the third kingdom visited in Super Mario Odyssey. It is the greater location of Tostarena, which is a desert village featuring a small town and a large ruins area. This kingdom's main landmark is the Inverted Pyramid, which is an upside-down pyramid located in the north-east section of the area. When Mario first visits here, the kingdom is covered with large pillars of ice and Bowser is found atop the Inverted Pyramid. The player's first objective in this kingdom is to reach the top of the Inverted Pyramid and fight Hariet, one of the Broodals, which will grant the player a Multi Moon. When collected, the player is teleported back to the Odyssey, and the kingdom cycles to a night-time version, where the Inverted Pyramid floats into the air, revealing a large hole underneath. The kingdom is also overrun by Chinchos during the night-time, which Mario must avoid as he heads to the large hole under the Inverted Pyramid. Once the player enters, he must traverse through an icy Underground Temple and then fight Knucklotec at the end of the Temple. Defeating this boss rewards Mario with another Multi Moon, which (when collected) reverts the kingdom back to daytime and causes all the ice in the kingdom to melt, allowing access to more Power Moons. Once Mario has collected enough Power Moons, he can head off to the next kingdom - either the Lake Kingdom or the Wooded Kingdom.

The Sand Kingdom was the first location shown in the game, dating back to the first Nintendo Switch reveal trailer. It is located east of the Cascade Kingdom, southwest of the Lake Kingdom, and northwest of the Wooded Kingdom.

The location is primarily based off of Latin America, especially Mexico, with the Moe-Eyes instead being based off of the Pacific Easter Island.

Areas[edit]

The Sand Kingdom brochure.
  • Tostarena Town
  • Tostarena Ruins Entrance
  • Tostarena Ruins Sand Pillar
  • Tostarena Ruins Round Tower
  • Moe-Eye Habitat
  • Jaxi Ruins
  • Tostarena Northwest Reaches
  • Desert Oasis
  • Southwestern Floating Island

Brochure details[edit]

The bright colors of Tostarena.

Tostarenan Town[edit]

A small town that serves as the hub for tourists planning to visit the Inverted Pyramid. The colorful buildings and cheerful people provide a warm welcome for visitors. They're happy to provide direction, so don't hesitate to say hello.

The ruins greet you with an impressive gate.

Mysterious Ancient Ruins[edit]

Head north from town and you'll be greeted by ancient ruins that dot the expansive desert. Though many have become conflict regions patrolled by Bullet Bills, their status as important heritage sites is undeniable.

Your eye by be drawn to the large stone tower at the heart of the ruins. Due to extensive hollowing underground, quicksand has become prevalent in this area, so watch out.

Like a precious gem itself.

Inverted Pyramid[edit]

The true "can't miss" of this region, the Inverted Pyramid may look unstable, but rest assured it never topples and has thrilled tourists for years. It is said that a legendary artifact called the Binding Band lies within, and the upside-down pyramid symbolizes how those joined by it will never part even if the world turns upside down.

Payment required in advance.

Jaxi[edit]

Let's have a look at the curious local transport method known as the Jaxi.

Just hop on the back of one, and as you might guess from their appearance, you'll be in for a wild but completely reliable ride.

Make good use of them and you'll be exploring this unforgiving desert in comfort and style.

So beautiful you'll think you're at a resort.

Living Heart of the Desert[edit]

Here's a spot to moisten your dried and withered heart, with greenery and water to make you forget you're in the desert. The fish and birds are plentiful and well worth a visit.

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The Moe-Eyes love their shades.[edit]

They'll run if chased, but they're a proud people who have long inhabited these ruins. Please be polite.

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Three Keys to the Kingdom[edit]

  1. Enjoy the small but lively desert village and its charming inhabitants.
  2. Wonder at the Inverted Pyramid and its upside-down magic.
  3. Watch for the gem iconography carved in relief on the ruins.

Enemies[edit]

Power Moons[edit]

The Sand Kingdom has green Power Moons.
Main article: List of Sand Kingdom Power Moons

There are a total of 89 Power Moons in the Sand Kingdom. During the player's first visit to this kingdom, they can collect 61 of the Power Moons. The player can also collect a Power Moon if they travel to this kingdom using a painting found in a future kingdom (either the Lake or Wooded Kingdom). One additional Power Moon can also be found when the player encounters the Tostarenan tourist in the kingdom (after he has visited all other locations). After the player defeats Bowser in the Moon Kingdom, 6 more Power Moons become available to collect. The Moon Rock will also be available to destroy, causing 20 additional Power Moons to be accessible.

In order to progress to the next kingdom, the player must collect at least 16 Power Moons.

Regional coins[edit]

CoinSAND.png
Main article: List of Sand Kingdom regional coins

The Sand Kingdom contains 100 regional coins, which take the form of inverted pyramids (based on the large Inverted Pyramid found in this kingdom).

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Sand Kingdom[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 砂の国
Suna no kuni
Sand Country
Spanish Reino de las Arenas Sands Kingdom
French Pays des Sables Sands Country
Dutch Woestijnrijk Desert Realm
German Wüstenland Desert Country
Italian Regno delle Sabbie Sands Kingdom
Russian Песчаное царство
Peschanoe carstvo
Sand Kingdom
Chinese 沙之国 (Simplified)
沙之國 (Traditional)
Shā zhī guó
Sand Country

Tostarena[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アッチーニャ[1]
Acchīnya
From acchicchi, an expression for "hot"
Spanish Soltitlán From Spanish sol (Sun) and Nahuatl titlán (place), which is commonly found in town names in Mexico
French Ifézèc Play on the words il fait sec (it is dry)
Dutch Zonnesteekstad Sunstroke City
German Brutzelebene Sizzle Plain
Italian Tostalandia From "Tostarena" and the suffix -landia (land)
Russian Тостарена
Tostarena
Tostarena
Chinese 阿炽尼亚 (Simplified)
阿熾尼亞 (Traditional)
Āchìníyǎ
Transliteration of the Japanese name

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Japanese Mario Odyssey Twitter