The new Dynamax Adventures mode in Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra is a lot of fun, though it also provides a ton of challenge for those looking for it. If you’re struggling to get through it all to obtain the Legendary Pokémon waiting for you at the end, here are some tips that may help!
1) Play online if you can.
In Dynamax Adventures, you’ll always be a part of a team of four, regardless of whether you play online or not. Though the AI isn’t inherently bad, there’s nothing like having some human players on your side. Turns are a valuable resource in this mode, since the faster you can get through a fight, the less chance the opposing Pokémon has to really screw things up. Some of the Legendary Pokémon can be extremely tough to beat (I’m looking at you, Zygarde.) as is, so having people who can make the decision to sacrifice damaging the Legendary in order to draw attacks or set up buffs/debuffs can make a noticeable difference.
2) Plan ahead, but be flexible.
Another key for success with Dynamax Adventures in The Crown Tundra against the final encounter is to plan for it early. This largely applies to offline adventures, as in online adventures, decisions are made by a vote (though knowing where you want to go will still influence your voting pattern). Although it’s impossible to know exactly which Legendary Pokémon you’ll be facing until you get there, you’re not totally in the dark. Keep in mind the displayed typing information, and if you can, try to mentally map out your desired path between rounds. For instance, if I know the final fight is against a Dragon-type and there’s an Ice-type in the second round, I might want to guide myself to that encounter for the typing advantage.
In addition to typing information, stay on the lookout for the additional meetings scattered along the available paths and know what they do. Scientists appear in white lab coats and will let you swap your Pokémon for a fresh one. This is a bit of a gamble, as you don’t know what you’re going to get, but if you’re low on HP or PP, you might consider it to save your valuable lives.
Backpackers are the other people you’ll encounter. Running into one allows you to pick a held item to carry forward into future battles, regardless of if you switch Pokémon later on. Don’t worry about stealing an item someone else wants, as it appears the list you see is specific to you. Lastly, any berries you pass will heal your team, which can be useful if one or more of your teammates is close to fainting.
Don’t be afraid to be flexible though. A lot of the moving parts in Dynamax Adventures are determined by random chance, so you’ll inevitably have to roll with the punches. Only one of a Pokémon’s types is shown, for instance, so while taking a Water type to fight a Ground type is generally a good call, that advantage goes away against a Water / Ground type like Seismitoad. Sometimes things will work out even worse than that. But that’s just the nature of the game. If and when these things happen, adapting to the situation will always be better in the long run.
3) Use cheap balls for catching.
One of the best parts of battles in Dynamax Adventures is that, unlike in regular Max Raid battles, Pokémon have a 100% catch rate. Yes, that also includes the Legendary Pokémon. Therefore, unless you absolutely want a Pokémon in a specific ball (since some collectors care about that), there’s no need to waste a powerful ball on a Pokémon. Money isn’t really an issue in Pokémon Sword and Shield, especially since you can earn a few hundred thousand via the Galarian Star Tournament every time you complete it.
My recommendation is to buy standard Poké Balls as they’re the cheapest. I bought 999 of them for just under 200,000 Pokémon dollars, which comes with almost 100 Premier Balls as a bonus, so I’m set practically forever! There’s not really a reason to avoid catching a Pokémon, so keep chucking those Poké Balls.
4) An all-out attack isn’t always the best strategy.
Though moves such as Iron Defense and Amnesia aren’t necessarily useful in the base game, in Dynamax Adventures, they can make a world of difference. Max moves often have the secondary effect of boosting your team’s stats or lowering your opponent’s, making them a good way to both attack and set up for future turns. If you can afford to spend a turn or two lowering your opponent’s defense, it helps the entire team deal more damage with physical moves.
Other moves are important to consider as well. Moves that inflict status effects can limit how many attacks your opponent can make or weaken those that get through. Some moves can protect your team from taking damage, while others can divert attacks away from injured teammates. The Pokémon available to use in Dynamax Adventures are fairly well put together to engage in this sort of strategic battling, so take advantage of it.
To demonstrate the power of planning your turns carefully, consider the battle I had against Zygarde (easily the toughest fight I’ve found yet). Zygarde has a lot of powerful multi-target attacks and can easily rack up multiple knockouts in a single turn. To help keep my teammates safe, the Butterfree on my team kept using Rage Powder to draw Zygarde’s attacks to it. Meanwhile, I used my turns to knock Zygarde’s special defense down a few levels, while my remaining two teammates unloaded special attacks into it. Without Butterfree embracing the role of a tank and my embracing a support role, there’s no way we could’ve finished that fight.
5) Shiny Pokémon only appear at the results screen.
One of the best behind-the-scenes benefits of Dynamax Adventures in The Crown Tundra is the vastly improved shiny rate. Without the Shiny Charm, this rate comes out to 1/300, but with the Shiny Charm, this improves to an absolutely crazy 1/100. That means each Pokémon in Dynamax Adventures has a 1% chance to be shiny with the Shiny Charm — far better than even breeding with the Masuda method! An important thing to keep in mind though is that Pokémon do not appear shiny until the results screen. This is partly why it’s so important to catch absolutely everything you can.
6) Store a Legendary’s location to easily get back to it.
Normally, the Legendary encounter in a given Dynamax Adventure is set at random when you start the mode. However, there is a way to dictate which Pokémon you’ll wind up facing. As long as you don’t keep the Legendary at the end of the attempt, you’ll be given the option to record its location. Doing so allows you to choose to pursue that specific Pokémon again instead of hoping it comes up at random. You can keep up to three locations, so this is incredibly useful for hunting down those shine Legendaries!
In addition to obtaining these locations naturally via Dynamax Adventures, occasionally Peonia will sell you a location for 5 Dynite Ore. You’ll know she has a location for you since she’ll look excited. The Pokémon she offers you is random, but it tends to be one you’ve not yet caught and kept. You can also force her to sell you a specific location by placing that Legendary in the lead spot of your team, though this only works with Legendaries you’ve already caught in the Max Lair. This isn’t useful for playing by yourself (since you can only catch a Legendary Pokémon one time), but if you’re hosting for friends, you can use this trick to easily find that encounter again.
Hopefully these tips help you in your quest to obtain all the wonderful shiny Pokémon and Legendaries in Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra‘s Dynamax Adventures!