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In Pokemon Sword Shield hidden items are littered throughout the map. I'm referring to those that subtly blink as you walk near them.

From my experience, I noticed that some of the hidden items I have previously picked up would respawn at the same location, but I can't figure out the pattern. For example, next to the wild Onix spawning near the Meetup Spot, there is a tree with 2 jars of honey underneath it, and I am able to obtain them more than once within a week.

How often do hidden items respawn? Do all hidden items respawn at some point?

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As Wondercricket stated in his comment they seem to respawn at midnight when things like the lottery also reset. If you put your switch to sleep while in the wild area, it does seem to affect whether or not items and max raids respawn but that is only from my experience and usually moving to another area makes those items reload when I come back, probably due to that area being flushed out of the switch's memory and then subsequently being reloaded in the state it should be in.

The interesting thing I have noticed is that some item spawns seem to be fixed while others vary. The item near the wall in the Lake of Outrage always has a pearl string and the items in the flowers near the Wild Area Daycare center seem to always have honey in my experience.

Another thing I have found is that some items do not seem to respawn every day or at least not at the times that I play. When I go to collect my daily pearl string, I also usually check near the rocks to get some evolution stones. I usually cannot find all of the stones on a given day. This may mean that some items only respawn after certain weather or times have elapsed in that area. The previous sentence is pure conjecture so take it with a grain of salt. I also could just be too lazy/distracted to check every stone...

If you find that some items haven't respawned that you want, try to leave the area and do some other things for awhile then come back later. I have been able to get that pearl string every day but not always the same evolution stones. People on reddit have also reported something similar with the apples at Axew's Eye.

I don't think this is a full answer yet since nobody has hard proof. Hopefully this will help in the interim.

Here is a TLDR separated into known facts vs conjecture on my part

FACTS:

  • Items respawn at midnight

CONJECTURE:

  • Some items have fixed/high spawn
  • The same amount of items appear in the area each day but could contain different items.
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  • The behaviour in Lake of Outrage really confuses me indeed, the items that spawn there look so random. I am in need of more than one specific evolution stone and so far there's no luck in finding those in the lake. – 54D Dec 5 '19 at 3:54
  • The best bet to get evolution stones is to spend watts at the mining brothers near the day care in the Wild Area. It is equally as random but at least there isn't a one day cooldown. It isn't too hard to get watts once you've finished the main story but it still is a bit of a pain to get what you want. – Cloudzzz Dec 5 '19 at 16:27
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    Some additional anecdata: I was using the raid reset exploit with the den in Axew's Eye to farm Sweet Apples, and 1) I had to leave and return to Axew's Eye before the items would reappear, and 2) it would always spawn two Fancy Apples but a Sweet Apple only spawned roughly half of the time (but when it did spawn there were still the other two as well, so the total number of items isn't constant). – John Montgomery Jan 4 '20 at 0:09

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