Moon phase

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For general cycle of time in Terraria, see Day and night cycle.

The Moon in Terraria moves through a cycle of eight different phases, with the next consecutive phase appearing each night. The current moon phase is indicated by the amount of it that is visible each night. The phase of the moon affects which items certain NPCs sell as well as certain enemy spawn rates. The first night of a newly created world is always a full moon. Each moon phase starts at 4:30 AM game time the day before the night when that moon will appear, so NPCs that only sell items in a certain moon phase will start selling those items the day before.

It takes eight in-game nights for the Moon to move through all of its phases. The different phases include the full moon, where the entire circular moon is visible; and four nights later, the new moon, where no moon is visible. Another four nights later, the full moon returns.

Because of how time works in Terraria, nights last 9 real-life minutes, from 7:30 PM game time to 4:30 AM game time.

A Blood Moon can occur during any moon phase except for a new moon. A Pumpkin Moon or Frost Moon can be summoned by the player on any night.

Phase-dependent content[edit | edit source]

The following table details items and occurrences that depend on particular moon phases.

Moon-full.png
Full Moon
Moon-2.png
Waning Gibbous
Moon-3.png
Third Quarter
Moon-4.png
Waning Crescent
Moon-new.png
New Moon
Moon-6.png
Waxing Crescent
Moon-7.png
First Quarter
Moon-8.png
Waxing Gibbous
General effects
Fishing Power +10% +5% -5% -10% -5% +5%
Surface DeathweedDeathweed blooms (Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version)

WerewolvesWerewolves spawn (HM)

Higher spawn rates:

Demon EyesDemon Eyes

Wandering EyesWandering Eyes
(HM)
WraithsWraiths
(HM)

FirefliesFireflies

Lightning BugsLightning Bugs
(HM)
Items for sale
Dye Trader Negative DyeNegative Dye

Shadow DyeShadow Dye

Painter First EncounterFirst Encounter Good MorningGood Morning Underground RewardUnderground Reward Through the WindowThrough the Window
Steampunker Steampunk setSteampunk set JetpackJetpack
Mechanic Mechanic's RodMechanic's Rod[1]
(HM)
Clothier Plumber's setPlumber's set[2]White TuxedoWhite Tuxedo The Doctor's setThe Doctor's set[3] Tam O' ShanterTam O' Shanter
(HM)
Princess setPrincess set
(HM)
Cowboy setCowboy set
(HM)
Stylist Time Hair DyeTime Hair Dye[4] Time Hair DyeTime Hair Dye[4] Time Hair DyeTime Hair Dye[4] Time Hair DyeTime Hair Dye[4]
Skeleton
Merchant

Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Magic LanternMagic Lantern
Strange BrewStrange Brew Lesser Healing PotionLesser Healing Potion Strange BrewStrange Brew Lesser Healing PotionLesser Healing Potion Strange BrewStrange Brew Lesser Healing PotionLesser Healing Potion Strange BrewStrange Brew Lesser Healing PotionLesser Healing Potion
Bone ArrowBone Arrow Wooden ArrowWooden Arrow Bone ArrowBone Arrow Wooden ArrowWooden Arrow
Blue CounterweightBlue Counterweight Red CounterweightRed Counterweight Purple CounterweightPurple Counterweight Green CounterweightGreen Counterweight Blue CounterweightBlue Counterweight Red CounterweightRed Counterweight Purple CounterweightPurple Counterweight Green CounterweightGreen Counterweight
GradientGradient Format CFormat C
Moon-full.png
Full Moon
Moon-2.png
Waning Gibbous
Moon-3.png
Third Quarter
Moon-4.png
Waning Crescent
Moon-new.png
New Moon
Moon-6.png
Waxing Crescent
Moon-7.png
First Quarter
Moon-8.png
Waxing Gibbous

Notes[edit | edit source]

The three different moon styles, as well as the Pumpkin and Frost moons.
  • There are three different styles of the moon: normal, mars-like, and with rings. When a world is generated, one permanent, random moon style is assigned to it.
  • If there is a Frost Moon or a Pumpkin Moon when it is not a full moon, the sprite on the moon will appear in its proper phase, but with the sprite cut to match the size.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • If the player does not have access to a SextantDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, the current moon quarter can be determined by seeing which painting the Painter has for sale.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.2.4: Fixed bug where spawn rates would increase underground when a moon event is happening.
  • Desktop 1.2: Changed the appearance of the moon, added two extra appearances. All three are chosen at random for a new world.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Requires Angler to be present
  2. Shirt and pants only
  3. Available the day after the stated moon phase
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Available during the night of and day after the stated moon phase