In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, knowing how to get an axe is essential because it is a necessary tool for resource gathering. An axe allows you to chop down trees to get wood and break rocks to uncover valuable resources.
How to Get an Axe in Animal Crossing New Horizons
To get an axe in Animal Crossing, you must first speak to Tom Nook on your second day of play. In exchange for fish or bugs, he will give you the recipe for a Flimsy Axe. A Flimsy Axe requires five tree branches and one stone to build.
Because it is just a starter Axe, it won't last you very long. This means you will need to upgrade it.
To upgrade your axe, purchase the Pretty Good Tools DIY Recipe from the Nook Shop. It will cost you 3,000 Nook Miles and requires three resources: the Flimsy Axe, three Wood, and one Iron Nugget. This will give you access to the Stone Axe capable of chopping down trees and breaking rocks.
There are many other valuable tools that you will need to obtain in order to continue your island exploration. Check out our guides on how to get a ladder, how to collect gold nuggets and where to find iron.