How to catch weather-boosted Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Weather-boosted Pokémon are everywhere.

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Pokémon show up all over Pokémon Go. However, some of them receive a weather-boosted trait during certain weather conditions happening in your area. It’s important to optimize on capturing Pokémon when this happens and being able to know when a Pokémon is receiving a weather boost.

You will be able to see when a Pokémon is receiving the weather-boost before attempting to capture them based around a small swirling mist around them. It encircles them while you’re looking at them in the application. The various weather-boosts vary from rainy, windy, foggy, sunny, cloudy, snowy, and partly cloudy. All of them influence different Pokémon moves and the respective Pokémon to make them stronger in combat.

These are all of the weather boosts in Pokémon Go and the Pokémon they affect:

  • Sunny: Fire, Grass, and Ground-types
  • Windy: Ground, Flying, and Psychic-types
  • Rainy: Water, Electric, and Bug-Types
  • Snow: Ice and Steel-types
  • Fog: Dark and Ghost-types
  • Cloudy: Fairy, Fighting, and Poison-types
  • Partly Cloudy: Normal and Rock-types

When you capture a weather-boosted Pokémon, you receive additional stardust upon successfully catching them. You may also need to capture weather-boosted Pokémon for certain research tasks and quests. Unfortunately, there’s no way to influence the weather in Pokémon Go. You will need to wait until a Pokémon of a specific type shows up during the particular weather effect, which also increases the chance of them showing up.

You want to look for the small swirling aura surrounding Pokémon in the overworld to make sure you’re capturing the correct creatures you need to have the effect. The more you see under this influence, the more stardust you can obtain.