Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - How to Change the Time

A guide on how to change the time in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (XC 3), including the steps to fast-foward and adjust the in-game day-night cycle, time of day and ranges, in-game and real time lapse comparison, benefits and advantages of changing the time, and other useful tips.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - How to Change the Time

How to Change the Time in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (XC 3) has an in-game time which cycles between day and night. Knowing how to manipulate time is particularly useful for hunting certain monsters in the game which appear during specific windows of each day.

Change the Time from the Main Menu

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - How to Change the Time

You can change the time in the game by going to the main menu. Afterwards, use the L and R buttons to adjust the current time to your preferences.


Changing the time in the game does not affect your Nintendo Switch device’s system clock. Because of this, feel free to advance the time as much as you want.

Time of Day and Ranges

Below is a summary of the times of day and their ranges in the game’s day-night cycle.

Day Time Morning 07:00 to 11:59
Noon 12:00 to 15: 59
Evening 16:00 to 18: 59
Night Time Night 19:00 to 23:59
Midnight 00:00 to 04:59
Dawn 05:00 to 06:59

In-Game Time Lapse

Below is a table comparing the time lapse between in-game and real time.

In-Game Time Real Time
1 minute 1 second
1 hour 1 minute
1 day 24 minutes

Time of Day and Monster Spawns

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As mentioned, the current time of day affects the type of monsters that appear in various areas of the game. This means that you should fast-forward the time in the game if you are hunting a specific monster that spawns during a certain window during the day or night.

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