I've run around the depths for quite a while (100%-ed the lightroots) and I realized... I never saw a blood moon in the depths.

The blood moon is essential because it causes enemies/ores to respawn for farming.

But if you stay in the depths, would that mean things never respawn/restock as long as you are in the depths? That you need to surface occasionally, wait for a blood moon, and then jump back down?

Or is there an equivalent event to the blood moon while you are in the depths?

  • 100%ing the lightroots doesn't take that long. Have you tried warping to the depths right before a blood moon happens?
    – User 23415
    Jun 12, 2023 at 13:53
  • The depths could be like shrines as far as blood moons are concerned (They delay it until a night when you are out of the depths)
    – User 23415
    Jun 12, 2023 at 13:55
  • No, but still, its a good few hours, 5-6 maybe if I was optimal; And it never did happen which by luck should have happened at some point. But yeah, maybe i'm just having a bad luck with it.
    – Fredy31
    Jun 12, 2023 at 13:56
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    According to this Reddit, blood moons will still trigger in the Depths with seemingly the same frequency as the surface
    – pinckerman
    Jun 12, 2023 at 13:59
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    @pinckerman Reddit seems split, some comments say they got blood moons, but others say what I've experienced: No bloodmoons and its just the next night you are on the surface, boom, blood moon.
    – Fredy31
    Jun 12, 2023 at 14:06

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The Blood Moon will ordinarily not appear in the Depths. I don't have too much information on this that's not anecdotal, so instead I want to focus on...

How to force a Blood Moon in the Depths

The game uses a Blood Moon as, essentially, a hard reset in situations that exceed the devs' expectations of the load meant to be put on the Switch. So if you can force too many assets and too many render-heavy effects on screen, you cause an emergency Blood Moon1.

The easiest way to do this in the Depths is:

  1. Find a layered wall (a wall with many breakable rock or ore pieces)
  2. Equip a multi-shot bow (x5 for best results)
  3. Go into Bullet Time
  4. Load an arrow and attach an opal to it
  5. Fire it off at the layered wall
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 a few times before landing

The opals will cause a water spray effect. x5 for each arrow you shoot. All while breaking the pieces of the layered wall into smaller bits. And since it's in Bullet Time, when you land, the game tries to handle that all at once. Cue the Blood Moon.

For a video example see this timestamped link.

1. Little did we know, unused Switch CPU and RAM are also Ganondorf-summoned enemies that respawn during the Blood Moon.

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    Note that these 'layered walls' you speak of never respawn...
    – User 23415
    Jun 13, 2023 at 15:00
  • @User I would expect them to respawn after a Blood Moon just like ore deposits, no? (Haven’t actually looked into it to confirm this)
    – scohe001
    Jun 13, 2023 at 15:21
  • I believe these walls stay permanently destroyed. Also, the ore deposits respawn on a different timer than blood moons.
    – User 23415
    Jun 13, 2023 at 20:51
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    @User23415 the respawn of an ore deposit is based on RNG, there's a random chance every minute to reset them
    – pinckerman
    Jun 13, 2023 at 21:01
  • That sounds right.
    – User 23415
    Jun 14, 2023 at 14:51

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