Pokémon Sword and Shield has released the game’s second DLC, and The Crown Tundra has brought back dozens of classic Legendary Pokémon from previous games. Even more exciting is the news that the vast majority can be encountered in their Shiny Form.
Some of them can be met via static encounters, like the Regis, but most come through taking on the newly introduced Dynamax Adventures known as Max Lair. These difficult multi-battle runs can net you just about every classic Legendary Pokémon in the series.
In total, there are 64 known Legendary Pokémon and one known Mythical Pokémon that can be captured or acquired in The Crown Tundra. The DLC introduced three regional variants of classic Legendary Pokémon as well as five brand-new Legendary Pokémon.
Unfortunately, there are some Pokémon that are Shiny Locked in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC. Per Serebii, nine are Shiny Locked in total. That means no matter how many times you reset your game or retry the encounter, they’ll never be shiny.
Shiny Legendary Pokémon you won’t find in Crown Tundra
- Shiny Locked Pokémon in Crown Tundra: Cosmog, Poipole, Keldeo, Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, Galarian Moltres, Glastrier, Spectrier, Calyrex
Cosmog and Poipole are given as gifts as the story progresses in Crown Tundra, while Keldeo is a specially triggered encounter after capturing Terrakion, Cobalion, and Virizion.
Keldeo is actually the lone Mythical Pokémon that can be caught in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC, but unfortunately it is Shiny Locked. If you need help finding Keldeo, you can follow our guide for more details.
The new regional variants of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, as well as the new Legendary Pokémon Glastrier, Spectrier, and Calyrex are also Shiny Locked. Their Shiny Forms will likely be available in the future through a special event.
Shiny Legendary Pokémon not found in Max Lair
- Shiny Legendary Pokémon outside of Max Lair: Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Regieleki, Regidrago, Regigigas, Cobalion, Virizion, Terrakion
There are only nine Shiny Legendary Pokémon that can be encountered in Crown Tundra that won’t be found in a Max Lair. Eight of them are found via traditional static encounters, which means you’ll trigger a regular battle where you’ll need to weaken the Pokémon and then throw your Poké Ball of choice.
The exception to this rule is Regigigas, which I’ll get to in a moment. For Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion, you’ll need to encounter them on the overworld. As soon as the encounter begins, you’ll see if it’s a Shiny Legendary. If the Pokémon you’ve found is not in its Shiny Form, simply run away from it.
While there was an initial belief that fainting it would increase the odds of finding it in a subsequent encounter, those factors don’t affect Legendary Pokémon, so you’re better off just running away to save time. The quickest way to restart the encounter is to open up your menu and set up camp.
In the exact spot the encounter happened, go into your Pokémon Camp. Once you exit out of it, the Pokémon will respawn, and may be a Shiny Legendary that time. You can follow our guide if you need help locating the Legendary Tracks to get these Pokémon to spawn.
Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Regieleki, and Regidrago are all encountered by lighting up a puzzle of dots on the floor to set up the encounter. If you start and they aren’t a Shiny Legendary, simply run away and light up the dots again to retry the encounter. You can follow our guide if you need more details on finding the Regis.
The final Shiny Legendary you can encounter in Crown Tundra is Regigigas, which is found through a specially triggered Max Raid. Should you find its Shiny Form, this will be visibile when the Max Raid begins.
If Regigigas doesn’t look shiny, you’ll need to reset your game and try the encounter again. You can follow our guide for more details on how to encounter Regigigas, including tips on defeating it.
Shiny Hunting in Max Lair
The final method for finding a Shiny Legendary in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC is the one you’ll likely spend the most time on, and can be one of the most efficient Shiny Hunting methods the game has ever given us.
When you run through a Max Lair, it’s important to remember that the Pokémon you encounter and catch will not appear to be shiny until the adventure is over and the game lets you pick one to keep. At the end of the Max Lair you’ll be allowed to choose one Pokémon to keep.
If you had a successful run, captured three normal Pokémon throughout and captured the Legendary Pokémon, you’ll have four to choose from. This is a key moment, because you’ll need to look closely to see if any of the ones you caught are in their Shiny Form.
