Animal Crossing New Horizons Tools List & Guide - How To Get Golden Tools, Axe, Shovel, Fishing Rod & More

Tools are one of the essential components in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. With these tools, game player can get resources and customize their islands. For new beginners, how to get these tools in Animal Crossing New Horizons is the first problem to step on the island. For the players who have played before, how to get more durable golden tools in ACNH is also a problem to be studied. Here I will share you an Animal Crossing New Horizons tools recipe list, covering the required materials, how to get different tools in Animal Crossing New Horizons & how to unlock golden tools and how to use them. 

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Tools List 

  • Axe

  • Fishing Rod

  • Net

  • Watering Can 

  • Slingshot

  • Shovel

  • Golden Tools

  • Ladder

  • Vaulting Pole 

Tips: Most tools in Animal Crossing New Horizons can be bought from Timmy or Tommy, or be created through DIY crafting, using materials you can gather around the island. Unlike other Animal Crossing games, most tools will be broken after a certain amount of uses. Almost every tool has a different purpose and is used for specific tasks.


How To Get Tools In Animal Crossing New Horizons

Axe:

The Axe can be used to chop down trees on your island, both for materials and for landscaping. Chopping down a tree will leave a stump behind that can be dug up, so you will need both an Axe and a Shovel if you want to get rid of a tree. 


Flimsy Axe 

Required material: Tree branch × 5, stone × 1

How to get Flimsy Axe DIY recipe: At the beginning of the game, you can get 2 different creatures from Tom Nook or you can purchase from Timmy.


Stone Axe

Required material: Flimsy axe × 1, wood × 3

How to get Stone Axe DIY recipe: After Nook Miles exchange service opened, you can spend 3000 Nook Miles Tickets to purchase and then it can be used normally!


Axe

Required material: Flimsy axe × 1, wood × 3, Iron Nugget × 1

How to get Axe DIY recipe: After Nook Miles exchange service opened, you can spend 3000 Nook Miles Tickets to purchase and then it can be used normally!


Shovel:

You can use shovel tool to dig up fossils, gyroids, plants and pitfall seeds. It can also be used to dig up stumps and bury other items in the ground (such as fruit to grow a new tree).


Flimsy Shovel

Required material: Hardwood × 5

How to get Flimsy Shovel DIY recipe: At the beginning of the game, after giving five different creatures to Tom Nook. Blathers will come to the island the next day and talk to him you will get the shovel.


Shovel

Required material: Flimsy shovel × 1, Iron Nugget × 1

How to get Shovel DIY recipe: After Nook Miles exchange service opened, spend 3000 Nook Miles to purchase and then it can be used normally.


Slingshot:

The Slingshot can be used to shoot down the mysterious gifts that float up in the sky. Carry it to shoot down the balloons and you can claim the present for yourself.

Slingshot

Slingshot

Required material: Hardwood × 5

How to get Slingshot DIY recipe: Purchase Slingshot DIY recipe from Timmy with 300 AC Bells. 


Fishing Rod:

The Fishing Rod can be the most useful tools in ACNH as it allows you catch fish from rivers, ponds and the sea.


Flimsy Fishing Rod

Required material: Tree branch × 5

How to get Flimsy Fishing Rod DIY recipe: At the beginning of the game, get it from Tom Nook’s DIY task.


Fishing Rod

Required material: Flimsy fishing rod × 1, Iron Nugget × 1

How to get Flimsy Fishing Rod DIY recipe: After Nook Miles exchange service opened, spend 3000 Nook Miles to purchase and then it can be used normally.


Net:

The net will help you catch bugs and can also be sold to earn Animal Crossing bells.


Flimsy Net

Required material: Tree Branch × 5

How to get Flimsy Net DIY recipe: Get from Tom Nook’s DIY task or finish the first campfire event. 


Net

Required material: Iron Nugget × 1, flimsy net × 1

How to get Net DIY recipe: After Nook Miles exchange service opened, spend 3000 Nook Miles to purchase and then it can be used normally.


