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Trek across a desert which is lined with dry sand. You'll have to leap off of falling platforming and avoid sinking in pools of quicksand.

— United States instruction booklet, Sonic the Hedgehog 3[1]

Desert Palace (デザートパレス[2] Dezātoparesu?) is the fourth Zone in Competition Mode of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.


Desert Palace's level icon.

Due to taking place in a desert with sand-colored loops and quicksand pits, Desert Palace features many rocky pillars and tall palm trees set around in the environment with the sand dunes in the background.


This Zone is fast-paced and straightforward. When the player goes through the tall loop, the player has to pass over a large quicksand pit that functions as the mud-pit in Azure Lake. On the other side of the pit, there is a blue and red colored switch that activates a Spring attachment on the other side of quicksand pit. The other player will be bounced backwards once activating it.

From there, there is a uphill to climb, and before the starting point there is crumbling grounds that the player has to jump over or run past quickly. If the players falls down the cliff, the player returns to the quicksand pit section.






Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"2P vs. - Desert Palace" Sega 1:35


  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, pg. 21.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 29.

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