The Crown Tundra Expansion Pass LEAKS: Release Date, Legendaries, New Pokemon List, Map, Gameplay, Guides, Price And More From The Pokemon Sword And Shield DLC
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The Crown Tundra Expansion Pass LEAKS: Release Date, Legendaries, New Pokemon List, Map, Gameplay, Guides, Price And More From The Pokemon Sword And Shield DLC

Dominic Needler
23 September 2020

The second expansion in Pokemon Sword and Shield is The Crown Tundra - here's what we know so far!

Pokemon Sword and Shield will be getting more content soon in The Crown Tundra.

The immersive Galar Region has been amazing to explore and all the regions around it including the Isle of Armor.

Although we do not have a clear release date as of now, fans are hopeful. 

You can purchase both expansions for Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Estore as a bundle. 

Read more about The Crown Tundra by clicking the links below:

Latest News

New Leak Reveals Release Date? - 23rd September

A new post on 4Chan has suggested that a new Nintendo Direct is airing on the 8th October.

In the Direct, we are going to get a release date for The Crown Tundra DLC - which is scheduled for the 27th November 2020.

It's important to take these things lightly as it is hardly the most accurate place for news and leaks. But, we should expect an announcement soon as it is slated to release in the fall of 2020.

The Crown Tundra DLC Trailer - 15th September

The YouTube channel for Nintendo South Africa uploaded a trailer for the Crown Tundra expansion on Monday.

"The wild adventure continues," Nintendo writes. "Lead an expedition in the snow-swept realm of the Crown Tundra and unravel the mystery of the Legendary Pokémon Calyrex who once ruled over it."

The DLC is "coming soon," according to the video's title.

Zygarde Cube Item - 24th August

It's been some time since the last Crown Tundra leak and this time we're looking at Zygarde's cube.

In Sword and Shield, the cube has two options. Option 1 lets you freely switch between 10% and 50% Formes (keeps the ability) and Option 2 lets you freely switch between Aura Break and Power Construct (keeps the Forme).

@Mattyoukhana_ has also revealed that the Zygarde cube does not teach any moves. They may have relegated this to an NPC that teaches Zygarde these Moves on The Crown Tundra, or it's still a work-in-progress.

New Items Discovered - 20th July

@mattyoukhana_ has found a number of new items added to the game's internal item arrays.

These items suggest that the new Legendary Pokemon Clayrex may be involved in some form of evolution.

In addition, that players will be able to change their Pokemon's Hidden ability to make them stronger.

There were 17 items in total added to the game. Check out the list below:

The Crown Tundra Items

All Returning Pokemon - 22nd June

A Reddit user has revealed all of the returning Pokemon for The Crown Tundra expansion, shortly after the Isle of Armor was revealed.

Release Date Leaked? - 21st June

According to a tweet by @DPPt_Shitpost, a release date for The Crown Tundra is set to be announced this week at the Pokemon Presents.

Supposedly, The Crown Tundra is going to release on September 9th, 2020!

New Pokemon Coming In The Crown Tundra? - 2nd June

Could a never-been-seen before Pokemon arrive in The Crown Tundra?

Dexerto has theorised that a new Pokemon could be added to the Galar Pokedex.

Based on a watch-back of the recent trailer, they've noticed a logo on the characters' helmets that looks like an unknown Pokemon.

What Is The Crown Tundra

The Crown Tundra is the second DLC from the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion.

The second expansion for Sword and Shield appears to revolve around the theme of 'Exploration'.

Based in the snow-swept realm of the Crown Tundra, you'll explore a snowy and mountainous region.

Once again you will find new Pokemon, temples and strange environments.

You'll be appointed the leader of their exploration team, so gear up and head out on a new adventure!

The expansion will feature open and seamless gameplay, much like the wild area, allowing players to roam around freely and control the camera; Max raid battles will also return.

The Crown Tundra is inspired by Scotland!

