the Animal Crossing: New horizons The summer update released in 2020 introduced a host of new content. Players interacted with a new non-player character (NPC), saw new recipes for a bunch of summer furniture, and – most importantly – were finally able to swim in the water!
There are a lot of things hidden in the ocean, but luckily Nintendo has made it easy to navigate the waters around your island safely. Here’s everything you need to know about swimming Animal Crossing: New horizons.
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Gather the right equipment
You are heading for the beach in your coolest outfit and suddenly realize you can’t get out in the water. Uh, you said we can swim now, right? Yes, but first you need a combination.
To get one, head over to Nook’s Cranny and look in the cupboard which usually contains plants, tools, and wallpaper. You will see a randomly selected combination design. Buy one – our horizontal striped jumpsuit costs 3,000 bells – and put it on to activate your swimming ability.
You also have the option of wearing a snorkel. It won’t make you swim faster, stay underwater longer, or blow colorful bubbles (that would be cool, right?). Instead, it’s nothing more than a fashion statement. The combination, however, is mandatory.
You can also get a unique Nook branded suit by visiting the Nook store in residential services. To select Redeem Nook Miles and buy it for 800 Nook Miles. The snorkel costs an additional 500 Nook Miles.
Go jump in the water
While swimming is an essential dynamic to make the island feel less isolated, you cannot swim to other islands. In fact, you’ll see a rope net surrounding the entire island, mostly submerged just a little offshore, limiting how far you can actually swim.
On the other hand, you can swim around the entire island (no less tiring) and reach places that you wouldn’t be able to visit otherwise without terraforming. But ultimately the only way to visit another island is by plane, not with 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 wetsuit, head to the nearest beach and stand by the water. Here’s how to jump and swim:
Step 1: press the A button on your controller to enter the water.
2nd step: Keep pressing or holding A button to start swimming. If you don’t press the button, you can still paddle slowly by moving the left stick.
Step 3: To get out of the water, simply point your islander towards the shore. The islander will automatically exit when it is close enough.
Of course, before you get out of the water, you’ll probably want to take advantage of the new dive mechanic.
Step 1: While swimming, press Y button to dive underwater.
2nd step: Underwater, press A button and run with the Left stick swim underwater. You will usually use it to hunt elusive fish.
Step 3: press the Y button again to resurface.
The Islander can only stay submerged for ten seconds after you press the Y button, but there is no limit to the number of times you can dive before you have to get out of the water and take a break ( contrary to real people).
Look for sea creatures
Swimming and diving are fun entertainment in themselves, but New Horizons also introduced a brand new page of Critterpedia that players can experience in the form of sea creatures. These can only be discovered in the ocean and players must dive underwater to find them.
Sea creatures can easily be spotted while swimming. Just look for a steady stream of bubbles, then dive below the surface. The camera will shift to a more vertical position, allowing you to clearly see a shadow underwater. Place your Islander above this dark spot and he will grab the unknown object, subjecting you to a whole new series of word games.
Again, if you collect fish you will likely have to dive and swim after this one underwater to catch this slippery sea butterfly before it disappears into the afterlife.
Donate sea creatures to the museum
Unlike the update that featured Redd and the art exhibit, sea creatures don’t have a new wing in the museum. Instead, they’re placed in existing tanks in the Fish section of the museum. Bring your first sea creature to Blathers, and he’ll quickly display it along with all of your other catches.