How To Find Pascal In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Pascal isn’t a newcomer to the Animal Crossing series, but he did make his first appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after wave one of its summer update went live this week. The red sea otter loves scallops and will trade you DIY recipes in exchange for them. He can also gift you pearls, a rare crafting item requires for certain recipes, including the new mermaid set.

How To Find Pascal On Your Island

You can find Pascal while swimming and diving in your island’s oceans. If you don’t know how to do either yet, check out our Animal Crossing swimming guide for instructions on where to get a wet suit and how to swim.

Once you’re in the water and start diving for sea creatures, Pascal will eventually appear, but only when you find a scallop. He won’t appear every time you catch a scallop or even the first time–it’s random, and we’re not quite sure what the rate is, but it seems to only be once a day. It does seem like he can appear on your island alongside other special visitors, however. Leif was in my island’s town square on the same day I met Pascal.

When Pascal does approach you, he’ll ask you for the scallop you just found. If you choose to give it to him, he’ll reward you with a mermaid-themed DIY recipe and probably say something philosophical before swimming off to the other side of the ocean barrier, where you can’t approach him or speak to him until the next encounter.

What To Do With Pearls

Pascal may gift you a pearl, which is a rare crafting material that will come in handy for crafting furnishings and clothes in the mermaid set, which Pascal offers DIY recipes for in exchange for scallops. You can also find pearls while diving for sea creatures.

Should You Save Up Scallops For Pascal?

Scallops count as one of the new sea creatures you can find and donate to the museum, and you can also sell them to Nook’s Cranny for 1,200 bells. Since you can also trade them in for DIY recipes, it makes sense to hang onto them–however, we’re still trying to verify how trading scallops with Pascal works. At the moment, it seems he has a chance of appearing only when you catch one, and will give you the option to trade it in, which would make saving up scallops kind of pointless. But if it turns out you can encounter him as you would any other special visitor, like C.J. or Flick, then having scallops to trade in would be useful.

We will update this section once we can verify how trading with Pascal works.

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Lego Invites You To Build Star Wars Art

Lego Art is a new line of sets that allow you to build artwork, specifically portraits. The first series consists of sets for Star Wars: The Sith, Iron Man, The Beatles, and Andy Warhol.

If you purchase the Star Wars: The Sith set, you can construct a 2D portrait of one of three Sith Lords (Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, and Darth Maul). The pieces in the box let you make any one you want. If you want to display all three of them at once, you need to buy three sets (which sell for $119.99 each). If you do fork out the cash for all three, that opens up a fourth building option: a larger image of Darth Vader.

You can do the same thing with the Iron Man set to make a fourth image of him in action. In any set you are tasked to build both the portrait and frame. The portrait is made up entirely of circular colored pieces. The Star Wars set consists of 3,406 pieces. The suggested building age is 18-plus. Lego is currently listing a September 1 release date for all four options. You can find out more about the sets at LEGO’s official site, and take a closer look at them in the gallery below:

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Destiny 2 Xur location and items, July 3-7

The weekly Exotic item merchant, Xur, hangs out in random locations around the world of Destiny. In Destiny 2, he can appear all over the map, as well as inside the Tower. This week, you can find Xur in the Tower, hanging out on the back stairs of the Tower Hangar.

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Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:

  • The Huckleberry, kinetic submachine gun: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Lucky Pants, Hunter legs: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Mask of the Quiet One, Titan helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Lunafaction Boots, Warlock boots: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Exotic Engram: 97 Legendary Shards (you can now purchase a second with an Exotic Cipher)


Destiny 2 guide: Complete list of Exotics

Xur’s inventory caps out at 1050.

The Huckleberry

The Huckleberry is an exotic from Warmind. Its intrinsic perk is Ride the Bull, which causes the gun to fire faster and have increased recoil the longer you hold the trigger. Kills with the gun partially reload the magazine. The Huckleberry’s secondary perk is rampage, which causes each kill to increase your damage for a short time.

The Huckleberry is a very fun gun to use. Its perks combine to offer you a little minigame of trying to fire for as long as you possibly can without having to reload. Pick up The Huckleberry if you can afford it.

Lucky Pants

Lucky Pants are fairly worthless in most situations. They’re also one of the exotics that Sloane offers you during the campaign. Their exotic perk, Illegally Modded Holster, allows you to ready hand cannons very quickly as well as increase accuracy for your first shot. Additionally, precision hits partially reload any stowed hand cannons. If you absolutely must use hand cannons in both your energy and kinetic slot, these pants are for you. Otherwise, skip Lucky Pants.

