Tools are a group of select items obtainable in the Animal Crossing series. These items, unlike furniture, have special uses outside the house. There were only four in the original games, increased to six in Wild World when the slingshot and watering can were added, seven in City Folk with the Shopping Card, and nine in Animal Crossing: New Leaf with the megaphone and wet suit. Although the wet suit is not held in the hand, it is classed as a tool as it affects the "use" button. It does not have a silver or gold variant.
In Animal Forest + and Animal Crossing many main tools received a gold upgraded version after meeting certain criteria. In City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, an intermediate silver upgrade was added to all tools apart from the Shopping Card, Timer, Hammer, Megaphone and Tweeter