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Every now and then I come across a Berry tree, which I shake for Berries. You can shake the tree multiple times with more and more berries falling out of it.

However, occasionally a Pokemon encounter falls out of the tree, and once the encounter with it is done, some of the previously dropped off berries have been 'eaten by nearby Pokemon'.

Is there a trick to knowing how long to shake the tree?

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The trick is to watch the tree after berries have dropped.

  • If there is no movement in the tree, it should be perfectly safe to continue shaking it.
  • If there is occasional movement (leaves rustling every 2-3 seconds), there is a low chance of encountering a Pokemon.
    • I have personally never had an encounter when the tree shakes like this, but @Roybin93 confirms it's possible, if a low chance.
  • If there is rapid movement (leaves rustling every second), there is a high chance a Pokemon will fall out.
    • I have actually managed to shake the tree successfully again at this stage, meaning it's not a guarantee that a Pokemon will fall out.

You do seem to get a higher berry yield from shaking at rapid movement as well, so there is greater reward for the risk of losing the berries you've currently dropped.

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    It can also happen that there is no movement at all when shaking for the first time. Maybe even for a few times in a row, but I have never had that. I am also not sure if it is guaranteed to not having a Pokemon encounter in those cases but I could imagine it is at least lower than the one with occasional movement. But I can confirm that you can encounter Pokemon even with occasional movement in the trees. – Roybin93 Nov 26 '19 at 14:07
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    @Roybin93 I finally managed to get a tree with no movement for the first 2 shakes, so I can confirm it's possible. I have updated my answer to reflect that as well. – Robotnik Dec 10 '19 at 3:45
  • Come to think of it: I have shaken a lot of berry trees lately and not once gotten an encounter while it had occasional movement. I don't know if I was just not paying enough attention when I had that one encounter mentioned in my first comment. But now I think it had to be a tree with rapid movement. I guess you can not encounter Pokemon while the tree is shaking occasionally. – Roybin93 Dec 11 '19 at 7:59

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