New weather and status effects in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

The leaks for Pokémon Legends: Arceus keep on coming, and today we’ve got a special report detailing brand-new weather conditions and status effects that have been introduced for Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It should go without saying that there are spoilers galore here. If you don’t want to know what the new weather and statuses are, please avoid this post! We won’t be talking about anything other than those two topics, though, so keep that in mind going forward. Let’s dive right in!

Please note that the materials presented here have been sourced from CentroLeaks and are compiled here for convenience. None of the material here was originally posted by or sourced from Exion.

Weather Conditions

For the first time since the fourth generation, new weather conditions are here! They’re quite similar to existing ones, though, but with a few changes. You’ll need to make sure you have Pokémon on your team that can survive in the harsh conditions of the Hisui region.

  • Snow is a brand-new weather condition that – as you might expect – appears in cold areas. It increases the speed of all Ice-type Pokémon on the field. It also increases the chance that non-Ice-type Pokémon become frostbitten. As mentioned before, drowsy Pokémon are less likely to act while it’s cold and snowy.
  • Strong Sunlight increases the speed of Grass-type Pokémon.
  • Fog works just like it did in Pokémon Diamond & Pearl. It decreases the accuracy of all attacks except for ones that can’t miss (such as Aura Sphere). It appears that moves like Water Pulse and Dragon Pulse are now sure to hit, so make sure to remember that!

That’s everything we know regarding weather conditions. If more of these are leaked or revealed later on, we’ll be sure to come back and update this list. If you’d like to read more on the recently-revealed content for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, please take a look at our compilation of information regarding the new Pokémon!

Status Conditions

There are many new status conditions present in Pokémon Legends: Arceus! These are really interesting; at the time of writing, we aren’t sure if future Pokémon titles are going to keep this status effects or not. Regardless, here’s a complete list of the new status conditions and what they mean for your Pokémon:

  • Frostbite is a brand-new status condition, and it replaces the Frozen status condition from previous Pokémon games. Rather than completely immobilizing the Pokémon, it reduces their special attack stat and hurts them at the end of each turn. In other words, it’s kind of like a special attack equivalent to burns.
  • Drowziness is another new status condition. It’s caused by moves like Hypnosis, and it gives its victim a chance of failing to use its selected move. It also takes more damage from incoming attacks, and it’s more likely to waste a turn when the weather condition is snow.
  • Obscured increases a Pokémon’s evasion. In order to become Obscured, a Pokémon must be hiding in mud or something similar. Keep an eye out for Pokémon hiding in marshes and swamps!
  • Fixated increases the power of one specific move, but only allows the Pokémon to use that attack. Some attacks, when used, can cause a Pokémon to become fixated on it. You’ll need to be very careful using moves like these!
  • Primed is a status condition that simply increases the damage a Pokémon deals. That’s all there is to it!

It doesn’t count as a traditional status condition, per se, but moves like Stealth Rock and Spikes can now attach splinters to opposing Pokémon. These splinters deal damage to their victim at the end of every turn. There are a few other status conditions – including Terrible Might and Terrific Might – but these appear to be exclusive to boss Pokémon.

As stated earlier, we’ll be updating this post as more information is revealed! Be sure to check back often for the latest news and compilations of leaks. Just to confirm, we don’t leak any of this information ourselves — it’s simply compiled here for your convenience. We hope it was helpful to you!

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