Day-night cycle

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In several installments of Dragon Quest, a day-night cycle is in place.

Games that use the cycle[edit]


While walking on the overworld, day will shift to night and back to day again. Towns will often be different at night, with much of the populace asleep and certain shops may be closed. The music for these areas will change to a subtler tune during these hours.

The spell Tick-tock will shift between day and night on the overworld. In earlier installments, the night light can be used to quickly advance to night time.

During Chapter 3 of Dragon Quest IV, the time will ultimately change to night if the player works until closing time at the Weapon Shop of Lakanaba.