When you’re exploring the world in Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, you’ll come across numerous small trees that block your path.
These small and thin trees are strategically placed on branching pathways, or placed in front of pick-ups that you can’t get to. Just how do you get past those trees? If you interact with one, you’ll get a message that says something like “it looks like you should be able to cut this tree down”. But how do you cut them down?
The answer? Be patient. At a particular part of Pokémon Let’s Go’s story, you’ll acquire a skill that will let you cut down those pesky trees. Once you’ve got the skill, you’ll be able to go back and access those previously blocked-off pathways.
Around 3-4 hours into the game, you’ll find yourself aboard the S.S. Anne, a cruise ship that’s docked in Vermilion City. On the ship, you’ll need to find the captain who has a special skill to share with you. That skill? The Secret Technique Chop Down, which, unsurprisingly, lets you chop down trees.
To find the captain on the S.S. Anne, you’ll have to make your way through some lengthy corridors and down a couple flights of stairs. Follow the ship around and you’ll find him right at the end. Talk to him, and he’ll automatically teach you the Secret Technique. From there, you can go out and chop trees to your heart’s content.