When Does a New Day Start? | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

ACNH - When Does A New Day Start?

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH), a new day starts every 5AM based on the Switch's system time. Learn when constructions and upgrades finish as well as when resets for island resources occur by consulting our guide!

What Time Does the Day Reset?

The Day Officially Starts at 5 AM

ACNH - Tom Nook does the daily announcement in the plaza
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's the first time you boot up the game for the day.

At 5 AM, the screen will refresh

The new day can start while you are playing the game. The screen will go black, and the game will reload the new content for the day. The daily broadcast will then 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.

List of Daily Features that Refresh on a New Day

Once the clock strikes at 5 AM, all daily activities will refresh.

Daily Features that Update at 5AM
  • Construction completion
  • Building recolation
  • Weeds, plants, and trees grow 1 stage
  • Materials from rocks and trees refresh
  • New fossils appear
  • Nook Shopping updates their daily selection
  • Nook Stop Daily Login Bonus refreshes
  • Nook Miles+ Tasks refresh
  • Seasonal items start or stop appearing
  • Turnips will rot (on a Sunday)
  • Receive your bank interest (when a new month starts)

Construction Completion

ACNH - Residents celebrate the construction of a bridge

At 5 AM, all construction work including facilities, bridges, and inclines will be finished and available for use.

How to Build a Bridge partialHow to Build and Destroy Bridges How to build an incline partial.pngHow to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines

Building Relocation

ANCH - A resident moves their home to a new location
Building relocations will also be complete when a new day starts. Note that you can only move one building per day.

Plants Grow

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
ACNH - The growth of a rose on the first day ACNH - The growth of a rose on the second day ACNH - The growth of a rose on the third day ACNH - The growth of a rose on the fourth day

When the new day starts, plants such as shrubs (bushes), flowers, and trees, will grow.

Flowers, shurbs, and trees will take four days to fully grow, while fruits will take take red]three[/red] days to grow after being picked.

Materials From Rocks and Trees Refresh

Materials that you can obtain by hitting rocks and trees will also refresh once 5 AM strikes.

Materials from Hitting Trees
Wood IconWood Softwood IconSoftwood Hardwood IconHardwood
Materials from Hitting Rocks
Stone IconStone Clay IconClay Iron Nugget IconIron Nugget Gold Nugget IconGold Nugget

New Fossils Appear

ACNH - A resident digs up a fossil
When the day starts, up to 4 fossils can spawn on your island, ready to be dug up.

You can have up to 6 buried fossils at a time

You will have at least 6 burried fossils on your island every day.

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 Updates their Daily Selection

ACNH - A Nook Shopping Daily Selection screen
Nook Shopping changes their Daily Selection when the new day starts. You can access Nook Shopping through NookStop or the app.

If you don't have the NookPhone app yet, learn how to get it by clicking on our guide below!
How to Get the Nook Shopping App

Nook Stop Daily Login Bonus refreshes

ACNH - A resident obtains the daily NookStop log-in reward
The daily login bonuses 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

Nook Miles+ Tasks Refresh

ACNH - A Nook Miles+ Tasks screen
Your progress on Nook Miles+ challenges are tracked throughout the day. Whether you finish them or not, they will be replaced with new ones once the new day starts.

Nook Miles+ Challenges and Rewards

Seasonal Items Start or Stop Appearing

ACNH - A resident catches a Cherry-Blossom Petal
Seasonal items, such as cherry-blossom petals, 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.

Cherry-Blossom Petal ImageCherry-Blossom Petal Young Spring Bamboo ImageYoung Spring Bamboo Summer Shell ImageSummer Shell Skinny Mushroom ImageSkinny Mushroom
Round Mushroom ImageRound Mushroom Rare Mushroom ImageRare Mushroom Flat Mushroom ImageFlat Mushroom Elegant Mushroom ImageElegant Mushroom
Acorn ImageAcorn Pine Cone ImagePine Cone Maple Leaf ImageMaple Leaf Snowflake ImageSnowflake
Large Snowflake ImageLarge Snowflake Red Ornament ImageRed Ornament Gold Ornament ImageGold Ornament Blue Ornament ImageBlue Ornament

List of Seasons and Seasonal Materials

Turnips Will Rot (On a Sunday)

ACNH - Timmy tells a resident the price for turnips
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.

Daisy Mae's Turnip Buying and Selling Guide

Receive Your Bank Interest (On a New Month)

ACNH - A resident receives interest from the Bank of Nook
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

Daily Checklist

ANCH - Fauna asks a resident if they can talk
Check out our guide on things to do every day, so you know how each day is worth playing!
Things to Do Every Day

What if the Date Does Not Update?

The Day Does Not Reset During Online Play

ACNH - A resident tries to access multiplayer
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.

How to Play Online Multiplayer | Do You Have to Pay for Online?

The Day Does Not Reset During a Conversation

ACNH - A resident talks to Eugene and Merengue
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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