This is fairly obvious for some Pokémon, but more difficult to discern with the naked eye for others. To be sure, you can check the summary of the Pokémon and look for the red stars on the left that indicate it is a Shiny Pokémon.
Your odds are pretty good when doing a Max Lair, as you’ll have a 1 in 100 chance of each Pokémon you catch being in its Shiny Form. That gives you a decent 1% chance of catching a Shiny Legendary, and three more chances with the same odds of catching a regular Shiny Pokémon.
When catching Pokémon in Max Lair, it’s also good to remember that any Poké Ball you throw will have a 100% catch rate. If you’re hoping to get your Shiny Legendary in a Dusk Ball, Premier Ball, or whatever your favorite choice is, stock up on them and use them when you get to the Legendary at the end.
If you’re patient, and a little lucky, you’ll get the one you’ve been hunting for in its special Shiny Form and in your favorite Poké Ball. If the Legendary Pokémon you’re Shiny Hunting was not in its Shiny Form, do not choose to keep it.
Make sure you keep something else that was caught, or nothing, so that you’ll have the chance to go after it again. After the Max Lair is over, you’ll be given the option to jot down where to find that Pokémon for next time.
Keep in mind you can only keep a few of these locations noted at a time, so you’ll want to focus your efforts on one or two Pokémon at a time. There are 47 different Shiny Legendary Pokémon that can be found in the Max Lair.
Version Exclusive Legendary Pokémon in Crown Tundra
Before getting into the entire group, it’s important to point out that some are technically version exclusives. There are eight Legendary Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Sword and eight exclusive to Pokémon Shield.
- Pokémon Sword Exclusive Legendary Pokémon: Ho-Oh, Latios, Groudon, Dialga, Tornadus, Reshiram, Xerneas, Solgaleo
- Pokémon Shield Exclusive Legendary Pokémon: Lugia, Latias, Kyogre, Palkia, Thundurus, Zekrom, Yveltal, Lunala
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t encounter them. If you are looking for a Legendary Pokémon that is exclusive to the other game, you can still encounter if it you play online and join a Max Lair hosted by someone using the opposite game.
Even if you find something that isn’t normally available in your game, you’ll still be given the option to jot down the Pokémon’s location for a future run, which will then mean you aren’t at the mercy of someone else happening to host the right Max Lair in the future.
Another way you can find the locations of specific Legendary Pokémon in the Max Lair is by talking to Peonia on the left side of the Max Lair entrance. She’ll often offer location information for 5 Dynite Ore, but only for Legendary Pokémon available in your version of the game.
Be sure to check Peonia after every Max Lair you go through. Usually every one or two she’ll look excited and you’ll be able to talk to her again to get information about another Legendary Pokémon.
Every Shiny Legendary Pokémon found in a Max Lair in Crown Tundra
- Max Lair Shiny Legendary Pokémon: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Giratina, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Solgaleo, Lunala, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Necrozma, Stakataka, Blacephalon
The above list shows the 47 different Shiny Legendary Pokémon you can encounter in a Max Lair in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC.
The last ten (Nihilego and after) won’t appear until you’ve completed the Legendary Adventures with Peony. That means you’ll need to have caught the Regis, the Legendary Bird Trio, and Calyrex and the chosen counterpart of Spectrier or Glastrier.
Only after completing all of those will the Ultra Beasts appear in the Max Lair, which is triggered by a final clue that Peony drops after completing the other adventures. You’ll then be able to talk to him in the Max Lair.
If you’re struggling with completing Max Lair adventures, you can follow our tips to help with every Max Lair adventure you go on. As mentioned before, remember that you won’t know if you’ve caught a Shiny Legendary until after the Max Lair is over.
If the Legendary Pokémon you’ve caught isn’t in its Shiny Form, do not keep it, and try the Max Lair again. It’ll take time, patience, and luck, but all of these Pokémon can be found and caught in their Shiny Form in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC.