How to Get Shovel, Dig Up Trees & Get Nuggets in Animal Crossing New Horizons

Animal Crossing New Horizons Shovel is a key item in the game that you use for a whole bunch of stuff, including digging up and planting trees, as well as getting Iron and Gold Nuggets. The Shovel in ACNH is an incredibly important thing to have, so you’ll want to figure out how to get it and how to use it as soon as you can. And that’s exactly what we’ll show you in our How to Get Shovel, Dig Up Trees & Get Nuggets in Animal Crossing New Horizons guide.

How to Get Shovel, Dig Up Trees & Get Nuggets in Animal Crossing New Horizons
How to Get Shovel, Dig Up Trees & Get Nuggets in Animal Crossing New Horizons

How to Get Shovel in Animal Crossing New Horizons?

To get the shovel in Animal Crossing New Horizons, you have to proceed through the game until Nook stops accepting new creatures from you. After that happens, Nook will tell you that you should set up a camp for Blathers the owl, who wants to explore your island. Once you do that, Blathers will arrive after about two days (which you can skip over with time travel).

From that moment on, you can give new creatures you find to Blathers and get new recipes that way. Among others, you’ll get a recipe for the shovel and the Vaulting Pole, used for jumping over rivers. For the shovel specifically, you’re gonna need five hardwood in order to craft it. Once you have it, there’s a number of stuff that you can do with it, so let’s talk about that, shall we?

How to Dig Up Trees & Get Nuggets in Animal Crossing New Horizons?

To dig up trees and get Iron and Gold Nuggets in Animal Crossing New Horizons, you have to equip it from the inventory and then press A when you’re close to the tree / rock. If you’re close to a tree, you’ll dig it up completely and place it in your inventory, then replant it in a different hole. That way, you can get Foreign Fruit back to your island. Just keep in mind you’ll need a Fruit buff for that.

As for getting Iron and Gold Nuggets, we cover that in our How to Get Gold & Iron Nuggets, Clay & Stone guide. The basic idea goes like this: approach a rock and hit it with the shovel. Make sure to spend all of your fruit buffs before that, so that you don’t break the rock. Each time you hit it, you’ll get some Stone, Iron Nuggets, Gold Nuggets, and other stuff. Eventually, that rock will dry up, and you should move on to the next rock.

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