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DayZ: How Long Does Night Cycle Last in the Game

Predict the day and night cycle to prepare for survival using our guide on how long the night lasts in DayZ.
DayZ: How Long Does Night Cycle Last in the Game

When playing DayZ, players must be cautious of various hazards. This includes fellow players who may attempt to survive the map by seizing any resources available, as well as zombies that wander the area and pose a significant threat if one isn't careful. Another peril that shouldn't be overlooked is the time of day. 

The difference between day and night can be the determining factor in one's ability to survive an encounter, and understanding the duration of night is crucial for success in the game. Therefore, this guide will provide you with detailed information on how long a night lasts in DayZ.

How Long Is Night Time In DayZ

While there has been some debate regarding the day/night cycle in DayZ, the answer is deceptively simple. Because the days can't last as long as they do in real life (to be fair to players' time zones and availability) the times have been split up, with night lasting between 1-2 hours in total. 

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The night in DayZ lasts for roughly 1-2 hours. (Picture: Bohemia Interactive)

The full breakdown of the day/night cycle in DayZ is split between daytime, dusk, night, and dawn. The time of the day lasts for a specific amount  of time as we've listed here below:

  • Daytime (lasts 2-3 hours)
  • Dusk (lasts 15 minutes)
  • Nighttime (lasts 1-2 hours)
  • Dawn (lasts 15 minutes)

Overall, nighttime in DayZ is slightly shorter than daytime, and it's likely for balancing purposes, as the nighttime brings with it a higher difficulty. You can't see where you're going, it can get cold, or rain which causes illnesses, and other players will likely try yot pick you off if you're wandering around aimlessly in the dark. 

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Knowing how long the times of day last, especially the nighttime hours, will allow you to take advantage of your surroundings no matter what time it is. (Picture: Bohemia Interactive)

So be sure to take the day/night cycle in DayZ and be aware of when night time is and how long it will last (1-2 hours) so you can prepare to either bunker down for the night or get to a safe spot to wait out the dangers in DayZ. 

And there you have it, a full breakdown of how long nighttime lasts in DayZ as well as the overall structure of the day/night cycle in the game. Be sure to equip yourself with the gear and resources you need to survive the night and good luck out there.  

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