Spring is finally here, and summer is not too far away for Animal Crossing players in the Northern Hemisphere.
With Nature Day around the corner, islanders are feeling inspired by the natural in-game environment. Players are particularly returning to the sea as warmer weather approaches.
Diving in Animal Crossing New Horizons
Animal Crossing celebrated its 20th anniversary this week, marking two decades of Bell collecting, fishing, and Nook's Cranny. Of the newest additions to the Animal Crossing legacy is New Horizons, which also recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.
Over the last year, players have been able to explore and develop an island via the Tom Nook Getaway Package. While decorating maps and collecting beloved villagers is nothing new to long-time Animal Crossing players, New Horizons brought an in-game feature that allows players to dive underneath the surface of the sea.
Players who are looking to go diving simply need to order the Nook Miles wet suit by redeeming 800 miles from the Nook Stop within the Town Hall. The ABD also features a wet suit with a leaf pattern for 3,000 Bells on the Nook Shopping screen. Animal Crossing Islanders may also purchase the basic striped wet suit for 800 Bells from Timmy and Tommy.
After wearing the wet suit, players can enter the ocean to go diving for special sea creatures and may be lucky enough to receive a visit from Pascal.
Once in the water, islanders can swim around freely, though they should aim towards the bubbles. Pressing Y on their Nintendo Switch Systems will allow players to dive down and retrieve whatever creature is causing the air bubbles to rise. It is important to note that the creature may try to escape as fish and bugs normally do, so players may have to chase the shadow.
Among the creatures that players have a chance at catching are Sea Pigs, Umbrella Octopi, Mantis Shrimps, and Scallops. Players who are looking to swim alongside Pascal should aim to catch one Scallop a day, as the otter NPC will then appear to make a trade for a valuable and rare recipe.
Islanders should note that some sea creatures are only available at specific times, as listed below.
Animal Crossing Creatures available from 4 PM to 9 AM:
- Sea Pig
- Slate Pencil Urchin
- Chambered Nautilus
- Tiger Prawn
- Sweet Shrimp
- Mantis Shrimp
Animal Crossing Creatures available from 9 AM to 4 PM:
- Giant Isopod
Animal Crossing Sea Creatures Available throughout the day:
- Sea Grapes
- Sea Cucumber
- Sea Star
- Sea Urchin
- Sea Anemone
- Moon Jellyfish
- Sea Slug
- Pearl Oyster
- Turban Shell
- Gigas Giant Clam
- Umbrella Octopus
- Gazami Crab
- Dungeness Crab
- Snow Crab
- Red King Crab
- Acorn Barnacle
- Spider Crab
- Sea Pineapple
- Venus' Flower Basket
After islanders collect several new creatures, they should take them to the Museum's very own Blathers so that he can evaluate the creatures and place them in a safe environment for all of the villagers to enjoy.