Animal Crossing: How to Get a Shovel

Character digging up a fossil

Shovels have numerous uses in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You’ll need to know about the different types of shovels and how to obtain them if you want to get digging and planting around your island.

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    What Are Shovels Used For?

    Shovels have various uses in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Some shovel uses include digging up fossils, digging up stumps, burying money to grow a money tree, digging up parts for Gulliver, planting flowers, digging up manila clams, and burying pitfall traps.

    How to Get Your First Shovel

    At the beginning of the game, the process to get a shovel is a bit different. To get your very first shovel, you’ll need to donate five fish or bugs to Tom Nook. This will prompt Tom to have Blathers give you the crafting recipe for a Flimsy Shovel.

    How to Get Every Type of Shovel

    Shovels at Nook's Cranny.

    You’ll want a different type of shovel depending on how much time and bells you’re willing to spend. Some shovels have more durability than others, and some are simply more stylish. Additionally, some shovels can be crafted while others can only be purchased. Check out the table below to figure out which shovel is right for you.

    Type of ShovelDurationCraftableWhere to get recipeRecipeCustomizablePurchasableCost
    Flimsy Shovel

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    Flimsy Shovel40 usesYesFrom Blathers5x HardwoodNoYes800 bells

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    Shovel100 usesYesFrom Pretty Good Tools Recipe book (3,000 miles at Nook Stop)1x Flimsy Shovel, 1x Iron NuggetYesNo-
    Golden Shovel

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    Golden Shovel200 usesYes (only after helping Gulliver 30 times)From helping Gulliver 30 times1x Shovel, 1x Gold NuggetNoNo-
    Printed-Design Shovel

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    Printed-Design Shovel100 usesNo--YesYes2,500 bells
    Outdoorsy Shovel

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    Outdoorsy Shovel100 usesNo--YesYes2,500 bells
    Colorful Shovel

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    Colorful Shovel100 usesNo--YesYes2,500 bells