The second part of Pokémon: Sword and Shield’s rather experimental DLC is out now. Not only does it offer a brand-new single-player campaign and a snowy winter wonderland to explore, but at least 123 Pokémon in the Crown Tundra will be returning from earlier games.
The Crown Tundra can be purchased separately or as part of the Pokémon: Sword and Shield season pass. Which we think represents the best value, as it also contains the first DLC pack, The Isle of Armor.
This too, offered a new region to explore and a plethora of returning critters from earlier games. Not to mention a brand-new story campaign.
Fans of Pokémon: Sword and Shield will know that the game takes place in the Galar region, part of the Pokémon world which is based on the British Isles.
Crown Tundra is the Pokémon world’s version of Scotland and features a cold and icy setting. Not that Scotland is always cold or icy Game Freak, but we see what you’re doing.
The new DLC allows some returning Pokémon to take the spotlight once again, now that players have had nearly a year to familiarize themselves with the Galar region’s local Pokémon.
By generation, returning Pokémon in the Crown Tundra DLC include:
Nidoran female, Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Nidoran male, Nidorino, and Nidoking
Zubat and Golbat
Dratini, Dragonair, and Dragonite
Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres
Raikou, Entei, and Suicune
Lugia and Ho-Oh
Aron, Lairon, and Aggron
Swablu and Altaria
Lileep and Cradily
Spheal, Sealeo, and Walrein
Beldum, Metang, and Metagross
Regirock, Regice, and Registeel
Latias and Latios
Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza
Gible, Gabite, and Garchomp
Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf
Dialga and Palkia
Tyrunt and Tyrantrum
Amaura and Aurorus
Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini
You’ll notice that in a lot of cases this also includes legendary Pokémon. But not all the legendries will be returning.
Still it’s an impressive list, which will undoubtedly tempt a lot of lapsed Pokémon: Sword and Shield players back to the Galar region.
At the start of the article, we mentioned that this DLC is “experimental”, that’s because we have some interesting theories on the future of Pokémon. Specifically, the radical new direction we think the series may take.
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