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.
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.
Gold nuggets are used in the following DIY Recipes.