Tools

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Tools help you get things done in the world. You can carry them with you in your backpack for ready use, or store them in a chest when not immediately needed.

Upgrades

You can upgrade your tools at the Blacksmith in exchange for gold and metal bars, with upgrades taking two days to complete. During the upgrade, you can't buy anything or ask Clint to break open geodes. Tools must be upgraded in ascending order of materials; for example, a copper tool can't be upgraded directly to iridium.

Tip: The practical meaning of an upgrade "taking two days to complete" is that you will wake up on two successive days without your tool. You may use the tool during the day, then take it to the Blacksmith (before it closes) to upgrade. The next day you will be without your tool. The following day, you must travel to the Blacksmith to pick up the tool, and can use it for the remainder of the day.

Proficiency

Proficiency refers to the amount of energy required to use a specific tool.

At skill level 0, each successful use of a Pickaxe, Axe, or Hoe costs 2 energy. Unsuccessful uses (e.g., attempting to chop a Large Log with the starter axe) cost 1 energy. Each cast of the Fishing Pole costs 8 energy, even if the cast fails (e.g., the fishing line does not land in water). The starter Watering Can uses 2 energy.

Each increase in skill decreases energy requirements by 0.1 points for specific tools (listed below). Skill increases past level 10 (only possible temporarily via Buffs) continue to decrease the energy requirements. So, for example, using a Pickaxe at Mining level 13 costs only 0.7 points per swing. (The game keeps track of fractional amounts of energy, but in the user interface they are rounded to the nearest integer).

Powering up an upgraded watering can increases its energy cost by 2 points per power-up; each increase in skill decreases the energy requirement by 0.1 points (regardless of power level). At Farming Level 0, the starter can uses 2 energy to water one tile; the iridium can at maximum power uses 10 energy to water eighteen tiles. At Farming Level 10, the starter can uses 1 energy; the iridium at maximum power uses 9 energy (10 minus .1 per skill level). Using an upgraded can to water fewer tiles than it is able costs the same energy as the first watering can upgrade that is able to water that many tiles (single tile always the same as starter can, 5 tiles always the same as steel can). Attempting to use an empty watering can doesn't cost energy. Filling a watering can never uses energy.

Upgrading an Axe, Pickaxe, or Hoe does not alter the amount of energy required to use it. The increased efficiency of the Axe, Pickaxe, or Hoe, however, will result in less overall energy being used for the same task than a lower-level tool.

Note that all Hoes use the same energy (2 points at Farming Level 0, and 1 point at Farming Level 10), whether powered-up or used to till one tile of soil.

All fishing poles use the same energy: 8 points at Fishing Level 0, and 7 points at Fishing Level 10.

Affected Tools

Farming

Foraging

Fishing

Mining

Unaffected Tools

The following tools do not consume energy:

The following tools always consume 4 points of energy:

Neither loading a Crab Pot with Bait nor harvesting it uses any energy, at any skill level.

Hoes

Main article: Hoes

Used primarily to till soil for Farming and to dig up Artifact Spots. Upgraded hoes may be used to till more than one square at a time by holding left-click and "powering up" the tool.

Image Name Cost Ingredients Improvements
Hoe.png Hoe Starter Tool
Copper Hoe.png Copper Hoe Gold.png2,000g Copper Bar.png Copper Bar (5) Increases maximum area of effect to 3 tiles, in a line in front of you.
Steel Hoe.png Steel Hoe Gold.png5,000g Iron Bar.png Iron Bar (5) Increases maximum area of effect to 5 tiles, in a line in front of you.
Gold Hoe.png Gold Hoe Gold.png10,000g Gold Bar.png Gold Bar (5) Increases maximum area of effect to 3x3 tiles.
Iridium Hoe.png Iridium Hoe Gold.png25,000g Iridium Bar.png Iridium Bar (5) Increases maximum area of effect to 6x3 tiles.

