Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Get an Axe

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Get an Axe

You'll need an axe to chop down trees in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Here's how to make them.

Axes are an extremely vital tool in Animal Crossing New Horizons. You'll need them to chop trees to get wood, and to break rocks. You won't have an axe when you start out, nor will you have any recipes. Here's how to get your first axe in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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How to Get an Axe

To get an axe in Animal Crossing New Horizons, you'll need to speak to Tom Nook on your second day, and donate fish or bugs to him. He'll give you the recipe for a flimsy axe, which can be used to get wood from trees (more on that here). You'll need the following to build an axe:

How to Upgrade Your Axe

The flimsy axe will only get you so far in Animal Crossing New Horizons. You'll want to get the proper version of the axe, which is capable of cutting down trees (more on that here). To get it, you'll need to purchase the Pretty Good Tools DIY Recipe from the Nook Stop. This will set you back 3000 Miles. Here's what you'll need to make an axe:

  • Flimsy Axe
  • Wood (3)
  • Iron Nugget (1)
Here's what you need | Jake Green/USG

How to Get a Stone Axe

To be able to get materials from rocks, you'll need a Stone Axe. You can get one by purchasing the Pretty Good Tools Recipe from a Nook Stop for 3000 Miles. Here's what you'll need to craft one:

  • Flimsy Axe
  • Wood (3)
Here's where to buy the good tools | Jake Green/USG

If you're looking for more on Animal Crossing New Horizons be sure to check out Caty's review. Elsewhere, there's our look at how cloudsaving works.

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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