How to Change Weather in Pokemon Sword and Shield (With Weather Dates)

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This page contains information on how to change the weather in Pokemon Sword and Shield, including weather dates.

Weather in Pokemon Sword and Shield can increase the damage of certain Pokemon’s moves and also dictates what Pokemon spawn in the different areas of the Wild Area. This can make it a challenge to collect all the Pokemon quickly and finish your Pokedex. If you don’t feel like waiting for the weather to change each day, there is a simple fix, though it involves going into your system settings to do so.

How to Change the Weather in Pokemon Sword and Shield[edit]

To change the weather, you’re going to have to go into your system settings on your switch. Follow this string to reach page you need: Press the home button > System Settings > System > Date and Time > turn off Synchronize Clock via internet.

Once you’ve completed the prompt above, you can change the date of your switch. Doing so will change the weather in game allowing you to catch whatever Pokemon you wish in the wild area.

You don’t need to close your game application to do this, and will see the weather change once coming back to the game. Changing the date will also change the available Max Raids in the wild area.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Weather Dates[edit]

The following dates correspond with the adjacent weather:

  • Clear Weather – May 1, 2020
  • Overcast / Cloudy – March 1, 2020
  • Rain – October 1, 2020
  • Thunderstorm – November 1 2020
  • Snow December 1 2020
  • Blizzard – February 1, 2020 (unlocks near the midway point of the game)
  • Intense Sun – July 1, 2020
  • Sandstorm – April 1, 2020 (unlocks near the midway point of the game)
  • Heavy Fog – June 1 2020 (Only after becoming Champion)

Downside[edit]

The only major downside to doing this is that resetting your clock, means Sword and Shield’s in-game daily event clock will also reset, and Max Raid Battles won’t reset for another 24 hours after you change the clock.

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There may be others downsides well, such as the Pokemon you catch having the incorrect caught on date so change your clock at your own risk.

Pokemon Weather Icons[edit]

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