In the guide, we will cover the comprehensive steps to unlock every tool in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, ensuring you have the equipment needed to transform your deserted island into a paradise. From the basic fishing rod and net to the essential ladder and vaulting pole, and even the magical wand, each tool’s unlocking process, durability, and crafting materials needed will be detailed, providing a clear path to acquiring them all.


The following are all the different tools that you can use in the game and how you can unlock them.

How To Unlock Watering Can

In order to get a watering can you need to catch at least 4 bugs or fish. Show them to Tom Nook. As a reward, you will get the recipe for Flimsy Watering Can and flowers to plant. The watering can will increase the speed at which the flowers bloom. It can also be used to create new colors for flowers. These colors will not be available at the store.

How To Unlock Fishing Rod And Bug Net

After the tutorial day, you will start your real first day on the island. Get the Nook Phone and then talk to Tom Nook in the Resident Services Tent. Tom will offer a DIY workshop. Accept the offer and bring him 5 wooden branches. You can use these to craft a Flimsy Fishing Rod. This can be used to catch fish. The flimsy version can only catch 10 fish so you will need to make more.

Tom will also give you the recipe for the Flimsy Net. This can be used to catch insects or floating objects. You can even use it to annoy villagers.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tools

How To Unlock Stone And Iron Axes

In order to get an axe you need to get the Flimsy Net and Flimsy Fishing Rod from Tom Nook. When he encourages you to show him bugs or fish, you need to give him at least two examples. He will then reward you with the recipe for the Flimsy Axe. Axes can be used for cutting wood, chipping rocks and cutting down trees.

How To Unlock Slingshot

You need to obtain the recipe from Timmy who will sell it for 300 Bells. You can check out our bell farming guide for more information on how you can get so many bells. The Slingshot cannot be upgraded but it will break after a few uses. You can use it to shoot at presents that are flying past on ballons.

How To Unlock Ladder

To get the ladder you need to progress through the tasks given to you by Tom Nook. Pay off your tent payment and build your home. You will need to build Nook’s Cranny and the bridge. You will also need to build a bridge and furnish three homes for the villagers.

After all that, Tom will give you the ladder recipe so that you can head over to the island’s peak to get some flowers. The ladder will allow you to climb up or down different levels of the island.

How To Unlock Shovel And Vaulting Pole

Entice the museum curator Blathers to join your island. Give Tom Nook 5 bugs or fish and Blathers will call. Speak to Blathers the next day to get the recipe for the Flimsy Shovel. It can be used to dig up buried items. It is also useful for transplanting trees, flowers and striking at rocks.

With the Shovel, you will also get the recipe for the Vaulting Pole. This does not break, like other items. You can use it to cross rivers easily.

Unlocking Golden Tools

Golden Axe

The Golden Axe is the epitome of efficiency and durability in tree-cutting. To unlock this prestigious tool, you must break 100 axes. Once achieved, the recipe for crafting the Golden Axe is revealed, requiring a regular Axe and a Gold Nugget. With the Golden Axe in hand, your tree-cutting endeavors reach new heights, ensuring longevity and effectiveness in every chop.

Golden Shovel

Unlocking the Golden Shovel is a tribute to your dedication in helping Gulliver, the stranded seagull. After assisting Gulliver 30 times, he gifts you the Golden Shovel recipe. Craft it using a regular Shovel and a Gold Nugget. The Golden Shovel stands as a symbol of your commitment to aiding island visitors, offering enhanced durability for all your digging tasks.

Golden Net

The Golden Net is the dream of every bug enthusiast, representing the pinnacle of bug-catching tools. To unlock the Golden Net, embark on the quest to catch every bug in the game. Achieving this monumental task rewards you with the Golden Net recipe. Craft it with a regular Net and a Gold Nugget, and enjoy the ultimate bug-catching experience with enhanced range and durability.

Golden Watering Can

The Golden Watering Can is a testament to your island’s perfect status. Earn a 5-star rating for your island, and Isabelle will gift you the recipe for the Golden Watering Can. Craft it using a regular Watering Can and a Gold Nugget. The Golden Watering Can not only offers superior durability but also the ability to water more plants at once and the chance to grow golden roses.

That is all for our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tools guide. If you are interested in learning more about the game then you can check out our guide on upgrading the Town Hall / Resident Services. For more content be sure to check out our guides hub.