Pickaxes

Main article: Pickaxes

Used mainly for breaking stones and picking up placed equipment or furniture items. It is also used to un-till soil that has been tilled with a Hoe.

Using a pickaxe on a Monster will deal a small portion of damage, similar to weapons.

Image Name Cost Ingredients Improvements
Pickaxe.png Pickaxe Starter Tool N/A Can break boulders in The Mines and rocks anywhere.
Copper Pickaxe.png Copper Pickaxe Gold.png2,000g Copper Bar.png Copper Bar (5)
Steel Pickaxe.png Steel Pickaxe Gold.png5,000g Iron Bar.png Iron Bar (5) Can break boulders on The Farm.

Can mine the barrier inside the mine that blocks the player from talking with Dwarf.

Gold Pickaxe.png Gold Pickaxe Gold.png10,000g Gold Bar.png Gold Bar (5) Can break a meteorite.
Iridium Pickaxe.png Iridium Pickaxe Gold.png25,000g Iridium Bar.png Iridium Bar (5)

Axes

Main article: Axes

Used to chop down Trees for wood and sap and to gather Hardwood from a Large Stump or a Large Log. The axe must also be used to harvest Giant Crops. Like the pickaxe, it can deal a small amount of damage to monsters.

Image Name Cost Ingredients Improvements
Axe.png Axe Starter Tool 10 hits to chop a fully-grown tree, and 5 hits for a small stump.
Copper Axe.png Copper Axe Gold.png2,000g Copper Bar.png Copper Bar (5) Can chop Large Stumps. 8 hits to chop a fully-grown tree, and 4 hits for a small stump.
Steel Axe.png Steel Axe Gold.png5,000g Iron Bar.png Iron Bar (5) Can chop Large Logs. 6 hits to chop a fully-grown tree, and 3 hits for a small stump.
Gold Axe.png Gold Axe Gold.png10,000g Gold Bar.png Gold Bar (5) 4 hits to chop a fully-grown tree, and 2 hits for a small stump. 2 hits for a stage 4 tree, and one hit for a stage 3 tree and below.
Iridium Axe.png Iridium Axe Gold.png25,000g Iridium Bar.png Iridium Bar (5) 2 hits to chop a fully-grown tree, and 1 hit for a small stump. 1 hit for a stage 4 tree and below.

Watering Cans

Main article: Watering Cans

Used to water crops. A crop plant does not grow on a day it is not watered. If it is raining, the rain waters all crops without use of the watering can.

Upgraded watering cans may be used to water more than one square at a time by holding left-click and "powering up" the tool.

Image Name Cost Ingredients Improvements
Watering Can.png Watering Can Starter Tool Has a total water capacity of 40 charges before it has to be refilled.
Copper Watering Can.png
Copper Watering Can Gold.png2,000g Copper Bar.png Copper Bar (5) Capacity increased to 55 charges.

Increases maximum area of effect to 3 tiles in a straight line.

Steel Watering Can.png
Steel Watering Can Gold.png5,000g Iron Bar.png Iron Bar (5) Capacity increased to 70 charges.

Increases maximum area of effect to 5 tiles in a straight line.

Gold Watering Can.png
Gold Watering Can Gold.png10,000g Gold Bar.png Gold Bar (5) Capacity increased to 85 charges.

Increases maximum area of effect to a 3x3 area (9 corresponding tiles).

Iridium Watering Can.png
Iridium Watering Can Gold.png25,000g Iridium Bar.png Iridium Bar (5) Capacity increased to 100 charges.

Increases maximum area of effect to a 6x3 area (18 corresponding tiles).

Trash Cans

Main article: Trash Cans

Used to delete items from the Inventory.

Upgraded trash cans will return some gold for trashed items.

