Animal Crossing: New Horizons already has a lot of different ways to celebrate summer: collecting special shells, diving in the ocean, and sweet new gear. But as always, New Horizons players are always seeking out new ways to make their own fun, whether that’s creating elaborate diving spots or setting up clever pool designs.
New Horizons does have pools already, but they’re very small — more like kiddie pools or hot tubs. But players have found new ways to set up community pool areas for large, in-ground swimming spots using custom floor tiles and other items. Using custom floor patterns designed to look like water — shimmering pool water — and tiles, these pools are cleverly created. Oftentimes, players have intricate patterns to create a dynamic water look — with shadows around the edge of the pool and wave splashes pushing around beach balls.
Some players use the New Horizons item, “pool,” to create a hot tub area that overlooks the rest of the space. Beach balls, slides, and floaties perfectly placed in the water add to that dimension. The best part, however, is how villagers can interact with the items in the pool — say, floating on an inner tube.
Castaways new pool area #ACNH #AnimalCrossing pic.twitter.com/loVdTresjH— chlo (@acnh_chlo) July 18, 2020
i made a pool area too! #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/V8fbkUSc5S— eli (@littlewitcheli) July 20, 2020
Swimming pool to ocean diving#acnh #ACNHDesign #animalcrossing #santorini #halcyonisland #iggycreates pic.twitter.com/f1yLWnOLQ8— Miguel Deleon (@iggydeleon) July 17, 2020
Was able to get this capture on my loading screen! Judy chillin in my pool! #AnimalCrossing #ACNH pic.twitter.com/GdSywVbxRv— Danielle (@DanielleMLK) July 19, 2020
Finished my community swimming pool area. #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/FKpfe0H3gQ— Diablito (@EL_DIABL1TO) July 17, 2020
Customize your own pool with this "Water Pattern" by @star_sharks https://t.co/632m14jhBy#summer #acnh #acnhdesigns #acnhpatterns #acnhcodes #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons #どうぶつの森 #animalcrossing— AC Pattern Gallery (@ACpatterngal) June 9, 2020
Other players are taking a more natural approach to the pool, using the game’s actual water to create different structures. Set up correctly, and you’ve got yourself an infinity pool you can actually dive into.
Dreaming of an infinity pool in this summer heat #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/QJDFZAfQTB— Cin (@MayariCin) July 16, 2020
infinity pool at night - #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/vuBiHMCNsh— Davinator_switchclips (@DSwitchclips) July 19, 2020
my villager: chillin by my infinity pool in my Gucci swimsuit— taina (@tainafromtefiti) July 17, 2020
me: on the couch in a target t-shirt and one piece slippers
can you tell I live through her?#animalcrossing #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons #AnimalCrossingDesigns #acnh #newhorizons #animalcrossingcommunity pic.twitter.com/aX6eI5w21O