Some Pokémon require specific weather conditions to appear, and in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Wild Area, you can adjust the weather to satisfy those requirements. Some weather conditions are hidden behind the plot, such as fog, hail, and sandstorms.
The Galar Region’s Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield is a totally new experience for all Pokémon players; it is the series’ first truly open-world portion.
In the Wild Areas
you’ll come across wild Pokémon in the field. The Pokémon you encounter, however, will differ based on your location in the Wild Area and the weather. More Water-type Pokémon will come if it is raining, for example.
In the Wild Area, you can unlock extra weather conditions like fog, snowstorms, and sandstorms when you’ve progressed far enough in the game.
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, you must first beat three gym challenges and reach the city of Hammerlock in order for snow storms and sandstorms to arrive. To make foggy weather arise, you must first complete the main storey and earn the title of Pokémon Champion.
Different Pokémon encounters were determined by the time of day or season in previous Pokémon games. However, the weather is used in Pokémon Sword & Shield. While the game’s major routes are usually fixed to a single weather pattern with little variation, the Wild Area has a constantly changing weather pattern.
The weather in each section of the Wild Area will change every day at midnight on your Nintendo Switch’s Clock System, and specific Pokémon will only appear under certain weather conditions.Every place in the Wild Area, however, will have the same weather on the first day of each month, and you’ll know what to expect:
- Normal: May 1, 2020
- Cloudy: March 1, 2020
- Raining: Oct. 1, 2020
- Thunderstorms: Nov. 1, 2020
- Snow: Dec. 1, 2020
- Hail: Feb. 1, 2020
- Sunny: July 1, 2020
- Sandstorm: April 1, 2020
- Fog: June 1, 2020
Normal, overcast, pouring, thunderstorms, snowing, snowstorms, harsh sun, sandstorms, and fog are nine various weather effects to be aware of when it comes to Pokémon spawning and combat circumstances.
Load your game and press “Y” on your right Joy-Con controller to bring up your main menu, where you may check the current weather in the Wild Area. Select the Town Map from the menu, then press “+” on your right Joy-Con controller to turn weather conditions on and off while your map is active.
Using Special Weather Conditions to Catch Pokémon
Some Pokémon require specific weather conditions in order to appear in-game, just as some Pokémon require trades to evolve. Specific meteorological conditions are also required for the evolution of certain Pokémon. For example, there are eight different possible evolutions for the Pokémon Eevee, but two of them, in particular, require day and night conditions to evolve.
If an Eevee is in your Pokémon party and gets enough friendship points throughout the day in the Wild Area, it will level up and evolve into an Espeon. That identical Eevee, on the other hand, would evolve into an Umbreon if it gained one level in the evening—two completely different Pokémon types.
This is just one example of several evolutions in the Wild Area that require specific weather or environmental conditions to evolve.For example, Ralts, a Pokémon whose evolutions are popular in competitive play, can only be obtained in foggy conditions in the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Weather Changes in the Wilderness
First and foremost, you’ll want to turn off any games that are currently running on your Nintendo Switch.By hovering your Switch’s home screen over the game, hitting the “X” button on your Joy-Con, and then selecting “Close,” you may close the game.
Next, navigate to the “System Settings” section of the Switch’s home screen. The “System Settings” icon, which resembles a gear, is found in the bottom toolbar between the Joy-Con icon and the Power button.
When you’re in the “System Settings” menu, scroll all the way down to the “System” menu and pick it.Then, on the right Joy-Con, press the “A” button to select the “Date and Time” option.
On the Nintendo Switch, you may modify all of your time settings in this submenu.
Select “Synchronize Clock Via Internet” to turn “Off” the automatic clock and adjust the current time.
Press “OK” after changing the date or time to whatever you wish. It makes no difference what time you choose as long as it differs from the current time.
Press the physical “Home” button on your right Switch Joy-Con to return to the Nintendo Switch home screen, then play the game.
The time of day and weather will change based on what you set your date and time to when you launch Pokémon Sword and Shield and enter the Wild Area.
Save and exit the Pokémon Sword and Shield game, then return to the “Date and Time” option to reactivate the real-time sync. To return it to the “On” state, select “Synchronize Clock through Internet.”
The weather is completely unpredictable, and it shifts at 12 a.m. on the Nintendo Switch System Clock. If you don’t see the weather you want in your game, make sure you have all of the necessary gym badges and keep adjusting the date and time until you see it in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Wild Area.