With every new game and expansion, Pokemon continues to make it easier for players to do what they love: from building competitive teams to befriending fellow buddies. And with new landscapes and stories to explore, Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra offers more of the good stuff while leaning into welcome nostalgia with returning favorites and new takes on iconic legendaries. Dynamax Adventure Your Way to a Dream Team Pokemon Sword and Shield made it easy to build your Pokemon Team with nature-changing mints readily available if you had the skills to earn the necessary Battle Points. Crown Tundra builds on that with Dynamax Adventures which gives you the ability to add Legendary Pokémon to your team. Additionally, you can potentially grab some useful items as victory rewards, such as Bottle Caps, Dynamax Candy, Armorite Ore, and the new ability patch – which allows you to change a Pokémon’s ability into hidden ability of its kind if it has one. Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra Official Screenshots Explore these lairs at most with up to three others, with each of you choosing a single Pokemon to borrow for the quest. Thanks to this rental system, the barrier to entry is practically non-existent, but that does not mean that success is guaranteed. One of the most compelling elements is the fact that you are presented with a series of paths to choose from. This extra player autonomy is a welcome addition to the random nature of raids. Each lane allows you to fight a different type of Pokémon (ex. Poison vs. Flying), so you will need to be strategic about which challenge is best for your team. The path options and the helpful rewards are the most compelling parts of Dynamax Adventures. “Once you’ve defeated a Pokémon in battle, you can grab it and choose to swap it with your current Pokémon or leave it behind and keep rolling with the one you brought. the battle. But the catch is the HP and status effects of your current Pokemon after combat, so a new one in better shape could definitely be worth it. Each adventure takes you through four battles in total and at the end of it, you will be able to choose a Pokémon that you have defeated to add it to your team permanently. Of course, most people will probably pick the Legendary Glorious one that awaits them at the end of it, but it’s still nice to have options. To make up for this challenge, there are NPC trainers along the way who help you out by loaning you a different Pokemon, giving you a withheld item, or healing your team for future battles. Of course, that help comes in the form of a dice roll to keep things interesting. And if four Pokémon are eliminated, you’ll have to start over from the beginning. Become a Pokemon Star Completing all of the stories in the base game and both DLC packs gives you the chance to participate in the multibattles Galarian Star Tournament. And you’ll be able to team up with other NPC trainers you’ve met to take on the best in Galar. Apparently, the NPC trainers you choose to team up with can reveal a whole new side to familiar friends and foes you haven’t seen before. Hopefully these mysterious variations end up being meaningful or interesting and not something so subtle that it goes completely unnoticed. All in all, the Galarian Star Tournament is definitely here for players who crave new ways to fight once the story is over. More Stories to Uncover The Wilderness was one of the most exciting additions to Pokemon, but its scale and scope was not as big as I originally imagined. Fortunately, each expansion has meant more areas to explore as well. And with that comes more stories to uncover. Without any spoilers, I can say that I am interested in seeing the eerie wonder of the Crown Tundra unfold. I am interested in seeing the eerie wonder of the Crown Tundra unfold. “With Isle of Armor being a fairly short experience, I imagine Crown Tundra’s campaign will be comparable in length (although I haven’t received a specific estimate). While there are some promising elements of what I’ve seen from Crown Tundra and more for those who have already invested in, the DLC may not demand the attention of abandoned players unless they have very specific goals for their Pokedex or competitive teams. Janet Garcia is Associate Editor of Esports Ray Guides. You can follow her on Twitter @Gameonysus.