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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

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.gif Watering Can Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
Golden Watering Can.gif 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.png Watering Can Tom Nook's Store 500 Bells 125 Bells -
Wateringcan silver.png 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.png 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).PNG
Watering Can Gardening Store
Isabelle (after completing her tips)
500 Bells 125 Bells -
Acnl-silvercan.png
Silver Watering Can Leif*
Purchase at least 50 flower seeds
- - Waters 5 flowers at once
Acnl-goldencan.png
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

In New Horizons, all watering cans have limited uses. Watering an unwatered flower will degrade a watering can by one unit. Watering an already watered flower will not degrade a watering can, however.

Below are the watering cans in New Horizons:

Name Image Durability How to obtain Crafting materials ? Customization Kits Buy Sell
Price
Flimsy watering can NH-Flimsy watering can.png 20 Recipe obtained from Tom Nook after donating 4 bugs or fish to him x5 NH-softwood-icon.pngsoftwood 800 Bells 200 Bells
Watering can NH-Watering can.png 60 Recipe obtained from Pretty Good Tools Recipes, purchased for 3,000 Nook Miles on the Nook Stop x1 NH-watering can-icon.pngflimsy watering can
x1 NH-iron nugget-icon.pngiron nugget
2,400 Bells 600 Bells
Golden watering can NH-Golden watering can.png 180 Recipe obtained from Isabelle after getting a 5-star rating 1x NH-watering can-icon.pngwatering can
1x NH-gold nugget-icon.pnggold nugget
N/A 10,675 Bells
Colorful watering can NH-Tools-Colorful Watering Can (yellow).png 60 Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade N/A 2,500 Bells 625 Bells
Elephant watering can NH-Tools-Elephant Watering Can (grey).png 60 Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade N/A 2,500 Bells 625 Bells
Outdoorsy watering can NH-Tools-Outdoorsy Watering Can (green).png 60 Purchased from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny after the first upgrade N/A 2,500 Bells 625 Bells

Gallery

Wild World

City Folk

New Leaf

New Horizons

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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