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How to catch Calyrex, Glastrier, and Spectrier in The Crown Tundra

The three legendary Pokémon form a huge part of the Crown Tundra experience, so here's how to get them


If you’re wondering how to catch Calyrex, Glastrier, and Spectrier in the Crown Tundra then you’ve come to the right place. And we’ve got good news! These are some of the easiest legends to catch in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Much like Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus, these Pokémon are available by playing through the story.

However, if you’re still struggling with Peony’s quests and struggling to find out how to catch Calyrex, Glastrier, and Spectrier, we’ve got you covered. Don’t worry – there are a few parts of the quest that are a bit counterintuitive, and a couple of decisions that can drastically impact your outcome.

Yes, overall Calyrex is the easiest Crown Tundra legendary Pokémon to get your hands on, as you encounter him by going through the story. You’ll be able to catch both Calyrex and its noble steed by following our method – and we’ll let you know where those important, carrot-based, decisions come into play. Here’s the full rundown of how to catch them both, in one handy place.

We’ll say one last time: there are major story spoilers here, as this quest contributes to the majority of the Crown Tundra storyline. Proceed at your own peril.

How to catch Calyrex, Glastrier, and Spectrier

  • Receive the quest from Peony at his house in Freezington
  • Take the stone crown from the table and place it on the statue in the centre of Freezington
  • This triggers a battle with Calyrex, but you can’t catch it at this point so just knock it out
  • Speak to the five people in Freezington at Calyrex’s command, then return to him
    • These people are: the two ladies with the Swablu, the lady with the Spheal, the man next to the desolate garden, and the mayor
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  • Speak to the townspeople again to find out the mayor is missing
  • Find the mayor at the ruins in Giant’s Bed and talk to him – just turn right as you come out of the mayor’s house and follow the path until you find him
  • Speak to the mayor again to find out about the carrot seeds
  • Buy the carrot seeds from the man in the centre of town for 8 Dynite Ore (you should already have some, but if you’ve spent it elsewhere, complete more Dynamax Adventures to get some more)
  • Plant the seeds either in the frozen soil at Snowslide Slope, or the haunted soil at the Old Cemetery
    • This is a big decision, as planting in the frozen soil will grow an Iceroot Carrot and lead to an encounter with Glastrier, whereas planting in the haunted soil will grow a Shaderoot Carrot and lead to an encounter with Spectrier. You will not be able to encounter the other horse in this game

  • Battle the steed that comes to eat your carrot, and faint it (you can’t catch it at this point)
    • Both horses will be level 75, Glastrier is ice-type and Spectrier is ghost-type
    • Make sure you have a powerful team with super-effective attacks to beat it
  • Speak to Calyrex in Freezington and it will grow you a petal
  • Speak to the mayor and endure the long cutscene to create the Reins of Unity, courtesy of Peony who joins you there
  • Speak to Calyrex again, and then set off to the Crown Shrine – the highest point of the Crown Tundra map. It’s up Snowslide Slope and through the Tunnel to the Top
  • Battle Calyrex here once it has been reunited with its steed. Calyrex will be level 80, and its type will depend on which steed you picked
    • If you picked Glastrier, Calyrex’s type will be Psychic/Ice
    • If you picked Spectrier, Calyrex’s type will be Psychic/Ghost
  • You are given a Master Ball when you first start the Crown Tundra, but if you don’t want to use that, stock up on Poké Balls and powerful Pokémon so you can catch Calyrex

There you have it, that’s how to catch Calyrex, Glastrier, and Spectrier in the Crown Tundra. If you want both horses, you’ll have to trade with a friend or play through the whole game (yes, including the main game) until this point, and then trade using Pokémon HOME.

If you want to separate Calyrex from its steed, make sure you have a space in your party and use the Reins of Unity key item on it. Congratulations, you have successfully tamed the Bountiful King of Harvests and it now battles for you in indentured servitude for the remainder of its existence.

If you’re looking for an exhaustive list of the Crown Tundra legendary Pokémon, we’ve got the perfect guide for you. However, the Crown Tundra legendary birds, Regis’ locations, and Swords of Justice can be real pains to find without a little bit of help, so we’d recommend getting some pointers on them, too.