Ores (also called gems) are items introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Once per day, an Ore Rock will spawn somewhere in town. When the player strikes the Ore Rock with a shovel or axe, the rock will break open to reveal a random gem or ore. When the player strikes the Bell rock with the silver shovel, gems and ores may appear in increasing rarity, instead of Bells appearing in increasing value.
Ores are also found in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, appearing in Shovelstrike Quarry. Types of ore that can be obtained include gold, silver, ruby, and sapphire. They can be sold for Bells or used for crafting.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, while Gold Ore (now known as Gold Nuggets) remains and are rarely found from rocks or balloons, other ores are removed from the game and are replaced by Stone, Clay and Iron Nuggets. Gold Nuggets can now be used to craft gold tools if the player achieves requirements to earn DIY recipes, as well as items from the Golden Series.
In New Leaf
|Silver nugget||3,000 Bells|
|Gold nugget||4,000 Bells|
In New Horizons
By giving a furniture piece along with an ore to Cyrus, he can create custom, sparkling furniture that is dependent on the color of the ore being used. Once given a piece of furniture and an ore of the appropriate color, the two items will be combined leaving only a single item in the player's inventory. Both the furniture item and the ore must already be in the player's inventory when initiating the dialogue with Cyrus. Offer him one of the pieces of furniture listed below while possessing the corresponding color of ore. This will automatically trigger a dialogue where Cyrus will offer to use the ore to customize the item. Cyrus will also offer the option to use the normal color customization options if the player prefers. Below are the furniture series and colors of ore that will trigger the dialogue when asking to customize furniture at Re-Tail.
|Amethyst||Ruby||Sapphire||Emerald||Silver Nugget||Gold Nugget|