If you've ever tried to make a relaxing little summer outdoor area in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you've likely experienced the pain of setting up an outdoor pool but not actually being able to sit in it. Despite looking cool and refreshing, pools thus far have only been for looking, not for sitting or swimming.
— LightningLazuli (@LightningLazuli) May 14, 2021
A glitch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that has been gaining popularity lately allows players to clip into things they normally shouldn't be able to clip into. Most notably, this includes pools and rivers. Now, many players are using it to do fun activities like host pool parties or go for a swim in the game's rivers.
Normally, it's possible to go swimming in the game without glitching anything by purchasing a wetsuit, but this only works in the oceans, and not in rivers or pools. But the glitch isn't just limited to water-based objects.
Players are also using it to sit in places they normally couldn't, such as gaps in large items like the big stuffed bears and the teacup ride:
— TOPH「」 (@TophGames) May 14, 2021
It also works with rocket ships and rocking horses, and the cotton candy machine. It's popular enough that one Reddit thread with over 1,700 upvotes has users begging Nintendo to let the glitch stick around so players can keep having fun.
Part of this glitch's popularity is connected to how simple it is to do. It only requires an unfinished puzzle item to clip into whatever you want to glitch.
— Wilbo (@Wilbos_World) May 12, 2021
Of course, if you want to go for a dip in the pool, do so at your own risk as things can get a little weird:
— Abbie (@kohaku_crossing) May 13, 2021
But do know that if you ever get stuck you can call up the rescue service to get yourself unstuck, or just restart the game to be put back at your house.
Another component of the glitch's popularity may be that there's been very little "new" in New Horizons lately. Though a May Day event just wrapped up, it was relatively similar to last year's, and there doesn't seem to be much coming beyond some more repeat events.
Everyone's hoping we'll eventually see big updates like the addition of Brewster from New Leaf, but Nintendo has yet to confirm the much-rumored and requested coffee shop for New Horizons.