|Sands of time|
|Rōmaji||Tokino su na|
The Sands of Time (originally localized the in English release of Dragon Quest IV & Dragon Quest VII as Sandglass of Regression and Time Sand respectively) is an special item in the Dragon Quest series. Depicted as a heart-shaped hourglass filled with sand, it resets the battle to the beginning and allows the player to start over the encounter.
The chronic clumps of sand were used by The Time Being in conjunction with Pomposo's clocktower to freeze the region of El Ciclo in a never-ending loop. The sands are the player's reward for freeing the town.