Everything we know about Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC

Everything we know about Pokémon Sword and Shield’s second expansion, The Crown Tundra, due to be released later this year.

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To complete the eighth generation of Pokémon, the third companion game for Pokémon Sword and Shield, Po Lakem Yellow or Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company tried something different with the latest game. To make players invest longer in the game, Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass adds new content and accessories to the main story once, including brand new Pokémon, new territories, activities, cosmetic items and Max Raids .


The first expansion for Pokémon Sword and Shield, the Isle of Armor, was released in mid-June and was a great new addition to the new Wild Area, despite criticism for its lackluster story content. The second expansion of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Crown Tundra, appears to be utilizing the former with much more content, this time for the original Legendary Bird trio, from a new co-op mode to Gallerian variants. It fell over some time due to the launch for the expansion pass owners, here is everything we currently know about the upcoming Crown Tundra expansion.

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The Crown Tundra, a new area

Just as the first expansion moved players to the Isle of Armor, the second expansion would introduce another brand new arena called Crown Tundra. Inspired by Scotland, the Crown Tundra is based around the concept of exploration and features a new “snow-swept” area for players to explore. Closer to launch, players will gain access to the Crown Tundra Pass (similar to the Isle of Armor) in-game and will be able to train in new territory after its worldwide release. A new character named Peony will greet the players upon arrival and send them on an investigation to discover “the truth behind the stories of the Legendary Pokémon in the area”. Peony would likely not be the only new character introduced in Crown Tundra; However, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company are yet to make an official announcement.


Brand New and Returning Pokémon

Crown Tundra will bring back over 100 Pokémon from previous generations, including Nidoking, Metagross, Walrein, Crobat, and Electrobuzz, as well as most mythical Pokémon from all previous generations. Perhaps even more exciting, while most of the returning Pokémon will return to their original forms, players will be able to find and catch new Gallerian variants of the original mythical bird trio: Moltres (Dark / Flying), Zapdos (Fighting / Flying) and Articuno (Psychic / Flying). Finally, there will be a total of three brand new Legendary Pokémon: Psychic / Grass-type Calrax (which is featured on the detail cover artwork), Electric-Type Regilac, and Dragon-Type Residégo.

Dynamax Adventures in Red Dance

The first brand new game mode that will be introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield: Crown Tundra Dynamax Adventures, is a co-op mode where players can explore Pokémon dens. In the new mode, players will be able to team up with three other trainers, explore Pokémons’ dens, and compete in the Battle of Max Raid. Dynamax Adventures will be an important role-playing experience for perfectionists as this is where players are able to find and capture all cosmic Pokemon including Mewato, Giratina, Lugia, and Ho-Oh, and many more.


Gallerian Star Tournament

The second new game mode coming to the Crown Tundra is called Gallerian Star Tournament. Set in the London-inspired city of Wyndon, the Galleon Star Tournament is open throughout the story of Crown Tundra and will allow players to compete in a 2v2 competition against a variety of trainers including Pokémon Sword and Shield’s gym leader Roster, Galler The champions are included. Leon and even rival such as Hop. Unfortunately, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company have not yet commented on what players will be able to earn by competing in the tournament or whether it will be a tie-in from the Battle Tower.

New Features & Cosmetics

Finally, like the Isle of Arm expansion, Crown Tundra will add a series of new cosmetic items for players to mess with to make their character unique. There will be brand new clothing items that are exclusive to the expansion, including a new winter-themed Explorer costume, and all-new league card designs, and frames, from backgrounds to effects.



The decision to release the post-launch expansion for Pokémon Sword and Shield was the first for the series and one that could sustain the game for years to come. There are so many Pokémon yet to be added to the new game, the Pokémon Home companion app for storage, the continued success of the Pokémon Championship, and new online functionality that makes trading and battling other players around the world incredibly easy, The Game Freak and Pokémon Company have been in a good position to continue supporting the latest generation for quite some time.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are now available on the Nintendo Switch.