This article is about the type of weather. For the Badge given by Wallace or Juan, see Badge → Rain Badge.
Thunderstorm redirects here. For the theme deck, see Thunderstorm (TCG).

Rain
Rain
Rain VIII Field.png
Rain Battle VIII.png
Move Ability
Rain Dance
Max Geyser
Drizzle
Primordial Sea

Rain (Japanese: rain), known as a downpour (Japanese: 大雨 heavy rain) in Generation II, is a type of weather. It was introduced in battle in Generation II, and in the overworld in Generation III.

It will last for five turns if created using Drizzle (Generation VI onwards) or Rain Dance, or eight if created by a Pokémon holding a Damp Rock. If created using Drizzle (prior to Generation VI) or encountered in the overworld, it will last until replaced. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Max Geyser causes rain after dealing damage.

There is also a variation of rain called heavy rain (Japanese: 強い雨 strong rain). Heavy rain can be encountered in the overworld or created using Primordial Sea; if the latter, it lasts until the summoner is removed from the field (and no other Pokémon with Primordial Sea remain on the field), the summoner is rotated out in a Rotation Battle, the summoner has Primordial Sea suppressed or replaced, or extremely harsh sunlight or strong winds are created by Desolate Land or Delta Stream respectively.

Description

 
The battle interface during rain in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Event Gen II Gen III Gen IV Gen V Gen VI Gen VII Gen VIII
If naturally occurring N/A "It is raining." "It started to rain!" "It started to rain!" "It's raining!"
Rain Dance used "A downpour started!" "It started to rain!" "It started to rain!"
Drizzle activated N/A "(Wild/Foe) <Pokémon>'s Drizzle made it rain!" "(The wild/foe's) <Pokémon>'s Drizzle made it rain!"
After turn is complete "Rain continues to fall." N/A
When rain ends "The rain stopped."

Heavy rain

Event Gen VI Gen VII
If naturally occurring "A heavy rain began to fall!" N/A
Primordial Sea activated "A heavy rain began to fall!"
Preventing changing weather "There is no relief from this heavy rain!"
Negating Fire-type attack "The Fire-type attack fizzled out in the heavy rain!"
When heavy rain ends "The heavy rain has lifted!"

Effects

In battle

Heavy rain

Thunderstorm

Outside of battle

Sliggoo will evolve into Goodra when leveled up while it is raining or foggy in the overworld.

From Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to Pokémon X and Y, Sweet Scent and Honey will fail if it is raining in the area, or if any other type of weather is present. In the Generation III games and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Sweet Scent and Honey are unaffected by the weather.

Variations

Normal rain

Rain falls. Found in all places where rain is found on the field.

Strong rain

Rains falls heavily, at a lower angle than normal rain. It is found occasionally on Route 212 and Exeggutor Island.

The difference from normal rain is purely aesthetic.

Heavy rain

Rain falls heavily and chaotically, with strong winds whipping through the air. This variation only occurs in the field when Kyogre awakens in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, or in the Battle Agency.

Thunderstorm

Rain falls heavily, much like strong rain does, and occasionally lightning will strike and thunder will rumble. It is found on Route 119 as part of the four-day weather cycle of rain, thunderstorm, rain, and clear. It can be found on Route 212 on occasion. It happens on predetermined days, such as the anniversaries of the game's release in each country. It also appeared on St. Patrick's Day; February 29, 2008; and Christmas Day (December 25). In Pokémon White, after the player obtains the Legend Badge, a thunderstorm will occur on Route 7, where the player may meet Thundurus. After the player has met Thundurus, thunderstorms will occur on whatever route Thundurus is currently roaming on.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, an electic current runs throught battlefields during thunderstorms, naturally creating both rain and Electric Terrain.

Strong storm

Rain falls heavily, although at a normal angle, and periodically strong gusts of wind will blow, like as if a real life tornado or hurricane is occurring. It is only found in Pokémon Black. After the player obtains the Legend Badge, a strong storm will occur on Route 7, where the player may meet Tornadus. After the player has met Tornadus, strong storms will occur on whatever route Tornadus is roaming on.