Xur’s roll this week comes with 61 total stats.

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Mask of the Quiet One

Mask of the Quiet One is a mediocre Titan Exotic in both PvP and PvE. Its exotic perk, Dreaded Visage, grants energy for your grenade, melee, and class ability each time you take damage. Kills with Void abilities instantly trigger your health regeneration. While this helmet is best used with Sentinel, you’ll get the extra energy on damage regardless of your subclass. If you’re going to be taking a lot of damage, this is a decent Exotic to throw on.

Xur’s roll this week comes with 62 total stats.

Lunafaction Boots

Lunafaction Boots are very powerful Warlock Exotic boots, and have been since the original Destiny 2. Their Exotic perk is Alchemical Etchings. This perk grants a reload speed increase while standing in a Lunafaction-empowered Rift. This Exotic got hit hard in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, but it’s still worth using. You need these.

Xur’s roll this week comes with 64 total stats.

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All Of The Superheroes In Fortnite

From Thanos to Batman, Fortnite is becoming a comic book fan’s dream come true. If Epic Games keeps adding Marvel and DC characters at a rapid-fire clip, there’s a chance we could have an awesome showdown of 100 heroes and villains years down the road. The latest addition is Captain America. You can take a look at all of the comic characters that were a part of a season or an event below:





Captain America



Harley Quinn



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Minecraft Cereal Creeping Onto Store Shelves

For too long, Minecraft players have frantically smacked Creepers before exploding, only to think to themselves: “I wonder what that thing tastes like?” Wonder no more, because Kellogg’s has announced a cereal that finally gives a flavor profile to the exploding slime monster.

Minecraft Creeper Crunch cereal is a cinnamon breakfast snack littered with green “Creeper Bit” marshmallows. It’s coming to US store shelves this August, and you can pick up an 8oz box for $4 or a 12oz box for $6.

Does the promise of crunchy cinnamon candies and green marshmallows not tempt your palette? Then you may also be interested to know that each box will include a code to unlock one of 10 clothing items like jackets and cloaks. These don’t appear to be exclusive cosmetics, but every time you don your snazzy pants you can think to yourself: “I obtained this by devouring a tie-in food product that turned my milk a sort of brownish-green.”

Meanwhile, new activities in the Minecraft games continue apace. The classic Minecraft recently added its big Nether Update, and the spin-off Minecraft Dungeons just got the Jungle Awakens DLC.

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Evo Online canceled following accusations of sexual abuse against CEO

The online version of the Evolution Championship Series (better known as Evo) was canceled Thursday following accusations of sexual abuse made against its organizer and CEO, Joey Cuellar. Evo said in a statement on Twitter that it has relieved Cuellar from his responsibilities and is working to completely separate him from the company.

“Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first in a series of important decisions regarding the future of our company,” the company said in the statement. “Progress doesn’t happen overnight, or without bravery of those who speak up against misconduct and injustice. We are saddened by these events, but we are listening and committed to making every change that will be necessary in making Evo a better model for the stronger, safer culture we all seek.”

Allegations against Cuellar first surfaced on Twitter Wednesday via Mikey “CrackPr0n” Pham, who said the abuse occurred when he was just nine years old. That led to many organizations pulling out of the event, including Capcom, NetherRealm, and Bandai Namco, as well as several popular competitors.

Cuellar has has since apologized.

“I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone,” Cuellar said in a statement, also made on Twitter. “I was young and reckless and did things I’m not proud of. I have been growing and maturing over the past 20 years, but that doesn’t excuse anything. All I have been trying to do is become a better person.”

Accusations against Cuellar come amid a torrent of similar stories, which call out abuse, harassment, and racism in video gaming, tabletop gaming, and comics. The repercussions from these scandals could have a lasting impact on these industries in the years to come.

Evo 2020 was originally set to take place this year in Las Vegas, but was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. The online event was intended to take its place. According to the official website, the tournament will return in 2021.

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Animal Crossing's Summer Update Is Live And You Can Catch An Octopus!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been updated today in a big way. You can now dip your toes in the ocean and go for a swim. If you see a shadow in the water, dive down and grab it. My first catch was an octopus for the museum. The update is free and shouldn’t be any kind of hassle. Just boot up the game and away you go.

The game does a fine job of walking your through the process of getting your swimming suit (which set me back just 3,000 bells). Once you throw it on, you can hop right into the ocean. Along with my new eight-legged friend, there are 40 different creatures in the ocean to find, including a variety of crabs, a sea pineapple, garden eel, oyster, jellyfish, and sea pig (which will only be around between November and February). For the full list, check out Reddit user Chiiribi’s post that even gives the seasons and time of day you’ll find them. Happy hunting, everyone!

