Honey trees were first introduced in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Special trees allowed Trainers to catch rare Pokémon that would not otherwise be available. However, the feature was removed from successive Pokémon games for unknown reasons. That said, with the release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the feature is back as well, and here’s how to use it.
How do honey trees work?
To use honey trees, trainers must smear them with honey, which is a consumable item in the game. Once you smear it with Honey, go back to the tree after six hours and you can find a special Pokémon. However, if you don’t engage with Honey Tree for 24 hours after smearing it with Honey, you won’t find a Pokémon and you will lose Honey. Please note that the match is not guaranteed after six hours, and you should keep checking back periodically until the 24 hour mark. Once you see that the tree is shaking, indicate that there are wild Pokémon ready for the encounter.
You will first receive Honey in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl after rescuing the old man NPC by defeating two Galactic Grunts in Floaroma Meadow. There are some honey trees in Florian Meadow, so you can start spreading them right away. In total, there are 21 honey trees scattered across the map.