The Moon is an object in Minecraft that appears during the night. It cycles across the sky during the night, before being replaced by the sun in the day. It is unreachable by the player. The Moon's position may be tracked on a Clock, even when not visible.

The Moon, similarly to the Sun, illuminates blocks open to the sky with a maximum light level of 4, as opposed to the sun's 15. This allows Daylight Sensors to be rigged to a night/day clock, since they will not respond to light levels of 4.


Moon Phases

The Moon's eight phases.

The moon has eight phases:
  • New Moon
  • Waxing Crescent
  • First Quarte s
  • Waxing Gibbous
  • Full Moon
  • Waning Gibbous
  • Last Quarter
  • Waning Crescent
  • Repeat

These phases allow the player to keep track of the days. In addition, they regulate how much Slimes spawn in Swamp Biomes; a full moon means lots of slimes, and a new moon means none. This feature was added in 1.5.

In addition, post-1.6, Skeletons and Zombies spawned during a full moon have a much higher chance to have armor or be able to pick up items. Spiders and Cave Spiders have a higher chance to spawn with potion effects. Note that these chances will diminish as the world goes on.

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