"Animal Crossing: New Horizons" - Golden Tools Guide

Updated on April 7, 2020
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Golden Tools Guide
Golden Tools Guide

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a life simulation game made by Nintendo, available on the Nintendo Store. It is widely popular as the relaxed atmosphere and open-ended style of gameplay allows players to play the game as they enjoy. This version of Animal Crossing includes new features such as crafting, landscaping, pole-vaulting and customisation!

In the game, use of tools results in the tools breaking. Low-tier (flimsy) crafted tools break quicker than high-tier tools, golden tools are the highest tier and while they are sturdy they still break eventually. As a result, it is a good idea to save all of the golden nuggets that you find from hitting rocks with a shovel or axe.

This guide will show you what materials you need to craft each golden tool, and what you need to achieve in-game to unlock the ability to craft each golden tool.

The Golden Fishing Rod
The Golden Fishing Rod

Golden Fishing Rod

To unlock the golden fishing rod you need to have caught every fish in the game at least once. This sounds like a tricky feat, especially since some fish only spawn in certain months. The key here is to make good friends with people in a different hemisphere and visit them often, this way you can catch fish from the northern and southern hemisphere regardless of which month it is!

To craft the golden fishing rod you will need:

  • Fishing Rod
  • 1 Golden Nugget

The Golden Net
The Golden Net

Golden Net

To unlock the golden net you need to have caught every bug in the game at least once. This, once again, sounds difficult since some bugs only spawn in certain months. The key here is to make good friends with people in a different hemisphere and visit them often, this way you can catch bugs from the northern and southern hemisphere regardless of which month it is!

To craft the golden net you will need:

  • Net
  • 1 Golden Nugget

The Golden Axe
The Golden Axe

Golden Axe

To unlock the golden axe you need to have broken 100 axes. This sounds like it might take a lot of time, but if you use a flimsy axe and regularly chop all of the trees on your island, and other islands using a Nook Miles Ticket, you can achieve this quite quickly.

To craft the golden axe you will need:

  • Axe
  • 1 Golden Nugget

The Golden Shovel
The Golden Shovel

Golden Shovel

To unlock the golden axe you need to have helped Gulliver 30 times. Gulliver is a seagull character who washes up on your beach occasionally. When he does you must talk to him repeatedly to wake him up. When he wakes he will ask you to find 5 parts of his communicator. To find them you need to walk along the beaches of your island until you see a small spot that spurts water out of it, if you use your shovel to dig it up, you will either get a Manila clam or a communicator part. When you have 5 communicator parts, you can talk to Gulliver again to return them, he will be delighted and call for a rescue, he will be gone the next day.

To craft the golden shovel you will need:

  • Shovel
  • 1 Golden Nugget

The Golden Watering Can
The Golden Watering Can

Golden Watering Can

To unlock the golden watering can, you need to get your island rating to 5 stars! With the golden watering can you will be able to grow golden roses! After playing for a few days, the resident services will be upgraded and you will be able to talk to Isabelle. You can check the rating of your island by asking Isabelle. It can be quite easy to get your island to 4 stars by planting flowers and placing furniture at points on your island. To get to 5 stars there are some specific things you have to do:

  • Get the maximum number of villagers living on your island
  • Plant a certain number of trees (this includes fruit trees)
  • Add fences to areas around the island
  • Get rid of all of the trash and weeds on your island
  • Place furniture evenly across your island (don't dump it all in one place)
  • Plant a certain amount of flowers
  • Increase the number of shops on your island (this should happen through regular gameplay) and make sure you upgrade them

To craft the golden watering can you will need:

  • Watering Can
  • 1 Golden Nugget

The Golden Slingshot
The Golden Slingshot

Golden Slingshot

To get the golden slingshot stand on the beach when you shoot down your 300th balloon (you can keep a track of how many balloons you have shot down using the Nook Miles achievement). The next regular balloon spawn will be a golden balloon containing the recipe for the golden slingshot. Balloons spawn over the ocean before your island when the time is either XX:X4 or XX:X9 on the game clock.

To craft the golden slingshot you will need:

  • Slingshot
  • 1 Golden Nugget

Which of the golden tools do you think will be the most useful?

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Thanks for Reading!

Thank you for reading this guide, it will be kept up-to-date with information as soon as it is discovered. If you have any hints or tips, please do comment with them below. Or feel free to ask a question in Q&A!

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Switch - (UK VERSION)
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This game is some of the most fun that I have had in a while and is an excellent escape for anyone who just needs a mind-break every so often.
 

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