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You can tell a Blood Moon is out when the sky turns red. There is something about it that causes monsters to swarm.

The Guide

BiomeBannerBloodMoon.png

"The Blood Moon is rising..."
A Blood Moon is a common randomly occurring event that takes place over the course of an entire night (7:30 p.m-4:30 a.m.) It causes several hazards for its duration: Enemy spawns increase, even near the player's Home and NPCs (where enemies do not normally spawn), Zombies become able to open Doors, and Bunnies, Penguins, and Goldfish transform into dangerous enemies, along with other effects (see below). Blood Moons are signaled by the message "The Blood Moon is rising..." in the lower left corner of the screen, and the moon, sky, water, and rain will appear red for the duration of the event. A reddish-pink filter will also be present in all above-ground areas.

A Blood Moon will only occur if at least one player in the world has at least 120 life, and only on nights when a moon is present (any night except a new moon). Given those criteria, a Blood Moon has a 1 in 9 chance (11.11%) of occurring.

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Blood Moon
Characters Unique Drops For Sale
The Groom.pngThe Groom
The Bride.pngThe BrideDesktop VersionConsole Version
Blood Zombie.pngBlood ZombieDesktop VersionConsole Version
Drippler.pngDripplerDesktop VersionConsole Version

On a Corruption world:

Corrupt Bunny.pngCorrupt Bunny
Corrupt Goldfish.pngCorrupt Goldfish
Corrupt Penguin.pngCorrupt Penguin

On a Crimson world:

Crimtane Bunny.pngCrimtane BunnyDesktop VersionConsole Version
Crimtane Goldfish.pngCrimtane GoldfishDesktop VersionConsole Version
Vicious Penguin.pngVicious PenguinDesktop VersionConsole Version

During Hardmode:

Clown.pngClown

Banners:

The Groom Banner.pngThe Groom BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Corrupt Bunny Banner.pngCorrupt Bunny Banner
Corrupt Goldfish Banner.pngCorrupt Goldfish Banner
Corrupt Penguin Banner.pngCorrupt Penguin BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Blood Zombie Banner.pngBlood Zombie BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Drippler Banner.pngDrippler BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version

During Hardmode:

Clown Banner.pngClown Banner

From The Groom:

Top Hat.pngTop Hat
Brain.pngBrainOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version

From The BrideDesktop VersionConsole Version:

Wedding Veil.pngWedding VeilDesktop VersionConsole Version
Wedding Dress.pngWedding DressDesktop VersionConsole Version

From DripplerDesktop VersionConsole Version &
Blood ZombieDesktop VersionConsole Version:

Money Trough.pngMoney TroughDesktop VersionConsole Version
Shark Tooth Necklace.pngShark Tooth NecklaceDesktop VersionConsole Version

From Clown (in Hardmode):

Bananarang.pngBananarang
Trifold Map.pngTrifold Map

From vegetation:

Corrupt Seeds.pngCorrupt Seeds(if world has Corruption)
Crimson Seeds.pngCrimson SeedsDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version(if world has Crimson)
Deathweed Seeds.pngDeathweed Seeds
From Clothier:
Mime Mask.pngMime Mask
Fallen Tuxedo Shirt.pngFallen Tuxedo ShirtDesktop VersionConsole Version
Fallen Tuxedo Pants.pngFallen Tuxedo PantsDesktop VersionConsole Version
George's Tuxedo set.pngGeorge's Tuxedo
Fabulous set.pngFabulous Outfit

From Dryad:

Vile Powder.pngVile Powder(if world has Corruption)
Corrupt Seeds.pngCorrupt Seeds(if world has Corruption)
Vicious Powder.pngVicious PowderDesktop VersionConsole Version(if world has Crimson)
Crimson Seeds.pngCrimson SeedsDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version(if world has Crimson)
Sparkly Wings.pngSparkly WingsOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version(if world is Hardmode)
From Arms Dealer:
Silver Bullet.pngSilver Bullet

From Cyborg:

Rocket II.pngRocket II

From Merchant:

