While Pokémon Sword and Shield's Pokédex was once considered a bit stunted compared to its predecessors, it might change that with a DLC dyad. The first DLC, Isle of Armor, brought more than 100 Pokémon back from Poké-purgatory. The Crown Tundra, the next DLC set to release this winter will add even more Poké-friends to the game and all-new setting. There will be some Regional variants of legendary Pokémon, which is a first. Crown Tundra is expected to even expand the main game's story in some interesting ways.
Other additions might include long-forgotten Pokémon mechanics finally returning.
Here's everything we know so far about Pokémon Sword and Shield's upcoming DLC, The Crown Tundra.
When is the Pokémon: The Crown Tundra release date?
The Crown Tundra will be released for Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass owners in fall 2020. According to Nintendo's website, this window ends on November 30, 2020. The Nintendo eShop more specifically lists "11/2020," so we can probably assume it'll be released sometime in November. Given that Isle of Armor released on June 17, 2020 and its window ended on June 30, 2020, players should expect a mid-November release. Perhaps on November 15 to celebrate Sword and Shield's anniversary?
Is there a Pokémon: The Crown Tundra trailer?
Yes! Watch it below.
In the trailer, we see the new legendary, Calyrex, which is a Grass/Psychic-type Pokémon, and icy plains to explore. The exploring bug doesn't seem to stop at ice locales, the trailer also shows lush landscapes with light snowfall, exemplifying the level diversity in The Crown Tundra. This all falls in line with DLC's overall theme of "exploration." We also see four players synced up and running towards a light. Sword and Shield's base game allows you to interact with ghosts in the overworld of other players to earn items. Crown Tundra is expected to allow players to explore Pokémon Dens; Perhaps this is our first look at that in action.
We can also see new and old Legendary Pokémon throughout the trailer, indicating this will be the DLC for you if your living dex is lacking almost any mascot.
The trailer ends with a glimpse at the Galar Star Tournament, a new mode where you can team up with your favorite allies from Sword and Shield for the most fan-fictiony battles imaginable.
Every leaked Pokémon returning in The Crown Tundra DLC
In the update that added Isle of Armor content, developer Game Freak also threw in some data for The Crown Tundra, which was them discovered by data-miners. One Twitter user discovered 119 new and returning Pokémon for The Crown Tundra DLC.
Regular Pokémon Additions
- Nidoran (F)
- Nidoran (M)
Legendary Pokémon Additions
- Tapu Koko
- Tapu Lele
- Tapu Bulu
- Tapu Fini
- Galarian Moltres*
- Galarian Articuno*
- Glarian Zapdos*
*Denotes a new Pokémon
Almost every legendary imaginable is being added back into the game. Although there are a few notable holdouts like Manaphy, Shaymin, and Darkrai. Perhaps those can be added in hypothetical future DLCs or as event Pokémon.
Is there a The Crown Tundra map leak?
Yes, in the same sprawling datamine that created our returning Pokémon list, we also got a fully realized outline of the Crown Tundra's map. It includes the flying waypoints that will be included in the final DLC along with normal waypoints. Altogether, this provides a fairly viable skeleton for what the final map could look like. You can see the full map here.
Is there a The Crown Tundra returning item leak?
Again, yes! In July 2020, during a later datamine, a few new items were found to be entering Pokémon. Most notably is the addition of hidden ability capsules, which are set to be introduced in The Crown Tundra.
The basic ability capsule item is popular amongst serious Pokémon trainers. The item allows you to alter your Pokémon's ability, randomly changing it to another available ability for the Pokémon it's used on. Using these cuts down the time needed to make your perfect competitive Pokémon. You can currently claim ability capsules in Sword and Shield using the Battle Tower shop.
This new hidden ability capsule will likely give you access to altering your Pokémon's hidden ability. If you don't know, hidden abilities are abilities that certain Pokémon have in addition to their normal abilities. As the name implies, these are often hidden from the player.
Like with normal abilities, the addition of a capsule that can alter the hidden ability will shake up the competitive Pokémon playing landscape immensely. It'll be even easier to create the Pokémon perfect for your new team.
How Isle of Armor's story sets up The Crown Tundra
Late in the Isle of Armor DLC, you encounter your rival from the main story Hop. He's come to the island as Sonia's lab assistant to do some research. Hop offhandedly mentions that Sonia herself is currently exploring an icy tundra somewhere. We can only assume this is the Crown Tundra, and that Sonia will play a major role in the next DLC. This could pave the way for Isle of Armor characters to appear in Crown Tundra as well, providing a throughline between these two plots.
How much will The Crown Tundra DLC cost?
The Crown Tundra can only be purchased as part of the $29.99 Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, which includes the Isle of Armor as well. If you only want to play Crown Tundra, you'll need to buy the full pass either way. There currently isn't a way to purchase either individually.
Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra will launch in fall 2020.