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How to get Heracross in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 9/Sep/2020 11:11

by James Busby


Heracross is one of the most popular bug-type Pokemon from Gen 2, so many fans will be pleased that it has returned in Sword and Shield. Follow our guide below to find out how you can add this herculean creature to your team. 

While Sword and Shield may be missing the vast majority of Gen 2 Pokemon, Heracross has managed to make the cut. Those of you that own the Isle of Armor expansion pass will be able to add this bug-type Pokemon to your roster. The forest-dwelling critter is known for its tremendous strength and can lift things 100 times heavier than itself without breaking a sweat. 

Heracross has access to some decent bug, fighting, dark, and normal-type attacks. It may not be the most competitive Pokemon in Sword and Shield, but it can pack a mean punch when kitted out with the best moves. 

Whether you’re looking to add Heracross to your party or just wanting to complete your Pokdex, then be sure to follow our handy catching guide below.

Where to find Heracross in Pokemon Sword & Shield

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Heracross can be found roaming around the woodland areas of Isle of Armor.

Unfortunately, owners of Pokemon Sword will have to trade for Heracross if they wish to add it to their bug collection. Those of you with Pokemon Shield can find Heracross in the Forest of Focus, Challenge Road, and Training Lowlands. However, it only has a 5% spawn rate and favors the following weather conditions: normal, overcast, raining, thunderstorm, intense sun, sandstorm, and fog.

The bipedal bug will appear in any of the above locations and is incredibly easy to spot. If you don’t see Heracross in any of these locations during the above weather conditions, then simply reset the game’s date and time settings.

To do this, hit the HOME button and navigate over to the Switch system menu. From here, you’ll be able to access the date and time settings. Once you’ve selected this option, simply advance the date by one day and then head back over to the game. The weather should instantly change and new Pokemon will appear in the overworld. 

Raid Den locations

  • Fields of Honor
  • Forest of Focus
  • Training Lowlands 
  • Workout Sea

Catching Heracross

Heracross anime scene
Pokemon Company
Heracross may be a bug-type Pokemon, but it certainly doesn’t shy away from a fight.

Unlike most Pokemon in the game, both the male and female versions of Heracross have a minor difference that differentiates them from one another. Male Heracross have horns akin to that of the Rhino Beetle, while the female version has a prominent heart shape that is affixed atop its horn. 

Because of this feature, you may want to consider adding both to your party. Fortunately, Heracross has a 45% capture rate and has 50/50 chance of being either male or female, so capturing both shouldn’t be an arduous task. 

Heracross’ dual bug/fighting typing makes is 4x weak to flying-type moves and 2x weak to fire attacks. As a result, it’s best that you avoid using these attacks to avoid knocking it out in battle. Instead, simply use normal attacks or those that aren’t super effective. 

If you wish to increase your success rate of catching wild Pokemon, then consider using False Swipe. False Swipe inflicts normal type damage and leaves your foe at 1 HP, making it the perfect attack to use when capturing Pokemon. Meanwhile, status effects like Sleep and Paralyze will also increase your captures further. 

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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.