Throwing Knife.pngThrowing Knife

From Painter:

Evil Presence.pngEvil Presence

From Steampunker:

Purple Solution.pngPurple Solution(if world has Corruption)
Red Solution.pngRed Solution(if world has Crimson)

From Skeleton MerchantDesktop VersionConsole Version:

Slap Hand.pngSlap HandDesktop VersionConsole Version(Hardmode)

Effects[edit | edit source]

Red rain during a Blood Moon

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Sold items[edit | edit source]

Other effects[edit | edit source]

  • Deathweed blooms. Blood moons (and Full Moons on Desktop version Desktop and Console version Console) are the only times you can harvest Deathweed Seeds from Deathweed.
  • Most NPCs have their own unique lines commenting on the event. All female NPCs except for the Party Girl act annoyed or rude.
  • As said before, water will turn red, including Rain. Desktop VersionConsole VersionA red filter will be applied to the screen as well, shifting the colors of all entities and light towards red and purple shades. This will also affect the projectile colors of many weapons.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Bloodbath.png Bloodbath • "Survive a Blood Moon, a nocturnal event where the rivers run red and monsters swarm aplenty"
Survive your first Blood Moon. Desktop VersionConsole Version
Achievement Red Moon Rises.png Red Moon Rises • "You have survived the Blood Moon!"
Survive your first Blood Moon. Old-gen console versionMobile Version

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Blood Moon's effects on enemy spawn rates stack with that of the Water Candle and Battle Potion.
  • Whether or not a Blood Moon will occur is determined at dusk each night.
  • Every nightfall has an equal chance of being a Blood Moon and does not change if the previous night was a Blood Moon. It is possible to have four or more Blood Moons in a row and, conversely, a Blood Moon will not necessarily occur even over the course of many in-game weeks.
  • In a multiplayer game, using the time adjustment server commands (dawn, noon, dusk, midnight) will not trigger the Blood Moon check, and so using "dusk" repeatedly does not force a Blood Moon to occur.
  • Water in an Ocean biome will not turn red even though all other water in biomes will. However, the blue water is still affected by the red shader, giving it a purple color.
  • If a player chooses to, they can cancel a Blood Moon by summoning the Pumpkin Moon or Frost Moon.
  • A Blood Moon can happen in the middle of a Pirate Invasion. The invasion will still go on until it ends, then the Blood Moon starts. A Blood Moon can also occur during Slime Rain.
  • Blood Moons occur more often than Solar Eclipses, as Solar Eclipses have a 5% (1/20) chance to happen each day (when the criteria are met).

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Blood Moon, including Weapon and Arena recommendations, see Guide:Defending against events.

  • A Blood Moon only affects the surface. Players can avoid it entirely by staying underground.
  • During a blood moon in Hardmode, every enemy has a 1 in 1000 (0.1%) chance of dropping the KO Cannon.
  • Simply placing a block in front of a door will prevent zombies being able to open the door.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In real life, the Moon appears red during lunar eclipses, and is sometimes referred to as a "Blood Moon". As sunlight passes into the shadow through the atmosphere, the Moon is given a red/orange color due to the amount of air the light passes through. This is the same phenomenon that gives sunsets and sunrises such colors.
  • Because of the celestial significance of the moon in Earth's sky, combined with its tendency to change its apparent color, the moon symbolically or literally turning the color of blood is a recurring theme in historical and popular contexts, repeatedly appearing in books, movies and video games as an ill omen- and often being treated as one when it occurs in real life.
  • One of the earliest references to a blood moon appears as one of the "Seven Signs of the Apocalypse" in the biblical book of Revelation, which states, "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;..."
  • When a real Blood Moon occurred on April 14, 2014, a warning was jokingly announced on the official Terraria forums.[1]
  • During a Blood Moon, most female NPCs use more irritable or aggressive dialogue than normal. This may be a reference to the menstrual cycle.

References[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.1: The chance of a Blood Moon was decreased to 1/9 from its previous chance of 1/7.
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