Minecraft is one of the most exciting games you can play to build things and explore the world. But in Minecraft, the time runs 72 times faster than our standard time.

So how long does night last in Minecraft? Well, to answer your question, nighttime lasts only 7 minutes in Minecraft. It starts at 13000 ticks and ends at 23000 ticks. It becomes dark in the game at night.

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What is the day/ night cycle of Minecraft?


In Minecraft, as time runs fast, the day/ night cycle is quite different from the real world. The day/ night cycle lasts for about 20 minutes in Minecraft. To complete the entire 24 hours, it takes only 20 minutes in the game.

So what time does it get dark? It gets dark as the sunsets. As the day and night changes, you will notice a difference in the light levels—the sky changes as it does in the real world. The brightness level changes as per the time given in the Minecraft clock.

Here is the entire cycle that runs in Minecraft.

  • Daytime: First, it is day time. The sky is slightly blue and bright. The plans and trees grow using this light. You will also come across passive mobs during the daytime.
  • Nighttime: After day time reaches to the nighttime. The sky becomes dark blue, and stars can be seen in the sky. You have to use a light source during the night. In Minecraft night is quite dangerous.
  • Dawn: It is the time when the sun rises in Minecraft. Like the real world, it rises from the east. Then the sky slowly turns blue.
  • Dusk: It is the time when the sunsets in Minecraft. The light slowly fades away from the sky.
Cycle SectionLasting Time
Daytime10 minutes
Nighttime7 minutes
Dawn90 seconds
Dusk90 seconds

How long is a day in Minecraft?

Daytime lasts longer in Minecraft. It is the longest cycle section compared to others.

Daytime lasts for 10 minutes in Minecraft. The brightness level becomes 15 to give more light.

It starts at 0 ticks and ends at 12000 ticks.

The color of the day sky depends on the biome. In the desert, the sky is lighter compared to spy in a forest.

It is the safest time as the skeletons and zombies don’t roam around. The spiders and other creatures stay away from the sun.

Effects of gamely during nighttime:

During the night, the moon and the stars are visible in the sky. The sky becomes dark.

A level 4 light comes from the moon. You will come across hostile mobs at night.

The trees and crops continue growing during the night as well.

How to survive the night in Minecraft?

Nighttime in dangerous in Minecraft because hostile mobs, zombies, skeletons, spiders, creepers spawn during this time.

Along with them, slimes also roam free. Most of the people stay inside their home during nighttime.

You can sleep in Minecraft bed if there are no hostile mobs near you.

Use armor and sword if you want to roam outside.

Don’t go outside unless you can navigate through the terrain.

Stay aware of the surroundings.

You can make a shelter in the ground and cover it with dirt to hide at night.

You have to stay safe, especially in Minecraft hardcore, because if you die, you cannot come back.


These are the different cycle sections in Minecraft. Although nighttime doesn’t last long, it is dangerous. You will find many rare items if you go for exploration during the night.


  1. https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Night
  2. http://www.minecraftguides.org/day-night-cycle/
  3. https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Daylight_cycle

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