Sand of Hours
Sand of Hours are what's used inside the Phantom Hourglass in the game The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. The sand is like no other, it protects the holder from their Life Force being sucked away. This is a crucial necessity when entering the Temple of the Ocean King. According to Oshus, he utilized and created the Sand of Hours, stored it in the Phantom Hourglass, and ventured into the temple for further investigation. The Sand of Hours is in a crystalized form of the Life Force, of which is consumed by the evil Bellum.
Technically, the Sand of Hours depletes by minutes, not by hours. The Phantom Hourglass can only hold a maximum of 25 minutes of Sand of Hours from its initial start of 10 minutes of Sand of Hours. That being said, time is very precious when roaming around the large Temple. Time will not deplete once Link enters a Safe Zone, instead time will freeze. If Link is hit by a Phantom, he will lose a total of 30 seconds of Sand of Hours. If Link comes in contact with a Wizzrobe, the enemy will steal 15 seconds of Sand of Hours from the hero.
Acquiring all the Sand of Hours
Sand of Hours #3
Time: 1 MinuteOld Wayfarer, use the shovel to dig up the hole and drop down. Open the treasure chest here to get the Treasure Map. The corresponding Sunken Treasure is located just Northeast of Mercay Island.
Sand of Hours #4
Time: 1 MinuteLinebeck's Ship, after getting the Courage stamp on your map from the Temple of the Ocean King, there is a man by the dock who calls out to you. He'll talk about the Salvage Arm that is now available over at Cannon Island. If you tell him you already have the Salvage Arm, he will sell you a Treasure Map for just 50 rupees. The corresponding Sunken Treasure is located just West of Cannon Island.
Sand of Hours #6
Time: 1 MinuteBow to shoot an arrow at the the eye switch located just west of the entrance. This will cause a treasure chest to appear at the northeast corner. Unfortunately you don't have much time and the Phantom Eyes, as well as Phantoms can get in the way. I suggest defeating the phantom eyes first. Open the treasure chest to get Treasure Chart. The corresponding Sunken Treasure is located just North of the Isle of Gust.
Sand of Hours #9
Time: 1 MinuteBombchu through the small holes, hitting the switch and lowering the spikes. Down on Floor B5, you can dig up the soil spot and hit the switch, allowing you to unlock the chest for the Treasure Map. The corresponding Sunken Treasure is located just Northwest of the Isle of Frost.
Sand of Hours #10
Time: 1 MinuteShovel, you can speak with Kayo and he gives you a hint that a treasure is buried just northeast of the entrance of the Temple of Fire. Dig up the small flower patch to find the Treasure Map. The corresponding Sunken Treasure is located just Southeast of Bannan Island.