Image Name Cost Ingredients Improvements
Trash Can Starter Tool Used to delete items from the inventory menu.
Trash Can Copper.png Copper Trash Can Gold.png1,000g Copper Bar.png Copper Bar (5) When deleting items, reclaim 15% of their monetary value.
Trash Can Steel.png Steel Trash Can Gold.png2,500g Iron Bar.png Iron Bar (5) When deleting items, reclaim 30% of their monetary value.
Trash Can Gold.png Gold Trash Can Gold.png5,000g Gold Bar.png Gold Bar (5) When deleting items, reclaim 45% of their monetary value.
Trash Can Iridium.png Iridium Trash Can Gold.png12,500g Iridium Bar.png Iridium Bar (5) When deleting items, reclaim 60% of their monetary value.

Fishing Poles

Used to catch fish. Hold down left click to power-up the cast, use WASD or the arrow keys to slightly adjust the placement of the hook.

Image Name Cost Improvements Location Requirements
Training Rod.png
Training Rod Gold.png25g Easier to use (only catches common Fish). Buy from Willy's Fish Shop
Bamboo Pole.png
Bamboo Pole Gold.png500g Given to you by Willy

Buy from Willy's Fish Shop

Fiberglass Rod.png
Fiberglass Rod Gold.png1,800g Able to use bait. Buy from Willy's Fish Shop Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2

(You receive a letter the day after it becomes available)

Iridium Rod.png
Iridium Rod Gold.png7,500g Able to use bait & tackle. Buy from Willy's Fish Shop Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 6

(You receive a letter the day after it becomes available)

Other Tools

Image Name Cost Description Location
none Backpack (12 slots) Starter Tool Use to carry your inventory. You start with one. It can hold 12 stacks of items, but it can be upgraded.
Backpack.png
Large Pack (24 slots) Gold.png2,000g Unlocks the 2nd row of inventory (12 more slots). Purchased from Pierre's General Store at the start of the game.
36 Backpack.png
Deluxe Pack (36 slots) Gold.png10,000g Unlocks the 3rd row of inventory (12 more slots). Purchased from Pierre's General Store after buying 24 Size Backpack.
Scythe.png
Scythe Starter Tool It can cut grass into hay, if you've built a silo. You start with one.
Golden Scythe.png
Golden Scythe N/A It's more powerful than a normal scythe. Found at end of Quarry Mine.
Milk Pail.png
Milk Pail Gold.png1,000g Gather milk from your animals. Purchased from Marnie's Ranch.
Shears.png
Shears Gold.png1,000g Use this to collect wool from sheep Purchased from Marnie's Ranch.
Heater.png
Heater Gold.png2,000g Keeps your animals warmer and happier during the winter. Purchased from Marnie's Ranch. It is the reward for completing the Bundle Yellow.png Fodder Bundle on the Bulletin Board.
Copper Pan.png
Copper Pan N/A Use to gather ore from streams. Unlocked via completing the Community Center fishing Bundles or Joja upgrades.
Auto-Grabber.png
Auto-Grabber Gold.png25,000g Automatically harvests from your animals each morning. Must be placed inside a coop or barn. Unlocked after reaching Farming Level 10, the player will receive a letter in the mail from Marnie.

Tool Disposal

Most tools cannot be put in the trash can on the player's inventory screen, or dragged off the inventory screen to be dropped. Tools that can be trashed and/or dropped are: all Fishing Poles, the Auto-Grabber, Heater, and Copper Pan.

If the player somehow loses the Scythe, Axe, Pickaxe, or Watering Can (by dying in the mines for example), the next day a basic version of the tool will appear either next to the player's bed or in the player's refrigerator, if the player has a kitchen. Mayor Lewis may send a letter in the mail saying he found them and returned them.

Bugs

  • In multiplayer, it is possible to lose a tool in the mines, and never get a replacement back. A known workaround for this bug is to have one of the non-hosting players create a new character, have them drop their tools into a chest, and then quit and re-join as their original character.
  • When swinging a pickaxe, axe, or hoe at one of the cactuses in Calico Desert, the tool disappears from the animation.
  • If the player triggers a fishing rod away from a fishing spot, it may freeze the player in place. This disables all menus and the game cannot be saved or exited without force.