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Weather is an exploration mechanic in Teyvat. While exploring the world, the weather can shift. Depending on the new weather conditions, special properties will be applied to the environment, to your characters, and to opponents.

Overview

The weather throughout Teyvat varies depending on location and time. There are many different weather conditions, ranging from sunny skies to thunderstorms to thick fog.

Weather conditions are tied to areas of the map, so the player can often teleport to a different location to escape certain weather conditions. However, only the weather at the player's current location is rendered, even if the player is only a few steps away from an area with different weather.

Areas affected by regular weather change over time, while areas affected by special weather conditions, such as areas with Special Environment climates, are perpetually affected by a particular weather condition. Areas with unique environmental shifts are not necessarily considered Special Environments but have properties that may override weather conditions; see the Unique Environmental Shifts section for more information.

For player convenience, major cities (the City of Mondstadt, etc.) are usually always sunny/clear unless there is a story circumstance that temporarily changes the weather, such as in the Archon Quest Dragon Storm. (This is not an in-universe phenomenon.)[1]

When the weather changes or when the player enters an area with different weather conditions from the area they were previously in, the active character's corresponding voice-over line will play if applicable.

Regular Weather Conditions

Sunny/Clear/Cloudy

Default state for most areas. It has no special properties.

Rain

  • Characters and opponents get Wet.
  • Some fires such as campfires and torches are doused.
  • Dendro objects such as grass cannot be burned during rain.
  • In extremely rare circumstances, a double rainbow may appear during or after rain.
  • Wildlife will not appear, even in sheltered areas (e.g. inside a cave)
  • Cannot occur in city areas, even if the surrounding area is raining.

Thunderstorm

Special Weather Conditions

The following weather conditions are found in Special Environment areas.

Snowy

Snowy weather is only encountered in Subzero Climate, which currently affects only Dragonspine.

While in snowy areas, Sheer Cold will accumulate.

Snowstorm

Snowstorms are only encountered in Subzero Climate, which currently affects only Dragonspine.

The base Sheer Cold accumulation rate is 2.5× higher. Goulash also has no effect during Snowstorms; it is unknown whether this is a bug or a feature.

Fog

Fog is a temporary phenomena that reduces visibility. It appears in Golden Apple Archipelago. Sailing too far into the fog while on the Waverider will cause one to respawn at the last activated Glimmering Beacon. Once all the Teleport Waypoints are activated, the fog disappears.

Fog also appears in Tsurumi Island. Players who venture too far or for too long into the fog will be teleported away. Once the Through the Mists quest series is completed, the fog will be lifted.

Unique Environmental Shifts

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many missing shifts: pyro regisvine? cryo regisvine? starglow cavern (also different?)? nameless island; tsurumi island prior to dispelling the fog; thunder sakura roots, especially prior to cleansing them in Sacred Sakura Cleansing Ritual; and more

"Unique environmental shifts" (unofficial term) refers to observable phenomena during which the environment, and usually the sky in particular, abruptly changes within a few seconds upon entering the vicinity of a certain area. These effects dispel upon reaching a certain distance from the area or by completing certain actions, although the range required to dispel the effect is typically wider than the area in which the effect is applied. (For example, the gray sky at Cuijue Slope is applied upon entering the vicinity of the Nine Pillars. However, from the Nine Pillars, one has to move further away from the area before the sky will begin returning to normal.)

Most areas with unique environmental shifts do not distinguish between daytime and nighttime. Sometimes, they will apply a Special Environment climate or will otherwise override regular weather conditions (for example, Andrius' arena will never experience rain while the shift is in place, even if it is raining in Wolvendom). In some cases, particularly when there is no observable difference between daytime and nighttime, the moon is not visible.

Mondstadt

Location Appearance Has Day/Night Overrides Weather Moon Visibility Notes
Dragonspine Snowy Considered a Special Environment (see Snowy and Snowstorm sections above).
Cryo Hypostasis arena Blue haze, obscures more visibility Activates when reaching the inner half of the arena, deactivates when reaching the Seelie Court near the closest Teleport Waypoint.
Wolf of the North Challenge arena Blue haze, blue particles floating in air Dispels upon defeating Andrius.

