Animal Crossing: New Horizons — How to help Gulliver

Animal Crossing New Horizons Gulliver Beached
Animal Crossing New Horizons Gulliver Beached (Image credit: iMore)

If you're playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it's a good idea to spend some time every day walking on your island's beaches. You'll find shells you can pick up and sell, ocean-dwelling fish to catch, and maybe even a bottle with a DIY recipe inside. You also might spot the seagull sailor Gulliver lying in the sand.

Walk over and talk to him and he'll spout some gibberish. Don't be discouraged! Just keep talking to him and eventually, he'll wake up and ask you for help. Gulliver's fallen overboard and needs to get his shipmates to rescue him. Unfortunately, his communicator is busted and the parts have been scattered all over your island.

Finding the parts

Animal Crossing New Horizons Communicator Parts

Animal Crossing New Horizons Communicator Parts (Image credit: iMore)

Gulliver needs five communicator parts to be able to signal his crew. To find them, go back to wandering the beach and look out for little spurts of water coming out of the sand near a tiny black shadow. It's the same animation you see when you can dig for a manilla clam, which is used for making fish bait.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Clam

Animal Crossing New Horizons Clam (Image credit: iMore)

Pull out your shovel and dig where you saw the spurt. The animation happens quickly but you don't need to dig while they're still active, just in the area where you spotted it. If you missed where it was, just wait a bit and you'll likely see another one nearby. While Gulliver's quest is active, instead of digging up a clam you'll find a communicator part.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Communicator Part

Animal Crossing New Horizons Communicator Part (Image credit: iMore)

Once you've dug up five of the parts, return to Gulliver who will be wandering the beach where you left him. Talk to him again and give him the communicator parts. He'll then be able to restore his communicator and send word to his crew that he needs a ride. They take their sweet time picking him up though and you'll be able to spot him on the beach for a few hours afterward.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Gulliver Waiting

Animal Crossing New Horizons Gulliver Waiting (Image credit: iMore)

Claim your reward

Gulliver will also promise to send you a reward in a few days, though my first one came the next day. Check your mail for a nice note and a present you can open to reveal your prize. I got a styling pigtail haircut. Gulliver seems to have a perpetual problem staying on his ship so expect to see him again soon.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Gulliver Thanks

Animal Crossing New Horizons Gulliver Thanks (Image credit: iMore)

Gullivarr and other beach dwellers

In the summer 2020 update, Gulliver wasn't the only salty seagull to end up on your beach. You're also likely to run into pirate Gullivarr and you get some booty for helping him out as well. While the recently released 2.0 update doesn't add any new seagulls or features for these birds, it does add another sailing creature, Kapp'n, who will take you on adventures to other islands on his boat. You can find him on your island's pier after you have a three star island.

Happy hunting!

All these happy sea lovers give you so many cool treasures to use on your island. It seems like there's always a new surprise to earn. Get some real life treasures with the adorable Animal Crossing accessories available for your Switch and go to the seas in full gear. Happy hunting!

Samantha Nelson

Samantha Nelson writes about gaming and electronics for iMore, Windows Central and Android Central while also covering nerd culture for publications including IGN and Polygon. She loves superheroes, RPGs, cooking, and spending time outside with her dog. You can follow her on Twitter @samanthanelson1.