How to Upgrade Tools in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
How to Upgrade Tools in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

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.

ToolUsage
AxeCutting branches and tree stumps
HammerBreaking stones, large rocks, and fences
HoeTilling the field and mining
SickleCutting weeds, grass, or crops
Watering CanWatering crops
Ore requirement and tool experience shown in the start menu. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Ore requirement and tool experience shown in the start menu.

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.

ToolGold CostRequired Ore
Copper Tool1000GCopper Ore
Silver Tool2000GSilver Ore
Gold Tool3000GGold Ore
Mystrile Tool5000GMystrile Ore

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.

The Blacksmith

The Blacksmith | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The Blacksmith in his shop

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.

The blacksmith’s location on the map. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The blacksmith’s location on the map.

Non-upgradeable tools

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.

  • Bell
  • Brush
  • Clippers
  • Fishing Rod and Fishing Pole from Gregg
  • Milker

Charged Strikes

Preparing the sickle’s charged strike. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Preparing the sickle’s charged strike.

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

Axe

The Mystrile Axe’s charged strike in action. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The Mystrile Axe’s charged strike in action.
Upgrade LevelEffect
Normal AxeCan cut branches to get one lumber.
Copper AxeCuts tree stumps with 6 fully charged strikes.
Silver AxeCuts tree stumps with 3 fully charged strikes.
Gold AxeCuts tree stumps with 2 fully charged strikes.
Mystrile AxeCuts tree stumps with 1 fully charged strike.

Hammer

The upgraded hammer can break large rocks. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The upgraded hammer can break large rocks.
Upgrade LevelEffect
Normal HammerCan break small stones.
Copper HammerBreaks large stones with 4 fully charged strikes.
Silver HammerBreaks large stones with 2.5 fully charged strikes and large rocks with 4.5 fully charged strikes.
Gold HammerBreaks large stones with 1 fully charged strike and large rocks with 2.5 fully charged strikes.
Mystrile HammerBreaks large stones and large rocks with 1 fully charged strike.

Hoe

The Mystrile Hoe’s charged strike in action. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The Mystrile Hoe’s charged strike in action.
Upgrade LevelEffect
Normal HoeTills one square of soil in front of you.
Copper HoeTills two squares of soil in front of you with 1 fully charged strike.
Silver HoeTills three squares of soil in front of you with 1 fully charged strike.
Gold HoeTills four squares of soil in front of you with 1 fully charged strike.
Mystrile HoeTills 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.

Sickle

The sickle’s charged strike in action. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The sickle’s charged strike in action.
Upgrade LevelEffect
Normal SickleCuts one square of crops, weeds, or grass in front of you
Copper SickleCuts crops, weeds, or grass in a 1×3 area in front of you with 1 fully charged strike
Silver SickleCuts crops, weeds, or grass in a 2×3 area in around you with 1 fully charged strike
Gold SickleCuts crops, weeds, or grass in a 3×3 area in around you with 1 fully charged strike
Mystrile SickleCuts crops, weeds, or grass in a 5×5 area in around you with 1 fully charged strike

Watering Can

The mystrile watering can’s maximum range is 5x3 when fully charged. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The mystrile watering can’s maximum range is 5×3 when fully charged.
Upgrade LevelEffect
Normal Watering CanWaters one square of soil in front of you
Copper Watering CanWaters a 1×3 area of soil in front of you with a fully charged use
Silver Watering CanWaters a 2×3 area of soil in front of you with a fully charged use
Gold Watering CanWaters a 3×3 area of soil in front of you with a fully charged use
Mystrile Watering CanWaters 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.