There are a whole bunch of new tools available for players to uses in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and some of them are seriously cool. Some can be bought, whilst others will need to be crafted using DIY recipes. And so here’s every tool available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Flimsy axe – Can be crafted with 1x stone and 5x tree branches. Or alternatively, can be bought from Nook’s Cranny for 800 bells
Stone axe – Can be crafted with 1x flimsy axe and 3x wood (the stone axe is good for gathering wood as it won’t fell trees like the standard axe will after three blows.
Standard axe – Can be crafted with 1x flimsy axe, 3x wood, and 1x iron nugget. Or alternatively, can be purchased at Nook’s Cranny for 2,500 bells.
Gold axe – Can be crafted using a recipe obtained after breaking 100 axes. It requires 1x standard axe and 1x gold nugget to craft.
Flimsy shovel – Can be crafted with 5x hardwood or can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 800 bells
Standard shovel – Can be crafted with 1x flimsy shovel and 1x iron nugget
Printed-design shovel – Can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 2,500 bells
Colorful shovel – Can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 2,500 bells
Outdoorsy shovel – Can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 2,500 bells
Gold Shovel – Recipe can be obtained after helping Gulliver 30 times. Requires 1x regular shovel and 1x gold nugget to craft
Flimsy fishing rod – Can be crafted with 5x tree branches or purchased for 400 bells from Nook’s Cranny
Standard fishing rod – Can be crafted with 1x flimsy fishing rod and 1x iron nugget
Fish fishing rod – Can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 2,500 bells
Outdoorsy fishing rod – Can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 2,500 bells
Golden fishing rod – The recipe will be mailed to you once you have caught one of every fish in your Critterpedia. Requires 1x standard fishing rod and 1x gold nugget to craft
Standard slingshot (can be crafted with 5x hardwood or purchased for 900 bells from Nook’s Cranny)
Colorful slingshot (can be purchased for 2,500 bells bells from Nook’s Cranny)
Outdoorsy slingshot (can be purchased for 2,500 bells bells from Nook’s Cranny)
Golden Slingshot (craftable using the DIY Recipe obtained from the 301st Balloon. Requires 1x standard slingshot and 1x gold nugget to craft)
Flimsy watering can (craftable with 5x softwood or bought from Nook’s Cranny for 800 bells)
Standard watering can (craftable with 1x flimsy watering can and 1x iron nugget)
Elephant watering can (Purchasable from Nook’s Cranny after first upgrade for 2,500 bells)
Colorful watering can (Purchasable from Nook’s Cranny after first upgrade for 2,500 bells)
Outdoorsy watering can (Purchasable from Nook’s Cranny after first upgrade for 2,500 bells)
Gold watering can (You will receive the recipe for it after having a perfect 5 star island rating for 15 days. Requires 1x standard watering can and 1x gold nugget to craft)
Flimsy net – Requires 5x tree branches to craft, or can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 400 bells
Standard net – Requires 1x flimsy net and 1x iron nugget to craft
Colorful net – Can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 2,500 bells
Outdoorsy net – Can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 2,500 bells
Star net – Can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 2,500 bells
Gold net – The recipe will be mailed to you once you have caught one of every insect in your Critterpedia. Requires 1x net and 1x gold nugget to craft
If you’re curious about the durability of different tools, why not check out this article.
For all you magpies out there, you may be wanting to know if Gold Roses exist in New Horizons. They do exist, but like the 6 Golden Tools, they take some effort and patience to acquire. So let’s get to it, here’s how to get Gold Roses in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Obtaining The Golden Watering Can
You’ll first need the Golden Watering Can before doing anything else. You can get given the DIY recipe (which recquires one ordinary watering can and one gold nugget) to craft it after you have achieved a 5 star rating for your island.
How To Achieve A Five Star Rating For Your Island
Essentially, you will need to do the following to gain a five star rating:
Plant lots of flowers and make sure you have the right amount of trees
Get rid of any weeds growing on your island
Have the maximum number of residents living on your island (10)
Place a combination of bought and crafted items around your island
Place a load of fences
You can keep checking in with Isabelle who will inform you of your island’s rating, and give you tips on how to improve it. Once you check in with her and she tells you that you have a five star rating, she will give you the DIY recipe for the golden watering can.
Obtaining Black Roses
In order to obtain Black Roses, you will need to cross-breed Red Roses in a mesh-like pattern (more on creating hybrids here). Plant enough Red Roses and you’ll get Black Rose hybrids.
Obtaining Gold Roses
Once you have obtained a few Black Roses, arrange them in the same mesh-like pattern you did in order to create the Black Roses. You will then need to water the Black Roses with your Golden Watering Can. The next day, you may see Gold Rose buds appear between your Black Rose hybrids. If you see any Gold Rose buds appear, they will grow into fully formed Gold Roses the day after that.
Gold Rose Selling Price
Gold Roses sell for 1,000 bells each, which probably isn’t worth the time and effort you put into obtaining them.
In order to see how the different roses should be placed, check out the YouTube video below for a full tutorial.
