Can you make it rain in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? Yes but there’s a twist

Can you make it rain in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? Yes but there’s a twist
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Gamefreak has made many new additions throughout the history of the storied Pokémon series, one of which being weather. Depending on the weather in a certain location, you’ll be able to find new Pokemon, as well as buff or weaken certain move types. If you’re after a particular Pokemon, knowing how to make it rain will aid in the search. Luckily, we can help you get it to rain in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

✓ At a glance
  • Pokémons that know the move Rain Dance can make it rain during battles.
  • There are certain locations that won’t have rain.
  • Some Pokémons will benefit from the rain

Is there a way to change the weather in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? 

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet get it to rain: Totodile using rainy day to make it rain during battle
Rainy Day is a good move that makes it rain during battle. Image captured by VideoGamer

No, you cannot change the weather while roaming, but you can make it rain during battle. 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, rain is a random event tied to the in-game clock.

How to make it rain during battle

To make it rain in battle, send out a Pokémon that knows the move “Rain Dance” and use it. Once used the battle space will rain for five turns. This is a great way to strengthen some water type Pokémon’s moves.

Where does it rain in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

It tends to rain in grassy areas and near the sea, places like Porto Marinda Market, Medali will have rain at random times. To avoid the rainy weather, 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. You also can’t determine what areas are raining at specific times.

When does it rain in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? 

The chance 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 your Switch’s time is not going to affect the in-game time in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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.

What happens when it rains in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

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. 

When it comes to changes during battle, fire-type Pokémon are at a disadvantage because fire-type moves do less damage. Water-type Pokémon are at an advantage because water-type moves deal more damage in the rain. Additionally, some grass-type moves will take an extra turn to charge and some healing moves might not be 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.
The effects of rain on Pokémon moves

Can you make it rain in the Pokemon Indigo Disk Terarium?

Unlike the normal game, the Indigo Disk DLC features a Terarium that you can explore and use to catch all different types of Pokemon. Unfortunately, you can’t make it rain in there either. The Terarium has set weather patterns and biomes that do not change. For the most part, it is always sunny or nighttime in the Terarium and it does not experience any other weather patterns.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Rain – FAQ

How often does it rain in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

It rains fairly often in Paldea with most regions getting rain every four to nine minutes of gameplay.

What effect does rain have in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Rain increases the power of water-type moves, decreases the power of fire-type moves, and causes some grass-type moves to take an extra turn to charge.