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"One of our scouts reported seeing a huge serpent out in the caves. If there really were such a terrible beast, we'd need to take care of it, but..." —Staid Soldier


Shadow over the Sands is a side story in Octopath Traveler. It is activated by speaking to the Staid Soldier in Wellspring.

Use the Inquire/Scrutinize to glean The Giant Serpent's Master knowledge from the Injured Scout in Northern Wellspring Sands. It's mandatory to initiate the fight with a story boss.

Afterward, travel to Quicksand Caves in the same location and find the Suspicious Man at the end of the cavern. Interact with him to start the boss fight, revealing the Snake Charmer and Giant Python. When both enemies are defeated, Wellspring guards will enter the caves and conclude the quest.

Thanks to information from a scout, the giant python and its master were bested and peace returned to the town.

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  • Suspicious Man is present in Quicksand Caves from the beginning and after finishing the story permanently disappears from the game.
  • Upon completion of the side story Injured Scout is relocated to Wellspring.


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Side Stories
Frostlands: Sir Miles, Servant of the Flame (I/II/III)  •  The Innocent Inmate  •  The Slumbering Giant  •  Lianna and Eliza*  •  Let There Be Warmth  •  Setting Out  •  Arianna Again (I/II)*  •  Here Be Dragons  •  Heirloom of a High House  •  Ogen's Epilogue*
Flatlands: Theracio's Tutelage (I/II/III)  •  The Prodigious Painting  •  Fit for a King  •  City of Gold  •  Zeph and Mercedes (II)*  •  In Search of Father (I)  •  The Gravekeeper's Grief  •  The Price of Vengeance  •  Mikk and Makk Make Good*  •  Scaredy Sheep  •  Tilting at Windmills
Coastlands: Le Mann, Explorer Extraordinaire (I/II/III)  •  Love Unrequited  •  Princess Mary, Redux*  •  In Search of Father (II)  •  Left Behind  •  The Merchant's Path  •  Scourge of the Seas  •  An Exotic Aroma  •  The Diarist's Desire*  •  Keeping Up with the Wyndhams*
Highlands: Noelle, Seeker of Knowledge (I/II/III)  •  Never Forget  •  Fertile Fields  •  Lost in Translation  •  A Royal Secret  •  Up to No Good  •  Russell's Repentance*  •  Star of the Stage  •  Performance Art  •  At Journey's End
Sunlands: Ria, Born to Roam (I/II/III)  •  Her Time to Shine  •  The Bouncer  •  The Adventures of Ali*  •  In Search of Sweets  •  Shadow over the Sands  •  Back with Bale*  •  The Prisoner's Plea  •  In Search of the Unknown  •  King Khalim's Conundrum*
Riverlands: Meryl, Lost then Found (I/II/III)  •  For Want of Fish  •  A Sweet Reunion  •  Zeph and Mercedes (I)*  •  Daughter of the Dark God (II)  •  The Worrywart  •  The Pilgrims' Plight  •  A Corpse with No Name  •  The Hidden Hoard  •  The Adventuring Life  •  Hello Again, Harald*
Cliftlands: Daughter of the Dark God (I)  •  Kaia, Mother of Dragons (I/II/III)  •  The Bandits' Code  •  Sparks of Revolution  •  Heathcote's High Jinks*  •  A Miner Dilemma  •  The Weaver's Predicament  •  Revello and Odette*  •  On the Precipice  •  The Wayward Son
Woodlands: Ashlan the Beastmaster (I/II/III)  •  Rite of Passage  •  Way Through the Woods  •  Alphas and the Impresario  •  Arena Aspirations  •  A Promising Venture  •  Into Thin Air  •  Again with Alaic*  •  A Cub with No Name  •  Looting Grave Robber
Special: Kit, the Traveler
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