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What could be revealed about Pokemon Sword and Shield at E3 2019?

Published: 24/May/2019 10:14 Updated: 24/May/2019 10:52

by Paul Cot


The E3 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation starts on June 11 and many fans are looking forward to some exciting Pokemon Sword and Shield information for the first time since its initial reveal.

Initial reveal on Pokemon Day

Pokemon Sword and Shield was announced on Pokemon Day in 2019, February 27. The reveal, firstly, included the new Pokemon game’s titles (Sword and Shield) and took many by surprise. Sword and Shield were two of the less speculated names, although a couple of sources did leak as such, but didn’t get as much traction as others. 

The reveal was essentially a two minute trailer that showed several locations within the Galar region as well as glimpses and names of the new starter Pokemon.

This tease provided enough information to appease Pokemon fans but three months on, the need for more details has returned. This begs the question, what can we expect to be revealed at Nintendo’s E3 presentation?

Gen 8 Pokemon

What does a new generation of Pokemon bring? More new Pokemon, of course. Sword and Shield brings in Gen 8 of the Pokemon games and consequently fans are desperate for glimpses of the new monsters.

New Pokemon

Around 100 new Pokemon are expected to be added, taking the total Pokemon count to around 910.

Within those new Pokemon, we will naturally see an array of types, but more notably the next reveal could include some of the much discussed legendary Pokemon.

Evolution of an existing Pokemon

Others we might see are new evolutions (or prevolutions) of existing Pokemon. While these are always exciting additions to the game, the prospect of getting another Eevee evolution trumps this.

abz-artEeveeon, a normal-type Eevee evolution concept…


The fan favorite Pokemon gets a new evolution on even number generations. With this being the introduction of generation eight, it seems almost likely (fingers crossed) that we will indeed get a new eeveelution.

There are still a lot of types a new Eevee evolution could be including ghost, steel, dragon and even a normal-type!

Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble evolutions

The new Sword and Shield starter Pokemon, Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble, were received positively by Pokemon fans. Their varying personalities seem to have struck a chord.

Their evolutions still remain a mystery though. Plenty of concepts have been made to show what their evolutions could look like. Some of these have been incredibly realistic, so much so they look like they could have been a leak.

Whether or not Nintendo will reveal some of these at E3 2019, or make us wait closer to release, remains to be seen. 

NintendoLeft to right: Scorbunny, Sobble and Grookey…

More than the Galar region?

The Galar region appears to exhibit more traits of the region it is based upon than any Pokemon game previous. It is widely accepted that the Galar region is based on Great Britain due to its biome and landmarks.

The question everyone wants to know though, is there more than just the Galar region. Even in the lead up to the reveal, the official Pokemon Twitter account teased previous regions.

This, and the geographical location of the Galar region, has led many to believe a return to the Kalos region will be part of the game. This would make sense given the Kalos region is based on France, just south of Great Britain.

Release date revealed?

One of the more likely reveals will be the release date of Pokemon Sword and Shield. It is currently listed as late 2019.

E3 2019 takes place five months before the traditional release of Pokemon games. The speculation is Pokemon Sword and Shield will release on November 15.


How to get Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 9:35

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.

Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.

In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.

Calyrex Shiny Lock
Pokemon Company
Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…

Calyrex location

Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.

From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.

This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.

Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.

Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.

Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.

To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.

Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.

Glastrier and Spectrier

This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.

The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.

Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.

This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.

Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.

Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.

Calyrex Glastrier
Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…

Reins of Unity

Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.

It can be difficult to capture, so make sure you have a relatively strong team and a lot of PokeBalls. Unfortunately, Calyrex is one of the few Pokemon that are Shiny locked in the Crown Tundra, so don’t waste your time soft resetting, a Shiny isn’t going to happen!

When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!

For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.