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 how to unlock Golden Tools 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.

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.

You can expect the same unlock requirements for Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Once unlocked you will receive a DIY recipe to craft them for use on your virtual island paradise, which will require Gold Nuggets that you may have started collecting while gathering materials.

How To Unlock The Golden Axe In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

To receive the DIY recipe needed to craft the Golden Axe, you will need to destroy 100 axes – whether that be a Flimsy Axe, Stone Axe, or standard Axe. The Flimsy Axe will be the quickest to break, for those wanting to unlock the Golden Axe as quickly as possible.

How To Unlock The Golden Fishing Rod In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The Golden Fishing Rod is unlocked after you collect and log every fish in the Critterpedia, after which you will be sent the Golden Fishing Rod DIY recipe to your NookPhone as a reward.

How To Unlock The Golden Net In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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

How To Unlock The Golden Shovel In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

To receive the DIY recipe for the Golden Shovel, you will need to help Gulliver 30 times when he washes ashore on your beach. You will need to recover five communicator parts so that he can be rescued by his ship, which, in itself, will see you receive a reward from him the next day in the mail.

How To Unlock The Golden Slingshot In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

To unlock the DIY recipe needed to craft the Golden Slingshot, you will need to shoot 300 of the floating balloons that carry presents above your island. This will help you complete the It’s Raining Treasure goal, earning you more Nook Miles in the process.

How To Unlock The Golden Watering Can In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The Golden Watering Can is unlocked when speaking to Isabelle in Resident Services after achieving a perfect 5-Star Rating for your island. This will require that you plant flowers, place decorations and complete work projects to continue to improve your island’s rating.

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.
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