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Someone asked me if over half of the moons are post-game moons.

I know that the total amount of unique moons (aka not those you can buy as many as you can in the shops) is ~890. When I did my first playthrough I tried to get everything I can, and I think I got about 450 moons just before post-game.

So, how many moons can one obtain before post-game exactly?

Related: How many power moons are there?

  • The related question you've linked lists the "endgame" and regular/multi moons. Is your question not just asking what the regular + multi total (625) would be? – Twobe7 Jun 22 '18 at 8:51
  • I don't believe the list or the total (625) is accurate because things like Dark/Darker Side are included and they're post-game only. Besides, even subtracting those moons, I'm very sure a total of ~586 moons is not correct: I was doing a "collect everything before endgame" run and just reached endgame a few days ago, and the total moon count is nowhere near that. It was about 450-500. – user213450 Jun 22 '18 at 12:27
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This list ignores the moon rock moons, for obvious reasons. I count multi-moons as one each.

Cap Kingdom:

All except for 13: Taxi Flying through Bonneton, 16: Peach in the Cap Kingdom and 17: Found with Cap Kingdom Art are available during the game. That’s 14.

Cascade Kingdom:

All except for 19: A Tourist in the Cascade Kingdom, 21: Peach in the Cascade Kingdom and 23: Caveman Cave-Fan are available. That’s 22.

Sand Kingdom:

All except for 64: Jammin’ in the Sand Kingdom, 65: Hat-and-Seek: In the Sand, 67: Binding Band Returned, 68: ‘Round the World Tourist, and 69: Peach in the Sand Kingdom are available. That’s 64.

Lake Kingdom:

All except 28: Taxi Flying through Lake Lamode, 29-31 - the Style Sisters moons, and 33: Peach in the Lake Kingdom are available. That’s 28.

Wooded Kingdom:

All except 52: Jammin’ in the Wooded Kingdom and 54: Peach in the Wooded Kingdom are available. That’s 52.

Cloud Kingdom:

There’s only two regular moons to begin with, and one is locked behind Peach. So only 1: Picture Match: Basically a Goomba is available.

Lost Kingdom:

All except 22: Taxi Flying through Forgotten Isle, 23: I Met a Tropical Wiggler!, and 25: Peach in the Lost Kingdom are available. That’s 22.

Metro Kingdom:

All except 52: A Tourist in the Metro Kingdom, 55: Mario Signs His Name, 56: Surprise Clown!, 57: A Request from the Mayor, 58: Jammin’ in the Metro Kingdom, 62: Hat-and-Seek: In the City, 64: Up on the Big Screen, 65: Down Inside the Big Screen, and 66: Peach in the Metro Kingdom are available. That’s 57.

Snow Kingdom:

All but 36: Hat-and-Seek in the Snow and 37: Peach in the Snow Kingdom are available. That’s 35.

Seaside Kingdom:

All but 52: Peach in the Seaside Kingdom are available. That’s 51.

Luncheon Kingdom:

All but 48: A Tourist in the Luncheon Kingdom, 51: Jammin’ in the Luncheon Kingdom, 54: Hat-and-Seek: Among the Food, and 56: Peach in the Luncheon Kingdom are available. That’s 52.

Ruined Kingdom:

All but 5: Peach in the Ruined Kingdom are available. That’s 4.

Bowser’s Kingdom:

All but 40: I Met a Pokio! and 45: Peach in Bowser’s Kingdom are available. That’s 44.

Moon Kingdom:

All but 5: Caught Hopping on the Moon!, 7: Moon Kingdom Timer Challenge 1, 17: Moon Shards on the Moon, 18: Moon Quiz: Amazing!, 21: Walking on the Moon!, 22: Moon Kingdom Regular Cup, 23: Doctor in the House, 24: Sphynx’s Hidden Vault, 25: A Tourist in the Moon Kingdom!, and 26: Peach in the Moon Kingdom are available. That’s 17.

Total:

463. That’s over half of the total moons available. While that’s more than enough to unlock Dark Side right off the bat, it’s not enough to unlock Darker Side, even accounting for multi-moons. (Multiple shopping moons aren’t available until post-game.) However, since there are 836 unique moons in the entire game, this is well over half of the total.

Please correct me if I missed any. I believe this is accurate, but especially on the Moon Kingdom it’s hard to keep track of what’s available during the first play-through and what’s available only in post-game.

  • Finally got around to play through Odyssey the second time. Your answer has completely overshot: the total is 461 moons, or 433 unique moons. The problem is you're counting moons that only spawns post-game too. – user213450 Jan 17 at 13:10
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    @user213450 Which ones did I overshoot? I’m intentionally counting moons that only spawn postgame. – DonielF Jan 17 at 13:48
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    See my answer. Also counting moons that only spawn post-game is definitely incorrect since, well, they obviously can't be obtained before post-game. – user213450 Jan 17 at 13:58
  • Afte accounting for two drawing moons that is actually possible post-game, the final count is apparently also 463. However this does not mean that this answer is correct - the devil is in the details, and some moons that you've counted are completely wrong. – user213450 Jan 26 at 9:54
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The total amount of power moons that can be obtained before post-game (aka defeating Bowser in Moon Kingdom) is 463 (or 435 unique moons). Here is a breakdown of them:

Cap Kingdom: 11 (1-11)

Cascade Kingdom: 23 (1-20, 24 w/ 1 multi-moon)

Sand Kingdom: 66 (1-62 w/ 2 multi-moons)

Lake Kingdom: 31 (1-27 w/ 2 multi-moons)

Wooded Kingdom: 52 (1-50 w/ 1 multi-moon)

Cloud Kingdom: 1 (1)

Lost Kingdom: 21 (1-21)

Metro Kingdom: 57 (1-53 w/ 2 multi-moons)

Snow Kingdom: 36 (1-34 w/ 1 multi-moon)

Moon 33 is normally unavailable because the painting (in Bowser's Kingdom/Mushroom Kingdom) only opens post-game. However, it can be reached by a very precise jump.

Seaside Kingdom: 52 (1-50 w/ 1 multi-moon)

Moon 49 is normally unavailable because the painting (in Bowser's Kingdom/Mushroom Kingdom) only opens post-game. However, it can be reached without using the painting.

Luncheon Kingdom: 53 (1-49 w/ 2 multi-moons)

Ruined Kingdom: 6 (1-4 w/ 1 multi-moon)

Bowser's Kingdom: 40 (1-38 w/ 1 multi-moon)

Moon 43 is unavailable because the painting (in Cascade Kingdom) only opens post-game.

Moon Kingdom: 14 (1-14)

Note that Moon 25 is not available because the tourist, just like the Crazy Cap shops, only spawns once Bowser is defeated.

Grand Total: 463 (or 435 unique moons)


Moreover, if we count the moons that can be obtained without breaking any moon rocks (and not counting the infinitely purchasable power moons), the total amount is 627 (or 605 unique moons).

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