Can You Unlock Unbreakable Tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Fed up of your shovel breaking half-way through digging a hole? Or what about your fishing rod disappearing into a puff of smoke just as you’ve reeled in that sea bass? What you need is unbreakable tools – but are they possible?

When you start out in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll quickly learn to craft ‘flimsy’ tools. Flimsy shovels and flimsy axes don’t last very long at all – and thankfully it’s only a matter of time until you can craft non-flimsy tools. But even regular shovels, axes and fishing rods don’t last very long. Can you craft non-breakable tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

The answer is, sadly, no. Apart from your vaulting pole and ladder, no type of tool is unbreakable. You’ll have to get used to crafting or buying them almost every day. However: you can unlock Gold tools, which are either two or three times as as durable as standard tools.

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Here’s how you unlock them.

Gold shovel: You need to help Gulliver – the shipwrecked seagull who washes up on your beach – 30 times, and he’ll reward you with the recipe. (Durability: 2x regular shovel)

Gold axe: You’ll receive the recipe in the mail once you’ve broken 100 axes of any time. (Durability: 2x regular axe)

Gold net: Once you’ve completed the Critterpedia’s bug page – i.e. caught at least one of every type of bug – you’ll receive the recipe in the mail. (Durability: 3x regular net)

Gold fishing rod: Once you’ve completed the Critterpedia’s fish page – i.e. caught at least one of every type of fish – you’ll receive the recipe in the mail. (Durability: 3x regular rod)

Gold slingshot: After you’ve shot down 300 balloons, you’ll get a recipe in the mail. (Durability: 3x regular slingshot)

Gold watering can: You’ll get it in the mail as a reward for getting a 5-star rating on your island. (Durability: 3x regular watering can)

To craft any of the golden items once you have their recipe, you’ll need a gold nugget and a regular version of that item. Since gold nuggets are very rare, it makes crafting gold tools quite expensive – and since even they don’t last forever, we’re not sure it’s worth it.