Pokemon Sword And Shield: How Catching Legendaries Works In The Crown Tundra DLC

The Crown Tundra, the second DLC for Pokemon Sword and Shield, comes out on October 22. The DLC adds a new area to explore as well as more story elements and a heavy focus on Legendary Pokemon. This includes Galarian forms of Kanto’s Legendary birds–Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres–as well as new Regis, a deer with a massive head named Calyrex, and basically every single Legendary Pokemon in the history of the series.

We recently saw half an hour of footage from The Crown Tundra, including hints about the story and a more in-depth look at the new Dynamax Adventures mode. Most of the Legendary Pokemon introduced to Sword and Shield through The Crown Tundra are found in this raid mode, while the Galarian birds and Calyrex seem to be tied to storylines instead. Here’s everything we learned about the Legendaries and how you can get them.

Dynamax Adventures and Legendary Pokemon

As was previously revealed, the main way to catch Legendary Pokemon in The Crown Tundra is through the new Dynamax Adventures feature. During a Dynamax Adventure, you team up with up to three other players (or NPCs) to “enter” a Max Raid lair and battle a series of Pokemon before finally facing a Legendary. However, you aren’t actually going into the lair the way you would a cave in previous Pokemon games; it’s more of an overall map of the lair with branching pathways, and you can see what lies ahead. The strategy is in planning out which way you’ll go so you can survive long enough to face the Legendary Pokemon at the end.

You also have to do this all with randomly generated rental Pokemon rather than a Pokemon from your own collection. When you defeat a Pokemon along the way, you’ll also have the option to switch it in for the one you’re using. You have to choose pathways that will bring you to a Pokemon you think you can defeat–you’ll be able to see the Pokemon’s silhouette and type before choosing a path–while taking into account what comes after that and whether you should swap your rental Pokemon.

After battling three Dynamaxed Pokemon, you’ll then encounter the Legendary, which you also face in a Max Raid battle. If you defeat it, you then get to catch and keep it. The good news is that, if you’re defeated before you reach the Legendary, you can start over and try again.

From what we can tell, these Dynamax Adventures are the only way you can catch the old Legendary Pokemon that are being introduced to Sword and Shield through The Crown Tundra. They look to be quite challenging, too–and having to use a rental Pokemon means you won’t get stuck with three Eternatuses like when doing a regular Max Raid online. We’re excited to get our hands on Dynamax Adventures to see the full extent of the new mode.

New Legendary Pokemon

We weren’t able to glean much information about the new Legendary Pokemon–including Galarian Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, as well as Calyrex and the new Regis–from the footage we saw, but it seems their appearance is tied to the DLC’s story rather than the Dynamax Adventures. From what we saw, the DLC has several different storylines; one seems to involve Galarian Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, while another involves Calyrex, for example. We’ll update this story when we confirm how to catch these Pokemon.

In addition to Dynamax Adventures and more story stuff around Legendaries, The Crown Tundra also adds a new post-game activity: the Galarian Star Tournament. Unlocked after you’ve completed the main game as well as both DLCs’ stories, the Galarian Star Tournament pits you and an NPC partner of your choosing (like Hop) against other pairs of Sword and Shield’s Gym Leaders and trainers. It offers special rewards and is one of the new activities in the Crown Tundra we’re most excited to try for ourselves.

Stay tuned for more details, as well as a review with our opinion about Dynamax Adventures and everything else in the DLC, after The Crown Tundra comes out on October 22.

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