• The phase of the moon affects:
    • Slime spawning and size
    • Mobs spawning with armor and weapons
    • Mob armor/weapons being enchanted
    • Zombies breaking down doors, their follow range, max HP, and spawning other zombies
    • Chance for mobs to pick up dropped items
    • Spiders having status effects
    • Lightning spawning a Skeleton Trap Horse
  • As Minecraft consists of blocks, the Moon is square as with theℂ₂⃂₠Sun.
  • The Minecraft moon`s phases change each day, as opposed to Earth`s moon, which changes every 3-4 days.


  • One Minecraft lunar cycle (from full moon to full moon) takes 2 hours 40 minutes of play time. This means there are approximately 9 lunar cycles in one real-world day (24 hours) of play.
  • Whereas the moon moves independent of other celestial bodies in real life, the Minecraft moon is fixed in the sky relative to the stars.
    • Thus, solar eclipses are currently impossible in Minecraft.
  • Standing or flying at a height above the terrain of approximately 1.4x the render distance, the sun will appear opposite to the moon in the sky, making it seem almost as if the player is in space.
  • The moon appears to be lit from the north or south, whereas it should be lit from the east or west (by the sun).
    • For that matter, being fixed opposite to the sun, it should be constantly full and should result in a total lunar eclipse every night at midnight.
  • The star pattern is based on a seed, but not the current world`s seed. Like the bedrock pattern, the stars are always based on the same seed, no matter the seed of the world.



Nighttime begins after the sun The sun. The sun is a celestial body that provides light and life for the Minecraft world. Contents 1 Daytime 2 Sunlight 2.1 Effects on mobs 3 History 4 Issues 5 Trivia 6 Gallery 7 minecraft has fully set in the west and the moon has risen in the east. As time passes, the moon will slowly move westward across the sky. Overall, nighttime lasts about 7 minutes (in real time). Players The Player Health points 20 () Armor points Varies Attack strength Fist: 1 () Items: Varies Size Height: 1.8 Blocks Width: 0.6 Blocks While sneaking: Height: 1.65 Blocks Width: 0.6 Blocks While gliding: Height: 0.6 minecraft can track the moon`s position in the sky using a clock Clock Type Tools Durability N/A Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) First appearances See History Data value dec: 347 hex: 15B bin: 101011011 Name clock See the in-game item. For the redstone circuit, see clock circuit. minecraft .

During the night, the moon illuminates the surface in the same manner as the sun; be that as it may, light Light (or lighting) in Minecraft affects visibility, mob spawning, and plant growth. Contents 1 Brightness 1.1 Spread 2 Sources of light 2.1 Blocks 2.2 Other 3 Light-filtering blocks 4 Effects of light 4.1 Mobs 4.2 minecraft levels will fall to a minimum of four. This allows hostile mobs "Monster" redirects here. For the mob called "monster" in the code, see Human. Mobs are living, moving game entities. The term "mob" is short for "mobile". 1] Contents 1 Spawning 2 Behavior 3 List of minecraft such as zombies Zombie Health points 20 () Armor points 2 () Attack strength Easy: 2 () Normal: 3 () Hard: 4 () Size Adult: Height: 1.95 Blocks Width: 0.6 Blocks Baby: Height: 0.975 Blocks Width: 0.3 Blocks Spawn minecraft and creepers Creeper Health points 20 () Attack strength Varies by proximity and difficulty. Maximum damage: Normal: 49 ( × 24.5) Charged: 97 ( × 48.5) Size Height: 1.7 Blocks Width: 0.6 Blocks Spawn Light level of minecraft to spawn. To prevent spawning, you can swap the difficulty Mobs in full armor are a common sight in higher difficulty levels. Difficulty is an option in Minecraft that has a direct impact on the ease of gameplay. Contents 1 World setting 1.1 Peaceful 1.2 minecraft to peaceful Mobs in full armor are a common sight in higher difficulty levels. Difficulty is an option in Minecraft that has a direct impact on the ease of gameplay. Contents 1 World setting 1.1 Peaceful 1.2 minecraft or turn off the day-night cycle.

Grass Grass Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 0 Tool Renewable Grass, Fern, Double variants: Yes Shrub: No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable Yes Drops Seeds (0–1) Data values Grass, Fern or Shrub dec: 31 hex: 1F bin: 11111 Double minecraft blocks and saplings Sapling Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 0 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Itself Data value dec: 06 hex: 6 bin: 110 Name sapling A sapling is an item that can be minecraft will not grow in moonlight, nor will they decay. To grow them at night requires the use of light sources such as torches Torch Transparency Yes Luminance 14 Blast resistance 0 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Itself Data value dec: 50 hex: 32 bin: 110010 Name torch See the common light-emitting torch. minecraft . On the other hand, crops Crops are defined as "Cultivated plants or agricultural produce, such as grain, vegetables, or fruit, considered as a group" and in Minecraft, may refer to the following food-related items and blocks: Crops - growing wheat will continue to grow.

