Animal Crossing: New Horizons – How to get gold nuggets and craft near unbreakable Golden tools

By Lauren Aitken, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:29 GMT

Most tools you craft in Animal Crossing have a set shelf life, but if you manage to find a gold nugget, you’ll be able to craft near unbreakable Golden tools that you can use to your heart’s content.

Let’s get one thing straight: gold nuggets are pretty rare in Animal Crossing, so don’t expect to find them in abundance. If you find one early on, store it away in your house for a later date. You can sell these nuggets for around 10,000 Bells if you so wish, but if you hold on to it, you can use it to create incredibly durable tools.

These golden tools will eventually break, but they’re as close to unbreakable as you can get – like finally getting a diamond pickaxe in Minecraft. In this guide, we’ll take a look at how to get said nuggets, as well as the steps needed to create unbreakable Golden tools.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – How to get gold nuggets

Your best chance of finding a gold nugget is by eating some fruit and destroying a rock before you hit it. While this means you sacrifice other items – iron nuggets, stone or clay – there’s a good chance you’ll get your hands on a gold nugget.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – How to craft near unbreakable Golden tools

After finding a gold nugget, there are a few other steps you’ll need to go through to get specific items, such as the Golden Axe.

To get the Golden Axe you’ll need to break 100 regular or flimsy axes. Build a bunch of them and hit every tree and rock you can find until you break 100. You can track how many you’ve previously crafted in your Nook Miles Achievement record from your phone.

Eventually, your character will come up with the recipe for a Golden Axe. You’ll need a gold nugget and a regular axe in order to craft it.

To get gold versions of other tools, it’s a bit more time consuming and difficult. Basically, you’ll need to fill up your museum by:

  • Golden fishing rod: Catch all the fish
  • Golden bug net: Catch 80 bugs
  • Golden watering can: Earn a five-star island rating
  • Golden shovel: Help Gulliver 30 times

It’s not clear whether there will be a golden version of the slingshot yet, but you can assume it’ll involve popping a lot of balloons. You can check out this video from our pals at Arekkz Gaming for more info and tips.

If you’re just getting started with Animal Crossing, you can check out our guides on how Nook Miles and Nook Miles Tickets work, how to earn lots of bells fast, how to climb up ledges by crafting a ladder, how to get all of the shops, move buildings and more and increase your inventory space.

We’ve also got detailed guides on how to sell turnips to play the stock market, how to get iron nuggets, clay, stone and wood and how to earn thousands of bells from catching creepy tarantulas.

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