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Giza Rains

Cloudy in Giza Plains in Final Fantasy XII.

Weather (天候, Tenkou?) is a natural phenomenon in several Final Fantasy games. While it has appeared in earlier games as a cosmetic effect, in later games it is an actual gameplay mechanic, often affecting the potency of elemental attacks, or the creatures that appear in the area.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XIEdit

XI Weather can affect most areas in Vana'diel. There are twenty types of weather, sixteen related to the eight elements:

  • Fire: Hot spells/Heat waves FFXI Fire Element
  • Earth: Dust storms/Sand storms FFXI Earth Icon
  • Water: Rains/Squalls FFXI Water Element
  • Wind: Winds/Gales FFXI Wind Element
  • Ice: Snow/Blizzards FFXI Ice Element
  • Lightning: Thunder/Thunderstorms FFXI Lightning Element
  • Light: Auroras/Stellar glare FFXI Light Element
  • Dark: Gloom/Miasma FFXI Darkness Element

There are also four other weather conditions unrelated to elements: fair, sunshine, cloudy and foggy. While these conditions usually are only used to imply a lack of elemental weather conditions, the foggy elemental condition can cause bombs and Poroggo to appear. Weather can be predicted by non-player characters with the official weather Linkshell. These NPCs are usually wearing white cloaks.

Weather effects

Elemental weather has approximately a 1/3 chance to add a 10% bonus to the power of corresponding elemental spells, by player or by enemy. As an example, Fire or Fireball would have a chance to be increased in power during a hot spell. Enhancement spells such as Enfire or Blaze Spikes will also have their effects have a chance to deal more damage. In addition, Skillchains with the relevant element, such as Fusion or Liquefaction, also have a chance to be increased in power.

An elemental Obi, obtainable via a quest, overrides the "chance" of the effect occurring, allowing for a constant 10% bonus during the relevant elemental effect or day of the week. Weather also has a chance to have the same effects on the element it is strong against, only in the opposite manner. Continuing the example, any ice spells or related skillchains would have a chance to take a 10% penalty towards damage.

In addition, many pieces of equipment have a Latent Effect based on the current weather. Fulfilling these weather requirements allows for their full potential to be harnessed. Most Elementals also spawn only during their related weather effect. Chocobo digging during weather effects also gives a chance of the chocobo digging up a crystal of the same element as the weather effect.

Weather spells

Scholars are capable of replicating the effects of any weather condition, using their Storm spells on allies to grant them weather conditions as necessary to grant benefits to the elemental spells they're casting, or to automatically trigger weather-based Latent Effects on equipment.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

XII

Weather is a phenomenon and depending on the current weather conditions, certain Magick elements and weapons behave differently. Certain enemies are only seen during specific weather conditions. Some enemies have the Ignore Weather passive ability, which makes them immune to weather and terrain effects, and the player can achieve the same by equipping the Agate Ring. The player may speak with Weather Eye to determine when the weather within the Giza Plains will change.

Elemental effects
Weather / Terrain Fire Ice Thunder Water Wind Earth
Sunny
Cloudy
Sunny / Cloudy (strong winds) x1.2 x0.5 x1.2
Rain x0.5 x1.2
Rain (strong winds) / Heavy Rain x0.6 x1.2 x0.5 x1.2
Foggy / Dense Fog x1.2
Snow / Snowstorm x1.2 x1.2 x0.5 x1.2
Sandstorm x1.2 x0.5 x1.2 x1.2
Sand Terrain x1.2
Water Terrain x1.2 x1.2 x0.5
Snow Terrain x1.2

The effects of Sand Terrain and Sandstorm do not stack.

Weapon effects

Windy weather reduces the accuracy of bows and crossbows. Bows and crossbows will work poorly during Windy, Heavy Rain, Blizzard and Sandstorm.

Field effects

In addition to these effects, there are also a number of field effects that occur during certain battles, such as when the player is fighting against Ultima. In the Zodiac versions, these effects are also present during certain stages of Trial Mode.

