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
A flimsy axe is good for harvesting wood from trees... and not much else, really. It'll break quickly, so you'll probably want to upgrade.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Stone Axe
However, that's not all – if you want an axe that's good enough to get materials like iron nuggets 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
Like the flimsy axe, you can swipe at trees and harvest wood all day without worrying that you'll chop down any of your trees. To do that you'll need to upgrade your flimsy axe with different materials...
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Axe
To get a more robust axe and be able to chop down trees, 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
This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which covers How To Fish with Complete Fish List and How To Catch Bugs with Complete Bug List. If you're looking for specific fish we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Stringfish and Golden Trout, along with a list of Fish And Bugs leaving at the end of May and Best Custom Design Codes we've found so far. We can also help with How To Make Bells Fast, How To Get An Axe, using the Star Wand, Tool Ring, Rock Trick, How To Cut Down And Move Trees, How To Upgrade Nook's Cranny and How To Get More DIY Recipes.
And finally Where To Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons On Nintendo Switch if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game.