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I see these mounds of dirt everywhere and I figure I need a shovel to pick them up as I have tried every other tool (axe, hoe, pickaxe) to try and get to it but none of them have worked.

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I believe that you can dig them up as one of the NPC's say so.

So where can I find a shovel, or other method of digging?

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I think those are just rocks that you can't do anything with. – Ross Ridge Mar 12 at 23:07
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@RossRidge so what was the NPC referring to when she said you could dig stuff up? – Aequitas Mar 12 at 23:07
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There is no shovel in the game and that mound of dirt was just a rock. It doesn't do anything.

The NPC was referring to dig spots.enter image description here

The small black worms in front of me are a dig spot that can be dug with a hoe. Dig spots can contain valuable items, including books and museum artifacts. They're a little easier to spot in-game, since they're animated.

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alright I got the dig spots wrong I guess then haha. – Aequitas Mar 12 at 23:24
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According to “Livin' Off The Land” they're “wiggling stems,” not worms. (I always thought they were worms too.) I guess they're related to the other background plants that mysteriously are able to bop to the music. – SevenSidedDie Mar 15 at 19:55

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