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This article is about the eclipse. For the episodes, see "The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion" and "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse". For the battle, see Invasion of the Fire Nation.
"I don't know what happened, but I do know why... Firebenders lose their power during a solar eclipse!"
Sokka to Aang in Wan Shi Tong's Library.[1]
Eclipse view

The Day of Black Sun is marked by a total solar eclipse.

The Day of Black Sun, also known as a solar eclipse, is a recurring celestial event during which the sun is entirely blocked out by the moon, rendering all firebenders powerless. The event is only known to have occurred twice during recorded history.[1]


The first recorded Day of Black Sun was considered to be "the darkest day in Fire Nation history".[1] The date upon which this phenomenon occurred was the nineteenth day of the seventh month of the cultivate rule (培治) of the Year of the Dragon, as indicated on a paper Sokka found in Wan Shi Tong's Library.[2]

On the Day of Black Sun that occurred on the first day of the eighth month in 100 AG, the Fire Nation Capital was invaded, with the objective of quickly defeating Fire Lord Ozai and ending the Hundred Year War.[3] However, the Fire Nation became aware of the imminent attack when Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee had infiltrated Ba Sing Se and were informed about the plans by Earth King Kuei, believing them to be allies of the Earth Kingdom. Due to this mistake, the Fire Nation was able to anticipate and prepare for the assault.[4] The invasion force managed to reach the Fire Nation Royal Palace but were unable to escape after the eclipse ended, leading to the detainment of the adult participants while the younger members fled on Appa.[5]

While the Day of Black Sun had been a loss for the forces storming the capital, other battles against the Fire Nation were successful, as King Bumi found the eclipse to be "the right moment to strike" and single-handedly liberated the city of Omashu, thus beginning the eventual liberation of occupied regions in the Earth Kingdom.[6] This was also the day Zuko stood up to his father and proclaimed that he would help Team Avatar defeat him, as well as the day Iroh broke out of prison[5] and escaped to the Earth Kingdom, paving the way for the eventual liberation of Ba Sing Se by the Order of the White Lotus.[6]


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  • Solar eclipses have no known effect on waterbending, even though the moon is out in front of the sun. However, during a solar eclipse, the moon is in the new moon phase, explaining why waterbenders would not experience the enhancing effects that the full moon provides.
  • A solar eclipse is the only natural event known to leave firebenders powerless.[7]
  • The total eclipse lasts for only eight (8) minutes.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 O'Bryan, John (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 14, 2006). "The Library". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 10. Nickelodeon.
  2. Avatar Extras for "The Library" on Nicktoons Network.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (November 30, 2007). "The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 10. Nickelodeon.
  4. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (December 1, 2006). "The Guru". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (November 30, 2007). "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
  7. 7.0 7.1 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Gear: The Eclipse.

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