Liyue

Location Appearance Has Day/Night Overrides Weather Moon Visibility Notes
Cuijue Slope Gray, cloudy skies ? Entering the area removes the sky effect; effect returns as you approach the entrance.
Primo Geovishap cave Brightness lowered, blueness in environment lowered, sky turned completely white with a bloom effect during daytime, cave entrances affected by a blue haze which slightly obscures visbility during nighttime ?
Rhodeia of Loch arena Gray cloudy sky, constant rain, teal ground effect From the nearby Teleport Waypoint, activates upon reaching the water leading to the arena. Dispels upon reaching the torch past the waypoint. Also dispels after defeating Rhodeia of Loch.
Wuwang Hill Hazy, with blue particles in the air ?
Eastern Yaoguang Shoal Gray haze Thick fog that will appear and reappear over time. Takes effect after entering Yaoguang Shoal via the middle of the beach through the rocky underpass towards the north. (Verification needed.) Also dispels after reaching the rocky underpass to the north.

Inazuma

Location Appearance Has Day/Night Overrides Weather Moon Visibility Notes
Chinju Forest Blue haze and constant night. ? ? ?
Hakushin Lands
(Base of Mt. Yougou)
Blue haze ? ? Area is enveloped by purple haze from above, not visible while inside the area. (Need to check if sky effect is applied at a certain height, or if it applies at all altitudes.)
Mikage Furnace Sky is overcast and tinted a purplish pink ? ? Covers a little more area than the area affected by Balethunder
Tatarasuna Skies are blanketed by storm clouds, foggy and misty ground
Maguu Kenki arena on Yashiori Island Blue haze, reduced visibility, mist effect at night ? Overrides sky appearance from Tatarigami
Seirai Island except Asase Shrine Skies are very dark and overcast with a purple tint; there is a bright orange light at the south horizon ?
Asase Shrine at night Skies are a medium blue similar to daytime or Chinju Forest; blue fog hinders long-range visibility (not present during the day) N/A ?
Thunder Manifestation arena Extremely dark skies below the bright vortex above the area
Ocean around Seirai Island (close enough to see true vortex model) Foggy; skies are a dark, solid gray ?
Ocean around Seirai Island (far enough to see the "from afar" vortex model) Foggy; skies are cloudy ?
"Heart of Watatsumi" and Hydro Hypostasis cave Brightness lowered ? N/A

Other

Location Appearance Has Day/Night Overrides Weather Moon Visibility Notes
Maguu Kenki arena, Golden Apple Archipelago ? ? ? Dispels after defeating Maguu Kenki
Same visual effects and music as Sea Fog but is technically not the climate.
Islands north of Broken Isle, Golden Apple Archipelago ? ? ? ? Dispels after completing Who Wields the Wild Wind?
Same visual effects and music as Sea Fog but is technically not the climate.

Character Unique Weather

During certain characters' abilities, the environment will have unique visual effects:

