There are a ton of vital ingredients for crafting in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And getting them in large supply isn’t abundantly clear to new players. That’s why we’re creating a bunch of these guides to teach you how to farm for various resources in the newest Switch sensation. With that said, here’s a quick primer on the best ways to get Iron Nuggets and Clay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
These items are used to craft new tools but, are also vital for story progression as well. You will need to farm them to build bridges and other ways to explore new areas of your island, for example. To get Iron Nuggets and Clay in this game, you will need either a Shovel or an Axe.
The base Shovel works a bit better than the Flimsy one, and is pretty easy to get, but there is a better option. Get an Upgrade Shovel, which you can get the DIY recipe for from the Resident Service ATM. This item has a bit better durability, but also a higher chance to spawn Iron Nuggets and Clay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
You then need to head around your island looking for rocks, they stand out against the grasses and flowers of your island pretty obviously. The rocks are just gray slabs, just walk up and smack them a few times to get the drops.
Keep in mind that there’s a limit to how much you can try to mine for in a day. You can only hit each stone a total of nine times each day. So while you’re out farming Bells around your island, be sure to do the other common money-making activities as well.