The Blood Moon returns in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom and is just as menacing as in the previous game.
And while there’s definitely reason to fear every Blood Moon that occurs in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, there’s also an interesting bonus you can take advantage of.
Here’s how often Blood Moons occur in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, whether or not you can activate them, what they do, and a look at the Blood Moon cooking bonus.
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Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Blood Moon schedules
Blood moons occur every 168 minutes of real time in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. This occurs every three days in the game, and the Blood Moon always activates at midnight. You’ll know when it’s about to happen when, shortly after 11 pm, you see a bright red energy begin to build up around you. You can see this in the image below:
Once the clock strikes midnight, a cutscene will trigger showing Princess Zelda looking up at a blood-soaked sky. You will then see various monsters in Hyrule coming back to life, before you return to the game.
Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Blood Moon Effects
So what is the Blood Moon doing in Tears of the Kingdom? Well, it basically respawns every enemy in the world, so you can fight them again for their resources. This does not include story bosses, such as those in Temples.
Be careful around midnight, especially if you’re in enemy camps, because once the Blood Moon hits, enemies will spawn around you, even if you just killed them.
Can you force Blood Moons to occur in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom?
No, you cannot force a Blood Moon to occur in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Skipping time in Campfires, for example, will not advance your progress towards the next Blood Moon. You must play three game days from the last one.
Because of this, there isn’t really an easy way to tell when a Blood Moon might hit on any given day, so be prepared when the in-game clock starts to creep closer to 11pm and keep an eye out for red energy trails that appear. in the air around you.
Zelda Blood Moon Cooking Bonus
There’s actually one good thing about Blood Moons: they give you a bonus for your cooking. Every time you cook a meal, there is a critical small chance of getting an excellent meal with improved bonuses.
During a blood moon, between 11:30 and 12:30, this chance increases to 100%. Healing effects, stat bonuses, and the duration of those bonuses gained from ingredients will be maxed out in the resulting dish. Use this as an opportunity to make even more use of your resources.
That’s everything you need to know about Blood Moons in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. If you need more help on your Hyrule adventure, check out our Shrine locations guide or our Skyview Tower locations guide to get your bearings.
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