How to Find Pascal | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This guide shows how to find Pascal in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. To learn where and how to find Pascal, as well as what you can do with Pascal, please read on.

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How to Find Pascal in the Ocean

Swim and Dive in the Ocean to Catch Scallops!

Swimming & DivingEnlarge Dive for Sea Creatures I got a scallop! Pascal in backgroundEnlarge Catch a Scallop

While swimming and catching scallops, you could meet the friendly sea otter, Pascal. Pascal loves scallops and he'll be willing to trade his Mermaid-themed DIY recipes for any scallops you catch!

Appears When You Find a Scallop

Pascal will sometimes appear when you catch a scallop. Generally, he will appear when you find the first scallop of the day, although he sometimes comes on a later catch.

Only Appears Once a Day

Pascal Gives Something You
It seems as though Pascal will only show up to give you a present once per day. Our team attempted finding several scallops on the same day, but could only meet with Pascal once.

Pascal can show up on the second or third time if you don't give him the scallop first

If you answer “No” when Pascal asks you for your scallop, you can get him to show up again on the second or third time finding one that day. This means that you can give your first scallop to the museum before giving the next one to Pascal.

Note: It does seem that there is a degree of RNG in him appearing though.

Pascal Has No Visiting Hours

Unlike regular island visitors, Pascal can appear at any time of the day, even at night, as long as you catch a scallop for exchange.

Things to Do with Pascal

Trade Scallops to Pascal for Various Items

Pascal Gives Something YouEnlarge Trade with Pascal Mermaid Dresser CraftedCraft the DIY Recipe!

After appearing, Pascal will ask you for the Scallop you found. If you agree to trade, he will give you one of his Mermaid DIY recipes or a Mermaid-themed item, so let's collect the needed materials materials and craft the Mermaid series!

Complete the Mermaid Series

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Swim, catch Scallops, and trade with Pascal every chance you get to complete your Mermaid Series Furniture collection!

List of Mermaid Series Furniture & Item Recipes

Trade Scallops for Pearls

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Pearls are required to craft Mermaid items. They can be found on the ocean floor by diving, although they are very rare.

Pascal also offers to give you Pearls in exchange for Scallops.

How to Get Pearls Fast

Items you can receive that aren't DIY

Non-Recipes that can be traded for a scallop
Mermaid Tiara
Mermaid Tiara
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Mermaid Princess Dress
(Light Blue)
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Mermaid Princess Dress
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Mermaid Fish Dress
(Light Blue)
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Mermaid Fish Dress
Mermaid Shoes - Light Blue
Mermaid Shoes
(Light Blue)
Mermaid Shoes - Pink
Mermaid Shoes

As seen above, Pascal will sometimes give you special Mermaid clothes in addition to DIY recipes or Pearls.

How to Fix Pascal Not Showing Up

Make sure you have space in your pocket

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If Pascal isn't showing up, it is likely that your pockets are full. Before going out to look for scallops, empty up some space in your inventory!

How to Increase Inventory Space

Change the Date

It would appear that Pascal will not show up in the same day after giving him a scallop once already. In order to meet him again, you'll either need to wait, or change your date settings.

Time Traveling Guide

Close Your Gates

It seems like Pascal won't appear if your gates are open, so try closing them before diving back in!

How to Use the Airport

Keep Trying

There does seem to be an element of luck to getting Pascal to appear. Sometimes, it has taken several tries to get the otter ti appear, even with all of the above requirements met, so you might have to try keep trying, making sure to empty your inventory when it gets too full.

Update your data

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If Pascal is still not showing up, make sure that you have updated your system to the latest version. From the title screen, you should have Ver. 1.3.0 or higher showing. You won't be able to buy a Wet Suit or dive without this version, meaning you also won't be able to meet Pascal!

How to Update and Update Patch Notes

Who is Pascal the Otter?

First Appearance Animal Crossing: Wild World
Birthday July 19

A Laidback Otter Who Leaves You with Words of Wisdom

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Every time you give a scallop to Pascal, he will leave you with a philosophical line before disappearing into the sea.

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14 Anonymous8 months

>>10 I started off only being able to get Pascal at the back of my island, but for the last two weeks he shows up anywhere after I find my first scallop. They may have fixed this issue with the last update.

13 Anonymous9 months

I have no trouble getting Pascal on my own island, no matter where I swim he turns up after the first scallop, apart from his second visit when he made me find 5 before showing up. However I have not managed to find him or any scallops on mystery islands. Am I just being unlucky, has anyone found either on a mystery island tour?

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