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Day of Darkness
Day of darkness
Game Ōkami
Previous event Kamiki Festival
Important participants Yami
Location All over Nippon
The Day of Darkness is a total solar eclipse that occurs once every one hundred years[Citation needed]. It is caused by distortions in time and space and it cannot be prevented, not even by the gods[Citation needed]. During the eclipse, the sun is completely blocked by the moon, and as a result, the strength of all monsters and demons in existence is increased dramatically, while divine beings, such as the Celestial Brush gods, are weakened.


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The Day of Darkness is considered the final climax arc of the game, and signifies a point of freedom for the player should they not immediately board the Ark of Yamato, which from then on is the point of no return. This is most significant in the actual eclipse's phenomenon affecting the overall setting; if Amaterasu returns to any other areas in Nippon after defeating Lechku and Nechku, with exception of Kamui, daytime skies will be much darker, and the livelier renditions of overworld themes will not play when the day passes into the afternoon. Kamui will still boast its livelier themes, but its skies will showcase the eclipse. All sidequests in the game come to their penultimate end by this point in the story, which is further incentive for exploration and to not yet board for the Celestial Plain.


  • Despite being a "day of darkness", Amaterasu can wander around Nippon for as long as she pleases before the actual eclipse occurs. Day and night continue to pass and Sunrise and Crescent can be used to change the time. However, Amaterasu cannot prolong the eclipse, speed it up, or prevent it from happening altogether.