Pokémon Sword and Shield recently released the game’s second DLC, and The Crown Tundra has introduced many familiar Legendary Pokémon from past games. Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion are there, but so is Keldeo, the fourth and final member of the Swords of Justice.
Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion provide one of the The Crown Tundra’s toughest challenges just in finding them. You’ll need to scour Crown Tundra and locate over a hundred tiny tracks on the ground just to help you encounter them.
Once you do manage to find them, they’re also formidable and difficult battles. However, you’ll need all three if you hope to find Keldeo. If you need help with the tracks, follow our guide to catching those three first.
Once you’ve found and caught Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion, you can turn your attention to finding Keldeo. Once you do, it’ll be a tough battle, but it’s worthwhile for this unique Water and Fighting Type Pokémon.
Where can you find Keldeo?
Fortunately, Keldeo isn’t nearly as difficult to locate as the other three Swords of Justice. Once you’ve caught the trio, head to Ballimere Lake with all three in your party.
If you’re flying there, the quickest choice is to fly to Dyna Tree Hill. From there, head out and to the right until you find a path down into the lake itself.
Follow the water until you locate a small island. This is where you’ll get to encounter and catch Keldeo, but there is something you’ll need to do to make it appear.
Head to the far left side of the island, and behind the tree you’ll notice a cooking pot alongside a new and unique set of tracks. Don’t worry, these are the only Keldeo tracks you need to find.
Cooking curry with the Swords of Justice
After you interact with the tracks, open up your game menu and set up Camp. That’s right, make a Pokémon Camp right there by the cooking pot.
For whatever reason, the trick to bringing Keldeo out is a little curry. After setting up camp, cook any kind of curry. The type you make doesn’t matter.
Once you’re done, back out and close up your camp. You’ll notice the fourth and final Sword of Justice has appeared in the dirt area near the center of this small island.
Simply approach and run in to Keldeo just like any other Pokémon on the overworld, and just like you did with Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion. This will trigger the battle, and now you’ve got a chance to catch Keldeo.
Tips to defeating and catching Keldeo
Once you’ve located Keldeo, you’re in for a fight with a wild Keldeo that’s at Level 65. Fortunately, Keldeo comes with a slew of weaknesses.
As a dual Fighting and Water Type Pokémon, Keldeo is weak against Electric Type, Grass Type, Flying Type, Psychic Type, and Fairy Type attacks. As you’ll already have three party slots taken up by the Swords of Justice, you’ll only be able to choose three others to bring to battle.
The best choice would be Gallade, a Pokémon catching machine that’s perfect for this battle. You can follow our guide to crafting the perfect Gallade if you don’t already have one.
Bring along lots of Ultra Balls and Timer Balls, both of which can be handy as the battle goes on. It’s also important to be careful if you’re fighting it during a weather condition that causes it to Hail.
Keldeo will be hit by Hail, meaning if you get its health low, Hail can actually make it faint and end the encounter. Be sure to save before the battle, in case something like this happens.
When you finally have Keldeo where you want it, keep throwing Poké Balls until you’ve caught it and secured the fourth and final member of the Swords of Justice.
Can Keldeo be found in its Shiny Form?
Fans of Keldeo’s unique green-fur Shiny Form will be happy to know you can encounter a Shiny Keldeo in The Crown Tundra. Like Virizion, Cobalion, and Terrakion, Keldeo is not Shiny Locked in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Just like other Pokémon on the overworld, you’ll need to start the encounter before you’ll know whether the one you’re facing will actually be its Shiny Form. You’ll need some patience, and the Shiny Charm is a great help for increasing your odds.
Should you manage to encounter its Shiny Form, be extra careful with the battle as you definitely don’t want to make it faint. If you’ve still got a Master Ball, a Shiny Keldeo is the perfect time to use it.
What’s the difference between Ordinary Form and Resolute Form?
While it makes less of a difference in Pokémon Sword and Shield, it is good to remember that Keldeo does technically have two forms. There’s an Ordinary Form and a Resolute Form.
The Keldeo you encounter and hopefully catch will already be in the preferred Resolute Form. The reason for this is that Keldeo needs to know the move Secret Sword to be in its Resolute Form.
If you choose to delete the move Secret Sword, it will return to its Ordinary Form. Ultimately, the difference is only aesthetic. Keldeo has the same stats regardless of form, so pick the moveset or appearance you prefer.