How to Get Pearls in Animal Crossing New Horizons

Diving for pearls is important if looking to get your hands on the rare item needed for many unique DIY crafting.
Diving for pearls is important if looking to get your hands on the rare item needed for many unique DIY crafting. / Photo by Chaz Frazer / DBLTAP

How to get pearls in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is helpful to craft some unique DIY items. So where can you find them? Pearls are a relatively rare item that can be found by diving in water and swimming in the ocean just like other sea creatures. With a recent update that gave characters the ability to swim, exploring the ocean has never become easier.

Finding pearls in Animal Crossing is broken down into two methods. The first is more of a grind and relies on pure luck. Pearls are located at the bottom of the ocean, and simply exploring and coming across one is how to get them. They emit a black shadow at the surface, similar to how other sea creatures are located.

How to Find Pearls in Animal Crossing New Horizons

The second way to get pearls is to locate a scallop. Once you locate one, there is a chance that Pascal will appear and there you can speak with him and exchange the scallop for various goods including mermaid furniture DIY recipes, mermaid clothes or a precius pearl.

With this second method, Pascal does not appear everytime you find a scallop, nor will he offer a pearl during every encounter. Either way simply grinding it out and combining the two methods will be your best bet in securing the rare item.