Pokemon Sword & Shield players stunned by viral tree shaking trick

Published: 7/Dec/2019 23:08 Updated: 10/Dec/2019 12:34

by Brent Koepp


An eagle-eyed Pokemon fan discovered a crazy Sword & Shield tree shaking trick that has since gone viral, leaving Nintendo Switch players across the internet stunned.

Pokemon’s Generation VIII title Sword & Shield dropped on November 15, and has been Nintendo’s most successful game launch on the Switch to date with over six million units sold within its release weekend.

While many trainers have defeated Leon to become the undisputed champion of the Galar region, players from around the world are still discovering what the game has to offer.

One fan stunned players when they shared a trick they discovered with berry collecting in trees that had even veteran trainers shocked to only now learn of its existence.

Game Freak / The Pokemon CompanyThe latest Pokemon has a feature that lets players shake trees for berries.

Pokemon Sword & Shield berry gathering trick

In the latest Pokemon title, players can travel in the Wild Area, which is an open section of the map where trainers can encounter wild monsters as well as participating in raids. The landscape also features trees, which you can shake to drop berries.

You can rustle a tree a certain amount of times before a wild Pokemon will jump down and fight you, which loses some of your reward, or you can walk away before that and take what you’ve received.

However, Twitter user ‘toniKENSAjr‘ posted their discovery that it’s not as random as once thought: “For anyone who doesn’t know, slow leaves = safe to shake. Fast leaves = fat squirrel.”

The social media post went viral, with over 70,000 people watching the video, and 9,900 people liking the tweet, as many fans of the beloved RPG were shocked and did not know about the helpful tip.

Toni clarified that the trick is not 100% guaranteed, but more so it’s a warning sign of when to stop, and said, “I know it’s not 100% accurate ’cause apparently when it shakes fast, there’s a 50/50 chance for the fat squirrel.”

Essentially, leaves will initially start out falling slow, but when they speed up it’s the games way of telling you that each shake you do after that is an increased chance a wild Pokemon will drop down, so it’s time to walk away if you don’t want to risk it.

Despite having almost been out for close to a month at this time of writing, dedicated players are still discovering new tricks and tips that demonstrate how deeply rich the game actually is.

While there is no way to 100% know when a wild Pokemon will drop from the tree, there is now an indicator of when you are at risk for it, making it much easier to collect berries conservatively.


Pokemon Go datamine shows subscription service could be coming

Published: 19/Jan/2021 20:54

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go could be getting a subscription service soon according to code discovered by fans. A new datamine suggests that Niantic might be gearing up to add a recurring payment option for the hit mobile title. 

Ever since its debut in 2016, Pokemon Go has continued to be a cultural phenomena. In 2020, the mobile title actually had its highest grossing profits since launch as millions of players continue to obsess over catching their favorite ‘mon in the real world.

Despite its incredible success, the community has been weary over the years over the game’s increase in paid ticket events and monetization. Now, a new datamine points towards Niantic possibly adding a subscription service soon. Here is everything we know.

Screenshot of Pokemon Go Hoenn Challenge art.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Could Pokemon Go be getting a subscription service?

Pokemon Go code refers to a subscription service

The rumor first spread online on January 15 after dataminers looking over the game’s APK discovered new code that refers to a recurring service. A subscription in Go is hardly a new concept as murmurs of Niantic implementing one seems to pop up every year without ever coming true.

The latest datamine dump has many fans worried though, as it’s the most complete evidence yet that one could be arriving – and possibly soon. Curiously, the data includes terms such as “expired”, “grace period”, and “cancelled” which certainly sounds like a subscription of sorts.

Even if Go is getting a service, it could be for a variety of things. And of course, not all information in a datamine is final. Below we will list the code that has many speculating:

  • SubscriptionState
  • AutoRenewDate
  • ValidatedSubscriptionSkuInfo
  • .get_SubscriptionId
  • .set_SubscriptionId
  • isVendorItem
  • canBePurchased
  • virtualCurrencyPrice
  • virtualCurrencyGranted
  • presentationData
  • isActiveSubscription

Popular dataminer ‘PokeMiners’ took to Twitter to clarify what the data could mean after fans reacted to the new information. “What we know: A ‘subscription’ is a Store item (just like items, tickets, stickers, etc). This item has a current state like active, cancelled, expired, etc. It has an auto-renew date,” they said.

They also went on to explain what is currently unknown about the code: “What we don’t know/have no indication of at this time: What the subscription is for; there is currently no indication that any existing feature will be locked behind this subscription item. How much it will cost. How long the auto-renew date is for.”

So it’s not entirely clear at the time of writing what exactly the subscription is even going to be should it come to fruition. Based on the language though, it seems to point to some kind of recurring service.

Only time will tell if the new data comes to reality. Reactions so far have been mixed as some fans worry about the game being monetized further.