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‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Tool Guide – How To Unlock Golden Tools, Wands, And The Tool Ring

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‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Tool Guide - How To Unlock Golden Tools, Wands, And The Tool Ring

Tools are hugely important in Animal Crossing: New Horizons but many players find their durability and the need to constantly swap between tools to be frustrating. Luckily, the game address this with the Tool Ring which allows you to swap between tools faster and Golden Tools, the highest tier of tools available. Finally, the game also features a unique set of tools known as Magic Wands.

Find out how these features work, what Magic Wands are, and how you can unlock everything here.

The Tool Ring

To unlock the Tool Ring in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll need to have unlocked the Nook Mile Redemption program which is done once you’ve paid off your first home loan by collecting 5,000 Nook Miles. Once this is done, Tom Nook will automatically upgrade your Nook Mile account, allowing you to redeem Nook Miles for DIY recipes and other items.

‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Tool Guide - Toolring
‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Tool Guide – Tool ring

The Tool Ring upgrade can be bought at the Nook Stop terminal at Resident Services for 800 Nook Miles. With the Tool Ring, you can hit the ‘Up’ button on the left Joy-Con to bring up a ring of all the tools in your pockets. You can then swap between tools at ease, much faster than consecutively hitting the left and right buttons or navigating to your pockets.

Golden Tools

As mentioned, many players have found New Horizons’ tool durability system frustrating, particularly at the beginning of the game when only Flimsy Tools are available. Luckily, the durability of tools increases as your progress through the game and unlock new variations. Golden Tools are the best variation and last the longest, but each Golden Tool has a unique requirement you must meet to unlock its DIY recipe.

The requirements, which often take a long time to complete, are as follows:

  • Golden Shovel: You must help special visitor Gulliver 30 times by fixing his broken communicator. The DIY recipe for requires 1x Gold Nugget and 1x Shovel.
  • Golden Net: You must catch every insect in New Horizons and completely fill in your Critterpedia app on your NookPhone. Golden Nets require 1x Gold Nugget and 1x Net.
  • Golden Fishing Rod: You must catch every fish in New Horizons and completely fill in your Critterpedia app. The Golden Fishing Rod requires 1x Gold Nugget and 1x Fishing Rod. 
  • Golden Axe: You must break 100 Axe tools of any variation. The fastest way to acquire this Golden Tool is by breaking the Flimsy Axe repeatedly as it has the weakest durability. Golden Axes require 1x Gold Nugget and 1x Axe.
  • Golden Slingshot: You must shoot down 300 balloons. The Golden Slingshot requires 1x Gold Nugget and 1x Slingshot.
  • Golden Watering Can: You must achieve a five-star island rating after unlocking the Resident Services building. You can speak to Isabelle to discover your island rating. The Golden Watering Can requires 1x Gold Nugget and 1x Watering Can.

That’s it! You’ll be able to unlock some of the Golden Tools within a few weeks of gameplay but others, such as the Golden Fishing Rod and the Golden Net, will take much longer. What’s more, it’s important to note that all Golden Tools require Gold Nuggets to craft which can only be found when hitting rocks. Unfortunately, Gold Nuggets are quite rare and hard to come by, so it’s a good idea to keep them rather than selling them for 10,000 bells to Nook’s Cranny.

Wands

Wands are tools unique to New Horizons. They allow you to save up to eight outfits per Wand and quickly swap between them, similarly to how the Tool Ring works. At the time of writing, there are 21 variations of Wands in the game, most of which are obtained from Celeste when she visits your island. Some Wands, however, are unlocked differently but all require Star Fragments which you can obtain the day after wishing on a star. Take a look below to discover how to unlock each of the wands.

Bamboo Wand

Obtained from a Balloon Present or Message in a Bottle during Springtime

The Bamboo Wand must be crafted with 5x Young Spring Bamboo and 3x Star Fragments

‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Tool Guide - Bamboo Wand
‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Tool Guide – Bamboo Wand

Bug Wand

Obtained as a prize from the Bug-Off event hosted by Flick.

Bunny Day Wand

Obtained from Zipper T Bunny as a gift during the Bunny Day event
The Bunny Day Wand must be crated with 1x Wobbling Zipper Toy and 3x Star Fragments.

Cherry-Blossom Wand

Obtained from a Balloon Present or Message in a Bottle during the Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry-Blossom Wand must be crafted with 3x Cherry-Blossom Petals and 3x Star Fragments.

Cosmos Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Cosmos Wand must be crafted with 1x White Cosmo and 3x Star Fragments.

Fish Wand

Obtained as a prize from the Fishing Tourney event hosted by C.J.

Gold Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Gold Wand must be crafted with 2x Gold Nugget and 3x Star Fragments

Hyacinth Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Hyacinth Wand must be crafted with 1x Red Hyacinth and 3x Star Fragments

Ice Wand

Obtained from Snowboy as a DIY recipe in Winter

The Ice Wand must be crafted with 1x Large Snowflake and 3x Star Fragments

Iron Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Iron Wand must be crafted with 3x Iron Nuggets and 3x Star Fragments

‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Tool Guide - CherryBlossom Wand
‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Tool Guide – CherryBlossom Wand

Lily Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Lily Wand must be crafted with 1x White Lily and 3x Star Fragments

Mum Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Mum Wand must be crafted with 1x Yellow Mum and 3x Star Fragments

Pansy Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Pansy Wand must be crafted with 1x Yellow Pansy and 3x Star Fragments

Rose Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Rose Wand must be crafted with 1x Red Rose and 3x Star Fragments

‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Tool Guide - RoseWand
‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Tool Guide – RoseWand

Shell Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Shell Wand must be crafted with 3x Summer Shells and 3x Star Fragments

Star Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Star Wand must be crafted with 1x Large Star Fragment and 3x Star Fragments

Tree Branch Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Tree Branch Wand must be crafted with 5x Tree Branches and 3x Star Fragments

Tulip Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Tulip Wand must be crafted with 1x Red Tulip and 3x Star Fragments

Windflower Wand

Obtained from Celeste as a DIY recipe

The Windflower Wand must be crafted with 1x Orange Windflower and 3x Star Fragments

We hope this guide has given you all the information you need to know how to unlock Golden Tools, the Tool Ring, and Wands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Good luck grabbing everything though, it’s going to take some time (Not that we’re complaining)!

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