Pokemon Sword and Shield weather guide

Published: 9/Dec/2019 14:15 Updated: 9/Dec/2019 16:49

by Paul Cot


The weather plays a vital role in Pokemon Sword and Shield, from how effective your Pokemon are to which species you can find in the wild. Here’s everything you need to know about it and even how to change the weather.

First introduced in Gen 2, weather has become an increasingly important in Pokemon games. Certain weather conditions will boost moves of a specific type, meaning you can give yourself a big advantage if you choose the appropriate Pokemon.

Let’s be honest, though, the battles in Pokemon Sword and Shield are fairly easy. We haven’t seen a single complaint yet that the game was too difficult to complete. You can easily go through the entirety of the game without worrying about what the weather is in a particular battle.

BeardBearThe Heavy Fog weather condition in Pokemon Sword and Shield…

How to change weather?

Trainers are taking note of the weather in Pokemon Sword and Shield because some species only come out in particular conditions. So, if you’re to complete the Pokedex (the most challenging part of Pokemon Sword and Shield) then you will need to explore Galar come rain or shine.

It is the rarer species that are restricted to particular weather and in some cases the wild is the only place to find them. For example, Mimikyu only spawns in Heavy Fog.

This means between weather cycles you could be waiting a while to get the one you want. Fortunately though, you won’t need to sit through sunshine, rain, snow and whatever else just to get Thunderstorm conditions.

There’s a very useful trick you can use to manually change the weather. All you need to do is change the date in your Nintendo Switch settings. Each weather condition can be initiated by changing the date to the following:

  • Heavy Fog: June 1, 2020
  • Intense Sun: July 1, 2020
  • Hail: February 1, 2020
  • Normal Weather: May 1, 2020
  • Overcast: March 1, 2020
  • Raining: October 1, 2020
  • Sandstorm: April 1, 2020
  • Snowing: December 1, 2020
  • Snowstorm: February 1, 2020
  • Thunderstorm: November 1, 2020
BeardBearThe screen to manually adjust the time an date within your Nintendo Switch…

The weather conditions roughly correspond to seasons (i.e. snow in December) but if you forget them you can use the above for reference.

Pokemon that only spawn in one weather condition

Some Pokemon only spawn in one weather condition. So, rather than searching for a particular species hours on end with no chance of finding them, here’s a handy list for you:

  • Aegislash: Heavy Fog
  • Beartic: Snowing
  • Bergmite: Snowing
  • Blipbug: Normal Weather
  • Bonsly: Sandstorm
  • Chinchou: Thunderstorm
  • Clefairy/Clefable: Heavy Fog
  • Combee/Vespiquen: Normal Weather
  • Corsola: Overcast
  • Cottonee: Overcast
  • Deino: Raining
  • Drampa: Thundetstorm
  • Durant: Intense Sun
  • Falinks: Overcast
  • Farfetch’d: Overcast
  • Gothita/Gothorita/Gothitelle: Heavy Fog
  • Goomy: Raining
  • Gossifleur: Normal Weather
  • Growlithe/Arcanine: Intense Sun
  • Hakamo-o: Thunderstorm
  • Hatenna: Heavy Fog
  • Heatmor: Intense Sun
  • Helioptile: Thunderstorm
  • Hippowdon: Sandstorm
  • Hitmonchan: Overcast
  • Hitmonlee: Overcast
  • Hitmontop: Overcast
  • Indeedee: Heavy Fog
  • Joltik: Thunderstorm
  • Kirlia: Heavy Fog
  • Lampent/Chandelure: Intense Sun
  • Lucario: Normal Weather
  • Manectric: Thunderstorm
  • Maractus: Intense Sun
  • Mareanie: Thunderstorm
  • Mawile: Snowing
  • Meowstic: Heavy Fog
  • Milcery: Heavy Fog
  • Milotic: Heavy Fog
  • Mime Jr/Mr. Mime: Snowing
  • Mimikyu: Heavy Fog
  • Morelull: Heavy Fog
  • Morpeko: Thunderstorm
  • Munchlax: Normal Weather
  • Musharna: Heavy Fog
  • Pawniard: Snowstorm
  • Pupitar: Sandstorm
  • Pyukumuku: Thunderstorm
  • Riolu: Snowing
  • Rookidee: Overcast
  • Sableye: Heavy Fog
  • Salandit: Intense Sun
  • Sawk/Throh: Overcast
  • Sliggoo: Thunderstorm
  • Snom: Snowing
  • Solosis/Duosion/Reuniclus: Heavy Fog
  • Steenee: Normal Weather
  • Togedemaru: Snowstorm
  • Togetic/Togekiss: Heavy Fog
  • Torkoal: Intense Sun
  • Toxicroak: Overcast
  • Trapinch: Sandstorm
  • Turtonator: Intense Sun
  • Vulpix/Ninetales: Intense Sun
  • Weavile: Snowing
  • Yamper: Thunderstorm

All there’s left to do now is enjoy Pokemon Sword and Shield in all the different seasons it has to offer!


Pokemon cosplayer makes a splash as viral true-to-life Misty

Published: 20/Jan/2021 19:54

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon cosplayer made waves on Instagram after sharing her stunning transformation into Gen I’s Water-type Gym Leader, Misty. 

While Pokemon’s first games, Red & Blue, had a handful of Gym Leaders, Cerulean City’s Misty became one of the most popular characters in the franchise’s history – even more so after the anime debuted in 1997.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the Water-type Trainer with her mind-blowing costume. The artist’s adorable take on the heroine will be sure to warm fans’ hearts, while leaving them stunned at the same time.

Screenshot of Misty from Pokemon anime.
The Pokemon Company
The Gym Leader is one of the most iconic characters in Pokemon.

Pokemon cosplayer becomes Misty

While the Game Freak RPGs were a massive hit, the anime adaptation in 1997 helped propel the series into a worldwide phenomena. The show followed protagonist Ash Ketchum and his friends – which included Gym Leader Misty.

Prolific cosplayer Elle ‘supersailorvirgo‘ went viral after bringing the heroine to life on Instagram. The artist nailed the heroine’s iconic outfit, which includes a yellow tank top and red suspenders that clip onto her shorts.

Adorably, Elle captured Misty’s love of Water ‘mon by sitting on top of a detailed Lapras float. The creative photoshoot is made all the more perfect as the artist posed at the beach with an ocean shoreline crashing behind her.

In another shot posted to social media, Elle sat next to the Lapras prop and depicted the Gym Leader training the popular Gen I monster.  The picture also shows off how she faithfully mirrored Misty’s iconic look with her red hair styled into a ponytail, as well as her striking eyes.

While Misty has not been featured in recent mainline games, fans of the red-haired Gym Leader finally got to face off against her again in the 2019 release Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, which was a remake of Gen I.

In 2021, Pokemon celebrates its 25th anniversary with multiple celebrations including a new Snap title in April. Despite making its debut decades ago, players around the world still can’t get enough of the Nintendo franchise.