  • HP Drain - Characters lose 1% of maximum HP three times every second
  • MP Drain - Characters lose 2% of maximum MP three times every second
  • Attack command disabled
  • Magick command disabled
  • Technick command disabled
  • Item command disabled
  • Magnetic field - Charge time will increase for characters that are using metallic equipment.
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Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

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FFXIII-ClimateControlOrb

Vanille standing next to a Climate Control Orb.

A device that makes bad weather.
—Sazh commenting on the climate control orb.
These spheres modulates precipitation levels in the surrounding area.
Certain indigenous fauna exhibit rain-shy behavior, taking cover during storms. However, inducing showers can result in encounter with otherwise elusive hydrophilic wildlife.
—Game Information

Climate Control Orb is a mechanism that changes weather in the Sunleth Waterscape. These orbs are strategically placed to allow players to change the weather between parts of the area in an attempt to avoid the more difficult battles against opponents like the Wyvern or the Scalebeast.

The weather also appears to randomly change on Archylte Steppe between sunny and cloudy, although this has no effect on gameplay, apart from affecting what kind of wool the sheep give. Accepting a mission from the Cie'th Stone circle triggers a cutscene with Titan which makes dust blow across the plains, but this has no effect on gameplay either.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

XIII-2 A tribe of hunting nomads on the Archylte Steppe has a device which can change weather. Each change brings about different music and monsters. The four types of weather are: "rainy", "sunny", "thunder", and "cloudy". An achievement/trophy called "Big Game Hunter" requires defeating the most powerful enemies from each weather type—Long Gui (Sunny), Ochu (Rainy), Immortal (Cloudy) and Yomi (Stormy). Some cactuar tablets only appear during certain weather conditions, and sheep are found roaming the plains in cloudy weather only. Interestingly, stormy weather makes only Cie'th to appear on the plains and causes other monsters to hide.

Other areas also have weather conditions, but their change is dictated by the storyline. It first rains sometime after the player arrives at the Bresha Ruins 5 AF and defeats Paradox Alpha, but after having defeated Atlas, the rain stops. The Bresha Ruins 300 AF and Vile Peaks 10 AF have snowfall, which also changes the characters' appearance on the field, the tops of their heads and parts of their equipment turn white from the snow. Academia 400 AF is in a continual state of rain during the game. When it rains, rain drops appear on the player's screen, like droplets on a camera lens.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

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FFXIV Minimap

The mini-map showing the current weather.

The weather in each area randomly changes to a small set of possible weather conditions, commonly sunny, rainy, or stormy. It is marked by an icon on the upper right corner of the mini-map. The weather changes every eight hours - at midnight, 8:00 AM, or 4:00 PM in Eorzean time, and 12:02am, 8:02am and 4:02pm in real time. Cutscenes in outdoor areas will depict the current weather and time-of-day. While it has no direct effect on battles or crafting, weather can affect conditions needed for fishing or completing the Sightseeing Log.

The weather in duties are generally constant, however there are certain times that the weather may change, such as when the player reaches the final boss of a dungeon. The weather also indicates whether bosses of FATEs (Odin or Ixion) have spawned or not.

In patch 2.35, Skywatchers are NPCs who provide a 24-hour forecast for a given area.

Chocobo Racing also features weather effects.

These weather conditions occur in normal areas. Some of these are unique to an area.

