The shovel is the first and one of the most vital tools in the game. Your first shovel is given to you by Leafos, it is beaten up and can only be used for the most basic functions. Upgrades to the shovel can be obtained to break open piñatas, dig holes to plant seeds, dig ponds, smash rocks, and chop down trees. Upgrades to the shovel's handle will increase the power of the shovel's strike, making it possible to destroy strong objects with less hits. If an object is too strong, shovels with weaker handles cannot destroy it.

Attacking Leafos with the shovel will annoy her, and doing this repeatedly in a short amount of time will cause her to make a threat to give away the shovel, and attacking her again will make her take it away for a few seconds.

Shovel Upgrades

At certain levels Jardiniero will upgrade your shovel head or handle.

Upgrades gained at gardener level
Level Upgrade
1 Freebie Shovel Head and Handle.
5 Seed Shovel Head upgrade.
6 Iron Shovel Handle upgrade.
7 Pond Shovel Head upgrade.
13 Bronze Shovel Handle upgrade.
15 Treecutter Shovel Head upgrade.
23 Silver Shovel Handle upgrade.
28 Gold Shovel Handle upgrade.

Also more upgrades can be bought for your shovel from Ivor Bargain in Viva Piñata and Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise, or from Costolot's Store in Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise.

Upgrade Price Available
at Level
Chocolate Sniffer 540 12 Shovel head that detects buried coins in your garden.
Dastardos Head 2,520 20 Shovel head to daze Dastardos while he is in your garden.
Platinum Shovel Handle 1,250 30 Decreases the time it takes to dig a pond.

Shovel Achievements

Once your shovel head is upgraded to max the Super Shovel secret achievement is unlocked.

Once your shovel handle is upgraded to max the Super Strength secret achievement is unlocked.

Gameplay elements
Player Tower of Sour · Chocolate Coin · Alert · Award · Achievement · Gardener level · Journal · Camera · Concept art · Player Permissions · Training episode · Label · Label Designer · Crate
Garden Weather · Day and night cycle · Fertilizer · Transformation · Candy · Shop · Pinometer · Helper · Piñata Vision · Bouncer Board · Garden Store · Trap · Playground · Just for Fun
Tools Watering can · Shovel · Surface Packet · Trick Stick · Seed Bag · Fertilizer Bag · Bait Bag
Piñatas Species · Variant · Wild · Resident · Egg · Cocoon · Sour · Evolution · Romance · Conflict · Fight · Sickness · Wild-card · Happiness Rating · Food chain · Accessory · Costume · Trick · Item level
Minigames Great Piñata Paperchase · P-Factor