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!
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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's the first time you boot up the game for the day.
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.
Once the clock strikes at 5 AM, all daily activities will refresh.
|Daily Features that Update at 5AM|
At 5 AM, all construction work including facilities, bridges, and inclines will be finished and available for use.
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Building relocations will also be complete when a new day starts. Note that you can only move one building per day.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4|
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 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.
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 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
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|
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, 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||Young Spring Bamboo||Summer Shell||Skinny Mushroom|
|Round Mushroom||Rare Mushroom||Flat Mushroom||Elegant Mushroom|
|Acorn||Pine Cone||Maple Leaf||Snowflake|
|Large Snowflake||Red Ornament||Gold Ornament||Blue Ornament|
List of Seasons and Seasonal Materials
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
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.
How to Play Online Multiplayer | Do You Have to Pay for Online?
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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