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Horizon Forbidden West guide: How to change the time of day

Gimme Shelter

A Shelter on the Horizon Forbidden West map, in Cinnabar Sands Image: Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment via Polygon

In this Horizon Forbidden West guide, we’ll show you how to change the time of day to morning, afternoon, evening, or night.

In short, you need to find a Shelter, which is basically a bonfire with other amenities like a Workbench and, more importantly, a stool where you can Sit (Progress Time) around it. Press Triangle at the stool, and Aloy will sit down, giving you options to change the time of day.

It’ll take a while before you can change the time of day in Horizon Forbidden West. The first Shelter we found is in southern Cinnabar Sands, which is many hours into the game — past the introduction, past The Daunt (which is the area where you start playing in the top right corner of Horizon Forbidden West’s enormous map), and south of the first Tallneck you’ll find. That’s the image up at the top of this guide.

When you finally find a Shelter, you can change the time of day and explore the Forbidden West at night or midday or morning at will.