Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra

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Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra
Pokémon Sword and Shield The Crown Tundra.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s)Game Freak
Director(s)Hiroyuki Tani
  • James Turner
  • Suguru Nakatsui
Writer(s)Toshinobu Matsumiya
  • Minako Adachi
  • Go Ichinose
  • Hitomi Sato
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch
ReleaseFall 2020
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra[a] is the second downloadable content expansion pack for the 2019 role-playing video games Pokémon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch and a part of the Expansion Pass. It was developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo and released in Fall 2020, for Nintendo Switch.[1] The addition of Expansion Pass was used to replace the need for a third version or sequel of Sword and Shield.[2] It is set in the snowy southern area called The Crown Tundra, based on Scotland[3], in Sword and Shield's region of Galar. The player controls the protagonist during their journey through the tundra, home to new and old legendary Pokémon.


The island the expansion pack is set on is one inter-connected "Wild Area", a free-roaming open world with a free moving camera and dynamic weather, which has implications on which Pokémon species appear at a given time.


The Crown Tundra centers around the legendary Pokémon Calyrex, resembling a mix of a deer, snowy plants and the Crown jewels.[4][5] The expansion also introduces two legendary Pokémon that resemble the Regi golem trio from Ruby & Sapphire, with the electric type Regieleki and the dragon type Regidrago.[6][7] Adding onto the first expansion pack, a regional form was given to Slowking. However, additional regional forms were given to the legendary bird trio from Gen I, in Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres.[8][9] Likewise 100+ more Pokémon are returning from previous generations that didn't appear in the base game, including all the box art legendary Pokémon from previous games. [10][11]


The expansion pass was first announced in the January 9 Pokémon Direct and again shown briefly in the March 26 Nintendo Direct Mini.[12][13] Following this, the pass was shown off in great detail in the June 17 Pokémon Presents, hours before The Isle of Armor was released worldwide.[14]


  1. ^ Japanese: ポケットモンスタかんむりのせつげん Hepburn: Poketto Kan muri no Setsu gen

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  1. ^ "Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion launching June 17". Polygon. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "Game Freak announces Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass, which will replace the 'third' Pokemon edition". Destructoid. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "https://twitter.com/pokemonnewsuk/status/1216731889920368643?ref_url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.thegamer.com%2fpokemon-isle-armor-crown-tundra-are-based-on-isle-man-scotland%2f". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-09-20. External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Pokémon Sword and Shield's new legendary makes me uncomfortable". Polygon. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC: All the New Legendary Pokemon and Gigantimax Starters in the Expansion Pass". USgamer. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Pokemon Sword and Shield Reveals Two New Legendary Pokemon". Comicbook.com. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "New Details Released for Pokemon Sword and Shield's DLC Expansions". RPGFan. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  8. ^ "Pokemon Sword and Shield Legendary Bird Trio Galar Forms - What We Know". Prima Games. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "New Galarian Legendary Pokémon detailed for upcoming Sword and Shield expansion". Polygon. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Pokemon Sword & Shield DLC Returning Pokemon list: every national dex Pokemon returning in the expansion pass". VG247. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "Sword and Shield Legendary Pokemon". IGN. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass DLC Announced". IGN. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  13. ^ "Everything in March 26's Nintendo Direct Mini Broadcast". IGN. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  14. ^ "Pokemon Nintendo Direct announced for June 17". GameRevolution. Retrieved July 27, 2020.

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