According to a poll we ran on Twitter yesterday, 78% of players expressed their dislike for the Nanab Berry, argumenting their choices in the replies section.

There were 3,232 recorded votes at the time of writing this article, making this a small, but still significant sample size.

We ran another inquiry on Twitter, asking Trainers to tell us which items they remove once they hit Bag limit. Once again, Nanab Berry rose to the occasion, standing side by side with Potions and regular Pokéballs in the “most disliked Bag item” competition.

We’re attaching the poll here, as there are still a few hours left to vote:

Nanab Berry was added along with the new Generation 2 items and, unfortunately, was quickly overshadowed by the more popular Pinap Berry.

In our Community section, we received 4 separate guides for Pinap Berry usage, publishing only the Pinap Berry in Pokemon GO: “The power of Pinap!” written by JustBurris. Up to this day, we received zero Nanab Berry guides.

It’s not hard to understand why, as Nanab Berry doesn’t reward any in-game currency and it’s usage is rare, at best. This begs the question, why did Niantic implement the Nanab Berry in the first place?

The Nanab safety net

When planning game features, or changing existing mechanics, it’s always important not to alienate your existing player base, especially the ones with specific needs.

Pokémon GO is played by 65 million players each month and we tend to forget that not all of those players are gamers, nor enjoy gaming mechanics in the traditional sense. For most Trainers, harder, more challenging encounters are “better”, but for some they’re not!

In other words, a significant portion of the player base enjoys the calm encounter behaviour, with wild Pokémon not moving or attacking.

We reached out to few older Pokémon Trainers and their response was straightforward: Nanab Berry helps them bring back the “pre Gen 2” encounters, with less movement and attacks. It may seem strange at first, but for them the game was more enjoyable when encounters were less dynamic.

With that in mind, the conclusion is evident – the main role of Nanab Berry is not to advance challenging gameplay or to reward dedicated Candy farmers. The role of Nanab Berries is to make the game more accessible for the player base that enjoys the more relaxed style of gameplay.

  • Rohan Bhatt

    I think Nanab really comes in handy because whenever some 300 CP Rattata or a 80 CP Magikarp doesnt get caught in couple of balls, you just throw a nanab, the swirly animation appears and tada.. Pokemon caught. So you can save Razz Berries for more Important and Higher CP pokemons. Thats how I use and works like 90% of the times for me.
    To be honest I have always believed in another theory. Each pokemon u catch comes with a fixed set of requirements to be caught. Sometimes you use 5 Razzberries and great balls on a 500 CP Cyndaquil and it doesnt get caught. But you use 1 nanab and 1 normal ball with great throw and it gets caught. So I have always believed in this theory of permutations and combinations for pokemon being caught and it has worked for me so far. 🙂

    • Rohan Bhatt

      Also I was shocked to recieve Nanab berries instead of Razz berries when I leveled up. But later on while trying different sorts of stuff I realized that Nanab works and there is a reason why you get those now instead of razz berries when you level up.

    • GO Hub Admin

      That theory is currently actively investigated 🙂

      • Rohan Bhatt

        Cool. Waiting for the result then 🙂

  • Graham Guenther

    I just use them right away when I come across a Zubat, Hopip, or Lebdya. I just wanna use one ball so I can farm Stardust efficiently!

    • Akbaalia Jones

      I use them on Abra every time! Every item in the game is useful for something. I just try to get the most out of everything all together. If I have a lot of pokeballs then I’m going stardust farming while using my lucky eggs and incense and berries. If I just do one thing at a time, then my bag will fill up too quickly.

  • Sharky

    They’re just not worth using in place of a razz or pinap, what if Niantic just let players use simultaneous berries?

  • The new movements don’t really add much more difficulty in my opinion, yet when clearing out my nanab berries I can’t help but think there’ll come a time when I’ll wish I still had them.

  • Rillan

    Kinda stupid situation and stupid way they did the poll. Article says People dislike when question was – do u hate ? If i was asked same way i would say – No, i dont hate it. If question was – Do u like it? or Do u use it frequently ? I would answer – No. But if question was – Which item would to throw out from bag ? – I would answer Nanab Berry.
    So i wouldn’t trust those results at all.

    • Arun Pabuwal

      So you don’t trust this because they use different wording?

      • Rillan

        I dont trust it cause its made incorrect. Answering *no i dont hate it* and *no i dont use it* u get in both categories that messes up results. Unless its all about your feelings to this item then its all ok.

        • Arun Pabuwal

          So they used different wording