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Crown Tundra trailer leak gives first look at Pokemon DLC in-game

Published: 15/Sep/2020 6:26

by Andrew Amos

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Nintendo has released the trailer for Crown Tundra, Pokemon Sword and Shield’s next DLC, seemingly out of the blue, giving players a first look at the expansion in-game ahead of its release.

The Crown Tundra is finally coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield after months of anticipation. The Galar region will be covered in ice and snow, with many old friends from previous generations finally making their way into the eighth generation regional Pokedex.

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While trainers have been treated to a bevy of leaks, there’s been no official word out of Nintendo outside of the DLC’s existence. Now, players have been treated to a sneak peek of the Crown Tundra in-game.

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A new trailer has given trainers a first look at the Crown Tundra in-game.

A trailer, uploaded by the official Nintendo South Africa channel, has given players a 30-second look into the next DLC. It goes through, showing the trainers traverse the Galar region, meeting some new friends along the way.

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It also gives a hint at the general storyline of the expansion. “Lead an expedition in the snow-swept realm of the Crown Tundra and unravel the mystery of the Legendary Pokémon Calyrex who once ruled over it,” the video’s description says.

Calyrex, described as the ancient ruler of Galar, has the ability “to see every past, present, and future event.” They are a Psychic-Grass type, and will be central to the DLC’s story.

It appears that the trailer was uploaded a bit early. No other regional channels have the trailer pushed live, so consider it a bit of an exclusive look before it gets taken down.

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The trailer doesn’t really show any new information, instead confirming what we already knew. While it does take a look at some new breath-taking landscapes you’ll be able to travel through, as well as some of the new Pokemon, there’s nothing completely game-changing.

Did the trailer confirm a release date for the Crown Tundra?

Sadly not. It still put the DLC’s release date in the Fall 2020 window, so you can expect it to come out in the next couple of months.

Previous leaks have suggested an October 23 release is on the cards. However, Nintendo still lists November 30 ⁠— the final day of Fall ⁠— as the date on their website. Keep your eyes peeled though, as it could be even sooner!

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Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

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

by Paul Cot

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.