Heart of the Dunes is unlocked when the player reaches level 181 (level 7 when originally introduced).
Players can 'pay to play' Heart of the Dunes from level 179 onward, where they can choose to pay with crystals (which will need to be bought with real money) to unlock the Picture early, rather than waiting until they reach level 181 and unlock it for free through normal game play.
Heart of the Dunes was introduced during the Guardian of the Desert Update (July 2017). For the duration of the challenge, Desert Rose special items were needed in addition to energy points to play Heart of the Dunes. Desert Roses were given as rewards for every successful investigation for every picture, as well as for banishing anomalies, but not for playing puzzles. The Halloween's Horror Update (October 2017) removed Desert Roses from the game and Heart of the Dunes became a free picture only requiring energy to play.
From the Diary:
"Alfred found an old Arab coffee pot with a photo fragment inside. A wave of delight swept over us when we saw the magical "Heart of the Dunes" picture. On one of Richard's distant voyages, he came across an Arab tent, where he heard the beautiful legend of barchan sands from the sages. He captured the tent in the mesmerizing "Heart of the Dunes" photo to return there again and again."
Heart of the Dunes is one of the pictures in the game that does not reward any combining elements, but does reward collection items that require a large number of combining elements to combine.
The following is a list of hidden items found in Heart of the Dunes. Depending on the Picture Level and Game Mode you may not have to find all the items in one visit. Morphs and Pieces modes have their own items that need to be found, separate from those listed below.
- Goblet drum
- Large fan
- Perfume oil
- String of beads
- Wise man figurine¹
- The Hanami Festival Update (April 2018) made the following changes:
- Diadem was renamed Crown
- Sage figurine was renamed Wise man figurine
Resource Demands and Rewards for PlayingEdit
Heart of the Dunes is a Collection Item only Picture. This means its list of potential rewards for each play only contains regular Collection Items, mode dependent Collection Items (depending on what mode the Picture is currently in), and Quest Items (if a Quest is currently active for the Picture). The list of potential rewards for Heart of the Dunes is made up of 11 Collections:
- Wonderful dolls
- Power of tranquility
- Price of absurdity
- Alchemist's laboratory
- Secret studies
- Magic of flowers
- Mansion's floor plan
- Pendulums of magic
- Trove of useful things
- Captain Murrow's mystery
- Forgotten relics
When Heart of the Dunes is first opened, it is at Novice level, and only the items from the Wonderful colls collection will be on the list of potential rewards. As the level of the Picture is increased, more and more items will be unlocked as potential rewards.
The amount of energy required to play Heart of the Dunes will increase as the level of the Picture is increased. The experience points and coins rewards for each win of the Picture will also increase to match the increase in resource demands:
|Level||Resource Demands||Minimum Resource Rewards||Potential Game Item Rewards Pool|
|Energy Points||Special Items||Experience Points||Coins||Combining Elements||Collection Items|
|Novice||141||N/A||520||540||N/A||Porcelain doll; Ball-jointed doll; Rod puppet; Jig doll; Shadow puppet|
+Caomaru; Neocube; Desk pendulum; Small Newton's cradle; Kinetic sand
+Glass hammer; Handless watch; Wooden saw; Cyclops glasses; Square ball
+Fire crystal; Fifth element; Red mercury; Aludel; Athanor
|High Explorer||153||N/A||560||580||N/A|| |
+Alchemical treatise; Alchemist's notes; Alchemist's will; Secret formula; Alchemical table
+Carmellia; Aster; Elderberry; Calla; Lily
+Front hall; Kitchen area; Dining hall; Sleeping area; Drawing room
+Spiral, Runic, Sound, Energy, Crystal pendulum; Metal detector; Star pendant; Underwater camera; Music box; Set of lockpicks
|Grand Magister||165||N/A||600||620||N/A|| |
+Face of Gorona; Clay vessel; Corkscrew; Metal tweezers; Gold scissors; Cruise ticket; Tourist booklet; Retro sunglasses; Old banknote; Old camera
Note: During the Guardian of the Desert Update and the following Raven's Test Update energy demands and experience points/coins rewarded for Heart of the Dunes were lower, since the level to unlock Heart of the Dunes was only level 7.