Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, The Crown Tundra, is “Coming Soon”

The Pokémon Company has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, The Crown Tundra. The trailer offers a first look into the ice-covered area of Galar, which includes many fan favourite Pokémon, and some stunning visuals that show what we can expect from the upcoming DLC when it arrives later this year.

The Crown Tundra is the second area unlocked by the expansion pass, with The Isle of Armor being the first. From the trailer, we can see these areas are significantly different geographically, with The Isle of Armor set on a tropical island and The Crown Tundra set near an icy mountain peak. This should lead to some interesting ice-type Pokémon encounters.

This expansion will bring back over 100 Pokémon from previous generations, including Absol, Relicanth, Swablu, and the legendary Regi trio, who have now expanded into a quintet with the additions of the electric-type Regieleki, and the dragon-type Regidrago. Exciting new Galarian forms of the legendary birds, Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno, will be available to find and catch, along with a brand new legendary, the psychic/grass-type Calyrex.

Check out the new trailer below.

Much like The Isle of Armor expansion, The Crown Tundra will add an assortment of fresh cosmetic items, such as new winter-themed outfits, and all-new League Card designs to help your character stand out from the crowd.

The first brand new game mode is Dynamax Adventures, a co-op mode where players can explore Pokémon dens. In this mode, you will link up with three other players to search Pokémon dens, and compete in Max Raid battles, which will play out similarly to the base games. The major perk in completing a Dynamax Adventure is the opportunity to catch returning Legendary Pokemon, including Mewtwo, Giratina, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and much more.

The second new mode is The Galarian Star Tournament. You unlock this mode while progressing through The Crown Tundra’s story. In this tournament, you will compete in 2v2 battles against the Galar gym leaders, your rivals, and the Galar champion Leon. Gamefreak is yet to provide more details expanding on what else the tournament will involve.

We are still in the dark about when The Crown Tundra will launch, and have been left with no more information from the new trailer except that it’s “coming soon”. The original release window outlined by Nintendo was Autumn 2020, which allows up until November for an expected release.

Rumours are currently swirling around the potential release of a Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remaster, but for now The Crown Tundra will have to tide restless fans over till we can get the facts on any future releases.

Make sure to watch tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct Mini!