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Sand Ornament collapse glitch

Miscellaneous glitches of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Pokémon Emerald

Exclusive to Ruby and Sapphire:

256x item selling price glitch | Amazing Trainers | Berry glitch | Draining hitpoints animation glitch | Evolution animation glitch | Sticky Hold glitch | Mossdeep City Skitty glitch | Truck glitch | Nightmare glitch | Mossdeep City Skitty glitch

Acro Bike instability glitches (Japanese only) | Dark red selector glitch (International only) | Excessive doll arrangement glitch (Japanese only) | Mail and Trick glitches (Japanese only) | Surf on land (Japanese only)

Exclusive to FireRed and LeafGreen:

Celadon City origin glitch | Pokédex species glitch | Roaming Pokémon Roar glitch

Exclusive to Emerald:

Battle Pike poison knockout glitch | Black curtains glitch | Mart worker glitch | Mover Vigoroth cry glitch (Japanese only)

In various or all entries:

Azurill gender glitch | Boss HP recruit glitch (Mystery Dungeon) | Decamark-specific glitches | Dewford Gym footprint glitch | Evolution move-learning glitch | Focus Punch glitch | Roaming Pokémon IV glitch | Sky Pillar glitch | Thunderbolt glitch | VBlank RNG interrupt glitch

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Please note that this glitch only exists in the Japanese versions of the game, or is otherwise a glitch from a Pokémon game which was only released in Japan.

This article is incomplete. Please feel free to add any missing information about the subject. It is missing: Index number.

The Sand Ornament collapse glitch refers to the ability to place a poster behind a Sand Ornament in the Japanese versions of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, despite the ability to do this being unintentional. It is not possible in any other version of the games, or in any version of Emerald.


1. Place a Sand Ornament in front of a wall.

2. Crumble it by pressing A in front of it.

3. A poster can now be placed behind the Sand Ornament before leaving the room.


After exiting and re-entering the Secret Base, the top half of the Sand Ornament will be covered by the tile containing the wall behind it and the poster placed on top of that. When the player crumbles the Sand Ornament again, the part of the poster that was placed behind it will disappear, in addition to the wall tile. It is unknown if this can be used to go out of bounds.

  • Forum thread
  • Japanese page documenting the glitch
    [b]YouTube video by PLASMA GER[/b]