Season (mechanic)

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This article is about the game mechanic. For the division of dubbed episodes in the anime, see season.

Seasons (Japanese: 季節 season) are a mechanic from the fifth generation of the Pokémon games.

Seasons will not change in-game automatically; they will change only upon exiting a cave or building, or crossing between two outdoor maps at a transition that involves a loading zone (such as by moving between the various sections of Castelia City or Nimbasa City, or moving from Driftveil City to Driftveil Drawbridge). Unlike in the real world, where each season lasts for approximately three sequential months (in the astronomical model) or exactly three sequential months (in the meteorological model), the seasons in Unova will change each month, going through the full cycle of spring, summer, autumn, and winter three times per year.

Generation V

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Spring

Summer

Autumn

Winter

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Spring

Spring (Japanese: spring) occurs in January, May, and September.

Effects

Summer

Summer (Japanese: summer) occurs in February, June, and October.

Effects

Autumn

File:BW Prerelease seasons autumn.png
Autumn: as normal, the slope is too steep to climb.

Autumn (Japanese: autumn), also known as fall in North America, occurs in March, July, and November.

Effects

Winter

File:BW Prerelease seasons winter.png
Winter: due to snowfall the area uphill is now accessible.

Winter (Japanese: winter) occurs in April, August, and December.

Effects

Pokémon GO

Seasons were introduced as a mechanic to Pokémon GO on December 1, 2020 as part of the GO Beyond update.[1] Each season lasts for three months (starting and ending on the first day of a month), with the Northern and Southern Hemispheres experiencing opposite seasons, based on the real-world meteorological season for that hemisphere.

Mechanics
  • Only a subset of all available Pokémon will be spawning in the wild, with different pools in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
    • Deerling's Form is is based on that hemisphere's season
  • Seasons in GO Battle League begin in conjunction with the start of a new season
  • Shadow Pokémon used by Team GO Rocket change at the start of a new season


List of seasons

Trivia

  • Because February is included among the months considered as summer in the games, summer is the shortest season on average. Whereas the other seasons each last a total of 92 days in a real-time year, summer lasts for a total of 89 days, or 90 days in case of a leap year. In the real world, this is true for astronomical summer in the southern hemisphere, as the Earth is near perihelion; astronomical summer lasts only approximately 89 days, while winter lasts closer to 94. The opposite is in effect for the Northern Hemisphere.
  • When summer and winter start in the Northern Hemisphere of the real world, the same season is in effect in-game. This is not true for spring and autumn: it is spring in-game when autumn starts in real life and vice versa. The opposite is true for the Southern Hemisphere: real-world spring and autumn start in months with their respective in-game seasons, while summer and winter start in in-game winter and summer respectively.
  • In the astronomical model of seasons (used in North America and parts of Europe), seasons start at solstices and equinoxes. In the game, seasons start at the start of the month, as is the case in the meteorological model of seasons (used by meteorologists and in countries such as Australia).
  • Pokémon Black and White, the first games to introduce this feature, were released during autumn in Japan, and the in-game season was spring. The international releases were released during spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and the in-game season was autumn.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 季節 Gwaijit
Mandarin 季節 / 季节 Jìjié
20px French Saison
20px German Jahreszeit
20px Indonesian Musim
20px Italian Stagione
20px Korean 계절 Gyejeol
20px Malaysian Musim
20px Portuguese Estação
20px Spanish Estación
20px Thai ฤดูกาล Ruedu Kan
20px Vietnamese Mùa


Spring

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 春天 Chēuntīn
Mandarin 春天 Chūntiān
20px French Printemps
20px German Frühling
20px Indonesian Musim semi
20px Italian Primavera
20px Korean Bom
20px Malaysian Musim bunga
20px Portuguese Primavera
20px Spanish Primavera
20px Thai ฤดูใบไม้ผลิ Ruedu Baimaiphli
20px Vietnamese Mùa xuân

Summer

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 夏天 Hahtīn
Mandarin 夏天 Xiàtiān
20px French Été
20px German Sommer
20px Indonesian Musim panas
20px Italian Estate
20px Korean 여름 Yeoreum
20px Malaysian Musim panas
20px Portuguese Verão
20px Spanish Verano
20px Thai ฤดูร้อน Ruedu Ron
20px Vietnamese Mùa hè

Autumn

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 秋天 Chāutīn
Mandarin 秋天 Qiūtiān
20px French Automne
20px German Herbst
20px Indonesian Musim gugur
20px Italian Autunno
20px Korean 가을 Ga-eul
20px Malaysian Musim luruh
20px Portuguese Outono
20px Spanish Otoño
20px Thai ฤดูใบไม้ร่วง Ruedu Baimairuang
20px Vietnamese Mùa thu

Winter

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 冬天 Dūngtīn
Mandarin 冬天 Dōngtiān
20px French Hiver
20px German Winter
20px Indonesian Musim dingin
20px Italian Inverno
20px Korean 겨울 Gyeo-ul
20px Malaysian Musim sejuk
20px Portuguese Inverno
20px Spanish Invierno
20px Thai ฤดูหนาว Ruedu Nao
20px Vietnamese Mùa đông


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