Weather Description Areas
Clear Skies*previously "Clear"
FFXIV Weather Clear icon
Clear All
Fair Skies*previously "Fair"
FFXIV Weather Fair icon
Fair All
Clouds*previously "Overcast" and "Cloudy"
FFXIV Weather Clouds icon
Overcast All
Wind*previously "Windy"
FFXIV Weather Wind icon
Winds Middle La Noscea, Lower La Noscea, Western La Noscea, Coerthas, The Peaks, The Ruby Sea, The Azim Steppe, The Sea of Clouds
Gales
FFXIV Weather Gale icon
Gusty Western La Noscea, The Azim Steppe, The Churning Mists
Fog*previously "Misty"
FFXIV Weather Fog icon
Foggy All except The Ruby Sea, The Churning Mists, and Azys Lla
Rain*previously "Rainy"
FFXIV Weather Rain icon
Rainy All except Western La Noscea, Upper La Noscea, South Shroud, Southern Thanalan, Northern Thanalan, Mor Dhona, Coerthas, Abalathia's Spine, The Dravanian Forelands, The Churning Mists, Gyr Abania, The Ruby Sea
Showers
FFXIV Weather Showers icon
Showery Eastern La Noscea, North Shroud, Eastern Thanalan, The Dravanian Hinterlands, Idyllshire, Yanxia
Thunder
FFXIV Weather Thunder icon
Thundery Upper La Noscea, Central Shroud, East Shroud, South Shroud, Azys Lla, The Dravanian Forelands, Rhalgr's Reach, The Fringes, The Ruby Sea
Thunderstorms*previously "Stormy"
FFXIV Weather Thunderstorm icon
Experiencing Thunderstorms Upper La Noscea, South Shroud, The Lochs
Dust Storms*previously "Duststorm"
FFXIV Weather Dust Storms icon
Dusty Central Thanalan, The Dravanian Forelands, The Peaks
Sandstorms
FFXIV Weather Sandstorm icon
Sandy Thanalan/Legacy
Heat Waves
FFXIV Weather Heat Waves icon
Blistering Southern Thanalan
Hot Spells
FFXIV Weather Hot Spells icon
Hot Southern Thanalan
Snow
FFXIV Weather Snow icon
Snowy Coerthas
Blizzards
FFXIV Weather Blizzards icon
Blizzardy Coerthas
Gloom*previously "Miasma"
FFXIV Weather Gloom icon
Gloomy Mor Dhona
Umbral Static
FFXIV Weather Umbral Static icon
Experiencing Umbral Static The Churning Mists
Umbral Wind
FFXIV Weather Umbral Wind icon
Experiencing Umbral Wind The Sea of Clouds
Cherry Blossoms
FFXIV Weather Sakura icon
All Little Ladies' Day venues
Auroras
FFXIV Weather Aurora icon
Experiencing Auroral Activity All during the Fall of Dalamud, August - September 2012
Dalamud
FFXIV Weather Dalamud icon
All during the Fall of Dalamud, September - November 2012

These special weather conditions occur in instanced duties or FATEs. Some weather conditions appear when a boss enters a certain phase, while some stay constant throughout the battle.

Weather Description Areas
Beyond Time
FFXIV Weather Beyond Time icon
Temporal Alexander - The Soul of the Creator
Concordance
FFXIV Weather Concordance icon
Concordant Containment Bay P1T6 (Normal and Extreme)
Core Radiation
FFXIV Weather Core Radiation icon
Radioactive The Binding Coil of Bahamut, The Second Coil of Bahamut, and The Final Coil of Bahamut
Darkness
FFXIV Weather Darkness icon
Dark The Stone Vigil (Normal and Hard)
Demonic Infinity
FFXIV Weather Demonic Infinity icon
Demonically Infinite Containment Bay Z1T9 (Normal and Extreme)
Dimensional Disruption
FFXIV Weather Dimensional Disruption icon
Extradimensional Deltascape v4.0 (Normal and Savage)
Dragonstorm
FFXIV Weather Dragonstorm icon
Unnaturally Stormy The Aery
Eruptions
FFXIV Weather Eruptions icon
Erupting The Navel (Normal, Hard, and Extreme)
Eternal Bliss
FFXIV Weather Eternal Bliss icon
Blissful Emanation (Normal and Extreme)
Gales
FFXIV Weather Gales 2 icon
Gusty The Howling Eye (Normal, Hard, and Extreme)
Gloom
FFXIV Weather Gloom 2 icon
Gloomy Thornmarch (Hard and Extreme)
Heat Waves*previously "Heatwave"
FFXIV Weather Heat Waves 2 icon
Blistering The Bowl of Embers (Normal, Hard, and Extreme)
Hyperelectricity
FFXIV Weather Hyperelectricity icon
Hyperelectric The Diadem
Irradiance
FFXIV Weather Aurora icon
Irradiant Akh Afah Ampitheatre (Hard and Extreme)
Louring*previously "Lour"
FFXIV Weather Louring icon
Loury The Minstrel's Ballad: Ultima's Bane
Multiplicity
FFXIV Weather Multiplicity icon
Experiencing Multiplicity Containment Bay S1T7 (Normal and Extreme)
Oppression
FFXIV Weather Oppression icon
Oppressive The Singularity Reactor, The Minstrel's Ballad: Thordan's Reign
Quicklevin
FFXIV Weather Quicklevin icon
Hypervoltaic A Horse Outside FATE in The Lochs
Revelstorm
FFXIV Weather Revelstorm icon
Revelry The Pool of Tribute (Normal and Extreme)
Rough Seas*previously "Torrential"
FFXIV Weather Rough Seas icon
Experiencing Rough Seas The Whorleater (Hard and Extreme)
Royal Levin
FFXIV Weather Royal Levin icon
Experiencing Royal Levin Long Live the Coeurl, Coeurls Chase Boys, Coeurls Chase Boys Chase Coeurls FATE in The Dravanian Forelands
Shelf Clouds
FFXIV Weather Shelf Clouds icon
Unnaturally Cloudy The Limitless Blue (Hard and Extreme)
Smoke
FFXIV Weather Smoke icon
Smoky Thok ast Thok (Hard and Extreme)
Storm Clouds
FFXIV Weather Storm Clouds icon
Threatened By Rain The Striking Tree (Hard and Extreme)
Tension*previously "Hopelessness"
FFXIV Weather Tension icon
Crackling With Tension Steel Reign FATE in The Black Shroud
Wyrmstorm
FFXIV Weather Wyrmstorm icon
Unnaturally Stormy The Royal Menagerie

