Shovel

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Artwork of a female Player using a Shovel from Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Shovels in the Animal Crossing series are used to dig holes and bury items in the ground. It is an essential tool for planting flora, unearthing fossils to donate to the museum, and removing stumps from trees that have fallen to an axe.

Usage

A player digging a hole

A shovel can be used to dig holes in any location where there is no obstruction, such as stone paths, ground designs, buildings, structures and trees. Flora such as flowers, fruit, saplings and bamboo shoots can be buried within holes in order to grow them. Items can also be buried in the ground, and are marked with a small star-shaped crack. Items can be unearthed with a shovel, while digging plants will destroy them. Tree stumps and bushes can only be removed by digging them out with a shovel.

Shovels can also be used on certain rocks. Daily in every game, a random rock in town will dispense Bells or ore when struck with a shovel. In Doubutsu no Mori e+, a random rock in town can be broken once a week to access the Resetti Surveillance Center. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a fake rock will appear somewhere in town and can be broken with a shovel to reveal a single piece of ore. Additionally, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, all rocks except for one will yield resources, such as clay, stone, or iron nuggets, while the remaining one will yield Bells like in previous games

Getting the Golden Shovel

In every game, there are more advanced versions of the shovel that have unique effects, though they differ between the games. The Silver Shovel has a slim chance of altering the Money Rock, causing it dispense double the usual amount of money, or ores instead of Bells. The Golden Shovel has the ability to bury Bells to plant Money Trees, or unearth random Bells from the ground.

Obtaining

In Animal Crossing

Shovels in Animal Crossing

# Item Image Buy price Sell price Available from
59 Golden Shovel Golden Shovel Not for sale Cannot be sold Burying a Shovel in a shining spot and shaking the resulting golden tree
63 Shovel Shovel  500 Bells  125 Bells  Tom Nook's store
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Animal Crossing: Wild World

In Wild World and all future games up through New Leaf, Money Trees can only be planted with a Golden Shovel, however, unlike in Animal Crossing, they can now be planted anywhere a standard tree will grow.

Shovels in Animal Crossing: Wild World

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Shovel Shovel WW Inv Icon.png  500 Bells  125 Bells  Tom Nook's store
Standard shovel
Golden Shovel Golden Shovel WW Inv Icon.png Not for sale  125 Bells Bury a Shovel and after three days it will turn into a Golden Shovel
Can bury Bells to grow Money Trees

Animal Crossing: City Folk

City Folk introduces a Silver Shovel with a unique effect, in addition to the standard and golden variations.

Shovels in Animal Crossing: City Folk

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Shovel Shovel CF Icon.png  500 Bells  125 Bells  Tom Nook's store
Standard shovel
Silver Shovel Silver Shovel CF Icon.png Not for sale  125 Bells  Mr. Resetti (in the Reset Surveillance Center)
10% chance to double money dispensed by money rock
Golden Shovel Golden Shovel CF Icon.png Not for sale  125 Bells Bury a Shovel and overnight it will turn into a Golden Shovel
Can bury Bells to grow Money Trees

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

New Leaf changes the requirement to obtain the Golden Shovel. Filling in holes without using the shovel can now be done while still carrying said tool and the button method has been changed to the Y button.

Shovels in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Item Image Buy price Sell price Available from Note
Shovel Shovel NL Icon.png  500 Bells  125 Bells  Timmy and Tommy's store
Standard shovel
Silver Shovel Silver Shovel NL Icon.png  500 Bells  125 Bells  Museum Shop (after donating at least 15 fossils to the museum)
Chance for money rock to dispense ore instead
Golden Shovel Golden Shovel NL Icon.png Not for sale  125 Bells  Leif (after purchasing 50 bags of Fertilizer)
Can bury Bells to plant Money Trees

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Shovels in New Horizons will break after a specific amount of uses. Digging up items buried in the ground, uprooting plants and trees, and hitting rocks all reduce a shovel's durability. A shovel's durability is not reduced when hitting other players or characters, hitting objects that aren't rocks, digging holes without finding anything or when filling holes.

Unlike most other tools, shovels will not break for the certain actions even when they are no longer durable. This is to prevent the breakage from interfering with the action. Such actions include breaking rocks, uprooting full-grown trees, or when hitting a rock that dispenses an item. The shovel will remain usable until a short moment after such actions have stopped.

Shovels in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Buy price Sell price Available from Durability Customizable
Colorful Shovel Colorful Shovel  2,500 Bells  625 Bells  Nook's Cranny (upgraded)
100 Yes
Flimsy Shovel Flimsy Shovel  800 Bells
 100 Nook Miles
 200 Bells  Nook's Cranny
 Wilbur
 Crafting
40 No
Golden Shovel Golden Shovel Not for sale  10,675 Bells  Crafting
200 No
Outdoorsy Shovel Outdoorsy Shovel  2,500 Bells  625 Bells  Nook's Cranny (upgraded)
100 Yes
Printed-Design Shovel Printed-Design Shovel  2,500 Bells  625 Bells  Nook's Cranny (upgraded)
100 Yes
Shovel Shovel  2,400 Bells  600 Bells  Crafting
100 Yes
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Names in other languages

Japanese スコップ
sukoppu
Shovel

Russian Лопата
Lopata

German Schaufel Shovel

European French Pelle Shovel

Italian Pala Shovel