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Animal Crossing New Horizons Golden Tools

Golden tools can help you build the island of your dreams. To unlock them, you will need to meet specific requirements in Animal Crossing New Horizons. After completing various different tasks, you will unlock the DIY recipe for each Golden Tool. Our Animal Crossing New Horizons Golden Tools guide explains what you need to do in order to unlock each specific tool recipe.

To learn what materials you need for each recipe, check out our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gold Nugget Recipes guide.

How to Get Golden Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There are six different golden tools you can unlock, including the Axe, Fishing Rod, Net, Slingshot, Shovel, and Watering Can. Each tool requires players to meet hidden requirements throughout the game, and we’ll explain what you need to do for each of them.

How to Get The Golden Axe

To unlock the Golden Axe, you must break 100 total different axes. To do this efficiently you should use the Flimsy Axe and break it over and over again on Trees near your Resident Services location. Materials needed to craft the Golden Axe:

  • 1 Axe
  • 1 Golden Nugget

How to Get The Golden Fishing Rod

To unlock the Golden Fishing Rod you will need to catch every different type of fish in the Critterpedia. Once you do this, the DIY recipe for the Golden Fishing Rod will unlock. Materials needed to craft the Golden Fishing Rod:

  • 1 Fishing Rod
  • 1 Golden Nugget

How to Get The Golden Net

To unlock the Golden Net you will need to catch every different type of insect in the Critterpedia. Once that is complete you will unlock the DIY recipe for the Golden Net. The materials you need for Golden Net crafting are:

  • 1 Net
  • 1 Golden Nugget

How to Get The Golden Shovel

You will need to help Gulliver a total of 30 times to unlock the Golden Shovel. You can find him on the beach and will need to go rescue him. After you complete this you’ll unlock the DIY recipe for the Golden Shovel. The materials you need to craft it are:

  • 1 Shovel
  • 1 Golden Nugget

How to Get The Golden Watering Can

The Golden Watering Can unlocks after you have your Resident Services upgraded to the maximum level. After it is fully upgraded, speak with Isabelle to evaluate the island. This will unlock the Golden Watering Can if your island gets five stars. The materials needed to craft this are:

  • 1 Can
  • 1 Golden Nugget

How to Get The Golden Slingshot

To unlock the Golden Slingshot, you will need to shoot down 15 presents in the sky with your regular Slingshot. After that, the 16th Slingshot will be Golden and you will unlock the DIY Golden Slingshot recipe. The required materials to craft it are as follows:

  • 1 Golden Nugget
  • 1 Slingshot
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