Final Fantasy XVEdit

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Prompto-rain-FFXV

Rain.

Weather affects the characters' appearance on the field; in rain the party's hair and clothes get a damp look. The Hair Gel accessory bought from the market in Lestallum stops the characters' hair from changing with the weather.

Weather has a tactical impact on battle conditions, with different types of Elemancy magic having varying effects. Using fire on a clear day, for example, will not only hurt monsters, but also ignite the surrounding area. Weather is random, but depends on the region. It rarely rains in Leide, being a desert, whereas rains in the north of Cleigne, in the Vesperpool, are common.

FFXV-Rain-Effect

Hair in the rain.

Some monsters only appear during the rain, such as the Gigantoad. This also affects some hunts. The Regalia automatically puts up its hood when it starts raining. If the player sets up camp in the rain they won't get a "sitting around the fire" camping scene, as the party won't want to spend time outside in bad weather.

The weather also affects the fishing minigame, as lures work depending on whether it is clear skies, rainy or cloudy. The characters might complain about it being cold when it rains, and Gladiolus will advise Noctis to put on his jacket if he is not wearing one, but it won't affect gameplay.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

FFT

Weather conditions affect ranged weapons' accuracy and elemental damage. In stormy weather the accuracy of bows and crossbows is reduced, and during rain Lightning attacks are more powerful, and fire weakened. For random encounterd the weather varies between seasons dictated by the calendar, but set battles have fixed weather conditions.

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

TYPE0 With the exception of normal weather, all weather has an effect on battle. Some accessories nullify weather effects, but do not correct the negative effects the weather puts on King's ranged attacks. The enemies that appear in battle sometimes depend on the weather; when enemies are influenced by the weather, there will be a change to damage amount depending on the type of weather.

Weather Impacts
Type Fire Ice Lightning Water Earth Wind King's Gun Lock-On Distances
Normal 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 40m
Fog 50% 113% 100% 150% 100% 25% 100% 10m
Snow Storm 6% 150% 25% 25% 100% 150% Decreases 10m
HP reduces at a rate of 3.75 per second apart from when standing still.
Snow 25% 113% 50% 50% 100% 100% Decreases 40m
Sandstorm 100% 25% 13% 13% 100% 200% 100% 10m
Heat Wave 150% 6% 100% 6% 100% 50% 100% 40m
HP reduces at a rate of 2.8 per second apart from when doing nothing.
Heavy Rain 13% 50% 398% 100% 13% Decreases 10m
Rain 25% 100% 113% 200% 100% 25% Decreases 40m

In the town of Amiter, tonberries only appear when the town is shrouded in fog.