How to Time Travel in Animal Crossing & The Consequences It Has

November 1, 2021

The year is 2021 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons has now sold well over 30 million copies, but people are bored.

They’ve caught all the fish and bugs and found all the fossils. They’ve got their five-star island and have landscaped it to perfection. Their house is fully upgraded and beautifully furnished. There’s just nothing left to do.

Thankfully, Nintendo has announced a ton of DLC will be dropping in the game in just a few days, leaving players clamouring to restart their island to get ready for the new content.

The problem with New Horizons is that the initial few days of the game can be a little slow, requiring you to complete a few tasks and then wait for the next day. Sadly, this could cause problems when it comes to the new DLC.

So, to help you out, here’s how you can time travel in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the impact it can have on your game.

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How to Time Travel in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Time travelling is fairly simple in the game. You’ll need to make sure you’ve saved on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and exit the game completely.

This involves coming to the main menu on your Nintendo Switch and pressing X to close the software.

From there, you’ll want to click the settings tab at the bottom (the one that looks like a sun) and then head all the way down to the System option.

From System you’ll want to select Date and Time. Change Synchronise Clock via Internet from On to Off and change the Current date and time option to one day ahead of where you are.

By selecting one day ahead, you won’t skip too far in advance and will be able to complete that future date’s activities. This can include waiting for buildings to be built, villagers to move in and more. Very handy for getting ahead of all of the game’s early content.

What Impact Can Time Traveling Have on Your Island?

Thankfully, there aren’t too many major implications of time traveling in New Horizons.

You’ll likely find that a few more weeds are cropping up around the island and any turnips will spoil if you go back in time, however, aside from that, you’re golden to travel as much as you want.

Just be sure to keep speaking to your villagers, so they don’t get upset, and checking in at the Nook Miles terminal to continue your daily streak.

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Sam (He/Him) is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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