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What's New In The Big Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update

This month marked the first wave of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ summer update, and with it came a whole bunch of new features, including swimming and diving, sea creatures, new visitor interactions, and a new DIY recipe set. Here’s everything new to Animal Crossing and how to get started. For more, read up on what the second wave of the summer update has in store when it goes live later this week.

Swimming And Diving

The biggest new feature from the update is the ability to swim and dive in the ocean around your island. We have a full guide on how to get a wetsuit and swim, so check it out to get started.

Catching New Sea Creatures

Swimming and diving on your island opens up a new world of wildlife to find and collect. There are 40 sea creatures you can catch, all categorized in their own “sea creature” label in your Critterpedia. You can also donate them to Blathers at the museum.

Pascal Is Here!

Pascal is a new visitor you can meet while swimming around your island. He’ll trade you DIY recipes for scallops and sometimes reward you with pearls, a rare crafting item.

Mermaid DIY And Clothing Recipe Set

There’s a new mermaid-themed DIY recipe set you can collect and craft. Pascal will trade you recipes for scallops and sometimes give you pearls, which you can use to craft the recipes. Other crafting materials required for the set include shells and other items you can find along your beach, like coral.

Gullivarrr (Pirate Gulliver) And New Pirate Items

A new Pirate-themed Gulliver, or Gullivarrr, now has a chance of showing up on your island. If you help him, he’ll reward you with pirate-themed furniture and clothing. You’ll need to know how to swim for this one!

Summer Shells DIY Recipes

Summer shells were added in June. Similar to cherry blossom petals, they are a seasonal crafting recipe you can find between now and August on Northern hemisphere islands. Check out the full list of summer shells DIY recipes for info on where to find the shells and what you can craft with them.

The next summer update hits Animal Crossing: New Horizons this August.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons News And Guides

  • How To Find Pearls In Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • How To Swim In Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • New July Fish And Bugs To Catch In Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fishing Tourney Guide
  • How To Crossbreed Flowers In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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