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Watering Cans are a type of tool in the Animal Crossing series, introduced in Wild World. They are used to water flowers.

Usage

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Official render of a New Horizons player using a watering can

Watering cans are used to water flowers to prevent them from wilting and dying, or to promote hybridization and the breeding of new flowers. When a wilted flower is watered, it will return to life the following day.

The player must stand next to a flower to water it. A watered flower will show water droplets dropping to the ground, followed by sparkles indicating that it has been watered.

Watering flowers with the watering can is considered crucial to having and maintaining a Perfect Town environment, because it keeps flowers thriving and helps promote new growth (including hybrid flowers).

In games where the silver and gold watering cans exist, they come with special properties that can be useful to the player. For instance, the silver watering can revive red turnips in City Folk, while the golden watering can has a chance to produce golden roses when wilted black roses are watered with it.

In New Leaf, the function of the improved watering cans vary from the previous games, and the Beautiful Town Ordinance removes the necessity of using a watering can on flowers (they do not wilt when it is in effect).

In New Horizons, flowers no longer wilt by default, and only need to be watered to produce hybrids. A black rose that has been watered once by a gold watering can has a 50% chance of producing a gold rose until it produces one. Better watering cans water more tiles at once.

Obtaining

In Wild World

Below are the watering cans in Wild World:

Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Additional Info.
Watering Can Watering Can Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
Golden Watering Can Gold Watering Can Tortimer*
Maintain a Perfect Town status for 15 days.
- - Creates a Gold Rose
when a wilted Black Rose is watered.
  • Note: Tortimer will appear the next time the game is played to give the player the watering can.

In City Folk

Below are the watering cans in City Folk:

Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Additional Info.
Wateringcan Watering Can Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
Wateringcan silver Silver Watering Can Posy Farm*
Purchase 50 flower seeds from Tom Nook's Store
- - May increase the chance of growing hybrid flowers
or Money Trees
Wateringcan gold Gold Watering Can Pelly or Phyllis*
Maintain a Perfect Town status for 15 days.
- - Creates a Gold Rose when a wilted Black Rose is watered
  • Note 1: A letter will appear in the mail containing a silver watering can.
  • Note 2: Upon maintaining a perfect town for 15 days, Talking to Pelly or Phyllis will give the player the watering can.

In New Leaf

Below are the watering cans in New Leaf:

Name Obtained from Buy Price Sale Price Additional Info.
Watering Can (New Leaf icon)
Watering Can Gardening Store
Isabelle (after completing her tips)
500 Bells 125 Bells -
Acnl-silvercan
Silver Watering Can Leif*
Purchase at least 50 flower seeds
- - Waters 5 flowers at once
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Gold Watering Can Isabelle*
Maintain a Perfect Town status for 15 days.
- 125 Bells Waters 9 flowers at once
  • Note 1: Leif will give the player the silver watering can after they have made the purchase.
  • Note 2: Isabelle will give the player the gold watering can when the town has achieved the final day of perfect town status requirements, after asking about the environment again.

In New Horizons

Below are the watering cans in New Horizons:

Image Name Obtained From Purchase price Sale price Crafting materials Durability
NH-Flimsy watering can Flimsy watering can 800 PC-icon-Bells-coin 200 PC-icon-Bells-coin 5x NH-softwood-iconsoftwood 20
NH-Watering can Watering can * 600 PC-icon-Bells-coin 1x NH-watering can-iconflimsy watering can
1x NH-iron nugget-iconiron nugget
60
NH-Golden watering can Golden watering can Obtain 5-star rank for island. N/A * 1x NH-watering can-iconwatering can
1x NH-gold nugget-icongold nugget
180
NH-Wateringcan-Colorful Colorful watering can Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade. 2,500 PC-icon-Bells-coin * Uncraftable 60
  • Gray elephant watering can
  • Green elephant watering can
  • Blue elephant watering can
  • Pink elephant watering can
  • Red elephant watering can
  • Yellow elephant watering can
  • Light blue elephant watering can
  • Black elephant watering can
Elephant watering can Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade. 2,500 PC-icon-Bells-coin * Uncraftable 60
NH-Wateringcan-Outdoorsy Outdoorsy watering can Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade. 2,500 PC-icon-Bells-coin * Uncraftable 60

Gallery

Wild World

City Folk

New Leaf

Other Appearances

Trivia

  • The watering can is the only tool that can be used while sitting down on a Public Works Project.
  • When flowers are watered, the data flag for being watered is not stored in the flower itself, but instead on the square the flower is on.
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