Following the launch of Pokémon Sword & Defend final 12 months, Recreation Freak introduced the Enlargement Move, promising two new story-driven expansions for the primary all-new Pokémon RPGs on the Change. The primary enlargement, The Isle of Armor, was a enjoyable addition to the mainline story, however had loads of issues that made it much less memorable than the bottom sport. With the second a part of the Enlargement Move, The Crown Tundra, Recreation Freak and The Pokémon Firm hope to ship the extra thrilling content material gamers crave. I used to be given the prospect to observe greater than 30 minutes of footage and study concerning the soon-to-be-released second enlargement.
One in every of my major criticisms of the Isle of Armor was that it felt nearly aimless in the way it delivered the story. You got a unfastened narrative when you launched into a sequence of fetch quests, however in the end, the story felt tenuous at finest, solely serving to push you thru the mundane missions on the best way to the ultimate encounters. In distinction, the Crown Tundra is extra story-centric than the Isle of Armor, and offers you a couple of completely different quests to embark on. You begin out on an journey with Peony, a former Galar gymnasium chief, as you find out about Dynamax Adventures and work to uncover the mysteries of the brand new Legendary Pokémon Calyrex and its affect on the realm. On prime of these storylines, you even have the mission of studying extra about and battling the Galarian variations of the Legendary chicken trio from the first-gen video games: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.
Gamers can entry the Crown Tundra as quickly as they attain Wedgehurst in Sword & Defend’s major story. When you journey to the Crown Tundra, your Pokédex updates with the extra creatures discovered within the space and also you meet the eccentric Peony, who’s gearing up for an expedition into Pokémon dens to search out the Legendary Pokémon hidden within the Galar area. You journey to the city of Freezington, positioned within the west of the Crown Tundra. There, you encounter Calyrex. The footage cuts out, however Peony comes working out, saying he heard a battle. Calyrex wastes little time, possessing Peony and talking by way of him and setting the participant up for the hunt surrounding the brand new Legendary monster.
From there, the footage I am watching leaps to the second journey, which focuses on the Galarian types of the Legendary birds. This quest, known as A Legendary Tree of a Legendary Three, begins with a cutscene round an enormous, pink tree. Moltres and Zapdos escape right into a combat, earlier than Articuno crashes the occasion. Nevertheless, earlier than lengthy, they notice you are watching, and so they disperse to completely different elements of the Crown Tundra. The Pokémon Firm likens the strategies of encountering the Legendary trio to the way you encountered the Legendary canine within the Johto area.
Selecting up on the path of the Legendary trio, I watch as a participant makes an attempt to trace down the Galarian Zapdos, which appears impressed by an ostrich, within the Rolling Hills. The participant makes an attempt to come back at it from behind, however every time, the Zapdos notices the participant and flees. There is not any manner the participant can sustain with the pace of the Zapdos on foot, in order that they leap on their bike and try to chop the Legendary chicken off, but it surely’s simpler mentioned than performed, since its pace combines with craftiness. As soon as the participant lastly catches as much as the fleet-of-foot chicken, a battle ensues.
Just like the Isle of Armor, the Crown Tundra is structured like one big Wild Space, with Pokémon roaming free throughout a number of biomes, together with snowy mountainsides, huge fields, and winding caverns, by which you are free to discover. Due to this, you may camp all throughout the realm. Within the video, I get to see the full of life character of Galarian Slowking as he trots round camp, enjoying fetch. Galarian Slowking can show priceless in battle, because the Poison/Psychic-type Pokémon can have a capability known as Curious Medication, which removes stat adjustments from all allies when it enters the battlefield.
Subsequent, I am given a have a look at one of the vital anticipated new options: Dynamax Adventures. Because it seems, the Crown Tundra is dwelling to a ton of Legendary Pokémon from throughout your complete sequence’ historical past. The catch? It’s important to enterprise deep into mysterious Pokémon dens and battle by way of hordes of Dynamaxed Pokémon so as to discover and catch them. In Dynamax Adventures, you staff up with three different trainers as you’re employed by way of branching paths of Max Raid Battles utilizing a Pokémon you borrow from the expedition staff; sadly you can not convey your individual Pokémon into these dens.
After you win a Max Raid Battle, you select whether or not you need to swap your borrowed Pokémon out for the one you simply caught, or stick with it. It’s important to be strategic along with your choices, not solely should you bear in mind what sorts are on the highway forward (you may pan up on the map for planning functions), however HP and standing results carry over into subsequent battles. Within the Dynamax Journey I watch, the trainers battle by way of a gauntlet of Haunter, Cramorant, and Tauros earlier than reaching the ultimate battle towards Uxie.
Some paths offer you encounters with different characters, like this Scientist, who can swap out your drained Pokémon for a contemporary one
If 4 Pokémon are knocked out over the course of the Dynamax Journey, the trainers are kicked out and should begin over once more. In case you’re profitable in your expedition, you may select one Pokémon from the journey to maintain. You additionally purchase a number of gadgets, such because the Capacity Patch, a brand new merchandise that adjustments a Pokémon’s present capability to a uncommon capability.
When you full the story of the Pokémon Sword & Defend, The Isle of Armor, and The Crown Tundra, a brand new post-game problem unlocks in the principle sport of Pokémon Sword & Defend. Leon points a problem to all gymnasium leaders within the Galar area to mix their powers to change into much more formidable foes for would-be champions, and the Galarian Star Match is born. The Pokémon Firm claims that is the toughest problem in Sword & Defend to this point, as gamers staff up with different trainers they’ve encountered over the course of their journey to tackle gymnasium chief duos, in addition to different expert trainers they’ve encountered on their journey together with Hop and Mustard. Within the demo I noticed, I watched the participant coach staff up with Hop to battle a staff of Milo and Nessa, adopted by a staff of Gordie and Bea. I am unsure what different challenges await on the finish, or if there’s an final reward to conquering these challenges, however I am excited to as soon as once more take a look at my coach abilities towards the sturdy solid of leaders from the Galar area.
Pokémon Sword & Defend: The Crown Tundra is offered tomorrow as part of the Enlargement Move. For extra on the primary a part of the Enlargement Move, The Isle of Armor, head right here. For extra on Pokémon Sword & Defend, try our overview. To study all concerning the behind-the-scenes particulars that went into making Sword & Defend, try our unique protection hub.