Watering Can:

The Watering Can is used to water flowers in your town and keep them healthy. Withered flowers can be revived by watering them. Watering flowers will also help with cross-pollination, which is vital to getting the best Island rating. 

water can

Flimsy Watering Can

Required material: Softwood × 5

How to get Flimsy Watering Can DIY recipe: You can purchase from Timmy.


Watering Can

Required material: Flimsy watering can × 1, Iron Nugget × 1

How to get Watering Can DIY recipe: After Nook Miles exchange service opened, spend 3000 Nook Miles to purchase and then it can be used normally.


Vaulting Pole:

Required material: Softwood × 5

How to get Vaulting Pole DIY recipe: Talk to Blather appering in his tent. He will give you DIY recipe for Vaulting Pole. With Vaulting Pole created, you can easily cross the river in the game. 

vaulting pole tool getting


Ladder:

Required material: Wood × 5, softwood × 5, hardwood × 5

How to get Ladder DIY recipe: In the task of building a house for the three residents, after placing the house design drawing of the second villager, Tom Nook will send the DIY recipe for ladder to the player and with the ladder created you can go up cliffs. Check out our full ACNH ladder unlocking guide here


How To Get Golden Tools In Animal Crossing New Horizons 

When you first begin New Horizons, you will start off with bunch of flimsy tools that break after a couple of uses. After progressing through the game you get access to some hardier weapons. But the final upgrade that we’re working towards is for those Golden Tools. Check out all the golden tools in Animal Crossing New Horizons and learn how to get the golden tools recipe. 


Golden Axe 

Required material: Gold Nugget × 1, axe × 1

How to get Golden Axe DIY recipe: Get it after you break 100 axes. Just keep crafting and breaking Flimsy Axes. 


Golden Shovel

Required material: Gold Nugget × 1, shovel × 1

How to get Golden Shovel DIY recipe: After helping Gulliver 30 times, he’ll reward you with the recipe for the Golden Shovel ACNH the next day.


Golden Fishing Rod

Required material: Gold Nugget × 1, fishing rod × 1

How to get Golden Fishing Rod DIY recipe: You’ll need to complete the fish section of your Critterpedia by catching every single fish available and then you’ll get the golden fishing rod the next day from the letter.


Golden Net

Required material: Gold Nugget x 1, net x 1 

How to get Golden Net DIY recipe: You’ll need to complete the bugs section of your Critterpedia by catching every single bugs available and then you’ll get the golden net the next day from the letter.


Golden Water Can

Required material: Gold Nugget x 1, watering can x 1

How to get Golden Water Can DIY recipe: Get your Island to the highest evaluation 5-stars. Once you do you should get the Golden Watering Can DIY recipe. 


Golden Slingshot

Required material: Gold Nugget x 1, Slingshot x 1

How to get Golden Slingshot DIY recipe: Shoot down 300 balloons and you can obtain it. 


Animal Crossing New Horizons Tools Tips You Should Know 

1. Vaulting pole and ladder are tools that won't be damaged. Just make one.

2. After acquiring the flimsy tools, the DIY recipes of these simple tools will be sold in the grocery store, and can be given to players who have not yet owned these recipes.

3. All the ACNH flimsy tools except vaulting pole and ladder can be bought at the grocery store with bells, but the price performance is certainly not as good as that made by hand.

4. You can directly spend 80,000 bell to buy 100 Flimsy axes, and then continuously cut trees for breaking axes to get the golden axe recipe ACNH.

5. It may take two months for the golden shovel to trigger 30 rescue tasks for Gulliver. You can complete the task ahead of time and get the DIY recipe by time traveling. However, this method is not recommended here. Time travel will lead to plant wilting, fruit and turnips rotting, residents leaving the island, weeds and other negative effects. It is also possible to miss the seasonal activities. You need to be careful when using time travel.

6. Although Animal Crossing New Horizons golden tools are very durable, they are not completely undamaged. Because making golden tools requires 1 Gold Nugget, and the acquisition of Gold Nugget is also very difficult.

7. For each material, the island will provide DIY manufacturing platform so that players can continue to use tools. However, when there are damaged props on the material island and there is no material to make, you can buy flimsy tools by spending a small number of Nook Miles. and simple tools can be upgraded with Iron Nugget.


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