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Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Get an Axe

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Key Takeaway

To get your first Axe, catch several creatures and bring them to Tom Nook. The other types of Axes have different requirements to unlock their recipes, though all of them can eventually be crafted.

Axes are one of the most useful tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. To be able to gather Wood, cut down trees, or get materials from hitting rocks, you’ll need to get an Axe.

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    What Are Axes Used For?

    Axes can be used for a variety of things in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You can cut trees down entirely, hit trees for different types of Wood, hit trees to find wildlife, and hit rocks for Iron, Clay, Stone, or Gold Nuggets.

    How to Get Your First Axe

    Recipe for a Flimsy Axe.

    To get your first Axe (which will be a Flimsy Axe), you must simply catch two forms of wildlife. Once you’ve done this, head to Tom Nook. Tell him you’ve found a creature, and he will give you the recipe to make a Flimsy Axe.

    How to Get Every Type of Axe

    There are four different types of Axes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons—the Flimsy Axe, Stone Axe, Axe, and Golden Axe. You’ll want to compare each one’s durability, cost, and how easy it is to craft. This will help you decide which Axe is best for you.

    Type of AxeDurabilityCraftableHow to Get RecipePurchasablePurchase Cost
    A Flimsy Axe.

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    Flimsy Axe40 usesYesFrom Tom NookYes800 Bells
    A Stone Axe.

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    Stone Axe100 usesYesPurchase “Pretty Good Tools Recipes” from Nook Stop for 3,000 Nook MilesNo-
    An Axe.

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    Axe100 usesYesPurchase “Pretty Good Tools Recipes” from Nook Stop for 3,000 Nook MilesYes2,500 Bells
    A Golden Axe.

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    Golden Axe200 usesYesBreak 100 AxesNo-