The Swords of Justice, famously inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers, are some of the most popular legendary Pokémon, and are thankfully available to catch in the Crown Tundra DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield. However, rather than speaking to Peony for their location, you’ll need to find Sonia, the professor’s granddaughter who helped you through the main game.
She’s investigating a footprint just to the south of the Inn where Peony is staying. Talk to her and she’ll explain the situation, but it’s pretty self-explanatory. You’ll have to track the footprints to find legendary Pokémon – and these happen to be Terrakion, Cobalion, and Virizion. The Swords of Justice first appeared back in Pokémon Black and White, and have remained firm favourites among fans ever since.
However, for those of you wondering how to catch Keldeo in the Crown Tundra, we’ll get to that too. You’ll need the other three Swords of Justice before even thinking about the tiny water unicorn, so let’s take this one step at a time.
Everything in our Crown Tundra Swords of Justice guide:
We’d recommend starting with Virizion first, as you’re already in the right area. You’ll have to find 50 sets of footprints on the ground in Frostpoint Field, Giant’s Bed, and Old Cemetery. They’re quite well-hidden, but once you get on a roll they’ll be no problem at all.
Look at the bases of trees and edges of cliffs to find most of them, and they’ll come up as Grassland Pokémon footprints when you find them. They do spawn randomly, but also respawn, so if you’re really struggling you can just grab the same ones again another day.
Once you’ve found 50 prints, speak to Sonia in Freezington and she’ll tell you where to find Virizion – Giant’s Bed.
Virizion will roam about a bit, but you’ll be able to spot its slender green body soon enough. All three of these legendary Pokémon will be level 70 when you encounter them, so prepare accordingly. It’s a fighting and grass Pokémon, so flying Pokémon will be four times super-effective – although you don’t necessarily want to knock it out. We recommend using a status-inducing move like Thunder Wave or Hypnosis to make it easier to catch. We have fighting Pokémon weakness and grass Pokémon weakness guides if you need some extra help.
The process is much the same for all three legendaries in this group. However, Cobalion’s footprints will appear in Frigid Sea, Roaring-Sea Caves, and Three-Point Pass.
Look at the bottoms of trees, the base of cave walls, and the edges of cliffs to find most of them, and they’re referred to as Iron Will Pokémon footprints when you find them. They do spawn randomly, but also respawn, so if you’re really struggling you can just grab the same ones again another day.
Once you’ve got 50 prints, head back to Sonia and she’ll tell you that you can find Cobalion in the Frigid Sea. To be more specific, it spawns on the island in the sea, and doesn’t leave, so head straight there to catch it. Cobalion is both a steel Pokémon and a fighting Pokémon, so ground-, fighting-, or fire-type attacks will be super-effective. Again, we recommend using a status-inducing move like Thunder Wave or Hypnosis to make it easier to catch. If in doubt, consult our steel Pokémon weakness guide.
Terrakion’s footprints can be found in the south of the Crown Tundra map, in Lakeside Cave, Ballimere Lake, and Dyna Tree Hill. Despite its brown footprints, they are relatively easy to find when you pick up a trail of them.
Look at the bottoms of trees, the base of cave walls, and the edges of cliffs to find most of them, and they’re referred to as Cavern Pokémon footprints when you find them. They do spawn randomly, but also respawn, so if you’re really struggling you can just grab the same ones again another day.
Speak to Sonia for the final time and she’ll tell you that you can find Terrakion in Lakeside Cave. Head there prepped for a fight, and the fighting and rock Pokémon Terrakion will be yours. As with all legendary Pokémon, we recommend using a status-inducing move like Thunder Wave or Hypnosis to make it easier to catch. Or, if you want an all-out battle, see what the rock Pokémon weakness is.
The final Sword of Justice, the young D’Artagnan of the group, Keldeo, is available in the wild in the Crown Tundra. There’s a bit of a complicated process to obtain it, but thankfully we’re all done with footprints.
First, you’ll need to have Virizion, Cobalion, and Terrakion in your party – and they have to be the ones you caught in this game, not any transferred from Pokémon Home. Then, head to Ballimere Lake – it’s the moat that surrounds the huge Dyna tree. The easiest way to get onto the lake is by flying to Dyna Tree Hill and then heading away from the tree. Turn right immediately, and then right again, down a slope onto the water.
Ride straight on until you find a small island. You may notice a small pot next to the tree – this means you’re in the right spot. Now, set up your tent and go camping. Yes, camping. From your start menu, select Pokémon Camp and you’ll be able to play ball with the fearsome legendary Pokémon in your party.
Instead of playing, however, you’re going to cook a curry with them. Follow the on-screen instructions, and once your curry has been successfully eaten, pack up your stuff and exit the campsite. Keldeo should appear on your little island, attracted by the warming scent of tikka-masala.
It’s a level 65 fighting and water Pokémon, so plan accordingly and stock up on lots of balls. Keldeo won’t appear again if you faint it or run away, so make sure to save before entering the battle or catch it the first time around. You already know to inflict a status condition, but it’s especially important in a one-time battle like this. You should also read our water Pokémon weakness guide to be on top of the fight.
Now you’ve gathered the Swords of Justice in the Crown Tundra, Virizion, Cobalion, Terrakion, and Keldeo are ready to do your bidding. However, if that doesn’t sate your appetite for rare and powerful monsters, we’ve got the full run-down on Crown Tundra legendary Pokémon, as well as the Regis’ locations, a legendary birds guide, and a walkthrough of how to catch Calyrex, Glastrier, and Spectrier.