Release Date

Pokemon Sword and Shield's expansion pass will launch in June 2020.

The expansion pass will launch with The Isle of Armor in June 2020.

The Crown Tundra will arrive later in Fall 2020.

Guides

Be sure to check out our tips, tutorials and guides:

Platforms

The game is only available on the Nintendo Switch, through the Nintendo eShop.

Co-op

The Crown Tundra will let you play cooperatively with your friends to catch legendary Pokemon from all generations of Pokemon in underground dens.

These legendary Pokemon will Dynamax before your eyes as you attempt to catch them for yourself.

Trailer & Gameplay

The trailer and gameplay were shown in the most recent Pokemon Direct on the Nintendo YouTube channel.

You can check out the full Pokemon Direct here:

New Features

New features in the game include:

  • New costumes
  • New Pokemon and legendaries
  • A new area to explore
  • New Gigantamax forms

There are also plenty of new features that we want to see such as a new evil team, improved Raid battles and a bigger challenge.

You can read about the new changes we want to see here.

Galar Star Tournament

Towards the back half of the latest Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC trailer, we got a sneak peek at what appeared to be a double battle rematched with Leon.

But, sources have confirmed to SerebiiNet that this is, in fact, a tournament game mode going to be playable with Wyndon City. 

This is what SerebiiNet had to say regarding the Galar Star Tournament: 

"Serebii Update: In The Crown Tundra, there's a new feature called the Galar Star Tournament in Wyndon. In this, you play Multi Battles against various characters from the story"

New Pokemon

Within the Pokemon Expansions, there will be new Pokemon.

The expansion pass will bring different Pokemon to each version of the game and has brought forward 200+ well-known Pokemon from past entries.

While we can confirm at least 80 Pokemon, there is plenty still to be announced - although many have been released into the game already.

check out the Pokemon we would like to see return here.

  • Galarian Slowpoke
  • Galarian Slowbro
  • Galarian Slowking
  • Larvesta
  • Volcarona
  • Horsea
  • Seadra
  • Kingdra
  • Dedenne
  • Rockruff
  • Lycanroc (Day, Night and Dusk form)
  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur (Gigantamax)
  • Squirtle
  • Wartortle
  • Blastoise (Gigantamax)
  • Magnemite
  • Magneton
  • Magnezone
  • Happiny
  • Chansey
  • Blissey

  • Regice
  • Regirock
  • Registeel
  • New Electric Regi Pokemon (Unconfirmed)
  • New Dragon Regi Pokemon (Unconfirmed)
  • Galarian Slowpoke
  • Galarian Slowbro
  • Galarian Slowking
  • Amaura
  • Auroras
  • Nidoran (Male)
  • Nidorino
  • Nidoking
  • Spheal
  • Sealeo
  • Walrein
  • Gible
  • Gabite
  • Garchomp
  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Crobat
  • Elekid
  • Electabuzz
  • Azurill
  • Marill
  • Azumarill
  • Beldum
  • Metang
  • Metagross
  • Zorua
  • Zoroark
  • Cryogonal
  • Fletchling
  • Fletchinder
  • Talonflame
  • Absol
  • Shinx
  • Luxio
  • Luxray
  • Tauros
  • Scyther
  • Whismur
  • Loudred
  • Exploud
  • Druddigon
  • Sandile
  • Krokorok
  • Krookodile
  • Rufflet
  • Braviary
  • Tangela
  • Tangrowth
  • Oranguru
  • Exeggcute
  • Exeggutor
  • Poliwag
  • Poliwhirl
  • Poliwrath
  • Politoed
  • Wailmer
  • Wailord
  • Kangaskhan
  • Bouffalant
  • Emolga
  • Mienshao
  • Dragalge
  • Staryu
  • Starmie
  • Wingull
  • Pelipper
  • Scraggy
  • Scrafty
  • Frosmoth
  • Relicanth
  • Swablu
  • Altaria
  • Magby
  • Magmar
  • Magmortar

