How to Swim in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Following Animal Crossing: New Horizons' latest summer update, you now have the ability to swim. In this guide, we'll show you how.

The latest summer update in Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you enjoy the beautiful weather and sends you out to the beach for a swim. That's not all you'll be able to do when you dive into New Horizons this time of year, but for now, let's focus on how to swim.

In this guide, we'll show you how to swim and everything you'll need to know about enjoying the waves, thanks to the game's newest update.

How to Swim in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you try to run over to the water and dive in, you won't be able to. That's because you need a wet suit first. You can read more about the wet suit here. The Nook brothers will actually give a rundown on the basics of swimming and diving, so you'll know what's going on before you take a dip. 

Once you have the wet suit, head over to the shore and press A. Your character will dive in and for the first time since the game released, you'll be in the water!

You can get into the water from the beach or from the dock pictured above. As you might expect, you do have a limited area in which to explore, as the entire section is closed off by a net.

After you jump in, there are a few things you can do. The main thing, other than snapping some summer pictures of your adventures, is to swim around and collect things (weird, right?).

While swimming, you'll occasionally come across sets of bubbles. These indicate collectible items, and you'll need to dive beneath the surface to collect them. 

Collecting Sea Creatures

To dive, press Y. Once you do so, you'll go under water and can now swim over to the shadow beneath the bubble to collect it. Press B to collect and then Y again to resurface.

These are sea creatures and there's no shortage of them to find. Though, you might also come across pearls and scallops while diving, so make sure you pick up everything you can find.

While collecting items, you might come across a friendly sea otter named Pascal, but we'll cover more about that here. Pascal will reward you with Mermaid DIY recipes, so do keep an eye out for him. 

Also, make sure you press A while swimming to go faster (though, keep in mind, this doesn't work while diving). 

With that, you should have everything you need to start swimming in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Check out our other tips in the links above, or head over to our Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides for even more. 


Joseph loves Nintendo and horror games. When he's not writing about video games he can usually be found petting his cats and listening to some Progressive Metal. He thinks Meshuggah is tight. Twitter: @JosephYaden

Published Jul. 6th 2020

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