On the field

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Game Region Location Conditions
E Hoenn Route 105 When Marine Cave is there
RSEORAS Hoenn Route 119 Clear one out of four days, regular rain two out of four, a thunderstorm one out of four
RSEORAS Hoenn Route 120 Always
RSEORAS Hoenn Route 123 Some days
E Hoenn Route 125 When Marine Cave is there
E Hoenn Route 127 When Marine Cave is there
E Hoenn Route 129 When Marine Cave is there
S Hoenn Lilycove City, Mossdeep City, Sootopolis City, Ever Grande City, Routes 124, 125, 126, 127, 128 After Kyogre is awakened but before battling it
E Hoenn Lilycove City, Mossdeep City, Sootopolis City, Ever Grande City, Routes 124, 125, 126, 127, 128
Sky Pillar, Route 129, 130, 131 (only when Sky Pillar is unlocked)
After Kyogre is awakened but before solving the crisis. Interchanges with harsh sunlight.
DPPt Sinnoh Route 212 Always (southern area); occasional strong rain and/or thunderstorms
DPPt Sinnoh Route 213 Some days
DPPt Sinnoh Route 215 Always
HGSS Johto Route 33 Always
HGSS Johto Lake of Rage Every day except Wednesday
BW Unova Any route, except for Routes 1 and 17 Wherever TornadusB or ThundurusW appears; strong stormB or thunderstormW
BWB2W2 Unova Driftveil City, Cold StorageBW, Route 6 Spring and autumn (days 4-5, 12-13, 20-21, 28-29)
BWB2W2 Unova Mistralton City, Route 7, Twist Mountain Spring and autumn (days 3-6, 11-14, 19-22, 27-30);
summer (9-10, 20-21)
BWB2W2 Unova Icirrus City, Dragonspiral Tower Spring and autumn (days 3-7, 11-15, 19-23, 27-31);
summer (8-11, 19-22)
BWB2W2 Unova Route 8 Spring and autumn (days 3-7, 11-15, 19-23, 27-31);
summer (1-2, 6-13, 18-24); October 17, 28-31; June 17, 29-30)
BWB2W2 Unova Route 12 Sometimes
B2W2 Unova Virbank City and Virbank Complex Spring and autumn (days 4-5, 12-13, 20-21, 28-29);
February 10 and 20
B2W2 Unova Floccesy Town, Route 20, Floccesy Ranch Spring (days 3, 5, 11, 13, 20, 27, 29) and summer (9-10, 20-21)
XY Kalos Route 8, Ambrette Town, Cyllage City,
Route 10, Geosenge Town
Some days*
XY Kalos Route 9 Some days
XY Kalos Route 14, Laverre City, Poké Ball Factory Monday before 1 PM
XY Kalos Route 15, Route 16 Some days
XY Kalos Route 18, Couriway Town Some days
XY Kalos Route 19 Some days
XY Kalos Route 21 Some days
XY Kalos Shalour City Some days
XY Kalos Kiloude City Wednesday
SM Alola Brooklet Hill After defeating or capturing the first Wishiwashi leading up to Lana's trial, until completing the trial
USUM Alola Brooklet Hill After defeating the second Wishiwashi during Lana's trial, until completing the trial
SMUSUM Alola Lush Jungle, Brooklet Hill 5 PM to 6 PM
SMUSUM Alola Malie City, Malie Garden, Routes 10, 11, 12, 13, Blush Mountain, and Secluded Shore 5 PM to 6 PM
SMUSUM Alola Tapu Village, Route 14 Some days
SMUSUM Alola Route 17 Always
SMUSUM Alola Exeggutor Island 10 AM - 3:59 PM (light), 6 PM - 11:59 PM (strong)
SwSh Galar Wild Area (any zone), Isle of Armor (any zone) Random days, all day

Heavy rain

Game Region Location Conditions
AS Hoenn Lilycove City (except Lilycove Department Store rooftop), Mossdeep City, Sootopolis City,
Secret Islet, Secret Shore, Secret Meadow
Routes 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131
After Kyogre is awakened but before battling it

Thunderstorm

Game Region Location Conditions
SMUSUM Alola Po Town Always; also applies to the rooftop of the Shady House
SwSh Galar Wild Area (any zone), Isle of Armor (any zone) Random days, all day

Mystery Dungeon series

Game Dungeon Floors Notes
MDRB Uproar Forest 3 and 6 Might be any of the other six weather conditions instead
MDRB Sky Tower 7 and Summit 6
MDRB Howling Forest 3, 6, 9 and 13 Might be any of the other six weather conditions instead
MDRB Northwind Field 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25
MDRB Lightning Field 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 Might be any of the other six weather conditions instead
MDRB Mt. Faraway 4, 8, 10, 14, 17, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 and 36 Might be any of the other six weather conditions instead
MDRB Western Cave 11, 24, 35 and 53 Might be overridden by Sand Stream sandstorms on floor 53
MDRB Northern Range 4, 8, 11 and 15 Might be any of the other six weather conditions instead
MDRB Pitfall Valley 3, 6, 10 and 15 Might be any of the other six weather conditions instead
MDRB Wyvern Hill 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 and 28 Might be any of the other six weather conditions instead
MDRB Purity Forest 15, 21, 24, 28, 32, 38, 43, 48, 52, 57, 61, 67, 81 and 89 Might be any of the other six weather conditions instead

In the anime

 
Rain in the anime
Main article: Rain Dance (move) → In the anime
Main article: Drizzle (Ability) → In the anime
Main article: Max Geyser (move) → In the anime

Like in the real world, rain is quite common, appearing in many episodes. Most of these occasions are not caused by Rain Dance or Drizzle. The first appearance of rain in the anime was in the first episode, Pokémon - I Choose You!. The first time it has appeared caused by a Pokémon was in A Shadow of a Drought.

In the manga

Main article: Rain Dance (move) → In the manga
Main article: Drizzle (Ability) → In the manga

In other generations

In battle

Core series games

Heavy rain

Side series games

Spin-off games

Interface elements

Heavy rain

In the overworld

Normal rain

 
Unused rain weather in FRLG

Strong rain

Thunderstorm

Strong storm

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 下雨 Hahyúh
Mandarin 下雨 Xiàyǔ
  Danish Regn
  Finnish Sade
  French Pluie
  German Regen
  Indonesian Hujan
  Italian Pioggia
  Korean Bi
  Malaysian Hujan
  Norwegian Regn
  Portuguese Chuva
  Spanish Lluvia
  Swedish Regn
  Thai ฝน Fon
  Vietnamese Mưa


Heavy rain

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 大雨 Daaihyúh
Mandarin 大雨 Dàyǔ
  French Pluie battante
  German Strömender Regen
  Italian Acquazzone
  Korean 강한 비 Ganghan bi
  Spanish Diluvio



Weather conditions
Harsh sunlightRainSandstormHailShadowy auraFog
Extremely harsh sunlightHeavy rainStrong winds