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Day and night cycle

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One of the more interesting features of The Witcher is the day and night cycle. All the characters adjust their behaviour according to this cycle.

In the mornings and throughout the day, there is a lively bustle in the streets of the towns and villages. The people go about their daily jobs until their workday is done.

At the town hall in Vizima for example, employees work until the late afternoon. After 17:00, all pens are put down. merchants tend to work longer hours selling their goods. Most end their day around 18:30. Markets are empty and shops are closed by 19:00 at the latest. By then, the majority of the citizenry is safely at home and appearing outside only at the dawn of the following day. Merchants typically open their shops and stalls for business around 08:30.

Only the inns and taverns offer their services all night. These services, however, change according to time of day and the type of clientele. During the day bona fide citizens can be found in the drinking establishments, but after sunset, the rather more daylight-averse guests, perhaps those who have something to hide, are more commonly found.

At night, it is not uncommon for Geralt to encounter bandits in the streets on his nightly rounds in town.

The lively hustle and bustle of city life, and also the distractions of battle may distract Geralt (and the player!) from appreciating the great attention to detail shown in the day and night cycle. The images in the gallery below show an entire day in the Witcher world from early dawn to the deepest of night.

Weather conditions also affect the quality of the light. The sky becomes densely overcast due to the rain clouds when it pours, so not all daytime hours are wrapped in beautiful sunshine.

If you acquire the Rising Moon talent, it is only active during the period when the moon is rising (between 21:00 and midnight).

Times of day[edit | edit source]

Name Time
Sunrise 7 AM / 07:00
Sunset 7 PM / 19:00

Name Time
Moon rises 9 PM / 21:00
Moon sets 5 AM / 05:00

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Special thanks to das Hexer Wiki for this information and the images!