KEY POINTS

  • Following the success of "The Isle of Armor," the second expansion pack for "Pokemon Shield" and "Pokemon Sword" has released a new trailer
  • Focusing more on exploration while introducing a co-op mode, "The Crown Tundra" will have players visiting underground Pokemon dens featuring previous (and new) legendary monsters
  • When they are all assembled, the expansions will add more than 200 legacy Pokemon to the game

A new trailer has been released for the second expansion to “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield,” called “The Crown Tundra.”

“Lead an expedition in the snow-swept realm of the Crown Tundra and unravel the mystery of the Legendary Pokémon Calyrex who once ruled over it,” reads the official description. Video Games Chronicle notes that the blurb also says that the DLC is “coming soon.”

In January, an extensive post-release content plan was revealed for both “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield.” That plan included two expansions adding new environments, both new and old Pokemon, and fresh player customization options.

The first expansion pack, dubbed “The Isle of Armor,” was released this past Jun. 17. It featured a Pokemon Dojo where players start training as apprentices as well as a new legendary Pokemon Kubfu. “Isle of Armor” was released individual as part of a $29.99 expansion pass which will also grant access to “The Crown Tundra.”

Released in 2019, “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield” are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokemon Company for the Nintendo Switch. These games chronicle the journey of a young Pokemon trainer aiming to become the Pokemon Champion in the Galar region.

“Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield” also reintroduce features previously seen in “Pokemon Sun” and “Pokemon Moon” and “Let's Go, Pikachu!” and “Let's Go, Eevee!,” such as regional variants and roaming Pokemon depicted in the overworld.

The main objective of the games is to dethrone the Pokemon League Champion, Leon, in a tournament. Various other Gym Leaders and rivals also take part in that tournament. You also have to deal with Team Yell and a nefarious conspiracy within the League.

Focused more on exploration and adding a new co-op mode, “The Crown Tundra” will have players visiting underground Pokemon dens featuring previous (and new) legendary monsters. Some of these monsters can even be caught by players.

When all together, the expansions will add more than 200 legacy Pokemon to the game. For those players who don’t purchase the DLC, they can still attain these Pokemon through other means including via trading.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Starter Monsters Pokémon Sword and Shield star three starter Pokémon: Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble. Photo: The Pokémon Company