When Does a New Day Start in Animal Crossing?

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You have plenty to do every day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including a set of daily tasks that involve gathering supplies and performing tasks. But even beyond that, your island has visitors and other activities that aren't around 24 hours a day.

Here's all the information you need to plan your island time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Instructions in this article apply to Animal Crossing: New Horizons version 1.2.0 and later.

A cool basement shop in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

When Does a New Day Start in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Things happen on your island at different times all day, so several times are important. The main one, however, is 5 a.m., when a lot of activity occurs.

At that time, your island "resets" to its neutral state. Here's what happens:

  • Isabelle or Tom Nook will appear to give the morning announcements.
  • A new glowing dig spot (where you can dig up a bag of 1,000 Bells and plant a money tree) will appear.
  • One rock you destroyed the previous day by hitting them with a shovel or axe after eating fruit will appear in a new spot on your island. If you destroyed multiple rocks, only one would respawn each morning.
  • The daily bonus for accessing the Nook Stop in Resident Services will reset.
  • Holes you dug the previous day but didn't fill in disappear.
  • Flowers you watered (or all of your flowers, if it rained or snowed) return to 'unwatered' status. They may also spawn offspring and hybrid flowers.
  • Visitors at your island's campsite go home.
  • The materials and Bells inside the rocks scattered around your island replenish if you mined them the day before.
  • The trees on your island restock their supplies of wood and hidden furniture.
  • Any in-game visitors who came to your island the previous day, like Flick, C.J., Saharah, Leif, or Redd, leave.
  • New visitors and merchants arrive.
  • A message bottle containing a recipe appears on the beach.
  • Any construction projects you've paid for, including bridges, inclines, and building relocation, will complete, and the new or moved structures will become available. If you've marked a bridge or incline for destruction, it will also disappear at this time.
  • More buried fossils will appear.
  • New bonus tasks in your Nook Miles+ app will appear.
  • If you'd made wishes on falling stars during a meteor shower the previous night, star fragments (up to 20) would wash up on your beach.
Watering flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Other Important Times in New Horizons

5 a.m. may be the most eventful time in New Horizons, but other hours throughout the day are also good to keep in mind. Here are some you should remember.

  • Once you have the expanded Nook's Cranny store, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. You can sell items at the box outside the store (minus a 20% convenience fee) 24 hours a day.
  • If the Able Sisters clothing store is on your island, you can shop there between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • You can obtain up to three DIY recipes by visiting your neighbors in their houses each day. You can get one each between the hours of 6 a.m. to noon, noon to 6 p.m., and 6 p.m. to midnight.

Seasonal celebrations like Turkey Day, Halloween, and fishing tournaments have different start and end times. Tom Nook or Isabelle will give you this information during their daily announcement.

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