After months of anticipation, the second part of the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass has been released. The Crown Tundra has got trainers everywhere chomping at the bit to catch ‘em all once again. This expansion introduces a slew of legendaries for trainers to catch. If you're looking for Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion (aka the Swords of Justice), we've got you covered.
Many other Legendaries are available through a new mode called Dynamax Adventures. You find out how at our guide here.
If you’ve explored the expansive Wild Area of The Crown Tundra, you’ll probably have encountered pairs of footprints on the ground.
If you haven’t, take a look beneath the tree next to your base camp in Freezington. Press A to interact with them. Professor Sonia will now appear to explain that she’s carrying out some research on a set of Legendary Pokémon in the area. These Pokémon turn out to be the Sword of Justice: Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion. Note that you can get shiny forms of all these Pokémon if that's the sort of thing you're into.
To locate them, Sonia needs evidence of where they’ve been on the map. I’m sure you can guess where this is going... You have to track down the footprints for Sonia’s research. Those of you who completed the Diglett quest on the Isle of Armor are probably having flashbacks right now. Luckily, I found it much more straightforward than that.
Each set of footprints you find will give you 2% towards that Legendary. When you reach 100%, visit Sonia and she’ll give you an idea of their location. You can then encounter and, hopefully, catch that Pokémon in the wild. The three hunts are done separately, and the footprints for each are restricted to certain areas of the map.
That’s 150 sets of footprints altogether. Better get cracking!
Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra - How to Catch Virizion
Nicknamed the Grassland Pokémon, you’ll find the footprints of Virizion scattered around the following locations:
- Frostpoint Field
- Giant's Bed
- Old Cemetery
Check your map and you’ll see this is pretty much just south of Freezington. There’s no real rhyme or reason to where the footprints are located beyond this. Just wander around until you get all of them. It’ll probably only take 10 minutes. Look out for footprints that are a light-green color.
Once you’ve got to 100%, head back to Sonia’s house. She'll give you instructions on where to find Virizion. What's that? You didn't listen to her? I don't blame you! It can be found on the slope from the Giant’s Bed to the Old Cemetery, near the temple where you encounter Registeel.
Unlike the Regis, Virizion and the rest of the Swords of Justice will not reappear if you accidentally defeat them. Make sure you save beforehand. I can’t stress that enough.
Virizion is a Grass/Fighting-type Pokémon so bear that in mind with your team selection. It’s level 70, so as long as you’ve got a solid squad behind you and plenty of Ultra Balls, you’ll probably catch it quite easily. Put it to sleep or paralyze it if you can. Then whittle its health down with a Pokémon who knows False Swipe to make sure you don’t accidentally knock it out.
One last thing: If the weather’s looking wintry in the Giant’s Bed, it’s important to note that Virizion can take damage from Hail. There’s nothing worse than getting a Legendary down to 1 HP just to have it knocked out by a random chunk of Hail.
Pretty soon you’ll have the Grassland Pokémon in the bag and you can move onto the next of the three.
Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra - How to Catch Cobalion
Now we’re onto the ominously named Iron Will Pokémon, Cobalion. Cobalion’s footprints can be found in the following locations:
- Frigid Sea
- Giant's Foot
- Roaring-Sea Caves
- Giant's Bed (to the south, past the Old Cemetery)
Keep an eye out for the distinctive bluish tint of Cobalion’s footprints and you’ll rack up 100% in no time.
As before, head up to Freezington to declare your success to Sonia. Then get a Flying Taxi to the Frigid Sea. You can find Cobalion on an island pretty much due east from the main coastline. You can’t really miss it.
Now it’s time to battle. Cobalion is a Steel/Fighting-type Pokémon that, like Virizion, will be level 70 for your encounter. Again, save save save before interacting with it or potentially kiss goodbye to the Iron Will Pokémon (or that session’s progress) for good.
Stock up on Full Restores, Revives, and Ultra Balls, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Again, status moves and False Swipe are useful to have. False Swipe is weak against Steel types, though, so you'll have to be patient.
Anyway, now you’ve captured the indomitable Iron Will Pokémon, there’s only one left!
Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra - How to Catch Terrakion
The Cavern Pokémon, Terrakion, is the last on our list. Terrakion’s footprints are a dark-brown color and should be quite easy to spot. They can be found in the following areas:
- Ballimere Lake
- Dyna Tree Hill
- Lakeside Cave
Again, just have a traipse around these spots until you hit the requisite 100%. If you’re stuck, the Lakeside Cave is usually the most fruitful area, so make sure to comb that carefully. Once you’re done, hit up Sonia for a natter and then head out to battle the Cavern Pokémon at last.
You can find Terrakion in the northwest corner of the Lakeside Cave. It’s hard to miss, just cycle around the cave for a bit if you don’t find it straightaway. It can take a little bit of time to show up.
Once you’ve found it, make sure to save before you go charging in. Other than that, you know the drill by the now. Terrakion is a Rock/Fighting-type Pokémon, which gives it plenty of weakness to exploit. A bagful of Potions and Ultra Balls will serve you well. The only thing to note is that Terrakion is level 80, so it might put up a bit more of a fight than the previous two. You can do it!
And that's how you catch all the Swords of Justice in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra! For more coverage on the expansion, check out our guides above.