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How to Get An Axe in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Great news, villagers! Animal Crossing is back! With Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time, once again, to gather materials, build your house, and learn the ins and outs of the game. One of the first challenges is figuring out how to gather all of the different materials needed. Initial tools like the Bug Net and Fishing Rod can be made with sticks that fall onto the ground, but more advanced tools will require more than that.

Perhaps you find yourself needing Softwood, Hardwood, or regular old Wood thanks to Blathers. But you don’t have an axe yet, how do you proceed? This guide will help you quickly get an axe in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to Buy An Axe in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You can buy an axe from Timmy in Tom Nook’s tent. You’ll need to hit the right bumper in order for the shop to tab over to another page of items. There you can get a flimsy axe for 800 bells.

What does flimsy mean? It’s just “worse” than a normal axe in that it breaks sooner and can’t chop down trees. On the other hand, this means you can get one more wood out of each tree every day. A regular axe also gets three wood, but does fell the tree with the final swing.

How to Craft An Axe in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You can save some bells by crafting an axe instead. Timmy also sells a DIY flimsy axe recipe for about 250 bells. To craft it, however, you’ll need wood and a single stone. If this is your first axe though, it’s awfully hard to get wood without an axe to create wood.

We recommend you simply purchase the flimsy axe outright for 800 bells when you’re first starting. That way you can more quickly advance your progress and worry about efficiency later.

And that’s it! Hopefully this helps you get settled into your new Animal Crossing: New Horizons island! Much like the game itself, check back throughout the day to see what’s new here on Fanbyte. We already have guides for how to move your tent and how to get across rivers using either the Pole Vault or constructing bridges. Later today we’ll have more guides up including how to get Nook’s Cranny, how to visit mystery islands, and buy and sell turnips!

About the Author

Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Senior Game Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He's been writing about video games for 15 years and has thousands of hours logged in FFXIV and hundreds of hours in Destiny 2.