How to Get Iron Nuggets | Iron Nugget Farming | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

This is a guide to farming Iron Nuggets, a DIY material in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Read on to learn how to get iron nuggets, where to farm iron nuggets, the fastest way to get iron nuggets, how they can be used, whether or not you should sell iron nuggets, and more!

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How to Get Iron Nuggets

The Best Source is Rocks on Mystery Tours

Tour Rocks
The best way to get Iron Nuggets is by hitting rocks on the islands you visit on Mystery Tours, the tours you can go on by using the Nook Miles tickets. Remember to bring axes or shovels to hit the rocks with.

Mystery Island Tours and Nook Miles Ticket Guide

Get Iron Nuggets from Rocks on Mystery Tours

You can only get Materials from the Rocks on your island once per day, but you always have a chance to find them on Mystery Tour Islands.

Mystery Tour islands will give you fresh rocks every time you go, so you can get as many materials as you want in a day.

Dig holes behind you to get all 8 materials

Dig Holes Behind You
If you dig two holes behind you when you gather the various materials from rocks, you can avoid being bounced back too far, allowing you to hit the rock 8 times repeatedly and get the maximum number of materials.

The Materials are Random

Rock Materials
Clay IconClay Stone IconStone Iron Nugget IconIron Nugget Gold Nugget IconGold Nugget

You can find a variety of materials from hitting rocks, such as Clay, Stone, and Iron Nuggets, but all of them have a random chance of dropping. Iron Nuggets are somewhat uncommon, but you should be able to get at least one or two from Rocks most of the time.

Don't hit a rock after eating Fruit

If you eat a Fruit, you will gain a point of Stamina, which will cause you to break a rock when you hit it with a Shovel. Stamina won't decrease until a day has passed, so try picking up a tree with the Shovel or sitting in a piece of furniture to decrease your Stamina.

Get Iron Nuggets from a Friend's Island

If your friend has untapped rocks, you may ask them if they can let you get resources from their island. You can also have them offer you Iron Nuggets as payment if you help around their island!

Get From Residents on Rare Occasions

Once in while, you can get Iron Nuggets by talking to a resident. The chance of receiving them is pretty low, so it's not recommended as an effective way to gather them.

You'll receive 5 Iron Nuggets from one of the other residents when you are working on making Nook's Cranny, to help you reach the needed 30 Iron Nuggets.

Get From Balloon Presents

Blue Balloon.jpg Blue Balloons have a higher chance of dropping crafting materials.

You can sometimes get Iron Nuggets from the Presents dropped by shooting down balloons. You need a Slingshot to shoot down the balloons, and they can be pretty rare, so shoot them down whenever you see or hear them!

What can you get from Balloons

Hit the Rocks Every Day

Iron Nuggets have a lower drop rate than normal stones, but you should still get one or two of them for each rock you hit with a shovel/axe. This means that if you want to get a lot of these, the only option is to do this daily.

Things to Do Every Day

What Iron Nuggets are Used For

Necessary to Unlock Nook's Cranny

Materials Needed Amount
Wood IconWood 30
Hardwood IconHardwood 30
Softwood IconSoftwood 30
Iron Nugget IconIron Nugget 30

Iron Nuggets are also necessary to open Nook's Cranny. You will need 30 pieces of all three kinds of wood and 30 pieces of Iron Nuggets in total.

Use as DIY Material

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Kettlebell ImageKettlebell Kettle Bathtub ImageKettle Bathtub Log Wall-Mounted Clock ImageLog Wall-Mounted Clock
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You can make the Items above with Iron Nuggets.

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6 Wen10 months

>>5 Agreed

5 Anonymousabout 1 year

>>4 not even joking you have to poop on a toilet to get rid of your stamina

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