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Can you change time in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

We get it, you want it to be night already.

Night and day cycles have been part of Pokémon games since generation two, and are once again back in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Now that we’ve got the first DLC of this generation, and many timed encounters to see out it’s become as important as ever.

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Unlike other games where the clock followed the real-life night and day cycle, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet follows a 30-minute timer. Like previous games, there are Pokémon more active either during the day or at night. To increase your chances of encountering these, players have actively sought to influence the day and night cycles.

To help you achieve the encounters you’re hoping for, this is everything you need to know about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and if you can change the timer.

Can you change the time in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

Nestled at the foot of the Timeless Woods is where you can find Basculin.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet trainer venturing during the day. Screenshot via Dot Esports

Sadly, players can not change the day and night cycle in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet or the specific in-game time.

Even as we enter The Teal Mask DLC, this still remains to be the truth. The reality is you’ll have to sit and wait until it’s either night or day, depending on what you’re after. Thankfully, the cycle only lasts 30 minutes so, at most, players will only have to wait half an hour in order to get to their desired in-game time.

Players have attempted to alter the course of time by accessing their Switch’s date and time setting, however, this has had no impact on the time cycles of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Similar to time, players can also not change the course of the in-game weather through their Switch’s settings.

While other games and Pokémon titles have seen players impact the time, day and night cycles, and in-game weather by manipulating their given console’s settings, this is no longer the case in Scarlet and Violet. While weather can be random and sporadic, the time of day is on a strict 30-minute increment timer.

Though players may want to speed up time to venture through their journey faster, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have instead sought to slow them down. If you wish to pass the time and benefit your Pokémon squad during your Pokémon Scarlet and Violet adventure, consider a Picnic, raiding, or venturing into an Outbreak.

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