POKÉMON SWORD & SHIELD: THE CROWN TUNDRA
By Tom "El Diablo" Brock on October 29, 2020
A wild Pokémon DLC appeared! El Diablo used review! It's super effective! Yes, ladies and gents, boys and girls; The second and, for now, final installment of DLC for Pokémon Sword & Shield: The Crown Tundra has just dropped and I just couldn't wait to see what adventures were waiting for me in the Crown Tundra!
So, right as you enter into the new part of Galar, you meet with explorer Peony, who will be your guide for all things legendary. It becomes apparent quite quickly that this DLC is all about legendary Pokémon. I personally thought; "Nice, this is what a good aftergame for Pokémon should be about, so they got that right."
Peony tells you about three different legends of the Crown Tundra. The first and most prominent one being about "the king of bountiful harvests", who turns about to be the mascot of the Crown Tundra, Calyrex and his loyal steed who you can choose to be either Glastrier or Spectrier. This is a beautifully told story in my opinion. I personally couldn't do it justice if I would put it into my own words, so I won't even try... no, seriously. I just won't.
The second legend is the one of the three legendary birds, Atricuno, Zapdos & Moltres. The three legendary birds from Kanto all got the Galarian form treatment. Articuno swapped type from ice to psychic. Zapdos exchanged electric for fighting type. And Moltres changes it's fire typing to dark. You meet the three birds at Dyna Tree Hill, where they meet for an epic encounter but split to different places in the Galar region after noticing your presence. It's up to you to hunt them down in the Crown Tundra, the Isle of Armor and the Wild Area and capture them all.
The third legend concerns the "Regi" legendaries from Hoenn, who have all received their own temples in the Crown Tundra. Before you can enter these temples, you have to solve a mystery to grant yourself access. These riddles are fairly easy to solve, so they're not much of a problem. Once you're in, you simply have to light the dots on the ground by walking over them to encounter Regice, Regirock and Registeel. After capturing these three giants, you can go to the final temple. In this temple you have to choose between two patterns on the ground to decide which of two Regi's you will encounter, being either Regieleki or Regidrago. After catching one of these two, your quest is complete, however the saga isn't quite done yet. For if you can somehow get the other of the two Regi's (the one you didn't choose in the last temple), you can encounter one more Regi, Regigigas!
It wouldn't be a Pokémon DLC if there wasn't one more quest that would require you to find things scattered across the entire map. In the Isle of Armor we had the Digletts, now we have footprints of Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion. Once you have collected 50 of each respective footprint, you can find the three legendary Pokémon at certain places in the Crown Tundra.
A great new addition to the game is the introduction of Dynamax Adventures, a mini gauntlet style mode in which you use rental Pokémon to battle and catch Dynamaxed Pokémon. The final Pokémon you encounter in the gauntlet will always be legendary or an Uultra-beast so you get a huge reward for completing a relatively short gauntlet! Also, the odds of catching a shiny Pokémon in Dynamax Adventures are ridiculously good, being a 1 in 100 chance when you have the shiny charm! (To put that into perspective, regular odds of encountering shiny Pokémon with a shiny charm are 1 in 1365!)
And last, but definitely not least, the PokÚdex has gotten a load of returning Pokémon from previous generations. Now, I could argue that the entire national dex should have been in the game since the base game was released. And although I do still stand by that opinion, I have to admit that reuniting with my Blaziken (who's been adventuring with me ever since Pokémon Emerald) was even sweeter due to the time we were separated thanks to him not being included in the Galar PokÚdex. And you might think "Oh please Tom, it's a virtual Pokémon, how can you get any emotional attachment to it?" To this I say; "Fuck you! This Pokémon literally has been with me since I was 8 years old! I have every right to be happy about reuniting with it in this otherwise horrible year!"
All in all, I think The Crown Tundra is the aftergame that Pokémon Sword & Shield desperately needed. With a fun little story and the Dynamax Adventures you now have plenty of stuff to do before we get the next installment of Pokémon games! So get out there! Get yourself some legendaries, shiny Pokémon or even legendary shinies!