Axe

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A player’s reaction to their broken axe

An Axe is a tool that chops down trees to remove them. In Doubutsu no Mori, only one axe is available and it is unbreakable. However, in all subsequent games, standard axes have a limited number of uses and will degrade with every use before shattering.

Usage[edit]

An axe can be swung at trees, which will fall after three strikes. Striking this tree can cause any object on the tree to fall, including fruit and beehives. Cutting down a tree results in a stump which must be dug out using a shovel. Swinging an axe when there are no surrounding obstacles results in the player swinging and missing. Attempting to strike a villager with an axe will result in the axe either missing or simply bouncing off of them. Axes used in any game after Doubutsu no Mori have a limited number of uses before shattering, requiring them to be replaced. As an axe degrades, its inventory icon becomes more visibly distressed with a crack appearing to become increasingly larger. Axes can also be used as a substitute for the shovel to hit rocks to find insects, Bells and ore. This will also quickly degrade the axe, however.

More advanced variations of the axe are available; a Silver Axe is more durable, and the Golden Axe is quicker to use and unbreakable. In New Leaf, the Rental Axe available from Lloid on Tortimer Island is also unbreakable, despite appearing otherwise identical to a standard Axe. Finally, in New Leaf, the Silver Axe and Golden Axe can create special designs on the stumps left behind after felling a tree.

In New Horizons, every type of axe is breakable, even the Golden Axe. In addition, only the Axe made from iron ingots and the Golden Axe can break trees by chopping them, and the Flimsy Axe and Stone Axe can only cut trees to retrieve wood.

Obtaining[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Axe Axe PG Icon.png 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Tom Nook Unbreakable (DnM)
Breaks after 23 uses (AC)
Breaks after 28 uses (DnMe+)
Golden Axe Golden Axe PG Icon.png Not for Sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Received from Farley after maintaining Perfect Town environment status for 15 days Unbreakable

In Wild World[edit]

From Wild World onwards, the reward for having a Perfect Town is changed to the Golden Watering Can. The Golden Axe is now obtained through other means.

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Axe Axe WW Icon.png 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Tom Nook Breaks after several uses
Golden Axe Golden Axe WW Icon.png Not for Sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Received from completing the Golden Axe trading sequence Unbreakable

In City Folk[edit]

City Folk introduces the Silver Axe, which is unbreakable. The Golden Axe continues to be unbreakable but will now also swing much quicker than the other axes.

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Axe Axe CF Icon.png 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Tom Nook Breaks after 37 uses
Silver Axe Silver Axe CF Icon.png Not for Sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Received randomly from Serena after throwing a standard Axe into the Town Fountain Unbreakable
Golden Axe Golden Axe CF Icon.png Not for Sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Received randomly from Serena after throwing a standard Axe into the Town Fountain Faster usage
Unbreakable

In New Leaf[edit]

New Leaf changes the effects of the Silver Axe and Golden Axe, which can now produce unique designs on tree stumps. The Silver Axe is no longer unbreakable and will shatter after many more uses than a standard axe.

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Axe Axe NL Icon.png 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Garden Center Breaks after 32 uses
Silver Axe Silver Axe NL Icon.png Medal NL Icon.png 8 Medals 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Island Shop Always creates special designs on tree stumps
Breaks after 136 uses
Golden Axe Golden Axe NL Icon.png Not for Sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Received from Leif after purchasing 50 tree saplings from the Garden Center Occasionally creates special designs on tree stumps
Faster usage
Unbreakable

In New Horizons[edit]

Axes in New Horizons will break after a specific amount of uses. Hitting trees and rocks and breaking rocks all reduce an axe's durability. An axe's durability is not reduced when swinging the axe without making contact with anything, hitting other players or characters, or hitting objects that aren't rocks.

Unlike most other tools, axes will not break for certain actions even when they are no longer durable, to prevent the breakage from interfering with the action. Such actions include destroying a rock or hitting a rock that dispenses an item; the axe will remain usable until a short moment after such actions have stopped. Additionally, unlike other iron tools, axes of any kind cannot be customized, and consequently cannot have their durability reset; this is reflected in the fact that the upgraded Nook's Cranny does not sell any novelty variations of the standard axe, only the flimsy and iron ones.

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From DIY Materials Durability
Flimsy axe Flimsy Axe NH Icon.png 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells (Nook's Cranny)
Nook Miles NH Icon Cropped.png 100 Nook Miles (Mystery Island Tour)
99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 160 Bells Crafting
Nook's Cranny
Wilbur
Tree Branch NH Inv Icon.png 1× Tree Branch

Stone NH Inv Icon.png 1× Stone
Breaks after 40 uses
Stone Axe Stone Axe NH Icon.png Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 448 Bells Crafting Flimsy Axe NH Icon.png 1× Flimsy Axe

Wood NH Inv Icon.png 3× Wood
Breaks after 100 uses
Axe Axe NH Icon.png 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,500 Bells 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 500 Bells Crafting
Nook's Cranny
Flimsy Axe NH Icon.png 1× Flimsy Axe

Wood NH Inv Icon.png 3× Wood

Iron Nugget NH Inv Icon.png 1× Iron Nugget
Breaks after 100 uses
Golden Axe Golden Axe NH Icon.png Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10,655 Bells Crafting
(Recipe unlocked after breaking 100 axes)
Axe NH Inv Icon.png 1× Axe

Gold Nugget NH Inv Icon.png 1× Gold Nugget
Breaks after 200 uses

Names in other languages[edit]

German Axt Axe

European Spanish Hacha Axe

European French Hache Axe

Italian Ascia Axe