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How to get Iron Nuggets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ Iron Nuggets are valuable resources, with them being used to craft a bunch of items and structures, including Nook’s Cranny. However, it isn’t made immediately clear how to get Iron Nuggets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

As Nook’s Cranny costs 30 Iron Nuggets to build, getting the shop up and running can be a lengthy endeavour. However, by learning how to quickly get and farm these Iron Nuggets will allow you to get the store up in no time.

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Here’s our guide on how to get Iron Nuggets in Animal Crossing:

How to get Animal Crossing: New Horizons Iron Nuggets

Iron Nuggets are obtained from the rocks that are on your island. You can use an axe or shovel to get them — the quality of these tools does not matter, so a flimsy axe or shovel will work well enough.

Here’s how to get Iron Nuggets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

  1. Craft or purchase an axe or shovel
  2. Face the rock
  3. Hit the rock multiple times with your tool

After hitting the rock, items will burst out of it. These can either be Bells, Stones, or Iron Nuggets. After the rock has stopped dropping items, you should stop hitting it, as additional hits will wear out the durability of your tool.

How to farm Iron Nuggets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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While the above method to obtain Iron Nuggets is sufficient enough, in order to farm Iron Nuggets you’re going to want to make use of your shovel.

Whenever you hit a rock with an axe or shovel, your player-character will bounce back slightly. This can reduce the number of items you can obtain from a rock. In order to farm, you should do the following:

  1. Craft or purchase a shovel
  2. Stand at the corner of a rock and face away from it
  3. Dig two holes, one behind you and another to your left/right
  4. Repeatedly hit the rock

If you do this quickly enough without pausing, you’ll maximize the number of resources you receive from the rock.