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Pokemon players can now join Raid Battles in the Trading Card Game

Published: 17/Jul/2020 0:23

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game now has Raid Battles. The popular Sword & Shield feature was introduced to the TCG in July, and here is how you and your friends can jump in now and play for free. 

The Pokemon TCG made its debut in North America a year after Red & Blue released on the Game Boy in 1998. Just like the RPG, it became a worldwide phenomena as kids from around the world searched for the rarest holos.

In July, the card game was introduced to a new Raid Battle mode which allows up to four players to team up and take on a super powerful version of their favorite monsters. The Sword & Shield feature is available right now for free.

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Raid Battles were first introduced in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Raid Battles comes to the Pokemon TCG

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The latest title in the long-running Nintendo franchise introduced players to new mechanics such as Raids. Now the Gen VIII feature has been brought to the Trading Card Game.

On July 7, the official Pokemon YouTube channel uploaded an announcement trailer for Raid Battles coming to the TCG. The three-minute video gives players the rules for the new mode, as well as instructions on how to jump into the team battle with friends.

Just like Sword & Shield, Trainers will take on a giant version of a Pokemon with increased health and attack damage. Four players will use their trading cards in real life to chip away at the character’s health before winning the epic showdown.

While players are required to have at least two TCG cards in real life, The Pokemon Company is providing the rest for free. You can download and print both the battle layout mat as well as the Raid Boss cards here. There is also a digital version of the mode on the official website.

Raid Battles have proven to be one of Sword & Shield’s most popular features, making it a welcome addition to the TCG. Despite releasing in 1998, Pokemon cards have continued to explode in popularity. In July, a rare collectible sold for $90k at auction.

The Gen VIII title also got its first DLC, The Isle of Armor, in June, which expanded the game’s map and Pokedex. The Switch release will also gets its second addon, The Crown Tundra, sometime in the Fall.


Where to find Keldeo, Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion in Crown Tundra

Published: 28/Oct/2020 12:05

by Paul Cot


The Swords of Justice – Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion – can be found in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC. Unbeknown to some trainers, the Mythical Pokemon Keldeo can also be encountered.

The Crown Tundra expansion finally brought back Legendary ‘mons from previous Pokemon games but Mythical Pokemon remain missing. That’s other than Keldeo, though!

To catch the Colt Pokemon you’ll need to get hold of Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion beforehand. So, firstly let’s take a look at how to make them spawn and their respective locations.

How to catch the Swords of Justice

The snowy lands of the Crown Tundra are filled with an array of legends. The Swords of Justice are among them but they won’t spawn straight away.

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Virizion’s first footprints can be found just outside of Freezington by the tree in the picture…


The first of them you’re going to find is Virizion. To begin the process of making the Grassland Pokemon spawn you’ll need to find each of its footprints.

The first of these are located just outside of Freezington, right outside of Peony’s house. If they aren’t there however, you’ll need to continue further through the story before they do.

Once they do appear and you click on them it will trigger a cutscene with Sonia, who hints that mysterious Pokemon will be showing up in the Crown Tundra – a la the Swords of Justice.

From there you’ll need to find 50 of Virizion’s footprints, as each of them count for 2% of the data required to track it. Once you find all 50 of them go to Sonia’s house in Freezington, talk to her and she’ll tell you exactly where to find Virizion.

That location is in Giant’s Bed and will always be in the exact spot as the picture shows below. While it is fairly difficult to catch you don’t need to worry about failing to do so because even if you knock it out, you can go to a different town and it will spawn again.

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The exact location you’ll find Virizion in Giant’s Bed in the Crown Tundra…


Terrakion is found in same way whereby you must acquire 50 of its footprints. The first of them is found just inside Lakeside Cave and the rest are close and easy to find.

Once you have all of them, you’ll need to go back to Sonia’s house where she’ll kindly let you know the Cavern Pokemon’s whereabouts. Those footprints where indicative of where Terrakion is because it can be found inside Lakeside Cave. Feel like we didn’t need Sonia for that one but you must go to her regardless.

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Terrakion’s exact location in Lakeside Cave…


There aren’t any surprises for finding Cobalion, you’ll once again need to find 50 of its footprints and take them back to Sonia. The first of them are found in Three-Point Pass by the Frigid Sea with the last of them in the Roaring-Sea Caves.

Sonia will tell you Cobalion is residing in the Frigid Sea – surprise surprise. Specifically, there’s an island as you come to the sea. Head over to that, go to the peak of it and Cobalion can be found in the location shown below.

Cobalion Location Crown Tundra
Cobalion’s location in the Crown Tundra…

How to catch Keldeo

Many trainers don’t know that Keldeo is actually the fourth member of the Swords of Justice. As a result it can be encountered in the Crown Tundra but Sonia, unlike the other three, doesn’t make this clear.

When you catch Cobalion you’ll need to head back to Sonia for a third time as Keldeo won’t spawn without doing so. Once you have done that, make your way to Dyna Tree Hill. This is the location where you will have found the Galarian Kanto birds before they decide to scatter away. Make sure each of Virizion, Terrakion and Cobalion are in your party (at least that’s what we did).

From there ride your aquatic bike into Ballimere Lake and head to the small island. Behind one of the trees you’ll find a cooking pot. Literally cook anything (no special recipes needed here), finishing eating it and Keldeo should be awaiting you in the middle of the island.

Keldeo Location Crown Tunra
Keldeo can be found on an island inside Ballimere Lake…

It’s simple once you know how to do it but without instructions Keldeo would have been incredibly difficult to find. And that’s if you even knew it could be found!

It’s also worth noting that Virizion, Terrakion and Cobalion can all be shiny hunted. However, Keldeo cannot because it is Shiny locked.