How to Break Rocks | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)


This is a guide to breaking Rocks in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn how to eat fruit to gain stamina and break Rocks with your Shovel or Axe, and what Items can be found inside.

How to Break Rocks

Get an Axe or Shovel

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The first thing you'll need is an Axe or Shovel. Any kind will do, so craft a Flimsy Axe or Flimsy Shovel if you haven't made one yet.

Eat a Fruit to Gain Stamina


Normally, when hitting rocks, you'll knock out items like Stones and Iron Nuggets, but to break them you'll need a little power boost. By eating a fruit, you can gain a point of stamina, up to a maximum of 10 points. For each point of stamina, you'll be able to smash a rock completely using a Shovel or Axe.

The Stamina meter will be visible in the top right of the screen after eating a Fruit.

What Happens When You Eat Fruit?

Break the Rock

With at least one stamina point, you'll be able to break a rock by pressing A while standing next to it with a Shovel or Axe equipped. Let out your stress on something solid!

What you can find inside

These items have been confirmed to be found inside Rocks. However, when searching for items like Iron Nuggets, it's better to hit rocks without breaking them, as breaking a rock will limit you to only one item, while hitting a rock will allow you to obtain several items in one go.

  • 1 Iron Nugget
  • 1 Stone
  • 8,000 Bells

Do Rocks Reappear?

Rocks Respawn in a Random Spot the Next Day

Broken rocks will reappear with the passing of days, in a random spot somewhere on your island.

A maximum of 6 Rocks can exist on your island at a time. When breaking several Rocks at a time, they'll reappear one by one, with one Rock reappearing each day.

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6 Anonymous5 months

I accidentally broke a rock by hitting it too many times in one day

5 Anonymous5 months

The only purpose of breaking rocks is so that it can be repositioned the next day.

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