Read this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide on time travel guide. Learn how to change time forward and backwards, time travel penalties and more.
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Time Travel Guide
*In order to fully enjoy the real time gaming experience, we highly recommend you NOT to change the time with this method.
Change Time From System Settings
In order to change the time in Animal Crossing New Horizon, you need to change the devise time from Nintendo Switch's system setting. Follow the steps below to change your time.
|1||Save your Animal Crossing data by pressing "-" button|
|2||Press the "Home" button and fully shut down Animal Crossing by pressing the "Y" button|
|3||Choose System Settings from the lower right corner of the Switch's home screen.|
|4||Choose "System" from the bottom of the menu. Choose "Date and Time"|
|5||Turn off "Synchronize Clock via Internet"|
|6||Change the time from "Date and Time"|
Good Things - Change Time Forward & Back
You Can Change The Season
Rocks & Materials Respawn
The materials you can get by striking rocks with a shovel are limited. By changing the date, you can gather materials much more quickly!When Does A New Day Start?
Do Flower Breeding Faster
Want to make your island colorful? Floor breeding usually takes time but you can make it faster with time travel.Check Out How To Do Flower Breeding Here
Get Interest From Bank
As you forward the time, you will get interest based on the amount of savings balance in ABD. At the start of the day, you will be notified by the bank about it by a mailCheck Out What Is ABD Here
Penalties - Change Time Forward & Back
No Major Penalties
There are no major penalties when it come to progression of your game. Villagers may move out from island if you progress the time too much.
Cannot Continue Daily Miles Bonus
Accessing ABD increases the bonus miles (max 300 per day), and time travel will reset the bonus mile gotten from ABD. You will need to start from day 1 bonus (50).
Lost Items Can't Be Returned
If you time travel while a lost item is in your bag, you won't be able to return it to anyone. It will be an unknown item in your inventory so be sure to return it first before moving time forward.Check Out How To Return Lost Items!
Warning: Turnips Will Spoil!
Unfortunately, Turnips in your inventory will all spoil if you change the time on your Switch! This will cause you to lose a lot of money on Turnips, so be careful!
Cockroaches At Your Home
Cockroaches will come to you and it affects home evaluation of Happy Home Academy.
Weeds Grow On Island
As you skip the time weeds on island grow everywhere, which may affect your island evaulation of Isabelle.
Should You Do Time Travel?
Not Recommended Basically
The game is designed for you to take your time to enjoy day by day. So, to enjoy the core essence of the game, time travel is not basically recommended.
Good Way If You Want To Progress The Game Faster
If you are busy and progress the game faster, time travel might be a good way. However, you may shorten life length of the game by travelyou may shorten life length of the game by travel.