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Shovels are a type of tool that have been available throughout the Animal Crossing series. They are used to dig up buried objects in the ground such as Pitfall Seeds, Gyroids and Fossils. Shovels can also be used to hit rocks which may spawn new bugs or be a Money Rock.


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, Animal Crossing and Animal 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.

Image Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Info
AF-Shovel.png Shovel Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
AF-Gold shovel.png 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.gif Shovel Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
Golden Shovel.gif 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.png Shovel Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
Shovel silver.png Silver Shovel Resetti
Visit the Resetti Surveillance Center after 8 PM.
- - 10% chance of increasing Money Rock Bells
Shovel gold.png 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
NL-Shovel.png Shovel Nookling Stores 500 Bells 125 Bells -
NL-Silver shovel.png Silver Shovel Museum Store
Donate at least 15 fossils.
500 Bells 125 Bells May produce ore when used against a Money Rock
NL-Gold shovel.png 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 or refilling empty holes, but will wear down when digging up flowers, trees, fossils, or other buried goods.

Name Image Durability How to obtain Crafting materials ? Customization Kits Buy Sell
Price
Flimsy shovel NH-Flimsy shovel.png 40 Recipe obtained from Blathers or bought from Timmy & Tommy or Nook's Cranny
Purchased from Timmy & Tommy or Nook's Cranny
x5 NH-hardwood-icon.pnghardwood 800 Bells 200 Bells
Shovel NH-Shovel.png 100 Recipe obtained from Pretty Good Tools Recipes, purchased for 3,000 Nook Miles on the Nook Stop x1 NH-shovel-icon.pngflimsy shovel
x1 NH-iron nugget-icon.pngiron nugget
N/A 600 Bells
Golden shovel NH-Golden shovel.png 200 Help Gulliver 30 times x1 NH-shovel-icon.pngshovel
x1 NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
N/A 10,675 Bells
Colorful shovel NH-Tools-Colorful Shovel (yellow).png 100 Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade N/A 2,500 Bells 625 Bells
Outdoorsy shovel NH-Tools-Outdoorsy Shovel (yellow).png 100 Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade N/A 2,500 Bells 625 Bells
Printed-design shovel NH-Tools-Printed-Design Shovel (light blue).png 100 Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade N/A 2,500 Bells 625 Bells

Gallery

Animal Crossing

Wild World

New Leaf

New Horizons

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Trivia

  • In New Leaf, villagers with a shovel equipped will hold it in one hand.
  • Curiously, first generation of games (Animal Forest, Animal Crossing, Animal Forest+, and Animal Forest e+) 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, specifically between Wild World and New Leaf, 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.


Tools

Basic Tools

AxeFishing RodNetShovelSlingshotWatering Can

Terrain Tools

LadderVaulting poleWet Suit

Tool Grades

Flimsy toolsNHPretty good toolsNHSilver ToolCF-NLGolden tools

Wands

WandNH (Bamboo wandBug wandBunny day wandCherry-blossom wandCosmos wandFish wandGolden wandHyacinth wandIce wandIron wandKiki & Lala WandLily wandMums wandMushroom wandPansy wandRose wandShell wandSpooky wandStar wandTree-branch wandTulip wandWandWedding wandWindflower wand)

Other Tools

BalloonBoba drinksHammerLight stickFrozen treatMegaphoneSparklerShopping cardTimerTweeter

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