Generations III to V
Drought summons harsh sunlight in battle as soon as a Pokémon with Drought enters the battle. Its effects are the same as the move Sunny Day, but instead of lasting for a limited amount of turns, it lasts for the whole battle (unless it is replaced by another weather condition). If a Pokémon with Drought is sent out in the same turn as another Pokémon whose Ability affects the weather, the slower Pokémon's Ability will override the faster Pokémon's Ability.
Generation VI onward
The sunlight now lasts only for five turns. This can be extended to eight turns if the Pokémon is holding a Heat Rock.
Drought will not activate if the Pokémon with the Ability is a Groudon about to undergo Primal Reversion; in that case, the Primal Reversion will happen instead, causing its Ability to be replaced by Desolate Land, and only that Ability will activate. Drought will also fail to activate if heavy rain, extremely harsh sunlight, or strong winds are already in effect.
Outside of battle
Drought has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Drought
|#||Pokémon||Types||First Ability||Second Ability||Hidden Ability|
Mega Charizard Y
||Fire||White Smoke||DroughtGen VII+||Shell Armor|
|Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
In other games
In Super Mystery Dungeon, Drought changes the weather to sunny upon entering a floor. The sunny weather condition lasts a certain number of turns (in multiples of 66) before clearing. After the weather has cleared, Drought will again activate after waiting a certain number of turns (in multiples of 66).
In the anime
|The Pokémon makes the sky clear and sunny.|
|User||First Used In||Notes|
|Groudon's body glows white and it fires a pillar of white light into the sky. The sky then becomes sunny and clear, and no clouds can be seen.|
|Groudon (Ruby and Sapphire series)||The Scuffle of Legends||Debut|
|When Mega Charizard Y enters the battle, the sunlight intensifies, powering up Fire-type moves.|
|Trevor's Charizard||A League of His Own!||None|
In the manga
|The Pokémon releases an extremely hot temperature off its body, causing a large heat wave to appear where ever it is.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Groudon releases an extremely hot temperature off its body while it is conscious, causing a large heat wave to appear wherever it is.|
|Groudon (Adventures)||The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon III||Debut|
In the TCG
Drought debuted as an attack in the Pokémon Trading Card Game with Groudon from the Legends Awakened expansion. When used, the attack allows the player to attach up to 2 Fighting Energy cards from their hand to 1 of their Pokémon.
The following is a list of Pokémon cards with the Drought attack.
|Pokémon cards with Drought|
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
|Groudon||Legends Awakened||29/146||Cry from the Mysterious|
|Groudon||C||Cosmic Eclipse||113/236||Remix Bout||032/064|
|V Starter Decks||049/127|
In other languages
|Variations of the Ability Drizzle|
|Drizzle • Drought • Sand Stream • Snow Warning|
|This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.|