Animal Crossing

You're not going to get fair in Animal Crossing: New Horizons without an axe, and the good news is that it's one of the first tools you'll be getting your hands on.

To unlock the axe recipe – basically the document required to craft an axe – you'll need to speak to Tom Nook in the Resident Services tent. Give him fish or bugs (the ratio doesn't matter) and he'll give you the recipe for a flimsy axe, which is the weakest axe in the game. It won't last long before breaking, but at least it will get you on your way. When you have the axe you can chop trees to get the wood required for crafting other items.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Flimsy Axe

To create a flimsy axe, you'll need:

  • x5 Tree Branch
  • x2 Stone

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Axe

You'll soon find that the flimsy axe isn't really up to much, which means you'll want to upgrade it.

To get a more robust axe, you'll need to purchase the 'Pretty Good Tools DIY Recipe' from the Nook Stop terminal in Resident Services, which costs 3000 Nook Miles.

Once you've got that, you'll need the following items to create the axe:

  • x1 Flimsy Axe
  • x3 Wood
  • x1 Iron Nugget

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Stone Axe

However, that's not all – if you want an axe that's good enough to get materials from rocks then you'll need a Stone Axe. Again, this is in the 'Pretty Good Tools Recipe' which you buy from the Nook Stop.

The materials you'll need are:

  • x1 Flimsy Axe
  • x3 Wood