Weather

Weather Features

In the past, some games have used time of day or season in order to determine different Pokémon encounters. Pokémon Sword & Shield, however, utilises the weather. While the routes of the game are typically stuck to a specific weather and feature no variance, the Wild Area has a constantly shifting weather pattern..

Each day, the weather in each area of the Wild Area will change, and there are certain Pokémon that will only come out in certain weather meaning you'll have to check each day. However, on the first day of each month, every area in the Wild Area will have the exact same weather so you know what to expect.

The weather doesn't just affect the Pokémon spawns but in fact also alter the battle conditions and there are 9 different weather effects to note.

There are also some restrictions with the weather:
Snowstorm & Sandstorm - Complete 3 Gyms and reach Hammerlocke for this weather to appear
Fog - Become Champion for this weather to appear

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Locked Weather

As mentioned, on the first of the month the weather gets locked into one weather effect across the entire Wild Area. As such, we'll be keeping track of each weather and listing it accordingly

Date Weather
February 1st Snowstorm
March 1st Overcast
April 1st Sandstorm
May 1st Normal Weather
June 1st Fog
July 1st Intense Sun
October 1st Raining
November 1st Thunderstorm
December 1st Snowing
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List of Weather Effects

PictureWeatherBattle Effects
Normal WeatherNormal WeatherNone
OvercastOvercastNone
RainRainingRain Dance is in effect
ThunderstormThunderstormRain Dance is in effect
Electric Terrain is in effect
SnowingSnowingHail is in effect
SnowstormSnowstormHail is in effect
Intense SunIntense SunSunny Day is in effect
SandstormSandstormSandstorm is in effect
FogFogMisty Terrain is in effect

List of Weather Exclusive Pokémon in the Wild Area

This list will showcase all Pokémon that can only be found in 4 or less weather effects. For full details on locations check out their Pokédex Location pages

