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.


How to watch Pokemon Presents presentation on February 26 – time, stream, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 21:54

by Brent Koepp


Game Freak has announced a special Pokemon Presents on February 26. What will be announced? The long-rumored Sinnoh Diamond & Pearl remakes? A Let’s Go sequel? Here’s how to watch the stream to find out.

As we inch closer to Pokemon Day on February 27, the stakes have never been higher for the popular Nintendo series. This year marks the franchise’s 25th anniversary, making the annual celebration an even bigger deal than usual.

Hanging over the event are the long-rumored Diamond & Pearl remakes, meaning excitement filled the air when Game Freak announced a February Pokemon Presents. Here is everything you need to know about the digital conference.

Screenshot of Pokemon Company President & CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara during Pokemon Presents.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
TPC President Ishihara during 2019 Pokemon Presents.

Pokemon Presents date & start time

Rumors about a Sinnoh remake have been swirling for so long that many fans have already accepted it as a foregone conclusion. While not confirmed, Game Freak’s surprise Pokemon Presents seems to line up with a major game reveal.

The digital event is slated for February 26, and goes live at 7:00 AM (PST) / 10:00 AM (ET) / 3:00 PM (GMT). Make sure to mark your calendars and set your alarms – depending on what region you are in, the stream will begin really early.

As for what will be revealed, it’s anyone guess. Although several leaks and rumors claim it to be a Sinnoh title. We wouldn’t rule out a Let’s Go sequel getting a mention either, although Game Freak confirmed the Presents will be 20 minutes in length – similar to Sword & Shield’s in 2019.

Screenshot of Pokemon Presents Twitter announcement.
The Pokemon Presents was announced on Twitter.

How to watch Pokemon Presents

Those wanting to catch the exciting Pokemon Presents live will need to head over to YouTube a few minutes before the times listed above. The digital conference will stream on the official Pokemon channel.

For your convenience, we’ve embedded the stream below so all you have to do is refresh the page at the time and it will load. We will also be updating this page once the conference is over to make sure the replay of the event is posted.

The Pokemon Presents holds more weight than usual, simply because it falls on the series’ 25th anniversary. Based on Game Freak’s history, it also makes sense for a remake of an older title given we are in between generations, with Gen 9 expected in 2022.

Only time will tell if the Japanese company delivers what many fans have been asking for over the last few years. However, regardless of what is announced, it’s never been a more exciting time to be a fan of the Nintendo RPG.