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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.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.