How to Time Travel in ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

But one of the downsides of this highly addictive game is that it runs in real time, making it hard to rush through the game and complete many tasks or challenges quickly. If this is how you like to play video games, grinding them out as quickly as possible, then you might find Animal Crossing frustrating.

That being said, there are ways to time travel in the game to bypass this feature. If you’re impatient (like us), here’s how to do it.

Why would you want to time travel in ‘Animal Crossing’?

For hardcore Animal Crossing fans, you’ll know time traveling is sometimes the only way to quickly and effectively do an entire redesign of your island. There are a limited number of tasks you can complete in one day, severely restricting the redesign process. You can only build one bridge or ramp and move one house or building a day, and you’ll have to wait for the following day for the task to be completed. This means to move all eight villagers on your island, it’ll take you eight days.

There are also a limited number of certain resources, like fruits and fossils, that will spawn on your island every day. You can only dig up five fossils once a day, and once you shake the fruit off your trees, it’ll take three days to regrow.

The rocks on your island can also only be mined once a day. While you can travel to other islands using Nook Miles tickets for these resources, it’s much easier when you can collect all of these things from your island.

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This is part of what makes time traveling so appealing. By bypassing the built-in wait time, you can complete redesigns on your island much faster, or complete collections quickly. There are also certain bugs and fish that can only be found at certain times of the day, so time traveling offers you an opportunity to visit the times you’re not usually able to play.

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