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Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC expands Galar region with winter wonderland

The Nintendo Switch game's second expansion introduces Pokemon like Galarian Slowking and lets you explore a snowy new area.


You can explore Pokemon Sword and Shield's new Crown Tundra region now.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield expanded Thursday, with the release of the Nintendo Switch adventure's Crown Tundra downloadable content (DLC). It started rolling out late that evening, and was available worldwide early Friday.

The previous DLC, Isle of Armor, came out in June -- the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass includes both add-ons and costs $30. It unlocks new places to explore and adds over 200 Pokemon (with new evolutions like Galarian Slowbro and Slowking) for trainers to catch.

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The Crown Tundra will have its own Pokemon and cosmetics. It'll also add Dynamax Adventures, a new co-op mode that'll let teams of four players explore Pokemon dens of the Galar region. Crown Tundra will reintroduce every legendary Pokemon from past games into Sword and Shield, so you'll be able to add Pokemon Rayquaza, Lugia and Groudon into your new team.

Even if you don't get the expansion, you can claim eight free Pikachu in hats -- representing each generation of Pokemon games -- via the in-game Mystery Gift option.

The company also confirmed that Pokemon Go compatibility will be added to Pokemon Home before the end of 2020.