Desert Bandits are enemies in Phoenotopia and its remake, Phoenotopia Awakening. They are the main antagonists of Chapter II of the game, in which Gale must infiltrate their hideout and subdue their leader in order to stop them from terrorizing Atai City and to get the 5,000 Rai bounty. With the exception of the Imprisoned Bandit, Desert Bandits are only found in the Bandits' Lair.
As enemies, Desert Bandits are only seen inside the Bandits' Lair. There are two types, the Red Bandit and the Blue Bandit, both wielding axes. The Red Bandits will charge at Gale and try to hit her with melee attacks. The Blue Bandits will throw axes at Gale, alternating between throwing them straight ahead and throwing them up in an arc trajectory, and will run away if she gets too close.
Inside the Lair, the Bandits can be found either patrolling a room or sleeping. Sleeping Bandits will awaken if Gale sets off her Bombs or touches or attacks one of them. Patrolling Bandits will walk back and forth until they see Gale or hear a Bomb go off, at which point they will start to attack her until she kills them or leaves the area.
The Desert Bandits are first mentioned by some travellers at the Atai Bridge, who report that the bridge was destroyed by the Desert Bandits and their dragons. Their motives are unknown, though the citizens of Atai have several theories. An elderly lady believes that the Bandits are hired agents of Rhodenia, a neighboring kingdom that lost their last war with Castland. The lady's granddaughter believes the Bandits are animal rights activists who are protesting Atai's killing of Baby Sand Dragons for Sand Dragon Bacon.
One of the Bandits was captured by Atai soldiers and imprisoned for questioning, but they couldn't get any info out of him. Gale, however, is able to interact with him and tricks him into spilling everything he knows by giving him a bottle of Talkinator Juice after he asks her for something to drink. This causes him to accidentally reveal the location of the Bandits' Lair and explain that it is impossible to get in without explosives. After capturing the Bandit Boss, it is possible to obtain a Moonstone from the imprisoned Bandit by giving him a comic book after he complains about how boring it is in jail.
In the remake, the Desert Bandits are now known as the Ouroboros Bandits, named after the mythical dragon Ouroboros which is a symbol of protection. Both the Red and Blue Bandits will have updated appearances and attacks. The Bandits will also play a larger role in the story, as there may be some NPC Bandits as well as extended interaction with the Boss Bandit.