The world of Xenoblade Chronicles is massive. It includes a day/night cycle and a weather cycle that influences when characters, quests, and monsters are available. The weather cycle changes naturally on its own — but you can manipulate it as well. Here’s how to trigger the Xenoblade Chronicles thunderstorm and impact other weather changes in the Definitive Edition.
You will specifically want to know how to influence the game’s weather and its thunderstorms during certain quests, such as during the Bionis Leg refugee quest. Luckily, doing so in Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is a lot easier than in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, where the only option was using fast travel.
Xenoblade Chronicles Thunderstorm Weather Guide
The Xenoblade Chronicles weather cycle changes automatically every 12 hours. You can wait if you’ve got other things to do. But if you want to trigger a certain weather condition — for example, inducing the infamously difficult Xenoblade Chronicles thunderstorm for the White Eduardo quest — there’s a much more efficient way of changing the weather.
All you need to do is mess with Xenoblade Chronicles‘ time system. Open the menu using “X” and choose the “Time” option. You can move it ahead 12 hours each time by just moving the left Joy-Con stick to the right.
Or you can push it forward to 18:00, then switch to 19:00 to see if the change happens. If not, move it back (push left on the control stick) to trigger a completely new day cycle.
Continue until you get the result you need. The Xenoblade Chronicles thunderstorm often takes a long time to trigger, so you might just have to be patient and keep trying over and over.
It probably goes without saying as well, but make sure you’re close to where you need to be for the weather change. For example, be near where a quest monster spawns. That way you don’t waste any time and possibly trigger another weather change while you’re trying to move around.
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That’s all you need to know about inducing the Xenoblade Chronicles thunderstorm and other weather changes. You’ll probably use it first during the White Eduardo quest, but it’s worth messing with when you get to a new area to see how time and weather changes affect the people and quests available.