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Tools

In New Horizons, there are 6 breakable tools (in several strengths), several unbreakable ones, and a wide variety of wands. You can find out how to get the golden variations here.

Tool durability is complicated - see the section below for more details.

Tool Variations

Tool Type Variation Durability Notes
Axes Axe 100 uses
  • Note: Chops down trees on third chop
Flimsy axe 40 uses
Golden axe 200 uses
  • Note: Chops down trees on third chop
Stone axe 100 uses
Worn axe 3 uses
Fishing Rods Colorful fishing rod 30 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Fish fishing rod 30 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Fishing rod 30 uses
Flimsy fishing rod 9.5 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 400 bells
  • Crafted by DIY: 5x Tree branches
Golden rod 90 uses
Outdoorsy fishing rod 30 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Nets Colorful net 30 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Flimsy net 10 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 400 bells
  • Crafted by DIY: 5x Tree branches
Golden net 90 uses
Net 30 uses
Outdoorsy net 30 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Star net 30 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Shovels Colorful shovel 100 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Flimsy shovel 40 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 800 bells
  • Crafted by DIY: 5x Hardwood
Golden shovel 200 uses
Outdoorsy shovel 100 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Printed-design shovel 100 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Shovel 100 uses
Slingshots Colorful slingshot 20 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Golden slingshot 60 uses
Outdoorsy slingshot 20 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Slingshot 20 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 900 bells
  • Crafted by DIY: 5x Hardwood
Watering Cans Colorful watering can 60 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Elephant watering can 60 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Flimsy watering can 20 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 800 bells
  • Crafted by DIY: 5x Softwood
Golden watering can 180 uses
Outdoorsy watering can 60 uses
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 2,500 bells
Watering can 60 uses
Special Tools Ladder
Light stick
  • Unknown source: error-Isabelle
Nook Inc. uchiwa fan
  • Sold by Nook Stop: Redeem Nook Miles for 400 miles
Ocarina
  • Crafted by DIY: 5x Clay
Pan flute
Party popper Single use
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 100 bells
Tambourine
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 1,500 bells
Timer
  • Sold by Nook's Cranny for 840 bells
Vaulting pole
Wands Bamboo wand
Bug wand
  • A 'bug relic' exchanged for 10 points during the Bug-Off
Bunny Day wand
Cherry-blossom wand
Cosmos wand
Fish wand
  • Unknown source: fishing-tourney
Golden wand
Hyacinth wand
Ice wand
Iron wand
Lily wand
Mums wand
Mushroom wand
Pansy wand
Rose wand
Shell wand
Star wand
Tree-branch wand
Tulip wand
Wand
Wedding wand
Windflower wand

Tool Durability

Tools have a fixed durability, which is reduced by usage. When a tool reaches zero, it breaks. The rules for durability loss vary by tool:

Axe: Lose durability when hitting rocks or trees, or fruit-smashing rocks. Do not lose durability when hitting other items, players or missing. Axes at 1 durability will not break when hitting a rock that gives an item, or when fruit-smashing rocks.

Fishing Rod: Lose durability after successfully catching a fish/rock/egg/whatever. Do not lose durability when failing to cast or catch.

Net: Lose durability after successfully catching a bug/petal/whatever. Do not lose durability when failing to catch.

Shovel: Lose durability when hitting rocks, or digging things up. Do not lose durability when burying things, filling in holes, or hitting non-rocks. Shovels at 1 durability will not break when hitting a rock that gives an item, when fruit-smashing rocks, or when fruit-digging a tree.

Slingshot: Lose durability when popping balloons. Do not lose durability when missing.

Watering Can: Lose durability when watering unwatered flowers, or watering the ground. Only 1 point of durability is lost, regardless of the number of flowers watered. When watering the ground, only 1/20 of a point of durability is lost. Do not lose durability when watering already-watered flowers.

For tool variations that allow it, customizing a tool resets its durability. If you get your timing right, this makes for cheaper tools than crafting/buying new ones.