Figuring out how to swim in Returnal is crucial in order to get items in the water. You’re going to be seeing these from relatively early in the game, but finding out how to swim and dive and collect underwater items is a whole different can of worms. As it turns out, you have to unlock a specific ability that lets you go below the water, and we’ll be showing you how to do that in our Returnal How to Swim – Get Items in Water guide.
How to Swim – Dive in Returnal & Collect Underwater Items
To swim and dive in Returnal to collect underwater items, you have to unlock the Hadal Ballasts ability. In order to do that, you have to play through the game all the way until you reach the fifth biome, Fractured Wastes. At the very end of the biome, you’re going to get the aforementioned Ballasts ability. The unlock is basically part of the story, and you get the power automatically. You cannot miss it, which is neat, but you do have to beat a very significant portion of the game to finally obtain the ability.
So, how do you actually dive in Returnal and get items in the water? Well, all you have to do is jump into the pool. Hadal Ballasts will pull you down, and you can walk on the bottom however you please. After you’re finished exploring, simply hop back out and be on your way. There’s nothing to activate or anything like that; the ability is completely passive and works on its own.
So, that’s how you swim and dive in Returnal and get items from under the water. It is technically just safely sinking to the bottom, but it counts. If you want more help with the game, we’ve got a few other guides for you to check out. Namely, we’ve written Grapple Hook – Use Yellow Grapple Points and Datacube Location – Where is the Datacube Processor.