Animal Crossing New Horizons Golden Tools: How To Unlock Them

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Golden Tools Screenshot

With the chance to upgrade your tools with DIY recipes, many have started to wonder about whether Golden Tools are in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Whether that be a Golden Shovel, Golden Fishing Rod, Golden Axe, Golden Watering Can or other tools, these improved and sturdier items have appeared throughout the history of the series.

That would lead us to believe that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be no different, but, at this point in time, it doesn’t appear that anyone has been able to discover exactly how they are unlocked for use on your virtual island paradise.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf the Golden Tools were unlocked through achieving goals such as catching all insects or fish in the game, buying tree saplings from the Gardening Store or maintaining a “Perfect Town” status for 15 days.

We’re working towards completing our Critterpedia, but it’s unclear whether there are similar unlock requirements in the Nintendo Switch outing.

The one question mark that we’ve been left with so far, is that we have received Gold Nuggets while gathering materials. We have no DIY recipes to use these on either, making us wonder whether we will have the chance to unlock Golden Tool DIY recipes as we continue to sink even more time into the game.

We’ll have to wait and see, and we will obviously update this post when more information emerges about how you can unlock Golden Tools in the game.

Update: The Golden Net is unlocked after you collect every bug in the Critterpedia, after which you will be sent the Golden Net DIY recipe to your NookPhone as a reward.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide.

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.