Chop Down Trees in Animal Crossing New Horizons

Chopping down trees in Animal Crossing New Horizons is one of the mechanics in the game that let you clear out the island a bit to make room for whatever you need. Of course, you can only chop down trees in ACNH once you have the proper tools, and the same goes for pulling out stumps. If you don’t know how to do all this, then our Chop Down Trees in Animal Crossing New Horizons guide is the right place to be.

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Chop Down Tree in Animal Crossing New Horizons
Chop Down Trees in Animal Crossing New Horizons

How to Chop Down Trees in Animal Crossing New Horizons?

To chop down trees in Animal Crossing New Horizons, you have to upgrade your Flimsy Axe or Stone Axe into a proper Axe. To do that, you first have to craft a Flimsy or Stone Axe, which you probably already have by now. Then, you have to grind through the game until you repay your 5,000 Nook Miles loan. After you do, you can purchase the Pretty Good Tools Recipes for another 3,000 Miles at Nook Stop. Now, all you need is another three Wood and one Iron Nugget. Go to a crafting station, and use the Wood, Iron, and Flimsy Axe to craft a real Axe.

Equip your new Axe, and approach the tree that you want to cut down, and press A to start chopping. Remember, after three swings, the tree is going to fall. There’s not much room for error, so be sure that this is the tree you want to chop down. After you chop a tree down, the stump will remain. You can leave that be, because you can sit on stumps, and often find insects on them. However, if you want to pull the stump out for whatever reason, you have to use a shovel to dig it out. Any shovel will work, even a Flimsy Shovel.

Remember, this is not the only way to move trees. You can also dig up whole trees and replant them after getting a Fruit Buff. This is a good way to get Foreign Fruit on your island. So, don’t get too chop-happy; you might have some use for those trees yet, at the very least, for gathering more wood.

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