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Time Traveling (also known as TT'ing) involves setting the 3DS clock or the in-game clock to a different time in order to take advantage of time-specific events in New Leaf. This practice is sometimes considered a form of cheating, as it speeds up processes such as public works projects and other construction.
- House expansions will be completed
- Public Works Projects and shop upgrades/new shops will be completed (construction takes between 1 and 5 days depending on the nature of the build.)
- Fast-forwarding or rewinding to a holiday or event like the Summer Solstice or New Year's Eve allows you to play on days you might miss due to other obligations
- Shops will restock their items
Before TT'ing, there are several things to take into consideration. Time Travel can have very prominent unwanted effects in the game.
- If time traveling more than a day, flowers may wilt and die without someone to water them.
- Every day you time travel forward, more weeds will grow.
- Time traveling forward multiple days in one go still only counts as one day for building project purposes.
- Villagers will move away faster.
- The player will get bed head.
- The mailbox will fill up.
- Cockroaches will appear in the player's house.
Note: Many of these effects, esp. those lower on the list, will only happen if long periods of time are skipped.
If you plan to Time Travel, keep the following things in mind:
- Any flowers that you don't want to die should be kept inside your house or in a storage container like a closet.
- The Beautiful Town ordinance will lessen the effects of wilting flowers and weeds, as well as deter cockroaches.
- Any turnips in your possession will instantly rot upon time traveling backwards. You can time travel forwards
- It is recommended to change the 3DS clock, rather than the in-game clock. If you change the in-game clock it will be out of sync with the 3DS clock.