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Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC launches in October

A new icy area

Dragonite and trainer in Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s next expansion, The Crown Tundra, will be released on Oct. 22, The Pokémon Company announced Tuesday. The news came during a video broadcast on the official Pokémon YouTube channel.

Pokémon Sword and Shield was originally released in November 2019, with the first expansion, The Isle of Armor, added in June 2020. The Crown Tundra was announced alongside the first expansion, but The Pokémon Company has been quiet on the release details — though it was always expected for fall 2020. The Crown Tundra is expected to add a “snow-swept realm” called Crown Tundra to the game. A new mentor, Peony, will choose you to lead an exploration team heading into the Crown Tundra to check out the mysteries of the land.

During the presentation, The Pokémon Company outlined The Crown Tundra and its story, but also revealed that players will be able to catch all Legendary Pokémon from past mainline games in the new Dynamax Adventures raids. The Pokémon Company also announced another addition to The Crown Tundra, the Galarian Star Tournament, where players can team up and take on the region’s elite trainers.

We had known some vague additions: More Pokémon — ones not within the game’s original Pokédex — will be available to catch in Max Raid Battles, like older Legendaries. We also knew there would be a co-op mode for exploring raid dens. Now we know the full extent of those additions.

Alongside those older Legendary Pokémon, The Pokémon Company also originally announced new Legendary creatures, three of which look like Galarian forms of Moltres, Articuno, and Zapdos, as well as a rabbit with a big brain.

Like Isle of Armor, The Crown Tundra is part of Pokémon Sword and Shield’s $29.99 expansion pass. The Pokémon Company will also offer a bundle wrapping up Pokémon Sword and Shield with the two expansions. The bundle will be released on Nov. 6. A price hasn’t been listed, but the publisher has listed a “special purchase bonus” — 100 Poké Balls. Players that purchase the bundle will also get codes for Pikachu and Eevee uniforms that were previously available to people who purchased the base game and its expansion pass.

An image of the Pokémon Sword and Shield + expansion pass bundle and the release date, Nov. 6. Image: The Pokémon Company

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