Some Pokémon need specific weather conditions to appear, and you can enter it again Pokémon Sword and Shield̵
The wild area
Into the wild area Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Galar Region is an all-new experience for all Pokémon players; it is the first truly open-world installment of the Pokémon series.
You will encounter wild Pokémon on the field in the Wild Areas. However, the Pokémon you encounter will depend on your location in the Wild Area and the weather. For example, when it rains, more Water-type Pokémon will appear.
After you have progressed far enough in the game, you can unlock additional weather conditions such as fog, snow storms and sand storms in the Wild Area.
To make blizzards and sandstorms appear, you must first beat three gym challenges and reach the town of Hammerlocke in Pokémon Sword and Shield. To force foggy weather conditions, you must first complete the main story and become the Pokémon champion.
Older Pokémon games used the time of day or season to determine different Pokémon encounters. Pokémon Sword & Shieldhowever, takes advantage of the weather. While the game’s main routes are typically weather-specific and show no variance, the Wild Area has a constantly changing weather pattern.
Every day at midnight on your Nintendo Switch’s clock system, the weather changes in each area of the Wild Area and there are certain Pokémon that only appear in certain weather conditions. However, on the first day of every month, every area in the Wild Area has the exact same weather, and on these days you know what to expect:
- Normal: May 1, 2020
- Cloudy: March 1, 2020
- Raining: October 1, 2020
- Thunderstorms: November 1, 2020
- Snow: December 1, 2020
- Greetings: February 1, 2020
- Sunny: July 1, 2020
- Sand storm: April 1, 2020
- Fog: June 1, 2020
Not only does the weather affect Pokémon’s spawns, it also affects battle conditions, and there are nine different weather effects to note: normal, cloudy, rain, thunder, snowing, blizzard, intense sun, sandstorms, and fog.
To see the current weather in the Wild Area, load your game and press “Y” on your right Joy-Con controller to access your main menu. From there, select the city map and toggle the weather on and off with your map open by pressing “+” on your right Joy-Con controller.
Catching Pokémon with special weather conditions
Just as some Pokémon require transactions to evolve, some Pokémon require certain weather conditions to appear in the game for the player. Certain Pokémon also need specific weather conditions to evolve. For instance, the Pokémon Eevee has a total of eight different possible evolutions, but two in particular require day and night conditions to evolve.
During the day in the Wild Area, if an Eevee is in your Pokémon group and has enough Friendship Points, it will evolve into an Espeon when leveling up. However, if that same Eevee leveled up one level in the evening, it would evolve into an Umbreon – two completely different Pokémon types.
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This is just an example as there are several other evolutions that require certain weather or environmental conditions to develop in the Wild Area. For example, Ralts, a Pokémon whose evolutions are popular in competitive play, can only be caught under foggy conditions in the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
For a full list of Pokémon that require certain weather conditions, visit the Serebii wiki.
Change the weather in the wild area
First of all, you want to completely close any launched game on your Nintendo Switch. You can do this by hovering over the game on your Switch’s home screen, pressing the “X” button on your Joy-Con, then selecting “Close”.
Then from the Switch Home screen go to the “System Settings” of the console. The “System Settings” icon looks like a gear and is located between the Joy-Con icon and the power button in the bottom toolbar.
Once you are in the “System Settings” menu, scroll all the way to the bottom and select the “System” menu. Then select the “Date and Time” option by pressing the “A” button on the right Joy-Con.
In this submenu you can change all your time settings on the Nintendo Switch.
To adjust the current time, select “Synchronize clock over the Internet” to disable the automatic clock.
Change the date or time to whatever you want and press “OK”. It doesn’t matter which time you choose, as long as it differs from the current time.
Navigate back to the Nintendo Switch home screen by pressing the physical “Home” button on your right Switch Joy-Con and launch the game.
When you start Pokémon Sword and Shield and entering the wild area, the time of day and weather will change depending on what you set your date and time to.
To turn real-time sync back on, hit it Pokémon Sword and Shield game and go back to the “Date and Time” menu. Select “Synchronize Clock over Internet” to return it to the “On” position.
The weather is completely random and changes on your Nintendo Switch system clock at midnight. If you’re not getting the weather you want to appear in your game, make sure you have the correct gym badges and keep changing the date and time until the weather you want is in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Wild area.