Large blocks of sand often block your path in Ori. This guide explains How To Dig & Remove Sand In Ori And The Will Of The Wisps as many areas of the Windswept Wastes and Wellspring hold many secrets trapped behind sand that you cannot pass until you have a special ability.
Sand blocking your passage is not something you will encounter in the first couple of areas. It’s usually found in the Windswept Wastes but there’s also some caves and underground areas in Wellspring Glade that cannot be explored until you have unlocked the ability to dig through sand, the ability you need to unlock is Burrow.
How To Dig & Remove Sand In Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
You can find the Burrow ability at this location. It’s in the Windswept Wastes. If you have progressed far enough into the story to unlock the Windswept Wastes area, you don’t need any special abilities to obtain this unique skill.
Simply head to the location above and interact with the tree. This unlocks the Burrow ability. Once unlocked you can use it to burrow underground in places that are otherwise block with sand. Sometimes it’s fine-looking sand, other times it’s a more solid block. It doesn’t matter which sand you are burrowing, the skill works on both. Press the button and the direction towards the sand to begin burrowing. You can also activate the skill again as you are about to leave a sandy area to get an additional boost.
Finally, there are sand ledges and balls of sand on vines, these can also be burrowed to give an additional boost of height to your jump – allowing you to reach previously inaccessible areas.