The Value of Rubbish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In past Animal Crossing games, the only things of value were actual items. Clothes, furniture, fossils, etc. were the things that players wanted because they were what advanced the game. Clothes made you look cool, fossils and fish looked nice in the museum and furniture is what made your house. All of these are still true in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but now they aren’t the only things on the wishlist. With the introduction of crafting, everything is now valuable in one way or another. Wood, rocks and iron are all obvious resources, but now even weeds and garbage have become vital components in certain recipes. Recycling is great and all, but it still feels weird to be trading hard-earned gold and bells for rusty parts and old tires.

Even so, their value is real. Old tires are necessary is you want to make yourself a sweet moon rover, and rusted parts are even more valuable! As rare as old tires are, they can still be encountered on a daily basis and can at least be used in multiple recipes. Yet, their value pales in comparison to rusted parts. These parts could perhaps be the rarest resources in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as the only time they spawn is after a visit from Gulliver. Once his parts are recovered and the seagull resumes his seafaring ways, 1 to 2 rusted parts will show up in the town hall recycle bin. If you want more, you’ll just have to wait until the next time he washes up on your beach. It wouldn’t be an issue if not for the sole recipe these parts are used in: the Robot Hero.

Getting the Robot Hero is one of the most time intensive goals to chase in the entire game. Not only do you have to already have two other items, the Gold Armor Suit and the Rocket, but you also have to have 90 Iron Nuggets and 10 Gold Nuggets. Oh, and you need 30 Rusted Parts too. That’s right, 30 of the rarest resource in the whole game. Good crafting this thing on your own! (There is rumor going around that not helping Gulliver yields more rusted parts, but I don’t know if it’s been confirmed.)

Outside of the Robot Hero and Lunar Rover, rubbish items can be used to craft playground decorations, planters, medicine and even more. It’s actually a valuable resource that people in the online community will actually trade other, seemingly more valuable, resources to get their hands on. So please, make sure to hang onto your garbage for your own sake. You never know when it could come in handy!

What have you made with your rubbish items in Animal Crossing? Have you managed to make the Robot Hero yet?

Lede image captured by Hatmonster


  1. I pretty much put as much as I can in my storage. I learned the hard way towards the beginning of my New Horizons journey that if you sell these things, chances are you will come across a cool looking DIY recipe that you now can’t craft!

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    1. Hatm0nster says:

      Wish I’d figured that out sooner. Could’ve avoided trouble later on


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