Being able to switch the time of day is a handy feature in Tears of the Kingdom.
There are some mobs that only spawn at night, some Shrines that only show up in the sun, and some quests that can only be completed during the day.
Instead of having to wait for the in-game clock to tick over, being able to change the time of day manually makes things a lot easier.
To help you speed things along, here’s a quick tutorial on how to change the time of day in Tears of the Kingdom. I’ll look at every method of doing it and go over the extra benefits, too.
How to Change the Time of Day
There are two key ways to change the time of day in Tears of the Kingdom. One can happen anywhere in the game and the other requires you to be at a settlement.
Firstly, you can use a campfire to switch the time of day.
Simply build your campfire in a safe location (watch out for any lurking enemies before sitting down) and hit the A button in front of the campfire to sit.
It will then present you with the option to rest until morning, noon, or night.
Morning is 5:00 a.m. in in-game time, noon is 12:00, and night is 21:00 p.m. so pick the one that makes the most sense for your tasks.
Select your option and a quick animation of Link sitting down to rest will play. The screen will go black, then an animation of Link standing up will follow.
You’ll be able to tell that the time of day has changed because the sky will look different and the weather might have changed, too.
Resting in this way will restore your health and stamina, which makes it a compelling reason to always have a few bundles of wood on you when traveling long distances in the game.
Another way to change the time of day in TotK is to rest in a bed.
You will, unsurprisingly, need to be in a village or town for this.
Most places with a bed will charge you 20 Rupees to rest in them. You can pay more Rupees to get a massage and a bed, which provides a temporary stamina boost.
If you don’t have many Rupees, you can head back to Lookout Landing and use the bed in the Royal Emergency Shelter as this one is free and accessible at any time.
Resting in a bed is almost identical to resting by a campfire.
You will need to pick which time of day you want to sleep until, then the animation will play and you will be able to get back up again.
As with resting at a campfire, resting in a bed will restore your health and stamina.
What to Do Next
Now that you know how to skip time in Tears of the Kingdom, why not refresh yourself on how to build a campfire? It’s a useful skill to have, especially if you’re not near a village.
Not only are campfires useful for resting and changing the time, they’re also ideal for cooking up food in a pinch. I’d recommend always having a few temperature resistance meals on you in case the climate gets tricky, but campfires can get you out of a hard situation if needed.
Portable Pots are a little more efficient for cooking meals, though. Take a quick trip to your nearest Zonai Device dispenser with Portable Pot Capsules if you haven’t already. They may be single use but they’re very handy.