When does a new day actually start in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH)? Learn when your constructions and upgrades finish, as well as the resets for resources like ores and the money rock.
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The start of a new day officially begins at 5 AM, which is based on your Switch system's time. The daily island-wide broadcast signals the start of the new day, whether the clocks strikes at 5 AM or it is the first time you boot up the game for the day.
The new day can start while you are playing the game; and the screen will go black, this will be the time for the game to load up the content for the next day. Once the screen loads up, the daily broadcast will be shown, starting the new day.
The same will also happen if you have left your game open from the last day, and the new day has started.
Once the clock strikes at 5 AM, all daily activities will refresh, even if you finish them at 4:59 AM.
|Daily Features that Update at 5AM|
At 5 AM, all construction work including facilities, bridges, and inclines will be finished at 5 AM, and will be available for use.
|How to Build and Destroy Bridges||How to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines|
Buildings such as houses and facilities will also be only moved to its new location when the new day starts. Note that you can only move 1 building per day.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4|
The growth of a rose in four days.
When the new day starts, plants such as shrubs (bushes), flowers, and trees, will grow one stage. These plants take 4 days to fully grow. Fruits, on the other hand, take 3 days to grow back.
Materials that you can obtain by hitting rocks and trees will also refresh once 5 AM strikes.
|Materials from Hitting Trees|
|Materials from Hitting Rocks|
|Stone||Clay||Iron Nugget||Gold Nugget|
When the day starts, up to 4 fossils can spawn on your island, ready to be dug up.
The maximum number of buried fossils that you can have on your island at a time is 6. If you did not dig up the 4 fossils from the previous day, they will remain in those spots, and 2 more can appear. However, once you reach 6 buried fossils, no more will spawn until you dig at least one up.
Nook Shopping, which is available through the Nook Stop, or through it app, changes their Daily Selection when the new day starts.
If you don't have the NookPhone app yet, learn how to get it here!
How to Get the Nook Shopping App
The daily login bonues from the Nook Stop refreshes at 5 AM, so if you haven't used it at 12 AM, don't worry! The most you can get per day is 300 Miles, once you go on a 7-day streak.
|Day||Bonus Nook Miles|
|1||50 Nook Miles|
|2||80 Nook Miles|
|3||100 Nook Miles|
|4||150 Nook Miles|
|5||200 Nook Miles|
|6||250 Nook Miles|
|7 or more||300 Nook Miles|
Your progress on Nook Miles+ challenges are tracked throughout the day, and whether you finish them or not, they will be replaced with new ones once the new day starts. Remember to keep checking them!
Seasonal items, such as cherry-blossom petals or maple leaves, will start or stop appearing depending on the date. If you still need to collect specific materials, consider time-travelling to a certain period.
For example, cherry-blossom petals are available until April 11, 4:59 AM, until the daily broadcast plays to signal the start of the new day.
Turnips rot at 5AM on a Sunday. Since turnips rot after one week of purchase, the last time you can sell turnips is before Saturday 10 PM, before Nook's Cranny closes.
Interest is acquired and deposited to your ADB account at 5 AM on the start of the new month.
To learn more about getting bank interest, check out our guide!
How to Get Bank Interest
Check out our guide on things to do every day, so you know how each day is worth playing!
Things to Do Every Day
During online play, the day will not reset even if you hit 5 AM. It is only when you finish the session that the screen will go to the daily island-wide broadcast and the new day will start.
A daily broadcast will also not interrupt a conversation between you and a character. Make sure to end a conversation first so that the day can refresh.
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New day starts on your island when you get back to it, after 5am
If you spent up to 5am on a different island, will you be triggering your next day too?
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