Long read: Who is qualified to make a world?

In search of the magic of maps.

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Pokémon Sword and Shield - How to start the Crown Tundra DLC

How to visit the Crown Tundra in Sword and Shield.

The Crown Tundra for Pokémon Sword and Shield has arrived!

This DLC sees you travelling to southern reaches of the Galar region, where you can catch a whole host of legendary Pokémon, including new Gen 8 legendaries like Calyrex.

Before your adventure begins, however, it's a good idea to ensure you can start the Crown Tundra DLC.

On this page:

How to start the Crown Tundra DLC in Pokémon Sword and Shield

If you want to visit the Crown Tundra in Pokémon Sword and Shield, then you first need to purchase the Expansion Pass.

This pass can be easily purchased from the Nintendo Switch eshop and includes both the Isle of Armor DLC and the Crown Tundra DLC.

Once you've purchased this pass, you'll need to ensure that you've visited the Wild Area in the main storyline for the games at least once. This occurs roughly two hours into the game after you've visited Professor Magnolia and departed from Wedgehurst station for the first time.

If you're having trouble reaching the Wild Area or just want to know what to do in advance, then read through the guides below:

Cover image for YouTube videoExplore the Crown Tundra with the #PokemonSwordShield Expansion Pass!

Travelling to the Crown Tundra in Pokémon Sword and Shield

After you've unlocked the ability to visit the Crown Tundra in Pokémon Sword and Sword, you'll automatically receive a Crown Pass. This pass can be found in the Key Items pocket and allows you to travel to the Crown Tundra.

Now, just like your first visit to the Isle of Armor, you need to head to Wedgehurst train station and take to the station attendant next to the ticket booth.

Talking to him will allow you to select the Crown Tundra Station as your destination.

Once you disembark from the train, a researcher will upgrade your Pokédex with the Crown Tundra Pokédex.

With it finally in the wild, here's how to start the Crown Tundra DLC and our full Pokémon Crown Tundra walkthrough. Plus, here's how to catch Calyrex, Glastrier and Spectrier, the Regieleki and Regidrago puzzle solution and Regirock, Regice, Registeel locations, details on how to catch Legendary Birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres in the Crown Tundra, the Ultra Beasts and Necrozma adventure, Dynamax Adventures, including the legendries you can catch on these adventures, and the new Crown Tundra Pokédex and returning Pokémon explained. For Isle of Armor players, here's how to find the Slowpoke, where to find Max Mushroom locations, and how to get Kubfu, become best friends and evolve it, plus all Diglett locations too! For the base game, here's info on the ability to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, the Wild Area, lists of all TM locations and TRs, all Galarian forms and finally our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough for the whole game.

Now that you've got your new Pokédex, you can begin your adventures in the Crown Tundra.