Nighttime can be skipped entirely using a bed Bed Type Block Entity Physics No Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 1 Hardness 0.2 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable No Flammable PC: No, but catches fire from lava PE: No First appearances See minecraft , provided there are no monsters nearby.


Together with the moon, the night sky also consists of stars. Stars appear as bright points, and the starfield rotates with the moon as the night progresses. Because they rise in the east and descend in the west, you can navigate by the stars even when the moon is not visible.


The Moon goes through eight lunar phases, and changes phase every night. This allows the player to keep rough track of the passage of time, even after spending a few game days underground.

The moon, showing its phases (viewed on the western sky).

The phases are (in chronological order as they appear in-game):

Full Moon

Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter

Waning Crescent

New Moon

Waxing Crescent

First Quarter

Waxing Gibbous

There is no explicit command Contents 1 Usage 1.1 Tilde notation 1.2 Target selectors 1.2.1 Target selector variables 1.2.2 Target selector arguments 1.3 Data tags 1.4 Raw JSON text 1.5 Block/item names 2 Summary of commands 3 List of commands to change the moon`s phase, but using /time add 24000 will advance time by one day, and therefore to the next phase. To go back one phase, using /time add 168000 will advance time by 7 days, which is one full lunar cycle minus one moon phase.

Effects on mobs

See also: Difficulty₧Moon phase and Difficulty₧Regional difficulty
Slimes spawning in a swamp during the full moon

The phase of the moon has two subtle effects on mob spawning:


Indev Indev Starting version 0.31 (Dec. 23, 2009) Latest version Minecraft Indev (Feb. 23, 2010) Paid Yes This page contains content that is no longer in the game. These featuresSpecial attraction only exist in outdated versions of minecraft
? During the beta period, the Minecraft moon used to rise in the north, not in the east. This was a bug, but was left in the game.
Official releaseAnnounce Minecraft 1.0 Starting version 1.0.0 (Nov. 18th, 2011) Latest version 1.12 Paid Yes Website See the official release of Minecraft for the PC. For the version, see 1.0.0. For the first minecraft
1.0.0 1.0.0 Type Release Release date Nov. 18, 2011 Development versions View all Pre-releases Beta 1.9-pre1 Beta 1.9-pre2 Beta 1.9-pre3 Beta 1.9-pre4 Beta 1.9-pre5 Beta 1.9-pre6 Release candidates 1.0.0-RC1 1.0.0-RC2 Download Client (.json) Server Other editions minecraft Beta 1.9-pre4 The moon now rises in the east.
Added eight lunar phases to the moon.
The moon was changed from being square to having a more rounded look to it.
Beta 1.9-pre6 Moon is reverted back to original square form and lunar phases converted to square form.
Previously, the moon graphics used to be in /terrain in the minecraft.jar. They are now contained in /environment.
1.3.1 1.3.1 Release date Aug. 1, 2012 Development versions View all Snapshots 12w15a 12w16a 12w17a 12w18a 12w19a 12w21a 12w21b 12w22a 12w23a 12w23b 12w24a 12w25a 12w26a 12w27a 12w30a 12w30b 12w30c 12w30d 12w30e Pre-releases 1.3-pre 1.3.1-pre Download Client minecraft 12w21a 12w21a Type Snapshot Release date May 24, 2012 1] Snapshot for 1.3.1 Download Client Server .exe ◄◄ 1.2.5 ◄ 12w19a 12w21b ► 1.3.2 ►► See the computer edition. For other editions, see minecraft Updated stars texture. They are now smaller and brighter.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.7.3 Added moon and stars.
0.10.0 The night sky is now dark blue instead of black. (version exclusive)
Pocket Edition
1.1 The sun, moon, and stars now rise in the east and set in the west. Previously, they rose in the north.


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All the moon phases in Minecraft.

A full day/night cycle in Minecraft is about 20 minutes, and the Moon is out for about 7 minutes. The Clock can be used to show the Sun and Moon`s positions. The movement of the moon in Minecraft is similar to the earth`s day/night cycle, and it is about the same size. Like Earth`s moon, it follows a cycle of 8 phases:

  • New moon
  • Waxing Crescent
  • First Quarter
  • Waxing Gibbous
  • Full Moon
  • Waning Gibbous
  • Third Quarter
  • Waning Crescent