Pokémon Go Berries - Nanab Berry, Pinap Berry, Razz Berry and Golden Razz Berry explained and how you use them

When and where to make use of the set of encounter-ready Berries.

Pokémon Go Berries are one of many types of items you can collect as you roam around the real-world, and one of the few you can employ as you encounter wild creatures, changing the way Pokémon behave, making them easier to catch or giving you bonuses.

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A Berry is in use whenever it appears beside a Pokémon, and you cannot use others until it wears off.

As of the summer 2017 Gym rework, Berries also serve a second function, to increase Motivation for creatures currently stationed there.

You get them all from the same method as most other encounter items - by spinning PokéStops - with a slim chance of a Berry or two being handed to you. You'll also get them from certain level up rewards.

They're fairly uncommon, so keep spinning these stops, and amongst the Pokéballs and curatives you should receive a small quantity over time.

To use Berries, press the icon on the bottom left corner of the screen, giving you a list of your available Berries. Select it to bring it into the field, and tap it again to use it.

Once it has been used, a Berry icon will hover above the Pokémon to show the effect is currently in use. However, if the next landed throw is unsuccessful, the Berry will then disappear. While you can follow it up with another Berry, you can only use one Berry at a time.

Each Berry has a different use and a few caveats on how they effects work, which we'll be explain below.

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Nanab Berries

These new Berries, introduced as part of the Gen 2 update, slow a wild Pokémon's movements. With creatures exhibiting new encounter behaviours that make them harder to land Pokéballs - as well as the usual ability to leap and attack, making them temporarily invulnerable - these make a creature's movements easier to read and predict.

We recommend using them on creatures when you need to land as few balls as possible - such as when your stock of Pokéballs are low and as such, are at a premium - or to help you learn Pokémon behaviours for the first time.

Additionally, this Berry can be used to increase the Motivation of one of your creatures held in a Gym, and will be as potent as Pinap and standard Razz Berries.

Pinap Berries

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All Berries can be used to Motivate your creature in a Gym.

Also introduced as part of the Gen 2 update, Pinap Berries will double the amount of Candy you receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.

That last part is particularly crucial; the doubling effect appears to only work if you successfully capture the Pokémon with the Pokéball that immediately follows the Berry.

As such, you'll want to ensure the Berry doesn't go to waste by combining it with other Berries and more powerful balls - and, if you can, managing a Nice, Great or Excellent catch.

If you fail to catch, you can always follow it up with another Pinap Berry to reinstate the temporarily doubling effect again. However, the effort will be worth it, especially if you are encountering a rare Pokémon where Candy is at a premium.

Additionally, this Berry can be used to increase the Motivation of one of your creatures held in a Gym, and will be as potent as Nanab and standard Razz Berries.


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Razz Berries and Golden Razz Berries

If you've played Pokémon Go since the game's summer 2016 debut, the Razz Berry should be fairly familiar by now. By feeding this to a wild Pokémon, it'll make it easier to catch.

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The potency of the Razz Berry isn't certain, but it's thought to increase your chances by a few percent. Having higher quality balls - such as Great and Ultra Balls - increase your chances even more, but combine these with a Razz Berry - as well as any elemental Catch Bonuses from Medals - to give you the best possible chance of a capture.

Like other Berries, the effect of Razz Berries do not stack and will disappear if your next capture is unsuccessful, so make sure you keep pilling them on to ensure you chances of capture remain high.

Additionally, these Berries can be used to increase the Motivation of one of your creatures held in a Gym. The standard Razz Berry is as potent as a Nanab and or Pinap Berry.

One of the upcoming Raid rewards is the Golden Razz Berry, which performs the same basic use of a Razz Berry, except is far more potent. When used in a Gym to increase Motivation, it'll replenish the meter in its entirety - the only Berry to do so from a single use.

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