To upgrade your tools, you need to use them until it’s experience reaches 100%. You can then visit the blacksmith Saibara to upgrade them. Upgrading tools requires gold and a corresponding ore which you can find in the mine.
Tool Upgrade Requirements
There are five basic tools in the game. Each time you use them, your tools gain a small amount of experience, even when you just swing them around. They get a lot more experience when you use them for their intended purpose, like using an axe to cut branches.
|Cutting branches and tree stumps
|Breaking stones, large rocks, and fences
|Tilling the field and mining
|Cutting weeds, grass, or crops
You can’t upgrade a tool to a better one unless it has 100% experience. The start menu has a panel where you can check how much experience each tool has. A small icon next to the tool lets you know the required ore for its next upgrade.
Every 100% experience is equal to one upgrade higher than the tool’s current level. For example, if your basic sickle has 200% experience, you can upgrade it to silver and skip the copper upgrade.
You can find ores by mining in the waterfall mine. Copper and Silver ores are easy to find in the upper floors while Gold and Mystrile ores are found deeper in the mine.
Tip: You can skip all the other three upgrades and go straight to the mystrile upgrade if a normal tool’s experience reaches 400%. Doing this saves a bit of money, but the downside is you will be stuck using a non-upgraded tool for a while.
When a tool is ready for an upgrade, equip it and visit the local blacksmith, Saibara. Hold the required ore for the upgrade, speak to him and choose “Ask to level-up a tool.” Pay the upgrade fee and come back to Saibara after three days to pick up your upgraded tool.
Warning! The tool will not be usable while it is being upgraded. Winter is the ideal season to upgrade your tools, especially the watering can, because you won’t be using them.
You can buy these tools from shops. Even though the game classifies them as tools, they have no upgrade levels and it is not possible to upgrade them in the blacksmith’s shop.
- Fishing Rod and Fishing Pole from Gregg
After upgrading a tool, you can perform a “charged strike” with it by holding the square button. This is a more powerful version of a tool’s standard effect. The charged strike’s effect will vary depending on the tool’s upgrade level.
Upgraded Tool Effects
|Can cut branches to get one lumber.
|Cuts tree stumps with 6 fully charged strikes.
|Cuts tree stumps with 3 fully charged strikes.
|Cuts tree stumps with 2 fully charged strikes.
|Cuts tree stumps with 1 fully charged strike.
|Can break small stones.
|Breaks large stones with 4 fully charged strikes.
|Breaks large stones with 2.5 fully charged strikes and large rocks with 4.5 fully charged strikes.
|Breaks large stones with 1 fully charged strike and large rocks with 2.5 fully charged strikes.
|Breaks large stones and large rocks with 1 fully charged strike.
|Tills one square of soil in front of you.
|Tills two squares of soil in front of you with 1 fully charged strike.
|Tills three squares of soil in front of you with 1 fully charged strike.
|Tills four squares of soil in front of you with 1 fully charged strike.
|Tills six squares of soil in front of you with 1 fully charged strike.
Note: While in the waterfall or winter mine, you can only dig one square of soil even if you upgrade the hoe and use its charged strike.
|Cuts one square of crops, weeds, or grass in front of you
|Cuts crops, weeds, or grass in a 1×3 area in front of you with 1 fully charged strike
|Cuts crops, weeds, or grass in a 2×3 area in around you with 1 fully charged strike
|Cuts crops, weeds, or grass in a 3×3 area in around you with 1 fully charged strike
|Cuts crops, weeds, or grass in a 5×5 area in around you with 1 fully charged strike
|Normal Watering Can
|Waters one square of soil in front of you
|Copper Watering Can
|Waters a 1×3 area of soil in front of you with a fully charged use
|Silver Watering Can
|Waters a 2×3 area of soil in front of you with a fully charged use
|Gold Watering Can
|Waters a 3×3 area of soil in front of you with a fully charged use
|Mystrile Watering Can
|Waters a 5×3 area of soil in front of you with a fully charged use
Note: The watering can always hold up to 100 units of water, regardless of its upgrade level.