Pokémon Sword and Shield is finally due for the second of two key DLC releases, and Crown Tundra looks to be the most fun addition to the game yet. The Isle of Armor DLC released back in June, expanding the Pokémon available in the game while adding a few new ones.
The official release date for Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC is 22 October 2020, but that release date didn’t come with a convenient time for players to expect the content to be playable. Fortunately, the timing of Isle of Armor and a key Pokémon Home update can help us determine what time to expect the Crown Tundra DLC to release.
What time did Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor DLC release?
One of the best indicators of when we can expect Crown Tundra to be available is by looking back at the previous DLC released for Pokémon Sword and Shield. The Isle of Armor DLC was planned to release on 17 June 2020, and speculation heading into the day predicted a release window between 09:00 UTC and 14:00 UTC because of a Pokémon Home update scheduled for that day during that time frame.
The reason that Pokémon Home update is such a great indicator is because of the way the DLC will expand the available Pokémon within the game. Rather than making all 890+ Pokémon in the National Pokédex available with the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Nintendo instead chose to start with only 400 in the Galar Region Pokédex.
The Isle of Armor DLC made over 200 more available in the game, and Crown Tundra looks to bring in more than 80 returning and newly discovered Pokémon. Many players have some of those previously unavailable Pokémon already in Pokémon Home that were transferred from previous generations.
Just as happened when Isle of Armor released, every player, with or without the DLC, will be able to transfer these fresh additions from Pokémon Home. On 17 June, Pokémon Home’s update time frame concluded at 14:00 UTC, which Inverse reported is precisely when the DLC became available for players.
What time is the Crown Tundra DLC likely to be available?
Using these previous times as a guide, we can look to the officially announced upcoming maintenance for Pokémon Home. As confirmed by Serebii.net, maintenance is scheduled from 22 October at 23:00 UTC to 23 October at 04:00 UTC. This gives us an expected release time for Crown Tundra of 04:00 UTC, converted to various time zones below.
- USA Pacific (PT) Expected Release: 9:00pm on 22 October
- USA Central (CT) Expected Release: 11:00pm on 22 October
- USA Eastern (ET) Expected Release: 12:00am on 23 October
- UK (BST) Expected Release: 5:00am on 23 October
- Central Europe (CET) Expected Release: 6:00am on 23 October
- Japan (JST) Expected Release: 1:00pm on 23 October
If you haven’t yet purchased the Expansion Pass, which includes both the previously released Isle of Armor DLC the newly releasing Crown Tundra DLC, you can purchase it via the Nintendo eShop for £26.99 ($29.99). Be sure to have the DLC installed, and you can check for a software update manually if you aren’t certain the update has gone live yet.
Also, it’s very important to be careful when purchasing the Expansion Pass that you choose the option for your version of the game. If you have Pokémon Sword, be sure to purchase the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass. If you have Pokémon Shield, be sure to purchase the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass.
Should you purchase the wrong Expansion Pass, it won’t work for your version of the game. Make sure to double check before going through checkout that you’ve chosen the right one and can enjoy the Crown Tundra DLC when it launches.