Pokemon Sword and Shield: How To Change The Weather And Weather Pokemon

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Pokemon Sword and Shield's new Wild Area full of new and old Pokemon - it's heavily reliant upon on the right weather conditions to get the correct Pokemon.

Certain Pokemon will only spawn during certain weather cycles, so it can be rather tricky to come across the right weather and get the Pokemon you want.


Find out how to erase the agony of waiting for the perfect weather cycle so you can find that Pokemon you are looking for here!

How Do I Change The Weather? 

It turns out that changing the weather during Pokemon Sword and Shield has nothing to do with the in-game clock, it actually takes into consideration your Nintendo Switch's clock.

The Wild Area experiences a drastic weather change at midnight every day, so if you do not want to play in the current weather system all you need to do is change your Switch's system clock.


To do this you are going to want to head into Settings ➔ System tab ➔ Date and Time. 

YouTuber AustinJohnPlays has figured out a way to make the Wild Area the exact same weather conditions all around.


Be sure to check out his YouTube video but here is the list of the dates and weather conditions associated with each. 

  • Normal: May 1, 2020
  • Cloudy: March 1, 2020
  • Raining: Oct. 1, 2020
  • Thunderstorms: Nov. 1, 2020
  • Snow: Dec. 1, 2020
  • Hail: Feb. 1, 2020
  • Sunny: July 1, 2020
  • Sandstorm: April 1, 2020
  • Fog: June 1, 2020


Weather Dependant Pokemon

Below is a list of the Pokemon that need the correct weather conditions to spawn in the overworld:

  • Delibird - Snow
  • Vulpix and Growlithe - Intense Sun
  • Cramorant - Rain
  • Togepi - Clear, fog or overcast
  • Boundsweet - Clear or sandstorms
  • Togekiss - Fog
  • Coalossal - Intense Sun
  • Snorunt - Snow or sandstorms
  • Chewtle - Rain
  • Cutilefly - Fog
  • Galarian Corsola - Overcast
  • Heatmor - Intense Sun
  • Munna - Fog
  • Tyrogue - Overcast
  • Axew - Sandstorm
  • Hawlucha - Overcast


  • Flygon - Intense Sun
  • Gardevoir - Fog
  • Dewpider - Rain
  • Duskull - Fog
  • Munchlax - Clear
  • Pawniard - Snowstorms
  • Throh - Overcast
  • Toxel - Thunderstorms
  • Ralts - Fog
  • Tyrogue - Overcast
  • Metapod - Clear, foggy, overcast, raining, or thunderstorms.
  • Pyukumuku - Thunderstorm
  • Pikachu - Rain
  • Shuckle - Sandstorm
  • Gastly - Overcast
  • Budew - Overcast
  • Tyrogue - Overcast

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Written ByNick Farrell@NCF7_