When the latest gym rework originally came out, the diminishing returns for motivation increase on berries would reset after around half an hour. A berry fed half an hour after the first berry fed would give the same motivation increase, and diminishing returns would start again.

Lately I've noticed that all berries fed suffer diminishing returns after the first, and that berries provide less motivation than before. Do diminishing returns reset after a much longer period, or are diminishing returns permanent? I've looked this up here and on reddit, but I haven't found anything recent about berry feeding and diminishing motivation returns.

  • Not a definite answer, but it might reset alongside when the number of berries you can feed it resets Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 15:44
  • I don't think so. That's half an hour IIRC. I've waited several hours between feeds and still had diminishing returns compared to the previous feed. I'm thinking maybe a day, but I haven't held a gym that long in awhile to test it out.
    – asp8811
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 15:53
  • One thing that I have figured out is that remote feeding is not as effective as direct feeding. Tap the wireless looking icon with the heart next to the berry when you are remote feeding and an explanation will pop up.
    – asp8811
    Commented Aug 17, 2017 at 3:47

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The timer for diminishing returns appears to be the same as the timer determining whether or not you can feed another berry at all.

From this Silph Road thread:

You can feed a pokemon 10* berries in a fixed 30min window that starts when the first berry is fed. This counter is reset after the 30min is up, and should you choose to continue feeding the same pokemon, a new 30min timer will begin when you feed it the first berry. For example, if you feed a pokemon 5 berries at 1pm and another 5 berries at 1.15pm, you will not be able to feed it anymore berries until 1.30pm, where you'll immediately be able to feed it the full 10 berries should you want to.

In the comments, the OP was asked about the diminishing returns, to which they replied:

After the 30mins, it's back to the state where you've never fed that defender before, so the next berry will be just like feeding the first berry in terms of motivation gains. About gold berries, they count towards the 10 berry limit, so if you already fed 8 normal berries, you can only feed 2 more goldens.

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