Paldea in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is a large open island having lakes and mountains. Traveling without the right equipment is quite difficult. Luckily, you can unlock the swim and surf ability allowing you to move faster.
You cannot simply get the Swim ability rather you have to finish the Path of Legends questline and defeat the Bombirdier: the Open Sky Titan.
In this guide, we will discuss how to defeat Open Sky Titan and unlock the Swim or surf ability in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
How to Unlock Swimming in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Swimming is unlocked when you defeat the Open Sky Titan known as Bombirdier. He is a level 19 Boss with Flying and Dark-type powers.
You can find Bombirdier at the top of a mountain in the West Province (Area One) of Paldea. To reach there dodge the falling boulders.
How to Prepare for Bombirdier, the Open Sky Titan
To prepare for this mission make sure that you have reached level 19 or above. It is best if you use Rock, Fairy, or Electric-type Pokemon. Equipping with Evolved Naclstack Pokémon is also a good option as he can use Mud Shot, Headbutt, and Salt Cure abilities.
Healing potion is also essential for this fight as one hit of Titan can give you 70 damage. You can use Lemonade which is a healing item that boosts up to 70 HP. Buy this healing item from a shop in Cortondo East via Vending Machine at the cost of 350 Poke dollars.
How to Defeat Bombirdier, the Open Sky Titan
You can find Bombirdier Titan in West Province (Area One).
The Bombirdier Titan fight has two phases. In the first phase, you need to reduce its HP to about 1/10. At this point, Bombirdier will retreat to its lair and eat Herba Mystica to power itself up.
In the second phase, faint the Titan using the Electric or Rock, fairy, or salt cure abilities.
Once you defeat the Titan, a cutscene will play where Arven finds Herba Mystica. and gave it to Koraidon/Miriadan to unlock its swim ability.
Activate the Swim ability by pressing the B button when you jump into the water. Use this ability to cross the river in eastern Paldea.