How to Get Pearls in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Pearls are used in most every Mermaid DIY recipe. Here's every way to get a Pearl in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The first Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer update is live and has brought a plethora of new underwater creatures with it. Specifically, players can now find Pearls while diving in the water, which can be used to craft Mermaid DIY recipes. If you’d like to craft some of those recipes, you’re going to need a handful of the shiny objects. So, in this guide, we are going to give you a quick rundown on how to get Pearls in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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As with other underwater items, players can get Pearls in Animal Crossing: New Horizons by diving underwater when they see bubbles. Unfortunately, it’s quite rare to come up from the water with a pearl in hand, as there are a handful of different sea creatures that can be caught. However, if you keep diving, you will eventually come across a New Horizons Pearl.

The other option to get Pearls is to trade with Pascal. Every once in a while, when you find a Scallop, Pascal will appear and ask if you’d like to trade. Sometimes he will offer you a Mermaid DIY recipe and other times he will offer you a Pearl! So be sure to keep you extra Scallops on hand so that when Pascal arrives, you’ll have lots of stuff to offer him. 

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If you’ve been away from the game for a while, swimming and diving were added with the July summer update. If you’d like to hop into the water for a swim, you can do so by purchasing a wetsuit for 3,000 Bells. Once you’ve got the suit, you’ll be good to go and can start searching for all of the new underwater creatures. 

There are a total of 18 different Mermaid DIY recipes that players can collect from Pascal, with 14 of them requiring 1-2 Pearls. So, if you’re hoping to make a completely mermaid themed room, you’re going to need to be prepared to do a lot of diving and trading. If you ever need a break, there are a handful of new bugs and fish that came to the game in July that players can catch for the first time, like the cicada shell and the grasshopper.

Check out one of our video guides for the famous title where we take a look at how you can catch sharks: 

If you need more help with capturing the creepy crawlies that roam your island, we’ve got tons of great guides on our homepage that should help get you started. In the list below, you’ll find some of our more recent coverage. 

Now that you know how to get pearls in Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time to begin the hunt. How many do you have so far? Be sure to let us know on our Twitter or Facebook page!

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