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Drake Hollow, The Next Game From The Flame In The Flood Devs, Has Been Delayed

Drake Hollow, the next game from The Flame in the Flood developer The Molasses Flood, has been delayed indefinitely just a few days before its previous July release date.

A short message from studio director Forrest Dowling explains that the delay is down to technical issues that can’t be delved into due to NDA restrictions. “Unfortunately, due to the nature of the delay we don’t have a new date yet, but will let everyone know as soon as we do,” Dowling concluded.

Drake Hollow is a cooperative mix between survival and wave-based defense mechanics. You and three friends can build settlements and raise drakes–sentient plants that you’ll need to feed, shelter, and, most importantly, keep entertained. The drakes will help you defend your base by manning weapons you build or suppling energy to automated defenses with treadmills. But if you don’t hold their interest, they literally die.

Drake Hollow will eventually launch for Xbox One and PC on Steam and the Windows Store. The Molasses Flood’s previous survival game, The Flame in the Flood, launched in 2016, shortly after the studio of AAA veterans opened. In GameSpot’s The Flame and the Flood review, critic Edmond Tran wrote, “Despite the awkward menu system, it’s an absorbing game that lets you experience a journey in the present, and fully appreciate the sights, sounds, and joys of floating down the river in its alluring world.”

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Far Cry 6 to star Gus from Breaking Bad according to deleted report

Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito has teased that he will star in an upcoming video game, which is apparently Far Cry 6.

Ubisoft’s E3 replacement, Ubisoft Forward, will be taking place later this month and, among the expected reveals, is a new Far Cry game.

Though there is no official confirmation, sources claim that we will see Far Cry 6 at the event and, unlike the previous entry, it won’t be set in America.

Now the same source, Gamereactor, has claimed that Breaking Bad actor Giancarlo Esposito will be making an appearance in the game.

The site has since deleted the article in question, but VG247 was able to screen-grab it for posterity.

The claim lines up with comments from Esposito himself, who played the character of Gus Fring in both Breaking Bad and its prequel show Better Call Saul. He also recently appeared as Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian.

In an interview with Collider, he talked about the difficulties of working with motion capture and that he is involved with an upcoming video game which he couldn’t talk about yet.

Esposito is no stranger to appearing in games, having lent his voice and likeness to the character of The Dentist in Payday 2.

Ubisoft Forward will take place on 12 July.

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Star Wars: Squadrons Has An Immersive HUD Mode, Will Let You Hide Cosmetics

Want to make your X-Wing VR experience as immersive as possible? We’ve got good news for you: you can turn off the Star Wars: Squadrons HUD (heads-up display) elements.

Developer EA Motive confirmed as much talking to IGN. The VR-compatible flight combat game will feature a ‘Hardcore Mode’ that will take some of the HUD and user interface (UI) elements away.

“When you start the story,” creative director Ian S. Frazier explained, “we ask if you want the standard experience – which we’d expect most players to take – or a hardcore mode, which gets rid of a bunch of UI that helps you localize yourself in space, and makes you rely entirely on the readouts in the cockpit. So for the folks that are newer to the genre, I’d expect them to play standard, and for the folks that have tonnes of flight experience, they might want to try that out.”

We’d imagine that plenty of VR players will also want that more immersive experience, though it might be necessary to get used to the game with those elements enabled first.

In another win for authenticity, though, Squadrons will also let you disable visible customizations for both your craft and other players’. In other words, if someone wants to decorate their X-Wing with a decal, you’ll be able to choose if you can see that, or just the regular X-Wing skin.

“Some players aren’t going to want to see any of that,” Frazier explained. “It won’t matter how plausible it is, they just want to keep it to exactly what we’ve seen in the films, no more and no less, and we totally get that. And so we have an option in the game to hide everybody else’s cosmetics. So if you flip that on, then all of a sudden, if you want to put a racing stripe or whatever on your own TIE Fighter, you’ll see it, but everybody else’s is just going to look like a normal boilerplate TIE Fighter for you.”

Again, this seems like a move that will speak to a lot of players that want the authentic Star Wars experience in VR. Squadrons is out on October 2nd with optional support for PC VR headsets on PC and PSVR on PS4. You can find out everything else we know about the game right here.

Will you be playing with the Star Wars: Squadrons HUD disabled and cosmetics off? Let us know in the comments below!

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