Swimming at Animal Crossing: How to Swim, Get a Wetsuit, and More

One of the most mysterious places on the planet – more mysterious than our solar system – is the Earth’s Ocean, which spans most of the globe and is home to hundreds of thousands of known (and estimated millions more that we haven’t even heard of yet). The ocean in Animal Crossing: New Horizons was once, at the game’s launch, also its most mysterious place, with hidden depths merely suggested by silhouettes of submerged rocks and a diversity of life promised by the various icthyic specimens found along the shallow shores. But, alas, inaccessible! The sea and its siren call blocked by an invisible barrier, our child-bodied avatars are made to run humiliatingly in place as they are led to the water’s edge, mocked by the singing and shattering freedom of the waves. Until July 3, when Nintendo’s big summer update swept the wall and opened the ocean to our quests, our sandy toes, our chunky-fingered explorations.

Animal crossingThe Summer Update brings swimming to the game, and it really couldn’t have happened at a better time. America is slowly reopening, but with many people still doing their best to self-quarantine and the odds of a trip to, say, the Florida Keys looking slim, most of us just have the shores. gritty from our screens at home to provide us with a summer getaway. The relaxing island life of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the best ways to experience the fantasy of a normal summer break, a relaxing game where nothing really bad is allowed to happen to you. And as soon as we started to feel restricted by our own shores, the game deployed another layer, allowing us to jump straight into the ocean and dive in search of living treasures.

There are, of course, a few things that are required to paddle to the reefs that surround your island. First of all, your diving mask, one of which is automatically mailed to you – it’s not actually needed to dive but still looks cute and appropriate. Next, you need to go to your Nook twins general store or Resident Services to get yourself a wetsuit, available in a variety of colors and patterns. Maybe you go for the tropical leaf pattern, or the stylish full wetsuit, or you’re more drawn to the adorable little striped sets from Nook’s Cranny, which look like what you would find at your local pool in the 1920s.

The dress-up part is pretty fun (this comes from someone starting each morning’s game by putting on a new outfit), but then comes the actual swimming. To do this, you run to any point on your island that borders the ocean and press A to jump – from the pier or one of the rock outcrops, your character will literally make a cannon ball, while that from the beach it makes more of a sliding and sliding motion to wade. From there you keep pressing A until your thumb contracts, pointing with the left rocker, as far as the game allows you to (unfortunately you can’t just swim and swim forever). ; there is a floating net barrier that serves as the final stopping point of the game).

Sometimes you will see a chain of bubbles rising from the depths – swim to them, dive with Y and collect any fabulous sea creature that might be lurking there, from anemones to octopuses to shrimps. colorful mantises. (When you’re directly above the shadow, your character will automatically dig it up.) Some, like the giant isopod, you’ll have to hunt it down, but if you’re also pathologically obsessed with equipping your aquarium tanks that me (well, the empty half of the stars of the coral tank to fill), these sea creatures are an invaluable resource. It’s also pretty easy to bank by selling them at Nook’s Cranny. Underwater creatures are everywhere and they never go away, unlike fish and bugs, although you have to dive a few times for them.

When you get your first scallop of the day, a little red hat otter named Pascal will appear and trade you for one of the coveted mermaid-themed game items. He might give you a recipe that you can make using seashells from your beach and rare pearls you find while diving. But, sometimes it’s the simple act of swimming that is rewarding in itself, as you rise and fall in the waves, floating suspended in the cool embrace of the surf, untouchable, while the rest of the world is just going through it all. around you.

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