Many Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have had the fortune of randomly stumbling upon a washed-up seagull by the name of Gulliver on their shores. Waking Gulliver and helping him will get you an exclusive souvenir from the sailor's worldwide travels, so it's well worth the effort to give Gulliver a hand (or a wing).
(For information on Gulliver's counterpart, check out our Pirate Gullivarrr guide.)
It seems that the chance of Gulliver appearing is completely random every single day - in fact, we've even seen him show up in our beaches two days in a row.
However, for those who haven't experienced any of the previous instalments to the series, there may be some confusion around what exactly to do with him. In this guide we'll look at how to wake up Gulliver and how to get Gulliver's exclusive items.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gulliver Guide
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - How To Wake Gulliver
When you try waking Gulliver, he appears to be fast asleep on the beach where has has washed up. But don’t simply give up after a few tries – it takes persistence. Of course, that's what you do with a dozing sailor early in the morning. Keep talking to him and eventually he will wake from his slumber.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - How To Find Gulliver’s Communicator Parts
When Gulliver finally does come around, he will realize his "communicator" is missing some parts (and the screen appears to be fairly busted, too). Alas, you'll be tasked with digging up those parts "in the sand". We wasted quite a few shovels at first thinking he meant every square of sand in his vicinity, but that is not the case.
Instead, you'll simply need to keep an eye out for those frequently re-spawning water spouts on every stretch of sand around your island – which, initially, we assumed were just Manila Clams. Alas! This is actually a telltale sign of something lurking beneath the surface – in this case, Gulliver's five missing communicator parts.
They won't all appear at once, either: it'll take you a few runs along the various beaches surrounding your island in order for all of the spouts to spawn – and not all of them will be communicator parts, as clams will still be spawning, too. Again, persistence is key.
Your first encounter with Gulliver may occur before you have complete access to the island, but should may still able to collect them all – so it doesn't appear that any of the parts will be located on beaches out of reach. Keep searching along the accessible areas!
Finally, once you've collected all of the parts, bring them back to Gulliver. He'll show his gratitude by promising to send a souvenir in the mail – as he has in other games. This should arrive the next day in your mailbox.
If you check the recycling bin in Resident Services the next day, also, you'll find a rusted communicator part - which can eventually be used to craft other things, such as a Robot Hero:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - How to Obtain the Golden Shovel
Once you've assisted Gulliver a total of 30 times, he will present you with the recipe to craft a Golden Shovel via mail the next day. For more information on how to obtain all of the golden tools, check out our guide.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Gulliver’s Souvenirs
The souvenirs appear to be different items from around the world - as they have always been in previous games - and while many are making reappearances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are definitely a few items popping up that we hadn't encountered before. Here's what we've seen so far (stay tuned for an expanded guide to all things souvenirs!):
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|Ancient Administrator Hat|
|Tower of Pisa|
|Statue of Liberty|
Like many other activities on the island, you'll also receive some Nook Miles for your endeavours - a nice little bonus. The first time you help him, you'll receive 300 Nook Miles. After that, there are two more milestones (pun intended), with larger amounts of miles as rewards.
Have you received any other previously-unseen items from Gulliver so far? Let us know in the comments below!
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