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Shovels are a type of tool that have been available throughout the Animal Crossing series. They are used to dig in the ground for buried objects.

Usage

Shovels are used to dig up fossils marked on the ground by a small crack (star shaped). They are also used to dig up other items, such as pitfall seeds and other buried objects. Shovels are the intended tool to use on rocks to find and exploit money rocks for Bells or ore. Likewise, a hole created by a shovel can be used to bury fruit and bamboo shoots to grow trees and bamboo, or time capsules and other objects to hide them.

Shovels are also the only way of removing stumps after a tree has been cut down using an axe. Likewise, they are used to remove bushes. Digging where a flower is planted will destroy the plant.

Holes dug by shovels can also be used to plant saplings, and plant and replant flowers, despite also being able to do this directly by hand.

A shovel can be used to dig a hole in any location where there is no obstacle blocking the ground, like patterns and houses.

Obtaining

In Animal Forest, Crossing and Forest e+

In Animal Forest, Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+, the golden shovel was introduced to the series and can be obtained by completing a task. The player has a chance of digging up 100 Bells from anywhere on in the ground.

Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Info
Shovel Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
Gold Shovel Bury a shovel in a Sparkling Spot.
A tree bearing a gold shovel will grow. Basic tree growing rules apply.
- - A chance of digging up 100 Bells

In Wild World

In Wild World, the gold shovel was made easier to obtain than in any other game.

Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Info
Shovel Shovel Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
Golden Shovel Gold Shovel Bury a shovel and dig it up the next day. - 125 Bells Able to plant Money Trees

In City Folk

In City Folk, the silver shovel was introduced to the series and can be obtained by completing a task. The gold shovel retains the same obtainable features as in Wild World.

Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Info
Shovel Shovel Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
Shovel silver Silver Shovel Resetti
Visit the Resetti Surveillance Center after 8 PM.
- - 10% chance of increasing Money Rock Bells
Shovel gold Gold Shovel Bury a shovel and dig it up the next day. - 125 Bells Able to plant Money Trees

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, the method of getting the golden shovel has changed. Now the player must upgrade the Nookling Store to T&T Emporium and buy at least 50 fertilizer bags. The gold shovel retains the same abilities as in City Folk.

Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Info
- Shovel Nookling Stores 500 Bells 125 Bells -
- Silver Shovel Museum Store
Donate at least 15 fossils.
500 Bells 125 Bells May produce ore when used against a Money Rock
- Gold Shovel

Leif
Purchase at least 50 fertilizer bags from the Gardening Store (Only can be purchased from T&T Emporium)

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125 Bells

Able to plant Money Trees

In New Horizons

In New Horizons shovels are primarily crafted and all have limited uses. Shovels do not wear down from digging empty holes, but will wear down when digging up flowers, trees, fossils, or other buried goods.

Image Name Obtained From Purchase price Sale price Crafting materials Durability
NH-Flimsy shovel Flimsy shovel Blathers (first recipe)
Timmy & Tommy (additional recipes and item itself)
800 PC-icon-Bells-coin 200 PC-icon-Bells-coin 5x NH-hardwood-iconhardwood 40
NH-Shovel Shovel Everyday tools A-Z for 3,000 Nook Miles on the Nook Stop. * 600 PC-icon-Bells-coin 1x NH-shovel-iconflimsy shovel
1x NH-iron nugget-iconiron nugget
100
NH-Golden shovel Golden shovel Recipe is mailed after helping Gulliver 30 times. N/A * 1x NH-shovel-iconshovel
1x NH-gold nugget-icongold nugget
200
NH-Shovel-Colorful Colorful shovel Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade. 2,500 PC-icon-Bells-coin * Uncraftable 100
NH-Shovel-Outdoorsy Outdoorsy shovel Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade. 2,500 PC-icon-Bells-coin * Uncraftable 100
NH-Shovel-PrintedDesign Printed-design shovel Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade. 2,500 PC-icon-Bells-coin * Uncraftable 100

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Trivia

  • In New Leaf, villagers with a shovel equipped will hold it in one hand.
  • Curiously, the first four games feature unique sound effects when a shovel is struck against stone/metal and when a shovel is struck against wood. However, in all subsequent games, the wood sound effect is omitted, meaning that all solid objects produce the stone/metal sound effect when hit with a shovel regardless of their composition.
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