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Exciting New Additions Arrive With The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update

I recently covered some of the features that players could look forward to on July 3rd as part of wave one of Nintendo’s summer update. These included the ability to wear wet suits and snorkels, go swimming and diving, and meet ‘new’ characters. Now that the update has landed, more detail and clarity has become available. Therefore, here is everything to know about the exciting new additions to arrive with the Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer update.

How To Update & Some Words From Isabelle:

In order to obtain the perks of the summer update, you will need to ensure that your game is updated to version 1.3.0. To complete the update you will need to:

  • Ensure that your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet
  • Launch Animal Crossing: New Horizons from your console’s Home screen
  • You will be given an option to update the game. Select this.
  • The game will proceed to update, and then load as normal.
  • You will know that the update has been successful if you see ‘Ver. 1.3.0’ in the top right-hand corner of the title screen.

Additionally, you will then receive the following message from Isabelle:

How To Get Your Free Snorkel:

You will receive a free snorkel in your mailbox as a reward for updating your game. However, snorkels are purely cosmetic, and you will only need to be wearing a wet suit to enter the water.


How To Get Wet Suits & All Current Known Types:

Wearing a wet suit will allow your player to enter the ocean, swim around, and to dive.

You can obtain a Horizontal Striped wet suit from Nook’s Crany for 3,000 bells (they are found in the tools section of the shop). The colors of the wet suit available will vary each day. Currently, the Horizontal Striped wet suit is available in red, blue, yellow, and black.

A Leaf-Print wet suit is also available to purchase. This style also comes in four different colours, light blue, purple, yellow, and green. The suit can be ordered from the Nook Shopping catalogue for 3,000 bells.

The final type of wet suit available is the Nook Inc. wet suit. This longer-length suit can be redeemed for 800 Nook Miles at the Nook Stop terminal.

How To Get Different Colored Snorkels & Every Current Known Type:

As previously mentioned, you will receive a free snorkel in your mailbox after updating your game. The color you receive appears to be random (I got pink).

The next type of snorkel is the Nook Inc. snorkel which can be obtained for 500 Nook Miles at the Nook Stop terminal.

I was initially disappointed, as after checking Nook’s Cranny and the Able Sisters’ store, it seemed that these two types of snorkels were the only choice you were given.

However, after a sneaky bit of time travel, I discovered that the Able Sisters stock the snorkel as an accessory, and when they do, they have a variety of colors to choose from. These include grey, red, pink, yellow, green, and blue. Therefore don’t be disheartened if you’re unhappy with the snorkel color you received in the mail, as you can purchase a more preferable color at the Able Sisters’ store.

How To Swim:

To enter the water, simply ensure that you are wearing a wet suit, and press the A button at the water’s edge on the beach, or from the edge of a rock next to the sea. To swim around, simply continue pressing the A button, and use the joystick to choose which direction to swim in.

The Nooklings will give you a brief tutorial on swimming and diving when you buy a wet suit from them for the first time.
My first time going into the sea! 😀

How To Dive:

If you spot a stream of bubbles in the water, it means that a deep sea creature is located there. To obtain the creature, you will need to dive for it. Simply swim over to the stream of bubbles, press the Y button to dive, and then press A to swim towards a black spot. Once you reach the spot, your character will obtain the creature. Ensure you are close enough to a stream of bubbles before diving, as your character will eventually need to resurface for air.

Donating Deep Sea Creatures To The Museum:

You can donate any deep sea creatures that you find to Blathers at the museum. After donating your first deep sea creature, you will then be able to donate multiple creatures at once in the future. Any donations will be exhibited in the aquarium section of the museum alongside the other fish.

Can I Swim At Night?

Whilst your in-game ‘mom’ would most definitely disapprove; yes, you can go swimming at night too.

Can I Swim During Winter?

Branded a ‘summer update’, those in the southern hemisphere may have wondered if you would also be able to swim, considering it is currently winter for y’all. But worry not, whilst you may be freezing your barncacles off, you can participate in the exact same new features as those in the northern hemisphere.

Can I Swim In Rivers Or Other Bodies Of Water Besides The Sea?

Unfortunately not. I tried taking a dip in both a river and my (decoy) duck pond to no avail. It seems swimming is limited to the sea only, and honestly? I’m rather salty…

About Pascal:

Pascal the ‘philosophical’ otter has returned, and may appear when players find scallops whilst diving for deep sea creatures. On a side note, scallops can be found at any time of day, and all throughout the year.

Pascal didn’t show up for me personally upon finding my first scallop, but he did the day afterwards. If you discover a scallop, there is a chance that he will pop up in the water nearby and offer you a trade.

If you give him a scallop, he will give you a Mermaid Furniture DIY recipe in return. Likely having a busy schedule comprising of the contemplation of life “maaan”, he won’t appear more than once a day.

The Mermaid Series:

The Mermaid Series (which naturally looks great with shell furniture), consists of the following items:

  • Mermaid bed
  • Mermaid chair
  • Mermaid clock
  • Mermaid dresser
  • Mermaid floor
  • Mermaid lamp
  • Mermaid screen
  • Mermaid sofa
  • Mermaid shelf
  • Mermaid table
  • Mermaid vanity
  • Mermaid wall

In order to craft the mermaid series DIY furniture from Pascal, you will need to collect various shells and pearls. This, in combination with Pascal’s unknown spawn rate, means completing the set is likely to keep players busy for a good while.

About Pirate Gulliver:

After updating your game to Ver. 1.3.0, there is a chance that instead of washing ashore in his usual Sailor’s outfit, Gulliver may be wearing Pirate attire instead. If this occurs, he will still request your help in communicating with his crewmates. However, instead of digging up five communicator parts from beach areas, you will need a wet suit to go diving for just one communicator part.

Upon returning this communicator part to ‘Pirate Gulliver’, he will mail you a piece of pirate-themed furniture or clothing as a reward. You will receive the item the next day, just like you would when helping him on other occasions. It is not yet known if helping ‘Pirate Gulliver’ contributes towards unlocking the Golden Shovel like helping regular Sailor Gulliver does.

A New Seasonal Item Is Available:

Under the seasonal tab of the special goods section of the Nook Shopping catalague, a new item has become purchasable. The new item is called ‘Bamboo grass’, can be purchased for 3,080 bells, and has been added in celebration of the Japanese festival ‘Tanabata’. Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, celebrates the meeting of deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, and takes place on July 7th this year. The Bamboo grass item will be available to buy until July 31st.

Very Punny, Nintendo…

It ‘a-piers’, that with the introduction of new creatures, players will get to ‘sea’ even more terrible puns. You ‘dolphin-itely’ ‘cod’ do better than that Nintendo. SMH.



I'm a 21-year-old Journalism with Creative Writing student who likes to: play video games, write stuff, read apocalyptic fiction, and absorb the entirety of Netflix. I can often be found wasting my money on kawaii things, or meowing at cats until they meow back.

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