Pokemon Sword and Shield trainers are spending plenty of time catching familiar friends from previous generations in the Crown Tundra. However, the expansion pass also brought back some older Legendary Pokemon with new Galarian forms. Thankfully, trainers can also catch nearly every past Legendary because of Dynamax Adventures.

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Updated by on March 23, 2022 by Renri Seong: Pokemon Sword and Shield have expanded the in-game Pokedex with the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra DLC. While trainers can start the Isle of Armor DLC early in the game, the Crown Tundra DLC requires its players to beat Sword and Shield's main story and postgame. Many players were hoping the Legendary Pokemon from past games could be caught in Galar, but most of these Pokemon weren't added until the DLC expansion pass. Instead of catching Legendary Pokemon in the wild, the Crown Tundra introduces a new gameplay mechanic called "Dynamax Adventures," providing a bit of a challenge for trainers who want to complete the Galar Pokedex. The following guide has been updated to include tips to make catching Dynamax Adventures-exclusive Pokemon a bit easier.

Dynamax Adventures in Sword and Shield

Dynamax Adventures are an underground challenge where trainers get to fight through 4 Max Raid Battles with the last battle against a Legendary Pokemon. Fortunately, trainers still have a 100-percent catch rate after weakening these Pokemon enough. In total, there are 38 legendary Pokemon from the previous 7 generations that trainers can encounter after the main story.

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All Sword and Shield Kanto Legendaries

All Legendaries in Sword And Shield's Dynamax Adventures
  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Mewtwo

Trainers should be aware that these are the original forms of the Legendary Birds instead of their Galarian versions.

All Sword and Shield Johto Legendaries

All Legendaries in Sword And Shield's Dynamax Adventures

Only 4 legendary Pokemon from Johto are available depending on the version.

  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Lugia (Shield only)
  • Ho-Oh (Sword only)

All Sword and Shield Hoenn Legendaries

All Legendaries in Sword And Shield's Dynamax Adventures

The Regis have their own Crown Tundra storyline, but the Weather Trio and Eon duo Pokemon are split between both games.

  • Groudon (Sword only)
  • Kyogre (Shield only)
  • Rayquaza
  • Latios (Sword only)
  • Latias (Shield only)

All Sword and Shield Sinnoh Legendaries

All Legendaries in Sword And Shield's Dynamax Adventures

With the exception of Dialga and Palkia, Generation 4's extensive list of Legendary Pokemon is available to all trainers.

  • Dialga (Sword only)
  • Palkia (Shield only)
  • Mesprit
  • Azelf
  • Uxie
  • Heatran
  • Giratina
  • Cresselia

All Sword and Shield Unova Legendaries

All Legendaries in Sword And Shield's Dynamax Adventures

While the Swords of Justice are wandering throughout Crown Tundra, the Tao trio and Forces of Nature have been heavily separated between both versions.

  • Reshiram (Sword only)
  • Zekrom (Shield only)
  • Kyurem
  • Tornadus (Sword only)
  • Thundurus (Shield only)

All Sword and Shield Kalos Legendaries

All Legendaries in Sword And Shield's Dynamax Adventures

Because Kalos had very few Legendaries, trainers will only be able to get 2 members of the Aura trio.

  • Xerneas (Sword only)
  • Yveltal (Shield only)
  • Zygarde

All Sword and Shield Alola Legendaries

All Legendaries in Sword And Shield's Dynamax Adventures

Trainers can catch all of Alola's Guardian dieties, Necrozma, and either one of Sun and Moon's mascots. Note that the Ultrabeasts can also make an appearance in Dynamax Adventures along with the other 38 Legendaries.

  • Solgaleo (Sword only)
  • Lunala (Shield only)
  • Necrozma
  • Tapu Koko
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Tapu Fini
  • Tapu Lele

All Pokemon Sword and Shield Dynamax Adventure Ultra Beasts

All Legendaries in Sword And Shield's Dynamax Adventures

Although technically not Legendary, the Ultra Beasts are still worth mentioning.

  • Nihilego
  • Buzzwole
  • Pheromosa
  • Xurkitree
  • Celesteela
  • Kartana
  • Guzzlord
  • Necrozma
  • Stakataka
  • Blacephalon

Although some trainers will definitely be disappointed that these Legendary Pokemon don't have their own unique scenarios, Game Freak was still able to add every Legendary to Crown Tundra using this method without having to further delay the DLC. Furthermore, their implementation this way is healthier for trainers who just want to catch them all or take advantage of the increased shiny rate. In the end, getting Legendary Pokemon through Dynamax Adventures might not be perfect, but there are positives to this system that are sure to return in future Pokemon games.

Dynamax Adventures: Catching Legendaries Tips

Pokémon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra Dynamax Adventure Peonia Max Raid

Dynamax Adventures has a mixed reputation among the fanbase.

On one hand, players that prefer online gaming can now play Sword and Shield with their friends. It's also easier to communicate with a group of people that are familiar instead of being put into a random group. Dynamax Adventures are difficult, but they're still possible to beat if playing alone.

On the other hand, those that do prefer playing offline are stuck with NPCs that make questionable decisions. Since Max Raid Battles are "timed," wasting a turn can make or break the battle. Strong Pokemon like Mewtwo can easily sweep the entire team if it has the right moves, which will cause the vortex over the Dynamax Den to end the battle.

  • When playing Dynamax Adventures, try to guess which Pokemon is waiting at the end of the tunnels based on the Types that are shown.
  • When choosing a path, go for the one that will have a Type advantage against the final Pokemon, or a Pokemon that will resist most of their attacks (ex.: A Flying-type will resist a Ground-type's moves).
  • Keep in mind that the Pokemon in the Dynamax Adventures will have a variety of moves that give it coverage against its weakness. So just because players have a Grass-type to counter the legendary Water-type, it still has a chance of getting 1HKO'd if the Water-type has the right moves.

Don't forget to speak to Peonia outside the Den. She'll sometimes report seeing a Legendary Pokemon down in the tunnels and will give the location to trainers for the cost of 5 Dynite Ore. Her reports are randomized, so players are not guaranteed to find the Pokemon they want. However, once a route has been registered, players will have the option of exploring that route or starting from scratch.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are available on the Nintendo Switch.

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