Gold nuggets are a crafting material in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. They are very rare items obtained by hitting rocks with a shovel or axe. They are used in the crafting of golden tools and certain furniture items. They can also be sold for 10,000 Bells.

In New Leaf, gold nuggets were an ore used to customize furniture.


Obtaining

Though likely available from the start, gold nuggets are much harder to obtain than iron nuggets. There is a small chance for gold nuggets to drop when hitting rocks with a shovel or axe, or when popping a balloon. Initially, only the rocks on the main part of the island will be available. Once the vaulting pole and ladder are obtained, more rocks become available.

On the second day, the airport becomes available. By purchasing a Nook Miles Ticket at the Nook Stop, players can visit deserted islands. Each island will have around 4-5 rocks, providing additional opportunities to obtain gold nuggets. It is very hard to get, a lot of people try to hit rocks and some get the Gold Nugget while others don’t.

Uses

Gold nuggets are used in the following DIY Recipes.

Tool Icon Recipe How to Unlock Recipe
Golden axe
NH-golden axe.PNG
1x NH-axe-icon.pngaxe
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
Break 100 axes. Any axe counts. Once complete, the golden axe DIY Recipe is learned by the player.
Golden shovel
NH-golden shovel.PNG
1x NH-shovel-icon.pngshovel
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
Help Gulliver 30 times.
Golden net
NH-golden net.png
1x NH-Net icon.pngnet
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
Complete the Bug portion of the Critterpedia by catching each bug once.
Golden fishing rod
NH-golden fishing rod.PNG
1x NH-Fishing rod icon.pngfishing rod
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
Complete the Fish portion of the Critterpedia by catching each fish once.
Golden slingshot
NH-golden slingshot.PNG
1x NH-slingshot-icon.pngslingshot
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
Shoot balloons 300 times.
Golden watering can
NH-golden watering can.png
1x NH-watering can-icon.pngwatering can
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
Upgrade Resident Services and get a 5-star island/town rating. Rating is given by asking Isabelle to evaluate the island.
Trophy case
NH-Furniture-Trophy case.png
24x NH-wood-icon.pngwood
3x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
6x NH-iron nugget-icon.pngiron nugget
Message in a bottle
Golden dung beetle
NH-Furniture-Golden dung beetle.png
3x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget Message in a bottle
Robot hero
NH-Furniture-Robot hero.png
1x rocket
1x gold armor
30x NH-rusted part-icon.pngrusted part
90x NH-iron nugget-icon.pngiron nugget
10x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
Nook Stop (5,000 Nook Miles)
Gold Armor 8x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget Message in a bottle
Golden Toilet
NH-Furniture-Golden toilet.png
6x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget Message in a bottle
Golden arowana model
NH-Furniture-Golden arowana model.png
3x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget Message in a bottle
Gold-Screen Wall
NH-Furniture-Gold-screen wall.png
8x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
1x NH-furniture-icon.pngScreen-Wall
Message in a bottle
Aquarius urn
NH-Furniture-Aquarius urn.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Aquarius fragment-icon.pngAquarius fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
5x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Pisces lamp
NH-Furniture-Pisces lamp.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Pisces fragment-icon.pngPisces fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
4x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Aries rocking chair
NH-Furniture-Aries rocking chair.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Aries star fragment.pngAries fragment
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
5x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Taurus Bathtub
NH-Furniture-Taurus bathtub.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Taurus fragment-icon.pngTaurus fragment
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
8x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Gemini closet
NH-Furniture-Gemini closet.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Gemini fragment-icon.pngGemini fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
6x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Cancer table
NH-Furniture-Cancer table.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Cancer fragment-icon.pngCancer fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
3x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Leo sculpture
NH-Furniture-Leo sculpture.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Leo fragment-icon.pngLeo fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
3x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Virgo harp
NH-Furniture-Virgo harp.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Virgo fragment-icon.pngVirgo fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
4x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Libra scale
NH-Furniture-Libra scale.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Libra fragment-icon.pngLibra fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
Celeste
Scorpio lamp
NH-Furniture-Scorpio lamp.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x Scorpio fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
5x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Sagittarius arrow
NH-Furniture-Sagittarius arrow.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Sagittarius fragment-icon.pngSagittarius fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
Celeste
Capricorn ornament
NH-Furniture-Capricorn ornament.png
3x NH-star fragment-icon.pngstar fragment
2x NH-Capricornus fragment-icon.pngCapricornus fragment
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
12x NH-stone-icon.pngstone
Celeste
Golden gears
NH-Furniture-Golden gears.png
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
3x NH-iron nugget-icon.pngiron nugget
Gift from balloons
Gold bars
NH-Furniture-Gold bars.png
3x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget Message in a bottle
Golden flooring
NH-Furniture-Golden flooring.png
4x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget Message in a bottle
Golden candlestick
NH-Furniture-Golden candlestick.png
2x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget Message in a bottle
Golden dishes
NH-Furniture-Golden dishes.png
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget Message in a bottle
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