Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC – in addition to bringing you to a huge land to explore – brings back a whole bunch of previously-seen Legendary Pokémon. Among these Pokémon are Regirock, Regice, and Registeel — also known as the Legendary Pokémon nobody cares about. That’s fast-changing, though, because the Crown Tundra has added Regieleki and Regidrago to the mix! Today, we’re going to go over how to catch each Legendary giant. Unfortunately, you have to choose between Regieleki or Regidrago. Isn’t that lame?!
Legendary Giant Locations
First up, here’s a map of the Crown Tundra and the location of each Legendary giant’s temple. We’ve added big circles around each temple. The gray circle is Registeel’s location, the blue circle is Regice’s location, and the brown circle is Regirock’s location. The red circle shows you the location of the Regieleki / Regidrago temple. As a side note, you can access Regirock, Regice, and Registeel’s temples as soon as you get to the Crown Tundra — regardless of where you are in the base game. You do need the water bike to get to the Split-Decision Temple (Regieleki / Regidrago), so be sure to progress to Route 9 in the main game before you try.
Entering the Temples
The picture is relevant, we promise! Each of the four temples is locked at first, and you’ll need to fulfill a specific set of criteria to move forward. For Regirock’s temple, you need to have the first Pokémon in your party hold an Everstone. If you don’t have an Everstone, fly to Turffield, and from the Pokémon Center, walk right along the path until you find a sparkly object. That’s the Everstone you need! You can also find them on wild Roggenrola. For Regice’s temple, you need to be walking with a Cryogonal, which means it has to be in the first slot of your party. If the weather is snowy, you can fly to the Max Lair, turn around, and catch a Cryogonal (it has a strong spawn nearby). For Registeel’s temple, click in on the left stick to whistle and you’re in! Once inside the temple, all you have to do is walk around and light up the lights. Then inspect the statue and the Legendary giant will battle you!
You’ll have to catch Regirock, Regice, and Registeel in order to access the Split-Decision Temple. Unfortunately, they have to be from your game. You can’t transfer them up via Pokémon HOME and you can’t even use a friend’s Legendary giants! They have to be yours. Put all three in your party and the Split-Decision Temple should open. Once inside, step on the lights to form the pattern of the giant you want. Regieleki’s pattern is kind of like an X, while Regidrago’s is kind of like a Y. If you need a reference, go outside and look at the temple’s exterior. It shows the patterns!
Now, none of the Legendary giants are shiny-locked, meaning you can shiny hunt them to your heart’s content! Here’s my favorite way to shiny hunt (and the “method” I used to obtain shiny Regieleki and shiny Regidrago). Detach the right Joy-Con and turn on Casual Controls. Step on the lights and then save right in front of the statue. Talk to the statue, check the encounter, and if it’s not shiny, use the HOME button to close the game and re-enter. I was lucky enough to get both shiny Legendary giants rather quickly, so I hope you have good luck too (if you decide to hunt it, that is).
Other Helpful Information
As mentioned before, you can get either Regieleki or Regidrago. My personal favorite of the two is Regieleki; I think its shiny form looks nicer than Regidrago’s. You’ll need to get the other Legendary giant from a friend. Once you have all five, though, head over to the Giant’s Bed and look for a Pokémon den surrounded by rocks. With all five Legendary giants in your party, interact with the den and you’ll be able to battle Regigigas in a Max Raid Battle. It’s Level 100, so make sure your Legendary giants are all trained up.
It’s a shame that Regieleki and Regidrago are one per save file. Keep in mind, though, that Nintendo Switch games support multiple save files — including Pokémon Sword and Shield! Using a second user account, you can have a fresh file with full access to the Crown Tundra. You’ll have to play through the base game until you get the water bike, but it’s an option if you don’t think anyone will let you borrow the Legendary giant you didn’t choose. And by the way, if you want to learn more about optimal shiny hunting in Sword and Shield, check out our shiny hatching guide!
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