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[edit]

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.
A player digging a hole

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.

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[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Shovel Shovel PG Icon.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook Standard Shovel
Golden Shovel Golden Shovel PG Icon.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Bury a Shovel in one of the glowing spots around town and it will grow into a tree bearing the Golden Shovel Can randomly unearth 100 Bells from the ground
Can bury Bells in glowing spots to plant Money Trees

In Wild World[edit]

From Wild World onwards, Money Trees can only be planted with a Golden Shovel, but they can now be planted anywhere a standard tree will grow.

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Shovel Shovel.gif 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook Standard Shovel
Golden Shovel Golden Shovel.gif Not for Sale 125 Bells Bury a Shovel and after three days it will turn into a Golden Shovel Can bury Bells to plant Money Trees

In City Folk[edit]

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

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Shovel Shovel.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook Standard Shovel
Silver Shovel Shovel silver.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Resetti Surveillance Center
Received from Mr. Resetti after talking to him
10% chance to double money dispensed by money rock
Golden Shovel Shovel gold.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Bury a Shovel and overnight it will turn into a Golden Shovel Can bury Bells to plant Money Trees

In New Leaf[edit]

New Leaf changes the requirement to obtain the Golden Shovel.

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Shovel Acnl-shovel.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Timmy and Tommy Standard Shovel
Silver Shovel Acnl-silvershovel.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Museum Shop
For sale only after donating at least 15 fossils to the museum
Chance for money rock to dispense ore instead
Golden Shovel Acnl-goldenshovel.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Garden Center
Received from Leif after purchasing 50 bags of Fertilizer
Can bury Bells to plant Money Trees

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Pelle Shovel