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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 if complete removal of the tree is desired. Axes 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 in Animal Forest, axes were indestructible like any other tool. As an axe degrades, cracks start to appear and become increasingly larger until the axe then breaks.

In New Horizons, axes are available much earlier and essential for the crafting system, being used to chop 3 types of wood from most trees and bamboo pieces from bamboo (up to 3 time per day, regardless of whether the tree is cut down or not), while striking rocks is required to obtain stone, iron nuggets, clay, and rarely gold ore (though a shovel is generally better suited to this task in this game).

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 more durable silver axe can be bought using medals on Tortimer Island, while the unbreakable 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


Treestumpdesign

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 less durable but is required to make the axe that rivals standard tools in prior games. The stone axe is an alternative to the axe that allows players to gain crafting materials without harming trees via chopping. The golden axe recipe is learned by the player after breaking axes a total of 100 times. Unlike the other tools, there are no unique variants that can only be bought at the upgraded shop, although regular axes are available. The golden axe possesses no unique attributes, although it has a greater durability than all other axes.

Name Image Durability How to obtain Crafting materials ? NH-Customization kit Icon Buy Sell
Price
Flimsy axe NH-Flimsy axe 40 Recipe obtained from Tom Nook (first DIY workshop) x5 NH-tree branch-icontree branch
x1 NH-stone-iconstone
800 BellCoin 200 BellCoin
Stone axe NH-Stone axe 100 Recipe obtained from Pretty Good Tools Recipes, purchased for 3,000 Nook Miles on the Nook Stop x1 NH-stone axe-iconflimsy axe
x3 NH-wood-iconwood
N/A 560 BellCoin
Axe NH-Axe 100 Recipe from Pretty Good Tools Recipes, purchased for 3,000 Nook Miles on the Nook Stop x1 NH-stone axe-iconflimsy axe
x3 NH-wood-iconwood
x1 NH-iron nugget-iconiron nugget
2,500 BellCoin 625 BellCoin
Golden axe NH-Golden axe 200 Recipe obtained by breaking axes a total of 100 times x1 NH-axe-iconaxe
x1 NH-gold nugget-icongold nugget
N/A 10,655 BellCoin

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 provides looks like a regular axe, but is unbreakable, like a Golden Axe.
  • Axe swings bounce right off villagers 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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