How to Get All the Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Golden tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are the most refined and the highest levels of tools you can use.

There are a total of six golden tools in the game and the process to craft them the same as crafting any other tool in Animal Crossing. Find a DIY recipe, gather the necessary materials, a gold nugget and you're DONE! Sounds easy, doesn't it? The problem is that's the easy part. The hard part is finding the DIY recipe for the golden tools.

Each recipe is earned by completing a certain achievement, and none of them is easy. In fact, a golden tool in Animal Crossing is a testament to your progress and seniority in the game. Their quality is far superior to any other type of tools you can find in the game, a few community members have reported that Golden Tools last as long as 200 uses. Unfortunately, they do eventually break like all other tools.

All the Golden tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  1. Axe
  2. Fishing Rod
  3. Bug Net
  4. Shovel
  5. Slingshot
  6. Watering Can

How to Craft a Golden Axe?

To get the DIY recipe for Golden Axe, you'll need to break 100 axes. The quickest and easiest way to unlock the recipe is by crafting flimsy axes. You'll just need 5 wood branches and 1 stone to craft it and they break pretty easily as well.

Golden Axe
Golden Axe

Golden Axe Ingredients:

  1. Axe x 1
  2. Golden Nugget x 1

How to Craft the Golden Fishing Rod?

The Golden Fishing Rod is one of the toughest tools to craft in the game. In order to get the DIY recipe, you'll need to catch each and every fish in the game. Given that there are about 80 types of fish and some of them can be seasonal, it can take you up to a year to get the recipe for a Golden Fishing Rod.

Golden Fishing Rod
Golden Fishing Rod

Golden Fishing Rod Ingredients:

  1. Fishing Rod x 1
  2. Golden Nugget x 1

How to Craft a Golden Bug Net?

Similar to the Golden Fishing Rod, you'll need to catch each and every bug in the game and complete the bug Critterpedia in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to get the Golden Bug Net. Once again, there are 80 types of bugs and some of them can be seasonal, so getting the recipe for a Golden Bug Net may also take up to a year.

Golden Fishing Rod
Golden Fishing Rod

Golden Bug Net Ingredients:

  1. Bug Net x 1
  2. Golden Nugget x 1

How to Craft the Golden Shovel?

To find the recipe for the Golden Shovel, you will need to help Gulliver, who has been washed up on your shore. Gulliver randomly spawns on the beach of your island and will always be found sleeping. Once you spot him, go over and wake him up. Gulliver seems to be a heavy sleeper so it may take a few tries to wake him, the key is to stay persistent.

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Once he wakes up, he will ask for your assistance in finding 5 Communicator Parts so that he can repair his NookPhone. The Communicator Parts can be often found by digging along the beach.

You will need to complete this schedule of helping Gulliver 30 times before you receive the recipe for the golden shovel. Since Gulliver spawns randomly, it's almost impossible to put a timeframe on how long it will take you to craft a golden shovel. However, it's rumoured that Gulliver spawns on your island once every 10 days, going by that estimate, it'll take you at least 300 days or 10 months to get the Golden Shovel recipe.

Golden Shovel
Golden Shovel

Golden Shovel Ingredients:

  1. Shovel x 1
  2. Golden Nugget x 1

How to Craft a Golden Slingshot?

You'll need to shoot down 300 Balloon Presents, which will spawn a gold-coloured balloon. Shoot it down and you'll find the DIY recipe for the Golden Slingshot inside.

Golden Slingshot
Golden Slingshot

Golden Slingshot Ingredients:

  1. Slingshot x 1
  2. Golden Nugget x 1

How to Craft a Golden Watering Can?

In order to obtain the recipe for Golden Watering Can, you will need to reach the Five Star island rating. In terms of difficulties, I'd put it above the Golden Fishing Rod and the Golden Bug Net, if not along with them.

Based on community forums, the best way to attain a 5-star rating is to ensure that you've built every possible building in the game and decorate your island with trees, flowers, and all sorts of different items. Once you've done it all, talk to Isabelle and have her evaluate your island.

If Isabelle gives your island a 5-star rating, then you'll receive the recipe for the Golden Watering Can. It's essentially an end-game reward since there isn't much left to do once you've built all the buildings.

Golden Watering Can
Golden Watering Can

Golden Watering Can Ingredients:

  1. Watering Can x 1
  2. Golden Nugget x 1

How to Find Golden Nuggets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

You must've noticed that Golden Nuggets are a standard ingredient that you need in order to craft any golden tool in the game. Golden Nuggets are difficult to find, which makes golden tools even more valuable.

Golden Nuggets are buried within the rocks on your island. You'll need to hit and break the rocks to find a Golden Nuggets. The quality of tools may increase the chances of finding Golden Nuggets in the rocks, so a regular axe may nominally increase the chances of finding Golden Nuggets as compared to a flimsy or clay axe.

If you don't want to bust all the rocks on your island or if you've broken all the rocks on your island already, then you can use Nook Miles to visit other deserted islands and farm Golden Nuggets there.

Sarthak Khurana
Tech and gaming enthusiast with a keen interest in stories. Believes that Witcher 3 is the only RPG that comes close to Fable 2, the best RPG ever made!