Although notoriously difficult to acquire, golden tools have appeared in all the mainline Animal Crossing games. If you have been wondering whether they can be obtained in New Horizons, the answer is yes, but it will take time and effort to own them. Here’s how to get all 6 golden tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Rather than receiving an actual golden tool for fulfilling certain requirements, in New Horizons, players will be given recipes to craft them instead. The crafting materials required are one standard version of the tool, and one gold nugget. Gold nuggets can occasionally be obtained by hitting rocks with your shovel. Therefore it might be a good idea to stockpile as many of them as you can.
Additionally, whilst golden tools are more durable than regular tools, they will break eventually. But as you will have already learnt the recipe for the tool, the only difficult part is collecting gold nuggets.
In order to acquire the recipe for the Golden Net, you will need to catch every bug in your Critterpedia. You can kill two birds with one stone (or one bird with many bugs) by donating any new bugs you catch to the museum.
Golden Fishing Rod
You will receive the DIY recipe for the Golden Fishing Rod after completing the fish section of your Critterpedia. However, it will take time to receive this recipe, as the fish you catch will change with the seasons. Therefore, like with bugs, you can use this oppurtunity to donate any new catches to the museum.
In order to get the recipe for the Golden Shovel, you’ll have to help the pesky pun-filled Gulliver 30 times. The seagull sailor randomnly washes ashore from time to time. If you locate the 5 communicator parts necessary to fix his phone so that he can be rescued, he will send you a reward in the mail.
The exact method required to attain the recipe for the Golden Slingshot is currently unknown. In previous games, a player could receive a Golden Slingshot by shooting down a certain number of balloons. Whilst unconfirmed, it is thought that the ‘It’s raining treasure’ Nook Miles achievement for shooting down 300 balloons will earn you the recipe.
Golden Watering Can
To receive the recipe for the Golden Watering Can, you need to achieve a perfect 5-star rating for your island and speak to Isabelle. This involves having a sufficient number of happy residents. Additionally, you will need to improve your island’s appearance by pulling weeds, planting flowers and trees, completing projects etc. You can speak with Isabelle at Residents Services to find out your island’s rating, and to get tips on how to improve it.
In order to obtain the recipe required to craft the Golden Axe, you will need to have destroyed over 100 axes. The destruction of flimsy axes, stone axes, and regular axes all contribute towards acquiring this recipe. Therefore if you’re dead-set on acquiring the golden axe, use flimsy axes where possible, as they are the easiest to break.
Kicks is a skunk character who first appeared in Animal Crossing: City Folk. If seen in the city, he would shine your shoes for 500 bells, which would change them. He then made a reappearance in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Here, he ran a shoe shop which would open after players had spent 8,000 Bells at the Able Sisters, and lived in the town for ten days. You may therefore be wondering whether he will make an appearance on your island. He will, and here’s how to meet Kicks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
When And Where He Appears
The only requirement for Kicks to appear on your island is to have upgraded the Residents Services tent into a building. From then onwards, he can be found in the plaza once a week, where he has his own stall. Like Label, the day of the week that he appears is random. Additionally, it seems that he has no intention of setting up a shop like the Able Sisters. Instead, he can be considered a travelling merchant like Sahara and Daisy-Mae (minus the wandering around).
What He Sells
At his stall players can buy shoes, socks and leggings. These are all clothing items that can also be bought at the Able Sisters store. However, you’ll definitely want to check out his shop whenever you see him in the plaza. This is because he also sells backpacks and bags, which are items that can’t be bought from the other shops.
Choose one of these adorable tunes for your island and watch villagers perform your new town melody.
Most people have probably unlocked the Residents Services building in New Horizons by now. Once you have the building, you can speak to Isabelle in order to change your island tune. Just like town tunes in previous games, you can only create short melodies.
But don’t worry if you are struggling to create an island tune that you are happy with. There are a bunch of awesome Town/Island Tunes that can be found online.
Additionally, there is a website where you can create and share island tunes called NookNet.
However, to save you the trouble of browsing, Here are 25 Great Animal Crossing: New Horizons Island Tunes.
If you enjoyed these creative New Horizons island tunes, why not check out the creative clothing people have been designing in the game here.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf was the first game in the franchise to offer furniture customization. This awesome feature lives on in New Horizons, where clothing customization is also possible. Whilst not available immediately, players will unlock the ability to customize furniture as they progress through the game.
If you wish to jazz up your furniture, but are unsure how, don’t fret, as here’s some guidance on how to customize furniture in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
How To Unlock Furniture Customization
There are a few requirements that players must fulfil before being able to customize furniture. You must complete the museum and invite three new residents to your island, before Tom Nook will invite you to participate in a customization workshop.
The workshop will take place at Residents Services, where you must craft a wardrobe. Tom Nook will give you the recipe required to craft it. The recipe for it requires 12 pieces of wood. Once you have crafted it, you will then be able to customize furniture.
What Is Required In Order To Customize Furniture
In order to customize furniture, you will need a few customization kits, a piece of furniture that you can customize, and access to a workbench.
