Weather is a vital component of Pokémon Sword and Shield as different weather types attract different Pokémon.
To know the suitable weather for the different Pokémon types, use your PokeDex and check out what is best for your choice Pokémon. Then, click on “X” to select its “Habitat” option. You will see the entire Galar region on the map.
You’ll also see symbols of little creatures; they represent the areas where you can find that particular type of Pokémon. Hover on any of these locations and you’ll notice certain weather symbols in the top left part of your screen darken. These symbols indicate the weather the Pokémon in that location prefer.
In this guide, we will detail what each weather symbol means and how you can manipulate it at will.
Pokémon Sword and Shield Weather Symbols
To locate these weather symbols, open your Pokémon sword weather symbols map and click on the “+” button. This will show the weather in each area of the Pokémon universe. You will find specific strong and powerful Pokémon in the weather conditions that suit them.
Note that each weather symbol you see on your map represents a particular type of weather.
There are nine different weather conditions in the game: Fog, Clear, Sunny, Sandstorm, Rain, Thunderstorm, Cloudy, Snowstorm, and Snow.
How do you Manipulate the Weather?
Weather varies greatly between different regions of the game. Due to this, the weather in one area may be totally different from the one in another area. While you can change the weather in any area you want, it is impossible to do so from within the game itself.
The only way you can manipulate the weather of a location is to change the date and time of your console. However, ensure you’ve made a considerable amount of progress in the game before you attempt this.
To change the date and time settings of your console, do the following:
- Navigate to System Settings
- Proceed to System
- Finally, find your way to Date and Time
- Uncheck Synchronize the Clock via the Internet option
- Change the original Date and Time of the console to any of the Dates and Times listed below.
The format for the dates on your console is DD/MM/YYYY
The following is a list of the different weather types and the dates on your console that elicits them:
- Fog: 6/1/2020
- Clear: 5/1/2020
- Sunny: 7/1/2020
- Sandstorm: 4/1/2020
- Rain: 10/1/2020
- Thunderstorm: 11/1/2020
- Cloudy: 3/1/2020
- Snowstorm: 2/1/2020
- Snow: 12/1/2020
Despite the above claim, some weather conditions are related to your progress within the game. In fact, you have to be done with the game by at least half before you can get a Sandstorm and Snowstorm. And for fog weather, you have to make considerable progress, too.
Why Should You Change the Weather?
The specific weather in an area affects the mood of your Pokémon. If the weather the creature is experiencing during battle makes it happy, then it will inflict bonus damage on the enemy.