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 only 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[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
Everywhere +10% Fishing Power +5% Fishing Power -5% Fishing Power -10% Fishing Power -5% Fishing Power +5% Fishing Power
Surface Deathweed.png Blooms Desktop Version Higher spawn rate:
Demon Eyes
Fireflies
Surface
(Hardmode only)
Werewolf.png
Werewolf
Higher spawn rate:
Wraiths
Wandering Eyes
Lightning bugs
Dye Trader Negative Dye.png
Negative Dye
Shadow Dye.png
Shadow Dye
Painter First Encounter.png
First Encounter
First Encounter.png
First Encounter
Good Morning.png
Good Morning
Good Morning.png
Good Morning
Underground Reward.png
Underground Reward
Underground Reward.png
Underground Reward
Through the Window.png
Through the Window
Through the Window.png
Through the Window
Steampunker Steampunk set.png
Steampunk costume
Steampunk set.png
Steampunk costume
Steampunk set.png
Steampunk costume
Steampunk set.png
Steampunk costume
Jetpack.png
Jetpack
Jetpack.png
Jetpack
Jetpack.png
Jetpack
Jetpack.png
Jetpack
Mechanic
(Hardmode only)
Mechanic's Rod.png
Mechanic's Rod**
Clothier Plumber's set.png
Plumber's Clothes***
White Tuxedo set.png
White TuxedoDesktop Version
The Doctor's set.png
The Doctor's Clothes*
Clothier
(Hardmode only)
Tam O' Shanter.png
Tam O' Shanter
Princess set.png
Princess costume
Cowboy set.png
Cowboy costume
Stylist Time Hair Dye.png

Time Hair DyeVerify


Time Hair Dye.png
Time Hair DyeVerify
Time Hair Dye.png
Time Hair DyeVerify
Skeleton
Merchant
Desktop VersionConsole Version
Strange Brew.png
Strange Brew
Bone Arrow.png
Bone Arrow
Blue Counterweight.png
Blue Counterweight
Magic Lantern.png
Magic Lantern
Lesser Healing Potion.png
Lesser Healing Potion
Bone Arrow.png
Bone Arrow
Red Counterweight.png
Red Counterweight
Strange Brew.png
Strange Brew
Wooden Arrow.png
Wooden Arrow
Purple Counterweight.png
Purple Counterweight
Lesser Healing Potion.png
Lesser Healing Potion
Wooden Arrow.png
Wooden Arrow
Green Counterweight.png
Green Counterweight
Strange Brew.png
Strange Brew
Bone Arrow.png
Bone Arrow
Blue Counterweight.png
Blue Counterweight
Lesser Healing Potion.png
Lesser Healing Potion
Bone Arrow.png
Bone Arrow
Red Counterweight.png
Red Counterweight
Strange Brew.png
Strange Brew
Wooden Arrow.png
Wooden Arrow
Purple Counterweight.png
Purple Counterweight
Lesser Healing Potion.png
Lesser Healing Potion
Wooden Arrow.png
Wooden Arrow
Green Counterweight.png
Green Counterweight
Skeleton
Merchant
Desktop VersionConsole Version
(Hardmode only)
Gradient.png
Gradient
Gradient.png
Gradient
Gradient.png
Gradient
Gradient.png
Gradient
Format C.png
Format:C
Format C.png
Format:C
Format C.png
Format:C
Format C.png
Format:C
  • *Available the day after the stated Moon Phase
  • **Requires Angler
  • ***Shirt and pants only

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 you don't have a Sextant, you can determine which quarter the moon is in by seeing which paintings the Painter has for sale.
  • 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.

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.
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