Animal Crossing’s diving update has me hooked all over again

There are so many sea creatures to pluck from the ocean

The ocean is fully open for business in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and if you’re the type of player who genuinely enjoys cataloging every last creature (or you just can’t seem to help yourself) then you’ll want to go for a dip. Today’s update added diving and more than three dozen sea creatures to collect.

To go swimming in the ocean, you’ll need to grab a wetsuit for 3,000 bells from Nook’s Cranny – they’re sold from the cabinet containing saplings, flimsy tools, and starter DIY recipes. After you put it on, you can walk up to the shore, press the A button next to the ocean, and continue pressing A to swim.

The area surrounding the island is larger than I was expecting. It’s also weird seeing the airport and other spots from alternate angles. Diving is a straightforward activity – be on the lookout for bubbles, and press Y when you’re close enough to plunge – but the sea creatures are varied and fun to catalog.

One of the first things I found was a sea slug, which sent me down a Wikipedia rabbit hole to learn more about nudibranchs. Running through the list of critters in July, I have a lot of work ahead of me.

As teased in Nintendo’s promo video for this summer update, our old pal Pascal can show up if you pluck a scallop from the seafloor. You can trade with him to get mermaid-themed furniture items. If you’re wondering about pearls, you can find them underwater like anything else, but they’re rare.

The timing of the diving update couldn’t be better. I recently topped off my fossil collection (after being one away for weeks), I’m near the end of my final home loan, and I was starting to wind down my New Horizons schedule in general. With a whole new tab to fill out in the Critterpedia, I’m hooked all over.

The first time I walked into New Horizons‘ ocean reminded me of just how much I miss the beach.

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