Animal Crossing

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:


This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which includes a Complete Fish List, Complete Bug List and Complete Sea Creatures List. If you're looking for specific fish or bug, we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish, Golden Trout and all the Sharks, along with a list of Fish And Bugs leaving at the end of September. We've also compiled a Complete Villager List and a Complete List of K.K. Slider Songs, as well as selections of the Best Custom Design Codes and Islands we've found so far, as well as islands you can visit using Dream Address Codes.

We can also help with How to Spot Redd's Fake Paintings and Statues, How to Make Bells Fast, How to Breed Flowers, How to Get more DIY Recipes, How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny, how to make friends with special characters like Gulliver, Sable, Label and Wisp, plus tips on using the Star Wand, Tool Ring, Rock Trick, Cutting Down and Moving Trees, using amiibo on Harv's Island, How to Back Up Your Island Data and much more.

And finally Where to Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game.