One of the best things about The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is how much it lets you do as Link. While previous Zelda titles mostly limited you to walking around, swinging your sword (Link to the Past somewhat standing apart), Link’s Awakening lets you run, jump, and possibly more importantly: swim. But to use this ability you need to know how it works and where to get the flippers that let you do it. Here’s how to swim and where to get the Flippers in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake for Switch.
Where to Get the Flippers
Yes, although Link is a great adventurer capable of fighting against the strongest enemies in his world, which he’s also saved multiple times through his various lives, he can’t swim on his own. To do it he’ll need a pair of flippers, and there’s no Wal-Mart on Koholint Island where he can get them. Instead he’ll need to get to Angler’s Tunnel, which is actually the fourth dungeon in Link’s Awakening. Follow that guide for how to get in there, but once inside you’ll need to do a few things to actually get the Flippers.
We won’t break down the entire dungeon, but basically you need to keep playing through it until you get to the miniboss. This creature is referred to as Cue Ball, for obvious reasons. Fight him, and you’ll be in position to grab the Flippers. Once defeated head north then pull the lever to open the east door. Race through the door before it closes up, then fight the enemies in the new room and open the chest, and that’s where to get the Flippers in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Now here’s how to swim.
How to Swim
This is the easiest part. The Flippers aren’t like some other items in Link’s Awakening where you have to equip them into one of your valuable item slots. Nope. Instead they are automatic, simply being used or unequipped as Link needs them. So once you have attained the Flippers you no longer have to worry about how to swim, since you’ll do it automatically any time you walk into water deep enough to require it. Once in the water you can press B to dive under, possibly grabbing items hidden in the depths. You can also press A to swim faster, either avoiding enemies or just rushing through treacherous waters.
And that’s all you need to know about how to swim and where to get the Flippers in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake for Switch.