Ppreparing for the next day usually requires some attention to the weather outside. Whether that means grabbing an umbrella, a bottle of sunscreen, or your strongest Water-type Pokémon, a small amount of knowledge and preparation can make the whole day go more smoothly. With Pokémon GO’s dynamic weather system, Trainers can benefit from understanding how the weather works. Because the weather can affect everything from what type of Pokémon is likely to appear in the wild to which attacks are most effective in a raid, there are snow excuses for not understanding how to make the most of Pokémon GO’s weather system.
There are seven weather conditions in Pokémon GO: sunny, rainy, partly cloudy, cloudy, windy, snowy, and foggy. Each weather condition empowers different types of Pokémon and attacks. You can see the weather conditions for the day in Pokémon GO in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap that day’s weather icon for more detailed information, including a list of boosted Pokémon types. The weather conditions are updated approximately every hour, so remember to check them frequently while you play.
Some weather conditions will be visible from your screen without checking the weather in-game. For example, if it is raining, you will see water droplets on your screen. This will be especially apparent when you’re trying to catch a Pokemon. Snow and strong wind are also visible on your screen, but it’s still worth checking the weather regularly if you want to make the most of the conditions.
|Icon||weather conditions||boosted types|
||Sunny||Fire, Grass, Earth|
||Partly cloudy||Normal, Rock|
||Cloudy||Fight, Poison, Fairy|
||Windy||Flying, Psychic, Dragon|
||Rainy||Water, Electricity, Bug|
Astute Trainers may notice that certain types of wild Pokémon appear more frequently during specific weather conditions. For example, Fire-type Pokémon are more likely to be seen on sunny days, and of course, Water-type Pokémon appear in greater numbers when it rains. Just keep in mind that during coincidental weather conditions, weather-boosted Pokemon may also be harder to catch than usual. Weather-boosted Pokémon are identified on the map by light blue spinning rings. But don’t confuse the lighter colored rings with the darker blue that marks Pokémon attracted to Incense!
However, catching weather-boosted Pokemon can be worth it – these Pokemon tend to do better in battle during that weather. Also, they can have higher CP, so you won’t need as much Stardust and Candy to fully power them up. Speaking of Stardust, you’ll receive extra Stardust for catching them! This doesn’t mean that every weather-enhanced Pokemon you catch will be Master League-ready, but it does have a better chance of being competitive in the GO Battle League and in raids.
Weather boosts don’t just affect the Pokemon you catch. Any Pokemon you’ve already caught can also benefit. If the weather corresponds to an attack type your Pokémon knows, such as strong wind conditions and the Flying-type Quick Attack Air Slash, that attack will do more damage. Remember to keep these stat boosts in mind when challenging a Raid Boss. Weather conditions can also affect wild Pokémon, meaning Raid Bosses can become more ferocious; it’s vital to fill your party with Pokémon that know effective attacks. But you can also do the same with your own team by picking Pokémon with super-effective attacks that also take advantage of the weather.
For example, the Legendary Pokemon Kyogre can be a tough client, but as a Water-type Pokemon it is vulnerable to Grass and Electric-type attacks. When you challenge Kyogre in a raid, you can modify your strategy based on the weather. If it’s raining, Electric-type attacks will deal 20% additional damage. However, if the sky is sunny and clear, Grass-type moves will be more effective. If you join a remote raid, the weather conditions at the gym hosting the raid will be used to determine attack boosts instead of your own physical location.
Weather boosts do not apply in GO Battle League. While weather conditions should factor into your Raid Battle lineup, there are other considerations for the GO Battle League: You’ll be best served by a carefully balanced team, making the most of fast attacks and charged attacks, and abilities like energy management and counting your opponent’s attacks.
Some Pokémon have different forms that will only appear during certain weather conditions. For example, Castform, appropriately known as the Weather Pokémon, has four different forms.
Trainers may need to brave the following weather conditions to catch Castform in each of its forms.
Partly cloudy, windy, cloudy
Cherrim also has weather-based forms. His sun form can only be captured in sunny weather; it will appear in its cloudy form when the weather is doing something else.
Pokemon evolve into all sorts of unique ways. Some simply require a certain amount of candy. Others must accompany their Trainer while they explore a certain distance before they are ready to evolve, and some only evolve during a certain time of day or night. If you plan to turn your Goomy into a Goodra, you will need to pay attention to the weather. To evolve Sliggoo, Goomy’s Evolution, you will need 100 Goomy Candy and a wet day. If the rainy weather condition is not in the forecast where you live, you can simulate the necessary conditions with a Rainy Lure module.
Remember: safety first! Pokémon GO’s weather information isn’t as accurate as a dedicated weather app, so check the weather report from a reputable source before embarking on your adventure. You don’t want to be caught in the rain without an umbrella, or caught in a snowstorm.
But with the right planning, you’re sure to catch some powerful Pokemon and make the most of raids, rain or shine.
Get some sun out there, Trainers!