Drought (Ability)

Drought ひでり
Flavor text
Generation III
Summons sunlight in battle.
Generation IV
The Pokémon makes it sunny if it appears in battle.
Generation V
Turns the sunlight harsh if it is in battle.
Generation VI
Turns the sunlight harsh when the Pokémon enters a battle.
Generation VII
Turns the sunlight harsh when the Pokémon enters a battle.
Generation VIII
Turns the sunlight harsh when the Pokémon enters a battle.
Generation IX
Turns the sunlight harsh when the Pokémon enters a battle.

Drought (Japanese: ひでり Drought) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Groudon.


In battle

Generations III to V

Drought summons harsh sunlight in battle as soon as a Pokémon with Drought enters the battle. Its effects are the same as the move Sunny Day, but instead of lasting for a limited amount of turns, it lasts for the whole battle (unless it is replaced by another weather condition). If a Pokémon with Drought is sent out in the same turn as another Pokémon whose Ability affects the weather, the slower Pokémon's Ability will override the faster Pokémon's Ability.

Generation VI onward

The sunlight now lasts only for five turns. This can be extended to eight turns if the Pokémon is holding a Heat Rock.

Drought will not activate if the Pokémon with the Ability is a Groudon about to undergo Primal Reversion; in that case, the Primal Reversion will happen instead, causing its Ability to be replaced by Desolate Land, and only that Ability will activate. Drought will also fail to activate if heavy rain, extremely harsh sunlight, or strong winds are already in effect.

Outside of battle

Drought has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Drought

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0006   Charizard
Mega Charizard Y
Fire Flying Drought None None
0037   Vulpix
Fire Fire Flash Fire None Drought
0038   Ninetales
Fire Fire Flash Fire None Drought
0324   Torkoal
Fire Fire White Smoke DroughtGen VII+ Shell Armor
0383   Groudon
Ground Ground Drought None None
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, and Explorers of Time, Darkness, Drought changes the weather to Sunny upon entering a floor, and then every subsequent 36 turns.

In Super Mystery Dungeon, Drought changes the weather to sunny upon entering a floor. The sunny weather condition lasts a certain number of turns (in multiples of 66) before clearing. After the weather has cleared, Drought will again activate after waiting a certain number of turns (in multiples of 66).


Games Description
MDRB Changes the weather to sunny.
MDTDS Changes the weather to a sunny condition.
BSL てんきを ひざしがつよいに してしまう
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD The weather on the floor will be sunny!
MDRTDX The weather condition on the floor will be Sunny.

In the anime

Effect activating
Mega Charizard Y
The Pokémon makes the sky clear and sunny.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Groudon's body glows white and it fires a pillar of white light into the sky. The sky then becomes sunny and clear, and no clouds can be seen.
Groudon (Ruby and Sapphire series) The Scuffle of Legends Debut
  When Mega Charizard Y enters the battle, the sunlight intensifies, powering up Fire-type moves.
Trevor's Charizard A League of His Own! None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In the TCG

Drought debuted as an attack in the Pokémon Trading Card Game with Groudon from the Legends Awakened expansion. When used, the attack allows the player to attach up to 2 Fighting Energy cards from their hand to 1 of their Pokémon.

The following is a list of Pokémon cards with the Drought attack.

Pokémon cards with Drought
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type Mark English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Groudon   Legends Awakened     29/146 Cry from the Mysterious      
Groudon     Cosmic Eclipse     113/236 Remix Bout     032/064
        V Starter Decks     049/127

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 日照 Yahtjiu *
旱災 Hóhnjōi *
Mandarin 日照 Rìzhào *
旱災 Hànzāi *
  Danish Torke
  Dutch Droogte
  Finnish Paiste
  French Sécheresse
  German Dürre
  Italian Siccità
  Korean 가뭄 Gamum
  Norwegian Tørke
  Polish Susza
Portuguese   Brazil Seca (early anime, TCG, manga)
Calor Desértico (Pokémon the Series: XY-present)
  Portugal Seca
  Spanish Sequía
  Swedish Torka
  Vietnamese Hạn hán

Variations of the Ability Drizzle
DrizzleDroughtSand StreamSnow Warning

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