Character Talent Effect Duration (Seconds)[2] Transition Duration (Seconds)[2] Notes
Albedo Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide 1.12 0.3
Aloy Prophecies of Dawn Prophecies of Dawn 2.5 0.6
Arataki Itto Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil! Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil! 1.5 (Cast)
16 (After Cast)
0.2 Cast effect darkens the sky and is only visible if the cutscene fails to play; After cast effect darkens the sky with a red tint.
Barbara Shining Miracle♪ Shining Miracle♪ 2.5 0
Beidou Tidecaller Tidecaller 1 0.3 When a perfect parry is achieved, or when achieving max DMG Bonus; Effect is identical to Noelle's Sweeping Time.
Beidou Stormbreaker Stormbreaker 1 0.4
Chongyun Spirit Blade: Cloud-Parting Star Spirit Blade: Cloud-Parting Star 1.4
1.75 (C6)
0.7
Diluc Dawn Dawn 2 1
Eula Glacial Illumination Glacial Illumination 2 0.7
Fischl Midnight Phantasmagoria Midnight Phantasmagoria 0.35
Ganyu Celestial Shower Celestial Shower 2 (Cast)
20 (After Cast)
0 (Cast)
0.2 (After Cast)
Darkens the sky.
Gorou Juuga: Forward Unto Victory Juuga: Forward Unto Victory 1.55 0.3
Hu Tao Spirit Soother Spirit Soother 1.6 0.7 Effect is identical to Tartaglia's Havoc: Obliteration (melee).
Jean Dandelion Breeze Dandelion Breeze 1 0.3
Kaedehara Kazuha Kazuha Slash Kazuha Slash 1.5 0.3 Effect is identical to Traveler's Parry.
Kaeya Glacial Waltz Glacial Waltz 0.5 0.2
Kamisato Ayaka Kamisato Art: Soumetsu Kamisato Art: Soumetsu 1.4 0.7
Kamisato Ayato Kamisato Art: Suiyuu Kamisato Art: Suiyuu 3 (Cast)
18 (After Cast)
0.05 (Cast)
1 (After Cast)
Darkens the sky.
Keqing Starward Sword Starward Sword 4 0.3
Klee Sparks 'n' Splash Sparks 'n' Splash 3 1
Kujou Sara Subjugation: Koukou Sendou Subjugation: Koukou Sendou 1.2 0
Lisa Violet Arc Violet Arc (Hold) 5 1.5 Darkens the sky to purple; Effect is identical to Razor's Claw and Thunder (hold).
Mona Stellaris Phantasm Stellaris Phantasm 2.5 0.6
Noelle Sweeping Time Sweeping Time 1.5 0.3 Effect is identical to Beidou's Tidecaller.
Qiqi Adeptus Art: Preserver of Fortune Adeptus Art: Preserver of Fortune 4 1
Raiden Shogun Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu 16 0.3
Razor Claw and Thunder Claw and Thunder (Hold) Darkens the sky to purple; Effect is identical to Lisa's Violet Arc (hold).
Razor Lightning Fang Lightning Fang 0.5 0.1
Sangonomiya Kokomi Nereid's Ascension Nereid's Ascension 1.2 (Cast)
11 (After Cast)
0 (Cast)
0.3 (After Cast)
Darkens the sky.
Shenhe Divine Maiden's Deliverance Divine Maiden's Deliverance 1.55 0.3
Tartaglia Havoc: Obliteration Havoc: Obliteration 1.6 (Melee)
1.8 (Ranged)
0.7 Melee effect is identical to Hu Tao's Spirit Soother.
Traveler Bellowing Thunder Bellowing Thunder 2 1
Traveler Parry Parry 0.5 0.1 Perfect Parry against strong attacks only; Effect is identical to Kaedehara Kazuha's Kazuha Slash.
Venti Wind's Grand Ode Wind's Grand Ode 1.5 0.8
Xiao Bane of All Evil Bane of All Evil 1.5 (Cast)
Until State Ends (After Cast)
0.3 (Cast) Darkens the sky.
Xinyan Riff Revolution Riff Revolution 4 0.2
Yae Miko Great Secret Art: Tenko Kenshin Great Secret Art: Tenko Kenshin 2.5 0 Only visible if cutscene fails to play.
Yanfei Done Deal Done Deal 1.5 0.3
Yoimiya Ryuukin Saxifrage Ryuukin Saxifrage 3 0.3
Yun Jin Opening Flourish Opening Flourish (Charge Level 2) 0.7 0.2
Zhongli Planet Befall Planet Befall 4 0.2

Trivia

  • As of Version 1.5, when the weather changes (excluding fog), the active character in the player's party will immediately say their voice-over that corresponds to the new weather if it is available. This happens regardless of whether or not the weather change is due to teleporting or otherwise moving to a new area.
  • When changing the time via the Paimon Menu within an area with a unique environmental shift where daytime and nighttime cannot be distinguished, the camera will not pan to the sky. When shifting between daytime and nighttime hours, there may be a momentary change in the sky color before returning to normal.

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Change History

Released in Version 1.0
Version 2.2
  • Reduced the camera shake caused by storms and lightning in the open world and optimizes the gaming experience when thunderstorms are in high frequency.

Version 2.0

  • Characters' "When Thunder Strikes" lines play in the open world.

Version 1.5

  • Characters' weather voice-overs play in the open world when the weather changes. Exceptions are the "When Thunder Strikes" (temporarily removed due to a bug), "When the Wind Blows," and "When It's Windy" (no conditions found for the latter two).

Version 1.2

  • Snowy weather and snowstorms were added with the release of Dragonspine.
  • Lightning strikes were added to thunderstorms.

Version 1.0

  • Different Weather conditions were available since the game launched.

References

  1. Archon Quest Chapter I, Act III: The Fond Farewell
    Zhongli: Until one drizzly day, as I was strolling along the harbor [...]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Character Source Data

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