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Could Galarian Dragonite be coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Published: 31/Jan/2020 13:53 Updated: 31/Jan/2020 13:55

by Paul Cot


With Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC still several months away, trainers are already speculating as to what surprises Game Freak may have in store for the second expansion pack.

Over the numerous generations of Pokemon, new evolutions of existing species and alternative forms have been added to the games. The Alola region introduced Alolan forms of Pokemon such as Diglett, Geodude and Grimer.

This phenomenon was seen for the second time in the Galar region with new Galarian forms, with examples including the popular Galarian Ponyta. We already know that the legendary Kanto birds – Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres – will be returning in Galarian form as part of the Crown Tundra expansion.

So, could there be more surprises?

Dragonite in The Crown Tundra?

One fan theory suggests there is. Ever since the very first Pokemon games Dragonite has been curiously left untouched. So, is a reboot of sorts overdue for the iconic Kantonian?

If it does return, given the theme of the Crown Tundra, a dragon and ice-type seems most likely. It could look similar to the concept image below – after all it would have made sense if Dragonite looked like this all along!

Dragonair Real Evolution Dragonite
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This looks like what Dragonair’s original evolution should have looked like!

Not touched since Gen 1

The Dratini line is among the more popular throughout the entire series of Pokemon. Other popular lines such as the Kanto starters, Pikachu, Mewtwo, Larvitar, etc have all had some form of change over the generations.

New regional forms, mega evolutions and most recently Gigantamax forms have provided ample opportunity for older Pokemon to be given a fresh coat of paint. Yet, Dragonite has remained the same. This at the very least suggests it is overdue to be brought back in the spotlight.

Crown Tundra lore

While we may not know a lot about The Crown Tundra DLC, we do know it will have a focus on past legendary Pokemon. It also has an official theme of exploration.

The Redditor who posted the theory, Ch1ld1shOne, also says: “The person you’re exploring under appearing to be Raihan’s dad (who is probably out there looking for a rare dragon).” Rare dragon, Dragonite?

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

The poster goes on to add to their theory: “The setting for this specific expansion as an icy tundra and Raihan is a dragon trainer whose team focuses on weather conditions (no present dragon who utilizes hail).”

This could of course be circumstantial but the points do add up. It’s certainly understandable why this theory has gained some traction.

Ash catches Dragonite

Elsewhere, in the Pokemon anime, Ash finally caught a Dragonite. Historically connections between the anime and game have been few and far between but it does seem a little coincidental.

It might have taken 23 series and 10 episodes but the most famous Pokemon trainer finally managed to do it. The other Pokemon in his team are Pikachu (of course) and Mr. Mime, which also has a Galarian form. Again, it could be coincidence but is also noteworthy.

Kept quiet

Perhaps the most interesting point of all is that Dragonite hasn’t been mentioned, even at all. Images of nearly every legendary Pokemon were included in the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass trailer.

On top of that all the pseudo-legenedary Pokemon are currently in the game or have been confirmed to be added in the expansions.

This theory could prove to be nothing more than that. However, there are many too many points here to simply ignore.

We’ll find out when the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC is released in the fall of 2020.


How to catch Dragonite easily in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 29/Oct/2020 22:56

by Brent Koepp


One of the most popular Pokemon of all time, Dragonite, can now be caught in Sword & Shield. The lovable orange dragon was added to the RPG in its second DLC, The Crown Tundra. Here is how you can catch the majestic beast fast. 

In a first for the franchise, Game Freak opted out of a third game for its eighth generation release, Sword & Shield, in favor of an Expansion Pass. And on October 22, the Nintendo Switch title got its second DLC, The Crown Tundra.

The massive update brought a host of past gen favorites to Galar, including the beloved ‘mon Dragonite. The majestic beast has an incredibly low spawn rate, however a new method will have you catching it in literally no time at all.

dragonite pokedex entry
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Dragonite can now be caught in Sword & Shield.

How to catch Dragonite quickly in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Introduced in 1996, Dragonite has been one of the most beloved Pokemon for decades. According to its Pokedex entry, the creature is “kindhearted, and if it spots a drowning person or Pokémon, Dragonite simply must help them.”

While not a Legendary, the character is a fan favorite. Unfortunately for Sword & Shield owners, it also has one of the lowest spawn rates in the Crown Tundra DLC, with its lower evolutions having a 5% chance of showing up.

Thankfully, a method has been discovered that forces the monster to spawn. We will cover the steps below on how to find the Dragon-type, and it’ll have you adding it to your team in the quickest way possible.

ballimere lake map pokemon sword shield
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Dragonite can easily be found at Ballimere Lake near the Dyna Tree.

Steps to quickly catching Dragonite

  • Step 1: Hit the Home button on your Switch, and go to System Settings. Next, scroll down to the very bottom and click System. Go to Date and Time and set Synchronize Clock via Internet to OFF. Lastly, set your date to September 3, 2020.
  • Step 2: Fast travel to the Dyna Tree location. If step 1 was performed correctly, it should be thunderstorm weather. After spawning in front of the tree, immediately take a right, then a second right looping backwards. Cut across the grass and take the ramp down to the lower level.
  • Step 3: Due to the thunder, Dragonite will spawn in this location. You will see the lovable orange dragon walking around the overworld. Save your game first, then run into it and engage in a battle.
  • Step 4: We recommend using a Pokemon with False Swipe, or a sleep move. Using an Ultra Ball or higher will increase your odds. Should you accidentally knock it out or run out of items, reload your save and the monster will be in the exact same spot.
thunderstorm in pokemon crown tundra
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Dragonite walks around the overworld only during thunderstorms.

Dragonite in Pokemon Max Raid dens

Another method to securing Dragonite is through Max Raid dens. According to popular Pokemon outlet Serebii, there are five raid dens that the monster shows up in.

Based on tests we ran though, the weather method at Ballimere Lake is infinitely faster. However, those that want to catch the character this way can do so at the locations below.

  • Giant’s Bed
  • Path to the Peak
  • Frigid Sea
  • Three-Point Pass
  • Ballimere Lake
dragonite max raid battle
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The Dragon can also be found in Raid dens.

There are two other methods to get the orange Dragon, and that is either capturing its lower evolution Dratini in Dynamax Adventures, or finding it at Ballimere Lake at a 5% spawn rate. However the thunderstorm method is almost instant.

The Crown Tundra has given Sword & Shield players hours of new gameplay with the host of Legendaries and new monsters they can catch. Thankfully, Dragonite is fairly easy to secure.