You will receive 50 Customization Kits from Tom Nook after completing his customization workshop. If you need any more customization kits, you can buy them from either Nook’s Cranny, or if you have not yet unlocked the store, you can buy them from Timmy in the Residents Services tent instead. They cost 600 bells each to purchase.
How To Customize Furniture
Once you have a piece of furniture that you want to customize, and some customization kits in your inevntory, head to a workbench and interact with it. When asked ‘Should I craft comething?’ select the ‘Customize something option’. You can then select the furniture that you wish to customize, and will be taken to the customization screen. Here, you will be able to change the colour of items.
With some types of furniture, such as beds and tables, you will also be able to change the fabric of the item. There are different coloured fabrics for you to choose from. However, you can also customize fabric using your own designs or designs obtained using QR codes. You can learn more about QR codes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons here.
Even the smallest of details and features can make a game considerably better. Before the release of New Horizons, I published two articles (which you can read here, and here) about the amazing attention to detail players could look forward to. Now that the game is here, we can truly appreciate the effort that Nintendo has put into the game.
I’ve covered some of the more obvious elements of the game, but I’ve also noticed some rather neat little things that you might not know. Here are our favourite cool little things that you can do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Hop Over Holes And Small Parts Of Ponds
I don’t know why I found this so exciting. But in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players can hop over holes and the smaller parts of ponds. To do this, you simply press the joystick in the direction of the hole/small area of water that you wish to hop over. ?️
Sell Weeds And Use Them To Craft Items
Weeds are not as much of a pest as they were in previous games. In fact, you can sell them to the Nooklings (which will also earn you Nook Miles) and use them to craft items such as the Leaf umbrella or Hay bed. ?
Tom Nook will give you a recipe for a flower wreath after a few days of gameplay, and this only requires 3x yellow, 3x red and 3x white cosmos to craft. ‘Pretty’ neat huh? ?
Are You Tired Of Tires?
In previous games, any tires you reeled in whilst fishing were worthless and considered trash. However, if you ‘catch’ a tire whilst fishing in New Horizons, you will then get the recipe for the ‘Tire toy’ which requires a tire to craft it. ?
Uproot By Eating Fruit
This might not be such a ‘little’ feature, but it is rather cool and impressive nonetheless. By eating a piece of fruit, you can literally dig up an entire tree, store it in your inventory, and relocate it. ?
Let There Be Light
If you catch a fish, you can display it in a tank in your house. However, if you face the fish tank and press the A button, you can turn on a light in the tank. To turn it off, you simply press A again. ?
Use A Toilet To Rid Yourself Of Any Fruit You’ve Eaten…
Many internet users initially thought that this was a joke. Nope. If you sit on a toilet after eating fruit, it will get rid of your fruit-powered strength. Simply put, you can essentially poop in New Horizons. ?
Darling Leave A Light On For Me…
If you’ve left a light on inside your house, it will be visible from outside which is pretty cool. However, it’s a good job that Tom Nook doesn’t require you to pay utility bills.. ?
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the first mainline game in the franchise to allow character customization from the very start of the game. As well as being able to choose from a variety of skin tones and facial features, you can also choose your character’s hairstyle and hair colour. There are 8 different hairstyles and 8 different hair colours to choose from at the start. However, there are more to obtain as you progress through the game. And so here’s how unlock all available hairstyles and colours in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The 8 Hairstyles And 8 Hair Colours Available At The Start
How To Change Your Hairstyle Or Hair Colour
It is entirely possible to alter your character’s hairstyle and/or hair colour if you fancy a change.
In order to do this, you will need a mirror or vanity. You will eventually get the DIY recipe necessary to craft your own mirror. However, you may get lucky and see a mirror or vanity for sale either from Timmy in the Residents Services centre, or from Nook’s Cranny once you have unlocked it.
Once you have crafted or obtained a mirror or vanity, you should interact with it by pressing the A button. You will then be able to change your character’s hairstyle and colour. You will also be able to change your skin tone and facial features.
After interacting with a mirror or vanity for the first time, you will unlock 6 new hairstyles, bringing you up to 14 hairstyles to choose from.
How To Unlock Top 8 Pop Hairstyles
To unlock the ‘Top 8 Pop Hairstyles’, you will need to head to Residents Services and interact with the Nook Stop terminal. You should then select the ‘Redeem Nook Miles’ option, where you will be able to obtain the ‘Top 8 Pop Hairstyles’ for 2,400 Nook Miles. This will bring you up to 22 hairstyles.
How To Unlock Top 8 Cool Hairstyles
To obtain the ‘Top 8 Cool Hairstyles’, you will again need to interact with the Nook Stop terminal and select the ‘Redeem Nook Miles’ option. You will then be able to redeem the ‘Top 8 Cool Hairstyles’ for 2,400 Nook Miles. This will then mean that you have unlocked all of the 30 available hairstyles.
How to unlock Top 8 Stylish Hair Colours
You probably know the drill by now, but to unlock 8 new hair colours, you will again have to visit that tiresome terminal. Interact with it and select the ‘Redeem Nook Miles’ option. You can than purchase the ‘Top 8 Stylish Hair Colours’ for a slightly steeper price of 3,000 Nook Miles.