What Happens if You Time Travel Forward Then Back in Animal Crossing

Traveling forwards or backwards within the game’s real time clock system is possible for every player of Animal Crossing. Besides, it is also such an easy thing to do. While it is true that the process is easy, there are a few consequences that you have to consider. Then, what happens if you time travel forward or backward in Animal Crossing?

What Happens if You Time Travel Forward and Backward in Animal Crossing

There are several general positive effects of time traveling whether it is forward or backward, including:

    • Every stock will refresh. Keep in mind that the Able Sister’s mannequin will only change as long as you go outside of the week. A few items offered at Nook’s Cranny are only possible to be purchased once a week. For instance, if you purchased it once, there is no way for it to be restocked when time traveling to that day again in the same week. Besides, there is no way for Sarah’s inventory to change if you remain within the same week when time travels forward or back. If you want to change it, it will be needed for you to go into another week.
    • If you purchased Redd’s art, it will be sent to you.
    • Each fossil will respawn.
    • NPC visitor quests and shops will refresh.
    • The everyday recipe bottle will respawn.

What Happens if You Time Travel Forward Then Back in Animal Crossing

Aside from the positive effect, there are also some general negative effects, such as:

    • There is a possibility of the open plots to fill.
    • Every camper will leave.

In addition to these general effects, there are also some specific effects of time traveling forward and backward. Here is the list of the specific effects of time traveling forward:

Positive effects:

    • The construction, the upgrades, or the moves of the building will be done.
    • Both weeds and flowers will grow or spread.
    • Both trees and rocks will refresh.
    • Mail is sent.
    • There will be no change to the turnip price trend.

Negative effects:

    • Both weeds and flowers will grow or spread.
    • There is a possibility of the cockroaches to show up in your house for one month or more.
    • There is a possibility of you getting the bedhead animation for one month or more.
    • There is a possibility of the villagers asking or commenting on where you have been.
    • In case you time travel past 5 AM in the morning, turnips will spoil.

As for the specific effects of time traveling backward, the list includes:

Neutral effects:

    • In terms of progression, there is no way for it to be counted as a new day.
    • The construction, the upgrades, or the moves of the building will not be done.
    • The stock of the shop will remain the same just like the first time you visited that day with the exception if you leave the current week.
    • Both trees and rocks will not refresh.
    • There is no way for the mail to be delivered.

Negative effects:

    • The things called turnips will spoil.
    • The price of turnips will change and the trend will be reset.
    • Watered effect will be eliminated from the flowers and there is no way for them to grow or breed.
    • The thing called ABD chain will reset.
    • Every villager will advance moving in or out.

In case you are wondering what will happen to your other games when you time travel for Animal Crossing, you can keep calm as it will not affect the other time based games unless you launch them while the system time is changed.

If you are the kind of person who loves to time travel a lot, you might be curious if your villagers will move out if you do that too much. Fortunately, the villagers in Animal Crossing New Horizons will not move out unless they are given the explicit permission to do so. On top of that, they will not also dislike you and you will not lose the friendship points if you time travel too much.

Methods to Time Travel Forward and Backward in Animal Crossing

After knowing the consequences, if you still want to try to travel forward and then backward, you can follow these following guides. The guides to travel forward and backward are actually similar. The only difference is when setting the time. Below is everything to follow to travel forward:

    1. First of all, you will have to access the System Settings that is found on your Nintendo Switch.
    2. Then, choose System for the bottom of the settings list.
    3. In the next step, scroll down within the System settings that is located on the right side of the screen until you see Date and Time.
      access the System Settings that is found on your Nintendo Switch
    4. After finding the Date and Time, turn off the Synchronize Clock via Internet option.
      access the System Settings that is found on your Nintendo Switch1
    5. Feel free to set the date and time to the one that you want. As you want to travel forward, then the time should be in the future.
      Set the date and time to your preferred destination1
    6. The last thing that you have to do is to load up the game and then allow the time traveling to start.

If you want to travel backward, please follow these following instructions instead:

    1. The first thing that you need to do is to just exit the game called Animal Crossing.
    2. After closing the game, it is time for you to go to the System Settings that is found in the homepage of the Nintendo Switch. When you are on the homepage, please scroll all the way down to find System.
    3. Then, find Date and Time inside the System.
    4. Upon finding one, turn off the Synchronize Clock via Internet option.
    5. The next thing that you have to do is to click on Date and Time that is located at the bottom of the screen in order to change the date manually. If you have no idea, you can just change it to an earlier date.
    6. When everything is done, lastly, start the game again.

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