The Animal Crossing: New Horizons the summer update released in 2020 introduced a slew of new content. Players interacted with a new non-player character (NPC), viewed new recipes for a variety of summer fixtures and – most importantly – could finally swim out into the water!
There are a lot of things that lurk in the ocean, but thankfully, Nintendo makes it easy to navigate the waters around your island safely. Here’s everything you need to know about swimming Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Than Mule tutorial
Collect the appropriate equipment
You go to the beach in the coolest outfit ever and suddenly realize that you can’t step into the water. Uh, you said we can swim now, right? Yes, but first you need a diving suit.
To get one, go to Nook’s Cranny and look in the cupboard that usually contains plants, tools, and wallpaper. You will see a randomly selected diving suit design. Buy one of these – our horizontal stripe diving suit costs 3,000 bells – and put it on to activate your swimming abilities.
You can also choose to wear a snorkel. It won’t make you swim faster, stay underwater longer or blow colorful bubbles (great though, right?). Rather, it is nothing more than a fashion statement. However, a diving suit is required.
You can also purchase a unique Nook-branded diving suit by visiting the Nook Store in Residential Service. Selection Redeem Nook Miles and bought it for 800 Nook Miles. Snorkelling cost adds 500 Nook Miles.
Go dancing in the water
While swimming is a necessary force to make the island feel less isolated, you cannot swim to other islands. In fact, you’ll see a network of ropes that surround the entire island, mostly only submerged in water, limiting how well you can actually swim.
On the other hand, you can swim around the entire island (without getting tired) and go to places you wouldn’t be able to visit without the terrain. But in the end, the only way to visit another island is to catch a plane, not a mask and a snorkel. Your limited waterfront access gives you enough room to fill the Critterpedia, and that’s it.
Once you’ve put on your diving suit, head down to the nearest beach and stand by the water’s edge. Here’s how to jump in and swim:
Step 1: Press the button A button on your controller to enter the water.
Step 2: Continue to press or hold A click button to start swimming. Without pressing the button, you can still slowly paddle around by moving your left thumb.
Step 3: To get out of the water, simply direct your islanders towards the shore. The islander will automatically wade out when close enough.
Diving under water
Of course, before you get out of the water, you’ll probably want to take advantage of the new diver.
Step 1: While swimming, press Y button diving underwater.
Step 2: When underwater, press the button A click button and steer with Left thumb swim underwater. You often use this when chasing elusive fish.
Step 3: Press the button Y button again to the back surface.
The Islander can only be submerged in water for 10 seconds after you press the Y button, but there’s no limit to the number of times you can dive before needing to get out of the water and rest (unlike reality Everybody).
Look for sea creatures
Swimming and diving are their own hobbies, but New horizons Also introduced a brand new page of Critterpedia for players to explore as sea creatures. They can only be found out in the ocean and players have to dive underwater to find them.
Marine creatures can be easily spotted while swimming. Just look for a continuous stream of bubbles and then dive below the surface. The camera will switch to a more upright position, allowing you to see the shadows under water clearly. Place your islanders on top of this dark spot, and they’ll capture the unknown object, leaving you to adhere to a whole new set of puns.
Again, if you are collecting fish, you may need to dive and swim behind it underwater to catch that Slippery Sea Butterfly before it disappears into Beyond.
Donate marine life to the museum
Unlike the update that introduces Redd and the Art Gallery, new wingless sea creatures are in the museum. Instead, they are placed in existing tanks in the museum’s Fish section. Bring your first marine life to Blathers, and he will quickly display it with all of your other catches.
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