In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, you'll first find yourself having washed up on a beach in the ancient region of Hisui, having seemingly fallen out of the sky. To survive here, you are recruited as a part of the Survey Corps and must gather all the information that you can about the Pokémon of the land.
As you fill out your Pokédex with various encounters, take on mini-bosses known as Noble Pokémon, and carry out requests for the people of Hisui, you'll encounter a lot of new or revamped mechanics. From seamless battling to rideable Pokémon, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is very different from the traditional Pokémon formula.
One mechanic that has players asking questions in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the weather. We've seen this mechanic used before, but how exactly does the weather work in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, what effects does it have, and can you change it?
All Weather Types and Effects in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
There are four types of weather in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, all of which we have described here. Keep reading to find out how you can change the weather too!
Clear, Sunny Weather
This is the type of weather that you will most commonly experience in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Clear, sunny skies cover the Hisui region much of the time, and you need not worry about any weather conditions affecting your battles.
While the weather is clear, Ponyta and Rapidash can appear in Obsidian Fieldlands. They will not appear under any other weather conditions.
Overcast, Foggy Weather
Whenever Hisui is foggy, it won't feel too much different to a clear day, except your vision may be a little obscured, especially at a long distance. When it comes to battling, the fog can put Pokémon at a disadvantage by making their moves less accurate, so that they may be more likely to miss.
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With this in mind, we recommend two things: the first is that you should probably wait for the fog to clear up before engaging in any risky battles, and the second is that you should find a Pokémon with the 'Swift' move. This move will never miss, and can be valuable when battling in the fog!
In Alabaster Icelands, the final region you will unlock in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, you can expect to experience a lot of snow. Under these conditions, Ice-type Pokémon have an advantage, as the weather condition will increase their Speed stats.
Ice-types get even more of an advantage in battle under snowy conditions, too. Battles happening in the snow will cause every Pokémon to have a risk of being effected by Frostbite, unless they're an Ice-type. Frostbite will cause a Pokémon to lose HP each turn and have their Sp. Attack stat reduced, which puts them at a slight disadvantage.
With this in mind, it's perhaps best to pick up and Ice-type Pokémon while in this area, or have one on hand for whenever snowfall happens elsewhere. Additionally, Lucario will only appear in Alabaster Icelands during snowfall too, so keep an eye out for them!
Hisui can't have the sun shining all the time, and sometimes it rains. Rain will often obscure your vision a little, and some Pokémon will only spawn when it's wet outside.
It's also useful to know that whenever you go into battle as it's raining, all Fire-type moves will cause less damage. So if you chose Cyndaquil as your starter, they're not going to perform so well when it's raining! Be sure to opt for a non Fire-type Pokémon when going to battle in this weather condition.
How to Change The Weather in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Fortunately for you, if you must change the weather to complete a certain request or catch a specific Pokémon, it's easily done! Simply return to a nearby Base Camp or your quarters in Jubilife Village and rest until the following morning.
You may be required to do this a few times until you get your desired weather condition, but you'll get it rather quickly.
That's everything there is to know about the effects of the weather and how to change it in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. For more, we recommend taking a look at our comprehensive Pokédex and our evolution guide to ensure you get your hands on all 242 Pokémon in Hisui. Additionally, check out Space Time Distortion and Mass Outbreaks if you're super keen on catching 'em all!