How to complete Lost in the Dunes side quest in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Lost in the Dunes is a side quest in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in which you have to help a group of merchants in Kara Kara Bazaar who have lost something important: their friend!

Ponthos is part of a group of merchants who travel to Gerudo Town in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. After certain events occurred in the Kara Kara Bazaar, Ponthos got separated from his friends and is now literally lost in the dunes.

Without further ado, we are here to show you how to complete the Lost in the Dunes side quest in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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How to start the mission Lost in the Dunes in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Before venturing out to start this quest, we highly recommend that you first complete the Gerudo Town Riju quest. Even if you don’t make it to the end of the quest (although we recommend doing so as it makes it easier), you’ll need to complete the part where you defend Kara Kara Bazaar from a Gibdo attack.

If you have done the above, you should head to the Kara Kara Bazaar. If you haven’t found it yet, Bazaar is northeast of Gerudo Town, southwest of Gerudo Canyon Skyview Tower, and southeast of Gerudo Highlands Skyview Tower.

We have marked its exact location on the map below and the coordinates of Kara Kara Bazaar are (-3269, -2543, 0023).

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When you get to the Bazaar, you’ll need to find the two merchants outside the General Store at (-3272, -2580, 0023).

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Talk to any of the merchants and they will inform you that one of them, Ponthos, has been missing since the attack on Gibdo. This is the start of the Lost in the Dunes side quest.

How to find Ponthos in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Robsten will then tell you that they saw Ponthos run out of the west exit (which is the closest exit to the merchant duo at the moment).

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Go out the west entrance and look left. The compass around your minimap should indicate that you are facing south.

You should now see a tall rock formation with a small campfire in front of it.

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Head here and you should see a sump with equipment around it at (-3357, -2678, 0028).

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Jump into the sinkhole and let it suck you down to the lower level. Once you’ve passed, you should land in an area called the ‘Oasis Source’.

Once you’ve landed, follow the path ahead and you’ll find Ponthos sitting on the ground. He talks to them and discovers that they can’t find the exit, but don’t worry, you can.

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How to rescue Ponthos in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Before going any further, we recommend having at least one of the things listed below:

  • Yunobo’s Sage Skill
  • Minimum of four bomb flowers
  • Hammer (can be made by fusing a rock with a melee weapon – there are a few rocks scattered around Ponthos).

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Once you have one of the above, look at the river to the left of Ponthos. You will want to follow it but walk against the flow of the current through the first arch/opening.

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Once here, you should see that the next opening is blocked with rocks. Use one of the methods chosen from the list above to clean the rocks.

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In the next area, you’ll see a blocked entrance to the back and another to the right. Go to the one at the back of the area and clear it out (this should be the one near or on the river).

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Then, you will come to a slightly larger area. Some Stone Pebblits can attack you here, but just hit them with a hammer or your chosen rock breaking method.

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Continue following the river (against the current) to here and you will eventually come to a ladder. If you have already found it, your goal is the Kara Kara Bazaar well.

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When you find the ladder, Ponthos will appear and thank you before leaving. You then need to go up the ladder back to the Bazaar and go find Ponthos with the other merchants outside the shop again to claim your reward.

Your reward is the strange looking Orb on the ground next to the trio, which will be important for the Mysterious Eighth quest that you can find in Gerudo Town.

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That’s it for this mission! If you feel like you want to get away from the desert for a bit, then it might be time to tackle the politics of Hateno with the Election of Mayor missions. Alternatively, if you want to learn more about how to cook delicious meals, check out our list of recipes.

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