Crown Tundra exclusive Pokemon & DLC release date potentially leaked

Crown Tundra exclusive Pokemon & DLC release date potentially leaked

Published: 25/Aug/2020 15:49 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 8:51

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar Region will soon be given another Expansion Pass shakeup with The Crown Tundra DLC, and a new leak has potentially revealed exclusive legendaries along with the release date. 

Downloadable content is something not many fans were expecting from Game Freak, although they delivered the first expansion in June with the Isle of Armor. Since then, not much has been said about the next island players will be able to visit, and there’s still no word on when it will launch.


“Fall 2020” is just about all we have in terms of official confirmation. In the absence of official details as well, the rumor mill has been turning as you might expect.

The latest apparent leak to surface might well be the most comprehensive so far as well, so let’s run through its contents.


Huge Pokemon Crown Tundra DLC leak: Galar Region

Crown Tundra DLC
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The Crown Tundra has a distinct ice theme to it.

Ice, snow, and more ice. That’s what is waiting for us in the next area of the Galar Region.

Other than that, Pokemon like Slowking will finally make their way into the game – along with a batch of others that didn’t show their face in the Isle of Armor. It actually suggests Slowking will be a Ghost/Psychic type, but other than that there will be no more Galarian forms introduced.

A new leak, which is included in the video of YouTuber Mudkip Memo, suggests that the next update will be available on October 23, which does sound like a plausible launch window.


Galar Region DLC story leak (potential spoilers)

The apparently leaked information claimed to have much more intel than just a release date, though. With some potential story spoilers included.

Aside from that, the following notes were made:

  • Players will receive Crown Pass to enter Crown Tundra
  • Following Pokemon returns
  • Peony is going to be Rose’s brother
  • Peony’s daughter will be called Margaret, with an ace of Galarian Slowking
  • Person gives you Hoenn Starter, and you can only choose one
  • Legendary Trees scattered around Crown Tundra will be for catching Galarian Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno
  • Need to catch Zacian or Zamazenta before encountering legendary birds
  • Can catch sacred bonds of Sovereign and Steed
Zacian and Zamazenta in Pokemon
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Catching Zacian or Zamazenta might be your first step to getting the original legendary bird Pokemon.

Exclusive Crown Tundra Pokemon, Legendaries, and fossils

There will be exclusive Pokemon for both Sword and Shield waiting to be caught in the Crown Tundra, according to the source. Many might have expected this to be the case anyway, and the anonymous leaker has posted a short list to boot.

  • Pokemon Sword: Elekid line, Bagon line, Gible line, Dome Fossil, Claw Fossil, Jaw Fossil, Raikou, Ho-Oh, Latios, Groudon, Dialga, Tornadus, Reshiram, Xerneas, Solgaleo, Buzzwole, Kartana, Blacephalon
  • Pokemon Shield: Magby line, Beldum line, Dratini line, Helix Fossil, Root Fossil, Cover Fossil, Sail Fossil, Entei, Lugia, Latias, Palkia, Kyogre, Thundurus, Zekrom, Yvetal, Lunala, Pheremosa, Celesteela, Stakataka

Fossils may also be exclusive to each game as well, just like those found in the Wild Area, it states. Old Amber will be likely to feature. The Digging Duo will be crossing the sea with us to get there as well, if this information is to be believed. It also says these can be received as well on Route 6.

It’s also suggested that no Mega Evolutions, Ultra Necrozma, and Primals will feature.

Fossil Pokemon in Sword and Shield
Fossils can be found by the Digging Duo already, and there might be more yet in the Crown Tundra.

Exclusive legendaries and Regi info

It also claims some legendaries will be exclusive to each game, while the Regi Pokemon will be found at the Regi Ruins.

Now, just like any other leak, we would encourage you to take it all with a pinch of salt for now. No matter how accurate or comprehensive these apparent leaks can be perceived to be, many do end up not holding water.

Once official details on the Crown Tundra are released, we’ll be the first to let you know. A handful of these notes would be interesting additions, though, and many trainers will agree on that.


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

Lugia Zapdos Articuno Moltres Pokemon Go
Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.