Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Get Iron Nuggets

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Get Iron Nuggets

Iron Nuggets are one of the most important resources you can collect in AC New Horizons. Here's how to get it, and some info on the best ways to farm Iron Nuggets.

You'll need Iron Nuggets to craft a number of vital items in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Everything from premium tools to specific furniture items require them in order to be built, and there's a very limited amount on your island at first. You won't really know where to get Iron Nuggets to begin with, so we'll show you exactly where to go.

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Where to Get Iron Nuggets

To get Iron Nuggets in Animal Crossing New Horizons you'll need to hit large rocks with a Stone Axe. You can hit these rocks a number of times, and there's a chance that either Bells, Iron Nuggets, Stones or Clay will be released. There's no guarantee that you'll get an Iron Nugget every time, though this is definitely the best way to get them early on. Try to hit the stones without breaking them. More info on that in this guide.

How to Farm Iron Nuggets

To farm Iron Nuggets in Animal Crossing New Horizons you'll need to make sure you are using a Stone Axe and that you haven't eaten any fruit. This will ensure multiple drops per rock that you hit. On occasion, we managed to get 7 Iron Nuggets per rock in this way. Once you have exhausted your own island, buy a Nook Miles Ticket (more on that here), and head to another island. By doing this each day you can visit as many islands as you want, granted you can afford to. Each island will have some rocks to hit and therefore Iron Nuggets to collect. Something to keep in mind is that once you hit a rock, an invisible timer will star. The rock will only give out items for a certain time, so hit it as fast as you can to get the maximum yield of iron nuggets.

Get Iron Nuggets from rocks | Jake Green/USG

Can You Buy Iron Nuggets?

In the time that we've played, we haven't been able to purchase Iron Nuggets from anywhere in Animal Crossing New Horizons. We'll update this page if anything changes.

Here's what you'll need to craft an axe | Jake Green/USG

Here's a Way to Get Some Iron Nuggets For Free

While building the Nook's Cranny Shop, you'll be asked to collect 30 Iron Nuggets to aid construction. If you speak to your fellow villagers, they'll give you some Iron Nuggets to help you out. Every little helps!.

You'll find rocks scattered around your island | Jake Green/USG

What Are Iron Nuggets Used For

You'll need Iron Nuggets to make premium tools in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Furniture like the black stereo also requires them, and certain construction projects will ask you to gather them. Consequently, make sure you are collecting as many Iron Nuggets as possible each day.

That's all we have on this topic, but for more on Animal Crossing be sure to read our review. Elsewhere, there's our write-up of how cloud-saving will work in the game

Jake Green

Guides Editor

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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