Moon phase

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1 2 3 4
Moon-full.png

Full Moon

Moon-2.png

Waning Gibbous

Moon-3.png

Third Quarter

Moon-4.png

Waning Crescent

5 6 7 8
Moon-new.png

New Moon

Moon-6.png

Waxing Crescent

Moon-7.png

First Quarter

Moon-8.png

Waxing Gibbous

"Moon" redirects here. For other uses, see Moon (disambiguation).
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, for instance, the shop inventory of certain NPCs or certain enemy spawn rates.

It takes eight in-game nights for the moon to move through all of its phases. The cycle begins with the full moon upon world creation, where the entire circular moon is visible; and four nights later, after three waning phases, reaches the new moon, where no moon is visible. Another four nights later, after three waxing phases, the cycle ends with the return of the full moon.

Each moon phase starts at 4:30 AM game time.[1] Therefore, a moon phase also encompasses the day preceding the night of that moon phase. This is important because most phase-dependent content and effects are not limited to nighttime.

The current moon phase can be determined using the Sextant, an informational accessory which can be obtained from the Angler NPC as a fishing quest reward.

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. It refers to both the day and the night of the stated moon phase, unless not applicable or noted otherwise.

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[2]Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions

WerewolfWerewolves spawn (HM)

Higher spawn rates:

Demon EyeDemon Eyes

Wandering EyeWandering Eyes
(HM)
WraithWraiths
(HM)

FireflyFireflies

Lightning BugLightning 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[3]
(HM)
Clothier Plumber's setPlumber's set[4]White TuxedoWhite Tuxedo[2] The Doctor's setThe Doctor's set Tam O' ShanterTam O' Shanter
(HM)
Blue Graduation setBlue Graduation set
(HM)
Princess set (Clothier)Princess set
(HM)
Maroon Graduation setMaroon Graduation set
(HM)
Cowboy setCowboy set
(HM)
Black Graduation setBlack Graduation set
(HM)
Stylist Time Hair DyeTime Hair Dye[5] Time Hair DyeTime Hair Dye[5] Time Hair DyeTime Hair Dye[5] Time Hair DyeTime Hair Dye[5]
Zoologist
Desktop and Mobile versions
Dog setDog setDog set Fox set (Zoologist)Fox set (Zoologist)Fox set Lizard setLizard setLizard set Bunny setBunny setBunny set
Skeleton
Merchant

Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Magic LanternMagic Lantern[2]
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
(HM)
Format:CFormat:C
(HM)
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 nine different moon styles, as well as the Pumpkin and Frost moons.
  • There are nine different styles of the moon: normal, mars-like, saturn-like, Desktop and Mobile versions mythril style, bright bluish, green, candy, venus-like, and a purple triple moon. 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.
  • On the Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version, there is a secret 10th "moon" when inputting the seed 05162020. It can only be seen on the Title Screen.
The secret 10th "moon" style.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • If the player does not have access to a SextantDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, the current moon quarter can be determined by seeing which painting the Painter has for sale, or, in Hardmode, which set of clothes the Clothier 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. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, function UpdateTime_StartDay() in Terraria.Main.cs There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.1.2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Only available during the night of the stated moon phase.
  3. Requires the Angler to be present.
  4. Shirt and pants only.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Available during the night of and day after the stated moon phase.