Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra Expansion DLC Release Date, Legendaries, Gameplay And Everything You Need To Know For Nintendo Switch
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Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra Expansion DLC Release Date, Legendaries, Gameplay And Everything You Need To Know For Nintendo Switch

Dominic Needler
25 May 2020

The Crown Tundra is one of the two new expansions coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield's Galar region this year. With each representing a new theme based on Exploration and Growth respectively, the game will be getting a fresh coat of paint. Most importantly, the thing every trainer wants to hear, there will be more Pokemon added with the new DLC adventures. We cover everything you need to know in-depth right here!

During these uncertain times, Pokefans can can take comfort in at least one thing this year... Even more Pokemon Sword and Shield content, as soon as June. 

The Crown Tundra launches as part of two DLC adventures throughout 2020.

At the most recent Pokemon Direct, an Expansion Pass was confirmed to be arriving for the Nintendo Switch title, expanding the Galar region beyond what we've currently experienced; the first adventure being the Isle of Armor.

Both adventures are available in the pass for Sword and Shield to continue their adventures in the Galar Region throughout 2020.

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There's so much more to see and do in the Crown Tundra as you set out to explore this new destination, alongside your Pokemon, in search of new battles and companions.

So what do we know about The Isle of Armor? Here's everything you need to know.

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly for the latest information.

This article is a work in progress and will be updated soon.


Mewtwo and Zarude

With it being the Pokemon Company's 24th anniversary, we get to celebrate in style with new additions to the game. 

Mewtwo has been added to Max Raid Battles, click here to find out how to find it.

and new Mythical Pokemon Zarude is up for grabs. click here to find out how to get one for yourself.

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.

Read More: The Crown Tundra: Release Date And Expansion Pass Information For Pokemon Sword And Shield



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


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 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.

Here is the list of confirmed new Pokemon, based on the Pokemon Direct

While we can confirm at least 80 Pokemon, there is plenty still to be announced - check out the Pokemon we would like to see return here.

Read More: Pokemon Sword and Shield: Isle of Armor And The Crown Tundra Returning Pokemon We Want To See!

Isle of Armor

  • 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

Read More: Pokemon Sword and Shield: Pokedex For The Galar Region, National Pokedex And Every Pokemon In The New Game

New Legendaries

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

Isle of Armor

  • Kubfu
  • Urshifu
  • The Crown Tundra

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.


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


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.

Sword And Shield Updates

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.

Starting today 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.

Pokemon Home

Pokemon Home had its first major mention since being announced last year.

Players will be able to bring their Pokemon to their new game from Pokemon Home, as long as that Pokemon appears in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

This includes any in your Pokemon Bank, Pokemon Let' Go, Pikachu and Eevvee as well as Pokemon GO.


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Written By
Chris Trout