NumberPictureNameWeathers Available
#025 Pikachu Pikachu Thunderstorm, Raining
#035 Clefairy Clefairy Fog
#036 Clefable Clefable Fog
#037 Vulpix Vulpix Intense Sun
#038 Ninetales Ninetales Intense Sun
#058 Growlithe Growlithe Intense Sun
#059 Arcanine Arcanine Intense Sun
#083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Overcast
#091 Cloyster Cloyster Normal Weather, Fog
#099 Kingler Kingler Normal Weather, Overcast, Thunderstorm
#106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Overcast
#107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Overcast
#122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Snowing
#134 Vaporeon Vaporeon Raining
#135 Jolteon Jolteon Thunderstorm
#136 Flareon Flareon Intense Sun
#170 Chinchou Chinchou Thunderstorm
#171 Lanturn Lanturn Thunderstorm, Normal Weather, Fog
#175 Togepi Togepi Normal Weather, Overcast, Fog
#176 Togetic Togetic Fog
#182 Bellossom Bellossom Normal Weather
#196 Espeon Espeon Overcast
#197 Umbreon Umbreon Sandstorm
#215 Sneasel Sneasel Snowing, Snowstorm
#220 Swinub Swinub Snowstorm, Snowing
#221 Piloswine Piloswine Snowing, Snowstorm
#222 Corsola Corsola Overcast
#225 Delibird Delibird Snowing, Snowstorm
#237 Hitmontop Hitmontop Overcast
#246 Larvitar Larvitar Overcast, Intense Sun
#247 Pupitar Pupitar Sandstorm
#280 Ralts Ralts Fog, Overcast
#281 Kirlia Kirlia Fog
#282 Gardevoir Gardevoir Fog, Normal Weather, Thunderstorm
#290 Nincada Nincada Intense Sun, Sandstorm
#302 Sableye Sableye Fog
#303 Mawile Mawile Snowstorm
#309 Electrike Electrike Thunderstorm, Raining
#310 Manectric Manectric Thunderstorm
#324 Torkoal Torkoal Intense Sun
#328 Trapinch Trapinch Sandstorm
#330 Flygon Flygon Normal Weather, Sandstorm, Intense Sun
#342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt Raining, Thunderstorm, Normal Weather
#350 Milotic Milotic Fog
#361 Snorunt Snorunt Snowing, Snowstorm
#362 Glalie Glalie Snowing, Snowstorm
#407 Roserade Roserade Overcast, Fog
#415 Combee Combee Normal Weather
#416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Normal Weather
#438 Bonsly Bonsly Sandstorm
#439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr. Snowstorm
#446 Munchlax Munchlax Normal Weather
#447 Riolu Riolu Snowstorm
#448 Lucario Lucario Normal Weather
#449 Hippopotas Hippopotas Intense Sun, Sandstorm
#450 Hippowdon Hippowdon Sandstorm
#453 Croagunk Croagunk Overcast, Sandstorm, Normal Weather
#454 Toxicroak Toxicroak Overcast
#459 Snover Snover Snowing, Snowstorm
#460 Abomasnow Abomasnow Snowing, Snowstorm
#461 Weavile Weavile Snowstorm
#468 Togekiss Togekiss Fog
#470 Leafeon Leafeon Normal Weather
#471 Glaceon Glaceon Snowing, Snowstorm
#479 Rotom Rotom Raining, Thunderstorm
#517 Munna Munna Fog, Overcast
#518 Musharna Musharna Fog
#529 Drilbur Drilbur Intense Sun, Sandstorm
#538 Throh Throh Overcast
#539 Sawk Sawk Overcast
#546 Cottonee Cottonee Overcast
#556 Maractus Maractus Intense Sun
#559 Scraggy Scraggy Overcast, Sandstorm, Normal Weather
#573 Cinccino Cinccino Normal Weather, Overcast, Fog
#574 Gothita Gothita Fog
#575 Gothorita Gothorita Fog
#576 Gothitelle Gothitelle Fog
#577 Solosis Solosis Fog
#578 Duosion Duosion Fog
#579 Reuniclus Reuniclus Fog
#582 Vanillite Vanillite Snowing, Snowstorm
#583 Vanillish Vanillish Snowing, Snowstorm
#584 Vanilluxe Vanilluxe Snowing, Snowstorm
#588 Karrablast Karrablast Overcast, Raining, Thunderstorm
#595 Joltik Joltik Thunderstorm
#605 Elgyem Elgyem Normal Weather, Overcast, Fog
#607 Litwick Litwick Intense Sun, Fog
#608 Lampent Lampent Intense Sun
#609 Chandelure Chandelure Intense Sun
#613 Cubchoo Cubchoo Snowing, Snowstorm
#614 Beartic Beartic Snowing
#616 Shelmet Shelmet Overcast, Raining, Thunderstorm
#618 Stunfisk Stunfisk Intense Sun, Sandstorm
#624 Pawniard Pawniard Snowstorm
#631 Heatmor Heatmor Intense Sun
#632 Durant Durant Intense Sun
#633 Deino Deino Raining
#634 Zweilous Zweilous Sandstorm, Thunderstorm
#678 Meowstic Meowstic Fog
#679 Honedge Honedge Fog, Snowstorm
#681 Aegislash Aegislash Fog
#682 Spritzee Spritzee Fog, Overcast
#684 Swirlix Swirlix Fog, Overcast
#688 Binacle Binacle Raining, Thunderstorm
#689 Barbaracle Barbaracle Raining, Overcast, Thunderstorm
#694 Helioptile Helioptile Thunderstorm
#700 Sylveon Sylveon Fog
#704 Goomy Goomy Raining
#705 Sliggoo Sliggoo Thunderstorm
#712 Bergmite Bergmite Snowing
#713 Avalugg Avalugg Snowing, Snowstorm
#736 Grubbin Grubbin Raining, Thunderstorm
#737 Charjabug Charjabug Raining, Thunderstorm
#747 Mareanie Mareanie Thunderstorm
#749 Mudbray Mudbray Intense Sun, Sandstorm
#751 Dewpider Dewpider Raining, Thunderstorm
#752 Araquanid Araquanid Raining, Thunderstorm
#755 Morelull Morelull Fog
#756 Shiinotic Shiinotic Overcast, Raining, Thunderstorm
#757 Salandit Salandit Intense Sun
#762 Steenee Steenee Normal Weather
#767 Wimpod Wimpod Raining, Thunderstorm
#768 Golisopod Golisopod Normal Weather, Raining, Thunderstorm
#771 Pyukumuku Pyukumuku Thunderstorm
#776 Turtonator Turtonator Intense Sun
#777 Togedemaru Togedemaru Snowstorm
#778 Mimikyu Mimikyu Fog
#780 Drampa Drampa Thunderstorm
#782 Jangmo-o Jangmo-o Overcast, Intense Sun
#783 Hakamo-o Hakamo-o Thunderstorm
#821 Rookidee Rookidee Overcast
#824 Blipbug Blipbug Normal Weather
#829 Gossifleur Gossifleur Normal Weather
#831 Wooloo Wooloo Normal Weather, Snowing
#835 Yamper Yamper Thunderstorm
#838 Carkol Carkol Intense Sun, Sandstorm
#840 Applin Applin Normal Weather, Thunderstorm
#848 Toxel Toxel Normal Weather, Raining, Thunderstorm
#856 Hatenna Hatenna Fog
#868 Milcery Milcery Fog
#870 Falinks Falinks Overcast
#872 Snom Snom Snowing
#874 Stonjourner Stonjourner Intense Sun, Sandstorm
#875 Eiscue Eiscue Snowing, Snowstorm
#876 Indeedee Indeedee Fog
#877 Morpeko Morpeko Thunderstorm
#885 Dreepy Dreepy Overcast, Thunderstorm, Fog