Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Get a Shovel

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Get a Shovel

You'll need a shovel to get going in Animal Crossing New Horizons, though you won't have one at the start of the game. Here's where to get one.

Animal Crossing New Horizons features largely the same tools as in the last game and as such, the shovel is still hugely important. Problem is, you won't have one at the beginning of the game, so you'll want to get one as fast as you can. We'll show you how in this guide.

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How to Get a Shovel

To get your first shovel in Animal Crossing New Horizons you will need to donate 5 fish and/or bugs to Tom Nook. He'll give you a spot to set up for the museum, and once that's there Blathers will give you a recipe for a shovel. This will allow you to craft it whenever you want. You'll need these materials to make a flimsy shovel:

How to Upgrade Your Shovel

To upgrade your shovel you will need to purchase the Pretty Good Tools kit from a Nook Stop. It'll set you back around 2000 Miles, but it's worth it as you'll get a bunch of recipes downloaded straight to your phone. Here's how to make a better shovel.

Shovels are great for a number of reasons, so make sure you craft one as soon as you can. They're used for digging up fossils, planting stuff, and more.

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There's plenty for AC New Horizons content to be found right here on USG. For a look at our official review, head here. For a look at how cloudsaving works, head here.

Jake Green

Senior Guides Writer

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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