New Legendaries

The new Pokemon Sword and Shield expansions will feature the following new legendary Pokemon:

The Crown Tundra

  • Galarian Articuno
  • Galarian Moltres
  • Galarian Zapdos
  • Calyrex
  • Mewtwo
  • Lugia
  • Ho-oh
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Raikou
  • Groudon
  • Kyogre
  • Rayquaza
  • Uxie
  • Mesprit
  • Azelf 
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Tornadus
  • Thundurus
  • Landorus
  • Zekrom
  • Reshiram
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Zygarde
  • Tapu Koko
  • Tapu Lele
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Tapu Fini
  • Solgaleo
  • Lunala
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Cresselia

Most legendary Pokemon that are available in The Crown Tundra will be obtained through co-op play.

Calyrex is a legendary psychic and grass type Pokemon. This Pokemon previously ruled over the Tundra.

Zarude

Zarude is a genderless rogue monkey Pokemon - a Dark/Grass Pokemon.

Zarude is set to feature in the 23rd Pokemon movie and its currently unknown when or how it will feature in the games; could it appear in the expansion pass?

You can read all about Zarude here.

New Costumes

New costumes will be arriving in Pokemon Sword and Shield's expansion pass.

There are now 100+ new ways to customize your look with clothing items and hairstyles added via the two expansions.

pokemon sword and shield the crown of tundra costumes

Price

The price for the expansion pass will be $29.99 and is available for pre-purchase.

It is unknown whether you can purchase the two expansions separately.

Starter Pokemon Gigantamax

Pokemon Sword and Shield has also introduced a few new updates to the base game.

Rillaboom, Cinderace and Inteleon will receive brand new Gigantamax forms that can be used in new locations.

rillaboom cinderace inteleon new gigantamax forms

Sword and Shield also plan to introduce three new features:

  • Tutor Moves - including all new moves
  • Apricorns - can be made into Poke Balls
  • Exp Charm - Earn more Exp. Points for your team

New costumes, accessories and looks will also be available for your bike.

Even if you don't have the expansion pass, you'll be able to get the new Pokemon only obtained through the expansion pass via Link Trades.

You will have an increased chance of running into Gigantamax:

  • Coalossol (Sword)
  • Lapras (Shield)
  • Flapple (Sword)
  • Appletun (Shield)

A software update that goes live today will go live today.

When you receive it head to Wedgehurst station where you will be Klara (Sword) or Avery (Shield). You'll then be able to encounter a Galarian Slowpoke, which you can catch.

You can then evolve with a specific item. It will evolve into Galarian Slowbro on the Isle of Armor and Galarian Slowking in The Crown Tundra.

Players can also now access the Nintendo eShop from the in-game menu. When you purchase the expansion pass you will gain access to a Pikachu and Eevee costume.

Mega Evolution

Despite Game Freak deciding not to include Mega Evolutions, instead opting to have Dynamaxing, it seems some items have eluded to a potential return in the Expansion Passes.

Here's what data miners found:

  • Blue Orb and Red Orb – help Groudon and Kyogre to undergo Primal Reversion
  • All Mega Stones – this could point to the return of Mega Evolutions in Pokemon Sword and Shield

New Costumes

New costumes will be arriving in Pokemon Sword and Shield's expansion pass.

There are now 100+ new ways to customize your look with clothing items and hairstyles added via the two expansions.

Isle of Armor VS The Crown Tundra

The new Sword and Shield expansion will bring so many new features. While the expansion is separated into two separate stories, they will share a lot of similarities and differences.

But which one will be better? We analysed the pros and cons for each expansion here.

Pokemon Home

Pokemon Home is now live and players can happily transfer their Pokemon from the app to their Sword and Shield game.

It's a great opportunity to prepare your team for the new expansion, as older Pokemon (not previously included in the game) will now be available.

We've also received information on new moves, abilities and items thanks to dataminers!

You can read more about Pokemon Home here.

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