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How Honey Trees work in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Published: 13/Nov/2021 23:40

by Brent Koepp

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl’s Honey Tree feature allows players to catch rare Pokemon hidden throughout Sinnoh. Here is everything you need to know about the mechanic. 

Trainers looking to complete their Pokedex in the Sinnoh remakes will need to use Honey to find rare Pokemon hidden throughout the region’s many trees.

This guide will break down how the Honey Tree mechanic works in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, including every ‘mon you can find using the feature.

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Honey Trees

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl trailer showing Dawn at honey tree
ILCA / The Pokemon Company
Players can catch rare Pokemon using Honey Trees.

The Honey Tree mechanic is introduced after visiting the Valley Windworks for the first time. In order to unlock the building, players will need to return to Floaroma Town to enter the Floaroma Meadows which is located north of the small community.

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After defeating two Galactic Grunts, an older man will thank you for rescuing him by giving you Honey. Trainers will now be able to walk up to special trees throughout Sinnoh and “slather” the bark with the sweet delectable.

Returning to a tree covered in honey hours later will then trigger a random encounter with a pool of Pokemon. Which ‘mon you get, however, is completely random.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Honey Tree examples
ILCA / The Pokemon Company
The left tree is one you can slather with Honey. The right example is just a part of the map and does not work.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Honey Tree Locations

  • Route 205
  • Route 206
  • Route 207
  • Route 208
  • Route 209
  • Route 210
  • Route 211
  • Route 212
  • Route 213
  • Route 214
  • Route 215
  • Route 218
  • Route 221
  • Route 222
  • Eterna Forest
  • Floaroma Meadow
  • Fuego Ironworks
  • Valley Windworks

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Honey Tree Pokemon

Pokemon Type Spawn %
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Munchlax Honey Tree image

Munchlax

Normal 1%
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Heracross Honey Tree image

Heracross

Bug / Fighting 5%
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Aipom Honey Tree image

Aipom

Normal 15%
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Burmy Honey Tree image

Burmy

Bug 15%
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Cherubi Honey Tree image

Cherubi

Grass 15%
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Combee Honey Tree image

Combee

Bug / Flying 20%
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Wurmple Honey Tree image

Wurmple

Bug 30%

Honey Tree spawn times

Just like 2006’s Diamond & Pearl, Studio ILCA has kept the Honey Tree mechanic pretty faithful to the originals. Unfortunately, this means there is no tried and true method to predict when a tree will be ready to spawn a Pokemon.

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Players who slather Honey on a tree trunk will have to periodically check back on the tree anywhere from six to 24 hours. Once the leaves start shaking is when you can interact with it to trigger a random Pokemon battle.

Trainers should NOT change their Nintendo Switch system’s time as the game uses real time for this feature. The best way to do this is to wait until you unlock the Fly Hidden Move.

How to get more Honey

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Lucas approaches Honey tree trailer screenshot
ILCA / The Pokemon Company
Trainers can get more Honey after running out.

Players running out of Honey will either need to go back to Floaroma Town to unlock more of the item or catch a rare Pokemon that has the Honey Gather ability. You can find our full guide on getting more here.

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As mentioned above, it’s not entirely clear yet how Studio ILCA is going to handle Honey Tree spawn rates in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. At the time of writing, it appears to be similar to the 2006 titles, which means Trainers are going to have to be very patient!


For more Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl guides and walkthroughs, check out the following:

All Rare Candy locations | Where to find Munchlax | Hardest Pokemon to catch in the Sinnoh region | Where to find Cresselia | How to find Heatran | How to get the National Pokedex | Best starter to pick | How to get the Poketch | Version differences

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