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Axes are a type of tool in the Animal Crossing series. Axes have been present in all of the games since the original Animal Forest. They are used to chop down trees or hit objects. New Horizons has a unique axe system that differs from prior installments.

Usage

Axes are primarily used to cut down trees in the player's town and are the only method of removing them. The axe can be swung at a tree, which will fall after three strikes. Striking a tree can cause any object on the tree to fall, including fruit and beehives. The removal of a tree results in a stump which must be dug out using a shovel. It can also be used as a substitute for the shovel to hit rocks to find insects, Bells and ore at a faster rate.

Axes used in any game after Dōbutsu no Mori have a limited number of uses before shattering, whereas before in Animal Forest axes were indestructible like any other tool. As an axe degrades, cracks start to appear and become increasingly larger before then breaking.

Obtaining

In Animal Forest

In Animal Forest, there is only one axe available.

Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Durability
Axe Tom Nook's Store 400 Bells 100 Bells Unbreakable

In Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+

In Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+, the golden axe was introduced to the series and can be obtained by completing a task.

Image Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Durability
Axe ac Axe Tom Nook's Store 400 Bells 100 Bells 23 times (AF+/AC)
28 times (AFe+)
Goldaxe ac Gold Axe Farley at the Wishing Well
Have a Perfect Town for 14 days straight.
- - Unbreakable

In Wild World

In Wild World, the golden axe can be obtained by completing a task known as a trading event and is the final object that is traded for.

Image Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Durability
Axe Axe Tom Nook's Store 400 Bells 100 Bells 32 times
Golden Axe Gold Axe Golden Axe Trading Event - - Unbreakable

In City Folk

In City Folk, the silver axe was introduced to the series. It can be obtained in the same way as the golden axe, by completing a task which may result in being given either of the two rare axes, a regular axe or no axe at all.

Image Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Durability
Axe Axe Tom Nook's Store 400 Bells 100 Bells 37 times
Axe silver Silver Axe Serena
Throw an axe into the town fountain (obtained through the Town Fund).
- - Unbreakable
Axe gold Gold Axe Serena - - Unbreakable

In New Leaf

Whoa, amazing! I got a golden axe! I bet this thing will never break!”, New Leaf
In New Leaf, all axes are easier to obtain than in previous games. The silver axe can be bought using medals on the Island (however, its also breakable now), while the golden axe is given to the player as a gift for buying 50 tree saplings from the gardening store.

Image Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Durability Info
Axe (New Leaf icon) Axe Gardening Store 400 Bells 100 Bells 32 times Rarely creates a stump pattern
Silver Axe (New Leaf icon) Silver Axe Island Shop 8 Medals - 136 times Always creates a stump pattern
Gold Axe (New Leaf icon) Gold Axe Leif
Purchase 50 tree saplings
- - Unbreakable Faster
Sometimes creates a stump pattern


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Tree stump designs, left: Oak Tree, right: Pine Tree

In New Horizons

In New Horizons, axes use the same crafting system as most items. As a result, there are three unique Axes only available in this game. The inferior Flimsy Axe is weaker and less durable, but is required to make the Pretty-Good Axe that rivals standard tools in prior games. The Stone Axe is an alternative to the Pretty-Good Axe that allows players to gain Crafting Materials without harming trees via chopping. A Golden Axe recipe to craft the item is mailed to the player after they break 100 axes overall. Silver axes have yet to be found in the game.

Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Durability Info
Flimsy Axe 800

Bells

220 Bells 40 Times Less effective
Stone Axe 560 Bells 100 Times Get Crafting materials without harming trees
Axe
(Pretty-Good)
625

Bells

100 Times Cuts down tree after 3 swings
Golden Axe 10,655

Bells

Trivia

  • In Animal Crossing New Leaf/Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome Amiibo, if the player asks Lloid for an axe on the Island or during a minigame, the axe that Lloid will provide will look like a regular axe, but is unbreakable, like a Golden Axe.
  • A villager cannot be hit with an axe. If it occurs, it will be treated as a miss or it will bounce right off the villager just like the shovel.
  • The sound when the player breaks an axe in New Leaf.
  • In New Horizons, like other tools, the Axe can break. It is also the first title in the series to not have a Silver Axe Variant and has three new variants.

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