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How to Get it to Rain in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

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Gamefreak has made many new additions to the 9th installment of its tried and tested Pokémon games. In Pokémon Scarlet, we’ve seen a new type of Pokémon being introduced (Paradox Pokémon) as well as new items (Energy Boosters) complemented by a gorgeous open-world backdrop. Consequently, as with any other open-world game, there also exists a weather system as well.

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If you are wondering how the rain mechanism works in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and whether you can control it or not, then you’ve come to the right place.

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Keep reading to find out how you can find yourself in the middle of a dreary shower.

Can You Make It Rain In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? 

Although some weather conditions can be triggered by location-based prompts (such as snow when you enter Glaseado Mountain), rain in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is not one of those conditions. For the majority of regions, the occurrence of rain is a random event tied to the in-game clock. There is nothing you can do to make it rain yourself in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. 

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With that said, You can avoid the rain if you hang around the Asado Desert or Glaseado Mountain. This is because it will not rain at all as it is not a weather condition possible in those terrains. Instead, rain is replaced by sandstorms or snow in those areas, respectively.

Although you can not control when it rains in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, what you can do is be aware of when and where it does rain. 

When Does It Rain In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? 

As aforementioned, the occurrence of rain is tied to the in-game clock, where a day-night cycle is 30 minutes long. Unlike previous Pokémon games, which were tied to real-time, being tied to the in-game clock means that changing the switch’s time is not going to affect the in-game time in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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However, even if it is a random event, it does not mean you’ll have to wait too long to experience it. Usually, it rains every four to five minutes, so you should be able to get caught in the middle of one fairly frequently. Just remember not to wander around the Asado Desert or the Glaseado Mountains.

Properties Of Rain In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Well once it does start to rain, then what? For one, you can summon your level 50 Sliggoo in the rain to make it evolve into Goodra. Additionally, unbeknownst to some players, weather events bring with them a sleuth of buffs, nerfs, and move changes. 

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Depicted below are all the effects a rainstorm has in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet:

  • Buffs Water-type moves (they do more damage).
  • Nerfs Fire-type moves (they do less damage).
  • The Thunder and Hurricane moves always hit opponents when used in battle.
  • Some Grass-type moves will take an extra turn to charge.
  • Healing moves are not as effective.

Moreover, there are a number of Pokémon abilities which are affected during a rainstorm. We’ve summarized the respective effects below: 

AbilitiesEffect
Swift SwimGives the Pokémon a Speed boost.
HydrationRemoves any negative keywords (such as poison or fire) that the Pokémon may have.
Dry SkinMakes the Pokémon heal some Health Points every turn.
Rain DishMakes the Pokémon heal some Health Points every turn.

Final Thoughts

Even though you cannot directly trigger a rainstorm, after reading this guide, you should be able to know when and where to expect one. You can take advantage of the fact that rain buffs Water-type Pokémons and nerfs Fire-type.

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So the next time you have to take down a really strong Fire-type Pokémon, remember to wait till it rains to tilt the odds in your favor.