Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to get iron nuggets

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Animal Crossing New Horizons. The player is looking down at an Iron Nugget on the ground. There is a thought bubble above the players' head that says Iron Nugget.
December 30, 2022: Updated the article

To make the most out of life in your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you will need to craft certain tools or pieces of furniture. To do this, you will need to collect various materials that can be found across your island.


However, it can be a bit confusing to find these materials if you don't know how. This is why we're going to show you how to get Iron Nuggets, one of the materials you will need in many DIY projects.

If you're looking for more Animal Crossing content, then check out some of our other guides such as our guides to making a golden shovel, getting a golden slingshot, and where to find gold nuggets.

Animal Crossing New Horizons - how to get iron nuggets

Iron Nuggets can be found by hitting rocks with your a Shovel or an Axe. If you hit a rock repeatedly without stopping, you may be able to get multiple resources out of it. However, if you have eaten a piece of fruit and hit a rock with one of these tools then the rock will shatter. You may get only get one resource from the rock if you do this. Another rock will appear on your island in a few days to replace the one you destroyed.


These rocks are not restricted to your own island, you can use a Nook Miles ticket to visit an island and hit the rocks there. Also, you can visit an island with Kapp'n or you can go to a friend's Island and repeat the rock-hitting steps there.

What Are Iron Nuggets Used For?

Iron Nuggets are a common material/resource that you need to have if you want to craft various objects, tools or furniture pieces for your island. There are many DIY recipes for tools that need iron nuggets to. Collecting a lot of Iron Nuggets, even if you don't need them in that moment, is advisable as their spawn rate can vary from day to day.

Collecting materials and resources is a small part of the day-to-day activities that you can do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you want to get the most out of life on your island then you should take a look at some of our other guides. We have one on how to get and use glowing moss and vines. Also, we have a guide that shows you how to find and meet Resetti.