Day and night cycle

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Picture showing: Moonrise, Midnight, Moonset and Sunrise, Midday, Sunset. This image was taken from an old version of Terraria, and therefore uses the previous sun and moon sprites.
You should stay indoors at night. It is very dangerous to be wandering around in the dark.

The Guide

For the cycle of the moon, see Moon phase.

The day and night cycle of the Terraria world refers to the rising and setting of the Sun and Moon, and the ways this can affect the world.

  • Day begins at 4:30 a.m., while night begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • Day and Night each have their own respective theme music in some surface biomes.
  • Some surface enemies only spawn at night (see Enemies below).
  • Some NPCs sell unique items at night.

For example, the arms dealer sells Illegal Gun Parts at night.

Note that the sun in Terraria rises at the left of the map, even though the left is referred to in-game as "West" (the same for right/East), eg. when a Goblin Army, Frost Legion, or Pirate Invasion begins approaching.

Time[edit | edit source]

Times
Sunrise/Moonset Sunset/Moonrise
4:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m.

Mobile Time[edit | edit source]

The Mobile version Mobile version features a different day/night cycle that occurs at a dynamic rate. In order to accommodate the shorter play times that mobile game sessions tend to entail, day and night last for shorter overall periods, and boss or event fights can cause the day or night period to extend in order to offer players more time to complete them.[1] However once Hardmode begins, the day and night cycle will progress at the same speed as in other versions.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

At the surface layer, unique enemies spawn at night. Nocturnal enemies will run or fly away when the day starts.

Additionally, Eye of Cthulhu, Skeletron, The Twins, The Destroyer, Skeletron Prime and OcramOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version can only be summoned at night.

In contrast, King Slime can only spawn randomly during the day, though it can be summoned with the Slime Crown at any time.

Night-only enemies[edit | edit source]

Night-only Hardmode enemies[edit | edit source]

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement You Can Do It!.png
You Can Do It! • "Survive your character's first full night."
Survive your first full night. Desktop VersionConsole Version
Achievement Survivor.png
Survivor • "You have survived the first night!"
Survive your first full night. Old-gen console version

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Version You can grab the sun or the moon on the title screen and move it around.
  • Before formal server software was released for Terraria, and while it was necessary to open a second window of Terraria to host a server, you could drag the sun or moon around to directly change the time of day within the server.
  • If you are wearing sunglasses, the sun will appear to be wearing them too. Un-equipping the sunglasses will cause it to revert back. This has no functional effect.
  • On Mobile version Mobile version, the sun still has its old sprite.
  • Internally, the time counter is reset to zero at both dawn and dusk. During daytime, the counter is allowed to go up to 54000, and during nighttime it is only allowed to go up to 32400.
  • Despite the sun and moon both always being on opposite sides of the sky, there are still moon phases (there can be a new moon even though the sun is not visible).

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.2:
    • The sun is now brighter.
    • Midnight is now darker.

References[edit | edit source]