Animal Crossing New Horizons: How To Get Golden Tools
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Animal Crossing New Horizons: How To Get Golden Tools

Nick Farrell
30 March 2020

Animal Crossing New Horizons arrived on the Nintendo Switch March 20th, and with it, came a number of new tools and mechanics.

Tools are some of the most vital components of the Animal Crossing series; it is essentially how you get everything done within your town/village. 

From cutting down trees to fishing for countless hours; you will find yourself using these tools more then you may think.

Of course, you can upgrade these tools at some point during the game; and the final/rarest upgrade is GOLD! 

Let's walk through how to get all your tools golden within Animal Crossing.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons - How To Find Golden Nuggets

Firstly, you'll need to find Golden Nuggets if you want to get Golden Tools.

Golden Nuggets are easy to come by, but you will need some luck. You'll need to eat some fruit and then hit rocks with your shovel to break them.

If you're looking to preserve rocks on your island, you'll want to use Nook Miles to smash rocks on a deserted island – just to be safe.

They are rare, though, so expect to break plenty of rocks.

Golden Axe

To obtain the Golden Axe, you will need to break 100 axes.

It can be Flimsy or normal axes, but obviously the Flimsy axe is far easier to create and break.

Each Flimsy axe costs 5x tree branches and 1x stone.

The branches can easily be obtained by continually shaking a tree

Don't worry about shaking different trees, you can just shake the same one over and over again.

Rocks are going to be far harder to come by, because you have a specific amount of boulders to smack on your island and they don't always drop rocks.

To get more, you can do some time traveling or you can travel to mystery islands and smack rocks there as well.

Once you've broken all 100 axes, you will receive the Golden Axe DIY recipe in the mail.

Recipe: 1x Axe and 1x Gold Nugget


Golden Net

To obtain the Golden Net, you will need to catch every single bug in your Critterpedia!

This is going to be tough because bugs appear during different seasons and times of day.

So, if you want to get it sooner, consider doing some time traveling. Once you've done that, you will receive the Golden Net recipe in the mail!

Recipe: 1x Net and 1x Gold Nugget

Golden Slingshot

We're still not 100% sure on how to achieve this yet, but it's very likely just popping a bunch of different balloons.

These spawn and fly around on your island at random, so you just need to make sure to run around and look for them each day.

In the previous game, you would eventually pop a golden balloon, but we don't know for sure if that's the case in New Horizons.

We will update this post with additional information as soon as we find it!

Recipe: 1x Slingshot and 1x Gold Nugget

Golden Watering Can

To obtain the Golden Watering Can, you need to get your town to a 5-star rating.

This is later in the game once you've upgraded your Resident Services area.

Once you've done that, you can talk to Isabelle and ask her to evaluate your island.

To upgrade your star rating, you will need to place items, flowers, trees, and construct all of the possible buildings.

You can go back and talk to Isabelle to see what people are requesting be added. Once you've gotten the 5-star rating, Isabelle will give you the DIY recipe for the Golden Watering Can. To craft it

Recipe: 1x Watering Can and 1x Gold Nugget


Golden Shovel 

To get the Golden Shovel, you will need to help Gulliver 30 times!

Gulliver will be washed up on shore at random, you will sometimes see him laying on the beach when you start up the game via the start screen.

Once you see him, go over and talk to him and continue to pester him until he wakes up.

He will ask you to find communicator parts, these can be found on the beach in the same spots that clams can be dug up.

Look for a small hole that spits up water! Help him 30 times... and you will obtain the Golden Shovel DIY recipe.

Recipe: 1x Shovel and 1x Gold Nugget

Golden Fishing Rod

To obtain the Golden Fishing Rod, you are going to need to catch every fish in the Critterpedia.

You'll need to be fishing for quite a while, and not only that you will need to go through various seasons and fish at different times of day.

Once you've caught all of the fish, you will receive the DIY recipe for the rod in your mail.

Recipe: 1x Fishing Rod and 1x Gold Nugget