How to get Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

All that glitters is gold.

As you play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll craft improved tools with the top tier being Golden Tools. If you’re sick of breaking your tools at inopportune moments, or you simply want to be a little flashy, you can unlock DIY Recipes for Golden Tools. Wondering how to do this exactly? We’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve put together a guide explaining how to get Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to get Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to get Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
In addition to a Gold Nugget, you'll also need to unlock the DIY Recipes for Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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The process of unlocking the DIY Recipes for Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons requires you to put in a bit of time and patience. Similar to unlocking a better Axe than the Flimsy Axe you’re given at the start of the game, you’ll need to unlock the DIY Recipe for a Golden Axe and then gather the necessary materials before you can craft it. Pretty straightforward, right?

While it’ll be cool to get a Golden Axe, it’d be even better to get other Golden Tools. All of the Golden Tools have different steps to acquire their DIY Recipe, so what works for a Golden Axe won’t work for a Golden Shovel, and so on. As expected, Golden Tools also require you to mine Gold from Rocks which is easier said than done given the rarity of Gold.

To get the max materials out of every Rock you mine, be sure to read through our guide explaining the best way to mine Rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. With that out of the way, here’s a summary of what you need to do to get all of the Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

  • Golden Fishing Rod: Catch every Fish in your Critterpedia to unlock the DIY Recipe. Craft with 1 Gold Nugget, 1 Fishing Rod.
  • Golden Net: Catch every Bug in your Critterpedia to unlock the DIY Recipe. Craft with 1 Gold Nugget, 1 Net.
  • Golden Axe: Break 100 Axes to unlock the DIY Recipe. Craft with 1 Gold Nugget, 1 Axe.
  • Golden Watering Can: Achieve a perfect 5-star rating for your island to unlock the DIY Recipe. Craft with 1 Gold Nugget, 1 Watering Can.
  • Golden Shovel: Help Gulliver 30 times to unlock the DIY Recipe. Craft with 1 Gold Nugget, 1 Shovel.

The crafting materials needed for Golden Materials are all the same in that you’ll need one of your tools like an Axe or Shovel, and one Gold Nugget. As noted above, you’ll need to mine Rocks to get these Gold Nuggets. As for the DIY Recipes, different steps are required to unlock them from catching every Fish to helping Gulliver out 30 different times.

It can eat up a decent amount of time to get all of the Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but it’s a worthwhile accomplishment that’ll improve your in-game life considerably.

Now that you know how to get all of the Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, be sure to read through some of our previous guides including how to open Town Hall in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, River Mouth locations in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and how to customize your NookPhone case 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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