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Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Seren Morgan-Roberts
First Published: 07-08-2020 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 18-09-2020 / 14:44 GMT
Version: 0.1 (????) 19-09-2020 / 19:09 GMT


This page offers a breakdown of the DIY recipes for Shovels.

Flimsy Shovel

The Flimsy Shovel DIY is first given to you by Blathers when he sets up a tent on your island. He asks you to fetch him some fossils and gives you the recipe for one.

To craft a Flimsy Shovel, you need 5 pieces of hardwood, which are obtained from trees using an axe.

This is a cheap shovel to craft.

This is a cheap shovel to craft.

The Flimsy Shovel is very fragile and will break after hitting a few boulders and digging up a couple of fossils.


You can purchase the Pretty Good Tools from the Nookstop in Resident Services for 3,000 Nook Miles. To craft the standard shovel, you’ll need to first craft a flimsy shovel and then use iron nuggets to upgrade it at the craft bench. You can obtain iron nuggets from hitting a boulder with a shovel.

This Shovel is more durable than the Flimsy Shovel.

This Shovel is more durable than the Flimsy Shovel.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
  • Genre
    Social simulation
  • Guide Release
    7 August 2020
  • Last Updated
    18 September 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Seren Morgan-Roberts

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The guide for Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers a walkthrough on how to make the most of your time on your deserted island. This guide will show you how to make tools, earn bells, achieve a five-star island, and more.

Inside this guide you will find:

  • A Walkthrough - Taking you through the first 14 days of your new Island.

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  • An in-depth Nook Miles section - Discover every condition and how to achieve them.

  • Deep dive into Your Island - Advanced strategies to make the most of your island including terraforming.

  • Full breakdown of all Special Events and Visitors - Details on how to lure them to your island and complete exclusive events.

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