Lightning striking a fountain
Weather is a recurring mechanic in The Legend of Zelda series.
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
The Wind Waker
Breath of the Wild
The Weather in Breath of the Wild changes throughout the day. Each particular Weather system will persist for at least four hours but can last 12 hours. When Link first wakes up, he has no way to predict how the Weather will change and must adapt to the new Weather system as it happens. At some point, his Sheikah Slate gains the ability to forecast the Weather, showing the Weather for the next 10 hours as well as the Weather from the last 2 hours next to the Mini-Map and under the Clock.
There are four known types of Weather in Breath of the Wild. Each affects the environment in different ways that can potentially help or hinder Link.
When the Weather is sunny, the bright landscape will allow Link to see great distances clearly. The Temperature is also higher than other Weather types. It is possible for clouds or rainclouds to pass over areas while the Weather is sunny, bringing the effects of cloudy or rainy Weather to those areas.
When the Weather is rainy, fires will be extinguished, preventing Link from using Campfires and Cooking Pots. The rain will also render Fire and Bomb Arrows ineffective, extinguishing the resultant flame and the fuse, respctively. Rain will also cause the terrain to become wet, which will make Link slip occasionally when climbing, draining some of his Stamina Wheel.
If the Weather is stormy, the intense downpour of rain will cause the landscape to becoming misty, drastically hindering Link's visibility. Lightning will strike often, occasionally striking close to Link's current location. If Link wears metallic Armor or wields a metallic Shield or Weapon, small jolts of electricity will begin discharging from Link to the ground. The discharges will then rapidly increase in frequency until lightning strikes Link, dealing devastating damage. Lightning will also strike enemies wielding metallic Weapons and Shields.
- Nintendo Plays Zelda On Nintendo Switch With Tim - Kinda Funny Plays, YouTube (Video), published January 22, 2017, retrieved January 30, 2017.
- "Vertical surfaces become slick with water when it rains, making climbing more difficult." — N/A (Breath of the Wild)