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Pokemon Sword Shield Crown Tundra: Release date, ‘Star tournament’, more

Published: 29/Sep/2020 14:19 Updated: 29/Sep/2020 14:33

by Paul Cot


Trainers have been patiently waiting for months and now, finally, the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC release date has been revealed. It will be available on October 22.

The second Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion was announced all the way back in January and after months of teases, its release is upon us. “You’ll be able to start exploring part 2 of the expansion passes, The Crown Tundra, on October 22,” Tsunekazu Ishihara revealed in the September 29 Pokemon presentation stream.


You can rewatch the stream in its entirety right here:

How to get Crown Tundra

The Crown Tundra is the second Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC following on from The Isle of Armor which released in June. Trainers who want to access the Galar region’s snowy island will need to purchase the Expansion Pass.


The cost of it varies depending on location but generally, it will set you back $29.99. However, there is some good news regarding the Expansion Pass.

If you already purchased it to play the Isle of Armor then you’ll already have access to the Crown Tundra DLC. This is because the Expansion Pass included both Pokemon Sword and Shield’s first DLCs. We say ‘first’ because there are rumors of another Pokemon SwSh expansion coming in 2021.

Further details

In addition to the announcement of the release date, the Pokemon Company revealed further details to get us even more excited for the Crown Tundra.

  • Battle against Legendary Pokemon in Max Raid Battles
  • Team up with other trainers to participate in the ‘Star Tournament’
  • All in one Pokemon Sword and Shield pack, including both DLCs, announced

We don’t know what’s next for the Pokemon franchise, whether it be a brand new game coming at some point in 2021 or the aforementioned third DLC, but the Crown Tundra should keep trainers busy for the weeks and months ahead. After all, the Crown Tundra island is significantly bigger than that of the Isle of Armor!


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.