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How to get all three starters in Pokemon Sword and Shield by yourself

Published: 6/May/2020 18:00

by Paul Cot


With every Pokemon game, trainers want to know how they can get hold of all three starters – Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble – and Pokemon Sword and Shield is no different.

Now, we know what you’re thinking, you can just find a trainer online who has them ready to trade. After all, with so many trainers shiny hunting the starters, plenty of players have them to spare.

What if you want to get hold of them yourself and aren’t willing to go online and arrange to get them? Well, you can get them all yourself.

Sword Shield Starter Shiny
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Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble in their shiny forms…

Without trading

Yes, you can get all of them without trading, at least with other people. That means if you’re willing to spend a bit of time, you can have all three starters relatively early in your journey without having to rely on anyone else at all.

Before you start you’ll need the following – a single copy of Pokemon Sword or Shield, Pokemon Home app and an internet connection – that’s it!

To start, load up a fresh save of either Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield and choose your starter – the order doesn’t matter so choose any of Grookey, Scorbunny or Sobble. From there rush through the game as fast as you can until you battle against Hop outside Professor Magnolia’s house. This is just before you reach the Wild Area.

It is at this point that Y-comm icon should show at the bottom left hand corner of the screen. This is roughly an hour into the game. The Y-comm icon means you can now trade.

Send over your chosen starter Pokemon to the Pokemon Home app. Now repeat this process again for the second starter but make sure you delete the game file from your Nintendo Switch before you start. This is imperative.

Once you have two starters stored safely in Pokemon Home, your third playthrough will be your final one. This time though, when trading becomes available, you’ll be transferring the other two starters back into the game.

Tested and works

There have been questions as to whether this method works as it was previously thought this could only be done with other people. However, Redditor thekasafist has confirmed this works on their own system. “I have confirmed it works with the same account just as long as you delete the game file off the Switch. I have all 3 starters and did it alone with my 1 Switch, 1 copy of either Sword or Shield and the Pokemon Home app.”

Unless Nintendo patch this method from the game, and we don’t see why they would, all three starters are just a couple of hours of Pokemon Sword and Shield play time away!


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
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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.