Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game that leaves you with all kinds of tools.
One of the several tools you can acquire in this game that is needed is the shovel.
A shovel is used to dig and bury items. You can acquire fossils using a shovel, or even plant a money tree.
Here’s how you can get a shovel in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Give bugs / fishes to Nook
To get a shovel, you need to meet Blathers who runs the museum.
Before Blathers can show up, you need to submit five bugs / fishes to Nook. It can be five bugs or five fishes or a mix of any five.
You will get the axe recipe, among other things, when you give Nook bugs / fishes.
Set Blathers’ tent
Nook will give you a tent to set up for Blathers.
You can place the tent nearby or anywhere you wish. It’s easier if you place his tent close to town.
Once you’re done, tell Nook about it.
Blathers should arrive the morning after in his tent. Speak to him and he’ll give you two recipes, i.e. for a vaulting pole and a shovel.
Craft the shovel and start using it
Once you have the DIY recipe, just use the work bench to craft a shovel.
You can use it to dig up fossils and other stuff, including bells.