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What does the Timer do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

There are tons of items to gather when playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, some of which are just for decoration and some of which possess unique gameplay features. The Timer falls into the latter group, but why would you ever need to time yourself in-game? One question leads to another and all that anyone can ask themselves is: “What does the Timer do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

In this guide, we’ll let you know exactly what the Timer does in the debut Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch game.

What does the timer do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

What does the timer do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

The easiest way to get your hands on a Timer, which takes the form of an antique stopwatch in-game, is to buy it from the Miscellaneous cupboard in your shop after it becomes available. It’ll set you back 840 Bells, though that isn’t much when you consider all the fun it can provide.

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Once you have the Timer in your inventory, here’s how to make use of it:

How to use the Timer in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Enter an online or local multiplayer session
  • Open your inventory
  • Select the Timer, then select “Set Timer”
  • Choose the length of time you want to set it for:
    • 3 minutes
    • 5 minutes
    • 10 minutes
    • 15 minutes
  • You’re now engaged in a race to catch the most bugs and fish within the designated time limit
  • New HUD elements will appear and keep track of your progress
  • There’s no tangible prize for winning, it’s just for fun

Now that you know what the Timer does in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can enter a friendly competition with your family and friends whenever you feel like. In a way, the Timer is the closest thing there is to an Animal Crossing: New Horizons competitive multiplayer mode.

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