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You've just started Animal Crossing: New Horizons and looking to get your hands on a shovel. You'll need to craft your tools using the DIY recipes you find or are given by characters as you progress through the first hours of the game.

To unlock the shovel recipe you'll need to have done two things already - crafted yourself a Flimsy Axe and donated 5 critters (fish or bugs) to Tom Nook which leads him to invite his pal Blathers the Owl to your deserted island and set up the makeshift tent which will eventually become the Museum. Once he has arrived, speak to Blathers and he'll give you the recipe for the Flimsy Shovel, the weakest shovel in the game (speaking to Blathers also unlocks the Vaulting Pole).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Flimsy Shovel

To create a Flimsy Shovel, you'll need:

  • x5 Hardwood

Hardwood can be collected by swinging your Flimsy Axe at trees (up to three times each) and collecting the wood that falls. Hardwood is one of three available varieties of wood, the darkest of the three.

Flimsy Shovel

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Shovel

The flimsy shovel is a decent start when you need to dig a hole or bash a rock to harvest materials like iron nuggets, but you'll soon want something more robust.

To upgrade your Flimsy Shovel to the stronger Shovel, you'll need to purchase the 'Pretty Good Tools DIY Recipe' from the Nook Stop terminal in Resident Services. It costs 3000 Nook Miles, so if you don't have enough, better get fishing, catching bugs and generally topping up your Nook Miles.

Once you've got the required recipe, you'll need the following items to create the shovel:

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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.