How to Upgrade Tools in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
How to Upgrade Tools in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

To upgrade your tools, you can visit Saibara’s shop north of your farm. He can upgrade your tools for a fee if you bring him an appropriate ore. It’s important to upgrade your tools in the game as they perform better than the basic ones.

Tool Level and Experience

Check your tool’s experience at the Tool Level List window | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Check your tool’s experience at the Tool Level List window

All tools at the start of the game are level 1. They gain experience each time you use them properly. To upgrade a tool, it must have 100% experience. To check a tool’s experience points, press the START button, select “Earnings”, and find the “Tool Level List” window.

A tool’s experience can reach over 100% if you keep using it. Every 100% after that will determine the maximum level you can upgrade the tool into, along with a small ore icon next to the tool. The experience bar also changes color depending on the tool level.

For example, if you have a level 1 tool that has 200% experience, you can immediately upgrade it to level 3. This will skip the level 2 upgrade entirely, and you’ll save a bit of gold. 

Tool LevelTool Upgrade
Level 1Basic Tool
Level 2Copper Tool
Level 3Silver Tool
Level 4Gold Tool
Level 5Mystrile Tool

Gaining Tool Experience

Using the sickle to cut weeds will increase its experience level | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Using the sickle to cut weeds will increase its experience level

To gain tool experience, you must use each tool properly. You can’t gain tool experience by just randomly swinging them around.

ToolHow to Gain Experience
AxeChop down branches and tree stumps
HammerBreak down stones, rocks, or boulders
HoeTill your farm’s fields or dig in the mines
SickleCut down weeds, grass or crops in your farm
Watering CanWater your planted seeds or crops
Fishing RodCatch fish in the sea, lake, or river

Upgrading a Tool

Saibara will upgrade your tool for a fee | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Saibara will upgrade your tool for a fee

Once you’re ready to upgrade a tool, go to Saibara’s shop. Bring your tool with you and the corresponding ore for your tool’s current experience level. You also need to pay Saibara some gold before he can upgrade your tool.

Collecting the upgraded tool from Saibara | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Collecting the upgraded tool from Saibara

Depending on the tool level, it can take up to 2-3 days for the tool to be upgraded. You need to return to Saibara to collect your upgraded tool as he won’t deliver it to your farm.

You can find all the ores you need to upgrade your tools inside the Spring Mine. Check this guide to know where to find them here: Mining Guide for Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

Tool LevelRequired OreGold Cost
Basic ToolNoneNone
Copper Tool1x Copper Ore1000G
Silver Tool1x Silver Ore2000G
Gold Tool1x Gold Ore3000G
Mystrile Tool1x Mystrile Ore5000G

Important Note: You cannot use a tool while it’s being upgraded. Make sure you don’t actually need the tool when you bring it to Saibara for an upgrade.

Upgraded Tool Effects

Using the hoe’s charged strike to till several squares of soil | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Using the hoe’s charged strike to till several squares of soil

When you have successfully upgraded your tool, you can now hold the B button to charge it. It will perform a powerful “charged strike” with different effects, depending on the tool’s level.

You can hold the B button longer based on the tool’s level. The longer you hold down the B button, the higher the tool’s charged strike will be.

Level 1: Basic Tools

ToolEffect
Basic AxeCut down small branches; can’t chop tree stumps
Basic HammerSmashes small stones; can’t smash large stones and boulders
Basic HoeTills a 1×1 square of land
Basic SickleCuts a 1×1 square of grass
Basic Watering CanWaters a 1×1 square of land
Basic Fishing RodCatches small fish

Level 2: Copper Tools

ToolEffect
Copper AxeChop down tree stumps with 6 charged strikes
Copper HammerSmash large stones with 3 charged strikes
Copper HoeTills a 2×1 square of soil with 1 charged strike
Copper SickleCuts a 1×3 square of grass, crops, or weeds in 1 charged strike
Copper Watering CanWaters a 1×3 square of soil in 1 charged strike
Copper Fishing RodCatches small and medium fish

Level 3: Silver Tools

ToolEffect
Silver AxeChop down tree stumps with 3 charged strikes
Silver HammerSmash large stones with 2 charged strikes; boulders with 6 strikes
Silver HoeTills 3×1 square of soil with 1 charged strike
Silver SickleCuts a 2×3 square of grass, crops, or weeds in 1 charged strike
Silver Watering CanWaters a 2×3 square of soil in 1 charged strike
Silver Fishing RodCatches small and medium fish

Level 4: Gold Tools

ToolEffect
Gold AxeChop down tree stumps with 2 charged strikes
Gold HammerSmash large stones with 1 charged strike; boulders with 3 strikes
Gold HoeTills a 4×1 square of soil with 1 charged strike
Gold SickleCuts a 3×3 square of grass, crops, or weeds in 1 charged strike
Gold Watering CanWaters a 3×3 square of soil in 1 charged strike
Gold Fishing RodCatches medium and large fish

Level 5: Mystrile Tools

ToolEffect
Mystrile AxeChop down tree stumps with 1 charged strike
Mystrile HammerSmash boulders with 2 charged strikes
Mystrile HoeTills a 6×1 square of soil with 1 charged strike
Mystrile SickleCuts a 5×5 square of grass, crops, or weeds in 1 charged strike
Mystrile Watering CanWaters a 3×5 square of soil in 1 charged strike
Mystrile Fishing RodCatches large fish

Cursed and Blessed Tools

A set of powerful mythic tools | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
A set of powerful mythic tools

There is another set of tools that you can find in the Lake Mine. These tools are the “Cursed Tools”, which are more powerful than the mystrile ones. You can further upgrade these tools to the last level, called “Mythic Tools”, which are the most powerful set of tools in the game.

Check the guide on how to get them here: How to Get Cursed and Blessed Tools in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

Other Tools

View of Saibara’s shop with the additional tools you can buy | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
View of Saibara’s shop with the additional tools you can buy

There’s also additional tools that you can buy from Saibara. These tools don’t gain experience when you use them, so you cannot upgrade them. 

  • Brush – Lets you brush your horse, cows, and sheep once a day. This will increase their affection.
  • Milker – Lets you milk healthy adult cows every day. This will also slightly increase their affection.
  • Clippers – Use the clippers to trim your sheep’s wool once a week. This will also slightly increase their affection.