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How to change the weather in Pokemon Isle of Armor

Published: 21/Jun/2020 1:00 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 16:13

by Brent Koepp


In Sword & Shield, different Pokemon show up depending on the weather. There’s a way to force conditions to shift on the fly in the base game, but that’s changed slightly in The Isle of Armor. Here’s how to do it.

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The latest release in the long-running Nintendo franchise introduced players to new mechanics such as Dynamaxing and Raids.

The title’s first major DLC ‘The Isle of Armor’ arrived on June 17, and Trainers are probably wondering how to change the weather to catch their favorite monsters in the new area. Here is everything you need to know.

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Weather patterns can determine which Pokemon you run into in Sword & Shield.

How to change the weather in Isle of Armor

One of the Gen VIII’s main features is the Wild Area – an open world section of the map which has Pokemon roaming around. However, some creatures would only show up during certain weather conditions in the base game.

Fortunately, players could change the weather in-game by simply adjusting the date on their Switch console. Conveniently, the first day of every month corresponded to a specific pattern, making it fairly easy to control.

However, while the method is largely the same for The Isle of Armor, there is a slight change. Instead of adjusting each month to the 1st, the weather patterns have now been mapped to the 15th of each month.

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Pokemon players can change the in-game weather using console settings.

Adjust your system’s date

Go to your Switch system settings and scroll down to System, then to Date and Time. Make sure you turn Synchronize Clock via Internet off. Then click Current Date and Time and adjust it to the desired date. The list of weather can be found below:

  • January 15th –  Foggy
  • February 15th – Overcast
  • March 15th – Clear 
  • April 15th – Rainy
  • May 15th – Intense Sun
  • June 15th – Rainy
  • July 15th – Thunder
  • August 15th – Thunder
  • September 15th – Clear
  • October 15th – Foggy
  • November 15th –  Clear
  • December 15th – Intense Sun
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Weather in The Isle of Armor impacts the Pokemon you can find.

In a first for the franchise, Game Freak decided to forgo a third title to accompany Sword & Shield, and went with an Expansion Pass instead. The first DLC dropped on June 17, and added new monsters and items to the game.

Players that have already beaten it still have a lot to be excited for though, as the Gen VIII release will also get its second addon this fall in the form of The Crown Tundra. The update is bringing Galarian forms of Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno, and more.


How to get Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 9:35

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.

Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.

In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.

Calyrex Shiny Lock
Pokemon Company
Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…

Calyrex location

Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.

From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.

This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.

Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.

Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.

Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.

To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.

Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.

Glastrier and Spectrier

This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.

The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.

Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.

This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.

Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.

Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.

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Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…

Reins of Unity

Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.

It can be difficult to capture, so make sure you have a relatively strong team and a lot of PokeBalls. Unfortunately, Calyrex is one of the few Pokemon that are Shiny locked in the Crown Tundra, so don’t waste your time soft resetting, a Shiny isn’t going to happen!

When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!

For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.