How to get more Iron from Rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Increase the amount of Iron you harvest from Rocks by performing this simple trick in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

A common question that Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have is how to get more Iron from Rocks. The reason for this stems from the Shop that Timmy wants you to build. In addition to needing 30 of every type of Wood, he also needs 30 Iron Nuggets. To help you out with a neat little trick, we’ve put together a guide explaining how to get more Iron from Rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

How to get more Iron from Rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to get more iron from rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Use this trick to get more Iron from Rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!
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  • Have your strength at 0 (don’t eat anything).
  • Find a Rock that hasn’t been mined for the day.
  • With your Shovel, dig holes behind you to prevent you from bouncing back.
  • Use your Shovel and dig at the Rock around 8 times.
  • Some Rocks will yield Bells, others Rocks and Clay, and the best Rocks will drop lots and lots of Iron!

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, one of the harder materials to get your hands on is Iron. To get Iron, you’ll need to interact with Rocks scattered around your island, or the islands of others, every day. By interacting with them the standard way – hitting them with your Axe a couple of times – you’ll only get 1-2 Iron on average if you get any Iron at all.

It can take forever to get the 30 Iron needed to build a Shop for Timmy this way, but fortunately, there’s a neat trick that’ll help you get more Iron. To perform the trick, you need to be at 0 strength, meaning don’t chow down on any cherries until you’re done mining Rocks. With your strength at 0, find a Rock that hasn’t been mined.

How to get more Iron from Rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
If you're having trouble, two more holes either side will reduce your output but ensure you can't move.
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Hold your Shovel and dig holes behind you to prevent you from bouncing back. With your holes dug, dig at the Rock with your Shovel approximately 8 times to knock more resources loose than normal. Note that the materials you get are randomized. You can either get Rocks, Clay, Bells, or Iron by doing this.

When you strike it rich with an Iron haul, you’ll be able to get more Iron on average this way than you would the normal way. Keeping this method in mind, you should be able to get the 30 Iron for Timmy in no time!

Now that you know how to get more Iron from Rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we have a few other guides for you that we think you’ll like including how to get the Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, how to get Bells quickly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and how to get a Ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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