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How does time work in Minecraft?

Many aspects of Minecraft mirror those of the real world. Killing animals for meat, cooking that meat, and then eating it to satisfy hunger works the same way in-game as it does in real life. Building structures and crafting items are two other things Minecraft players do that are also done in the real world.

That’s where the similarity ends though, as the time in the game is very different from how it works in reality.

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It’s easy to sink hours of real-time into the game and not even realize it, especially since time works so differently in-game. Here’s everything you need to know about time in Minecraft.


Minecraft Time: A Complete Guide

In Minecraft, time is measured in ticks. The game normally runs at a default rate of 20 ticks per second.

This means that a tick occurs approximately every 0.05 seconds. The day lasts exactly 12,000 ticks, or about 10 real minutes. In comparison, the night in Minecraft is shorter, lasting eight minutes and 20 seconds (real time).

After the 10 minutes of the day, the sun goes down and enemy mobs start spawning. If no one sleeps, the mobs will start dying about eight minutes later when the sun comes up.

The daily cycle is not the only thing tick speed is related to. However, changing the tick speed does not change the daily cycle. That’s a fixed rate that can’t be changed without disabling it or using commands to continuously reset the day to the beginning.

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However, most other things affected by the passage of time can be edited by changing the tick speed. Setting the tick speed higher than the default increases the speed at which things happen.

For example, the default tick speed is three on Java Edition and one on Bedrock. If you change these values, some things will run faster. Leaves will decay much faster after their tree is felled. The plants will grow much faster. The grass will take much less time to spread than usual. And among other things, sculk spread, fire spread, lava flow will also occur much faster.

However, wasting time can have adverse effects. It often slows down the game and can be detrimental to those playing on low-end consoles or devices.

To change the tick speed, crafters need to visit the world settings. This can happen before or after the creation of the world. The pause menu should have a “Settings” button that opens the world settings.

Tick ​​speed command can change speed (Image via Game Specifics)
Tick ​​speed command can change speed (Image via Game Specifics)

At the bottom of this screen is the tick speed and two options. One way is to change it by typing any string of characters instead of the default. And the second option is to reset it to the default number in case players are done with what they need different tick speed for.


Edited by Soumyadyuti Ghosh

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